What is family lifestyle photography anyway?

One of my favorite things to photograph is families. But what does “family lifestyle” actually photography mean ?

Lifestyle photography is a little more relaxed than traditional family photography.

Photographers like to label what they do, I say I am a “lifestyle” photographer. This is what that means to you. I want you to see in your images from me what you feel when you are with your family. It is quite simple. I want you to have images that capture the beauty in your everyday stuff. I want you to see how your kids look at you when you’re looking at me because that is the GOOD stuff right there. Raising a family is hard work, I know as I am currently in the thick of it. A photo session lets you slow down for just a minute and hang out with your kids and your family. And I really believe, it is important to capture yourselves as time goes by.

Lifestyle photography is fun!

When you show up to a session with me, you can expect to have a good time. Being in front of the camera can be nerve wracking, and it can feel vulnerable. I totally get it. That is why I come to the session ready to put you at ease. We will joke, laugh, and be silly. Yes, I will direct you and pose you some too, but you will stop noticing me so much and focus in on your people. I want you to leave the session surprised at how easy and fun it was.

Lifestyle photography is real”ish” !

I will pose you and ask you to do certain things for me. But once we get going, it doesn’t feel like you are posing or being directed. Most families will relax and just start to have fun with it. Jokes fly, kiddos get tickled and moms and dads kiss! Its those micro moments that produce pure magic.

Your kids get to be themselves.

I let kids play! The kids I photograph are often surprised that they get to run, hug, tickle, laugh and are not asked to force a smile for my camera. I don’t want photos of my kids forcing a smile at the camera and I don’t think you do either. I love to photograph them how you see them, giant goofy grin, wrinkled up nose from laughing so hard and maybe even a little dirty from playing so hard.

family walking from behind, winter, mom and dad with daughter,

Extended family photographs | Seattle Family Photographer

When your family is together, document it!

This family was getting together for the holidays and since everyone was in one spot, they wanted to remember it with photos.  Extended family photo sessions are a really great way to document a growing family, get photos of the adult children with their parents, or just capture the spirit of your whole family together.  Families are busy today so when everyone stops moving for a bit, its important to get some shots for posterity.

Extended family photos make amazing gifts.

We all have people in our family who have everything and are really really hard to shop for. Family photos make amazing gifts. They are priceless heirlooms documenting your family’s growth and change. Memories of the times you are together are priceless!

 Print those pictures!

When you do go to the effort of documenting your family together, nothing is cooler than actually getting prints on the wall. Prints are a bit of a unicorn these days as so many of our photos live on our hard drives and on our phones. Prints are a beautiful, classic way to keep your family memories front and center. I work with professional labs that will print your photos beautifully. There are a huge range of products you can choose from, the only limit is your imagination !