There's probably a correct definition for 'lifestyle photography' but i'm going to give you my take on what I think it is. For me personally, it sits in the middle of being somewhat authentic and somewhat staged. It sounds contradictory but thats the best way I can describe it. It's not as authentic as documentary photography; whereby one would take a 'fly on the wall' approach, with no interference. Its not as staged as portrait photography, where one would try to have full control over what's in the frame: light, background, clothes, poses, props etc. However, whilst its neither of these things, it is made up of a blend of these two different approaches. So, when I'm shooting a family session, I'm manufactoring moments that families would share together...things that would actually happen in real life. I create a diversity of opportunities using various prompts (e.g. kiss mummy on the cheek, hold your brothers hand and run to the tree and back) in order to generate real-life type images which might not have spontaneously happened at that specific moment had i not prompted it.
I've probably explained lifestyle photography in a bit backward way but I hope its been able to give you a better understanding of what it is by explaining what it is not. That said, I'm not the best explainer of things so I've included some example images of my eldest child for visual clarification.
No interference was taken in the making of this photo ;) I vaguely remember asking him to put some clothes on earlier that day - a request that was clearly ignored. I walked out into the lounge room to find him wandering around in my Dame Edna onion glasses that I received for xmas....yes I do wear them....yes they do work. Onion tears be gone! So yes, I grabbed my camera and quickly snapped this shot.
"Alby, I want you to sit right here in front of this backdrop (that I've placed at a 45 degree angle to the window), hold this giant lollipop and slightly tilt your head in this direction".
*Note* gigantic lollipops equal extra complient children ;)
A trip to the park. "Hey Alby, do you think you could climb up on the fence and tell me your funniest joke?". I can't remember what the joke was but judging by his cheeky grin it no doubt involved a poo, a wee or a fart...possibly all three.
And there you have it! that concludes my take on what lifestyle photography is.
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