When I look at pictures of myself when I was a child, I CRINGE. Not only did my mother cut my hair in a mullet- yes, a mullet- but those cheesy studio photos were SO bad. I don’t want you to be like me, cringing at old family photos. I want you to open up your photo album and see photos that make you reminisce about all the beauty, the fun and all the feels! This is why I love being a lifestyle photographer.
I see lifestyle photography as this: somewhat documentary but with some thought and strategy put into the scene. So when I call myself a lifestyle photographer, I’m describing photography that captures your stories, in the moment, as they happen, within a normal daily scene.
This is done often by just following you around with my camera (and you are just pretending I am not there), like the day-in-the-life sessions I offer. Sometimes you’re staring at the camera and genuinely smiling back at me, like with lifestyle portraits. Either way, it is always authentic, realistic and beautiful.
I prefer to leave that truck in the background. I sometimes leave in telephone poles. I include people in the background too. These details give the photo context. They help the viewer imagine themselves in that scene. These details help create realistic stories.
There is extraordinary in the ordinary and my goal is to capture that.