In my professional endeavors, I am transitioning from portrait to "lifestyle photography," where I go to people's houses and follow them around, taking pictures of all the small-yet-beautiful little details that make up their life.
In portrait sessions, I can barely relax for a second. I'm constantly evaluating every angle and every setting and every smile and how everyone is posed, and to be honest.....it's exhausting. I have to make sure there is no mud on the kid's shoes, and act crazy and silly to get the babies to look at me, and also check that the mommy's hair is perfect, and that the dad is feeling relaxed. So when I heard about lifestyle, where none of that manufactured perfection matters and it's all about the relationships and interactions of people, I immediately felt compelled to give it a try.
For my first session of this more casual style, I had the great honor of capturing a few hours of perfect, precious, intimate moments of this amazing young family. Their 3 little girls are simply a delight, the daddy is full of fun and silliness that his children adore, and the momma is as sweet, warm and genuine as she looks. You can just see the love and joy radiating from every shot. They said this was a fairly typical evening for them, but it was eye-opening to me as I realized that THIS is where my true photographic passions lie. I felt almost like I was imposing, but they welcomed me into their personal lives, so I just snapped away!
Almost all of these are unposed and spontaneous interactions, flowing organically from one setting and activity to the next. I offered very few instructions or prompts, except to suggest we move closer to a window for better light. It was such a relief to not have to pose them, which everybody (including me!) dislikes.
Before the session, I made sure my clients knew that they did not need to look at me if they didn't want to, and for them to just forget I was there. Although, the children were having such a WONDERFUL time that they often looked right at me to make sure I was watching what they were doing!
Now, I might be a BIT biased, since this is actually my brother and his family, some of the people I love most in this world. But they graciously agreed to let me flex my creative muscles in this genre of art, and I think the results are pure magic. I just can't stop looking at their album; the emotions I see in their faces keep bringing me back.
Here are only a few of my favorites, of the 800+ shots I took! I hope you enjoy browsing through them.