Lifestyle Photography Sessions Explained

“I don’t want my photos to look posed”, is a phrase I hear all the time. Enter Lifestyle Photography.

A Lifestyle Photography session documents real life milestones, moments and events and gives you images that are anything but posed. Lifestyle photography images tell your story just as it is at that precise moment — and are perfect for any genre of photography. The authentic, intimate, action-driven details bring your images to life over and over again. They are a great time-capsule type of session!

Photo sessions where you select a theme or props with a specific artistic vision in mind to style yourself and your loved ones in, like a 30’s prohibition era engagement session or a whimsical, Peter Pan-themed child session for example, can be a blast and a fun opportunity to get creative and express yourself and your interests! But these types of shoots fall into a different category.

More straightforward and authentic Lifestyle Photography, on the other hand, is famous for taking place in a family or couple’s home. However… any people don’t realize it can also take place in another setting significant to you, such as the library, laundromat, the grocery store, the zoo, Disneyland, the pumpkin patch, a cooking class… a special place where the photographer comes along to capture you as you go about your day in that setting, with the goal of capturing your connection to the location.


So what are some of the situations where lifestyle photography can be used?


Engagement Photography

Lifestyle Photography is a popular option for newly engaged couples wanting to document some of the places where they fell in love, or had their first date, or first kiss. If they worked at a pet rescue where they fell in love, the photographer could document them caring for the animals. If they met at a Starbucks, photos of them chatting and drinking coffee could be incredibly meaningful. The possibilities go on and on, and really take their inspiration from the couple’s own memories of special moments they’ve shared. I’ve seen beautiful photos of couples in a library, or laundromat. Any special location can become a prime Lifestyle Photography session setting.

Kids Photography

Lifestyle Photography is the ideal way to capture the beauty and authenticity of childhood. The natural, imaginative play of a child is a GOLDMINE of wonderful moments just begging to be photographed. Believe it or not, the most successful photos often happen when we let the kids lead the session. It’s all about making it a magical and spirited time where there is lots to take in. Sitting back and capturing those honest moments will ensure beautiful images that you’ll love for decades.

Quick Tip: Make sure your children are well rested and that they’re comfortable in both their clothing and their surroundings. Patience is key during this type of session but this is when the magic happens. Having a favorite snack, toy or book handy won’t hurt either.

Newborn Photography

Lifestyle Photography naturally lends itself to newborn photo sessions. True to life, crib and bassinet shots taken through the slats make for stunning photos. Then there are of course the shots with mom, dad, brothers, sisters and even the family pet. Moments that may seem mundane now such as bathing, feeding or even changing a diaper, from a distance of course, make for creative shots that you’ll love for years to come. Playing with and rocking your baby are also moments that you definitely won’t regret taking the time to capture as it gives you fond memories to look back on in the months to come as your baby grows and their routine changes.

Fresh 48 sessions are another significant option growing in popularity, which is where you have a photographer come to the hospital or home within the first 24-48 hours after a baby is born to capture the emotion of the new addition to the family right in the setting where they made their arrival! These sessions don’t usually occur during the actual birth, just sometime in the day or so after, though that can always be arranged between you and your photographer if that is something you are interested in. Moms love having these kind of images to document the raw emotions with the new baby, while everything is till fresh!

Family Photography

There is nothing quite like having the family together. The laughing, games, meals and memories are truly something to treasure. A lifestyle photography session is the perfect excuse to get your family together and capture different generations spending quality time with each other. Why not shoot a family lunch or time spent playing outside in the garden? Or even a sibling art project session. Capturing moments between siblings or grandparents and grandchildren are photos you can treasure for years to come.


There are many beautiful ways Lifestyle Photography can be used, and you can brainstorm possibilities with your photographer. He or she may want to scope out the potential location to determine available light, and whether or not supplemental light manipulation or special lens rentals may be needed.

The photos you will end up with will surely be treasured by your children and grandchildren. We often take for granted what the world around us looks like today, and even what our daily life is life, but future generations will love having a window into what life was like for us, and Lifestyle Photography is the perfect way to document this!

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