I LOVE lifestyle photography. Love, love, love it. Lots of people may wonder why I regularly capture my son in his underwear. Because that’s all he wears! lol. Lifestyle photography is real. It captures things that are relevant in one’s life & freezes genuine moments. Recently we had family pictures taken & it felt weird that my boys actually had pants on! I felt like a fraud because I had picked out their outfits & made them look different than usual. Although my friend did an amazing job with our pictures, it just didn’t feel like “us” because of me getting everyone all done up.
Although lifestyle photography is care-free, in the moment, real, & raw, there are still things you can do to help your lifestyle shots shine.
8 tips for creating fantastic lifestyle photography shots
1. Although you aren’t going to pose your subjects or tell them “smile!” you can still seek out the good light & direct them to that area.
Turn them until you find the light on their face. I LOVE backlight but sometimes you just have to keep turning your subject until their face is illuminated nicely.
2. So that it seems more real & you are able to be a fly on the wall while shooting, do whatever you need to do before hand so as not to call attention to yourself.
If you want to de-clutter, open curtains, etc. do it before the pictures begin. kids can sense when pictures are about to happen. If you are doing all of that in front of them, they may close themselves off & be less open to the camera being out.
3. Have your camera out & handy as much as possible.
You never know when something great will happen so be ready so you can snap before the moment is gone.
4. Think details.
With lifestyle photography, don’t just take the safe shot. Take the safe shot, then take several more variations of the same shot. Focus on details, use creative compositions, get close up, get the big picture, shoot from the side, stand overhead…be artistic!
5. Don’t tell your kids what they have to wear…make it be their idea.
But fill their closets with stuff you like so the chances are greater that they go for something you approve of :)
6. Think of activities your subject enjoys (that would keep them in the same spot for several minutes) then just wait for the sweet expressions to unfold!
7. Instead of saying “ok, now put your arm around your brother” or something similar, if I feel that my subjects need some help I change my words to make them sound less deliberate.
This helps me get a more genuine moment on camera. I might say “aaww, that is so sweet how you love on him like that – makes my heart melt!” or “I loooove it when you snuggle your brother…it’s so adorable!” then he is likely to do it again without me really asking.
8. Lots of the time with lifestyle photography we are indoors. Embrace the grain!
Don’t be afraid to crank up the ISO because shooting with proper exposure will help your image not suffer too bad. even though it’s okay to shoot your lifestyle images with a high iso, still try to seek out the best light possible. Even in dark houses, pockets of good light are out there, you just have to find them :)
Now I want to see your lifestyle images! If you care to share in the comment box below, I’d love to see!