Lifestyle family photography holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s my ability to see the real and not worry about setting up the perfect shot. Maybe it’s because it’s the type of photography I want for my brand. When you look back at your parents albums, you know, the ones they kept of all of us when we were kids, what do you see? Aside from the embarrassing fashion that really serves as a testimony to history, what was happening in these photos? Did you see a photo of you snuggling your mom as a small child, your mom looking at you as you look at your children, but no one is ever there to document it? Did you care that your face was not perfectly lit and perfectly smooth? Do you see a photo of your dad, tickling you on the bed and remember that moment, as now your dad is older, and a Grandfather? That, is how you have to think about lifestyle photography. Real.
What is a lifestyle photo shoot?
Good question! Lifestyle photographs capture the child in their everyday life (typically your own home). They are meant to be fun and really catch the child's personality. They are not a perfectly styled portrait. But I can still give you style advice on how to make sure you have a good shoot. I offer these sessions for maternity, newborn and children up to 12 years old, families, couples and weddings. I shoot in natural light so all photos will be done in the daytime. Artificial light may be used for dimly lit rooms.
What can you expect with:
NEWBORN: Lifestyle newborn sessions are the perfect way to capture your new baby in your home in a relaxed way. This is a great way to get images in your new nursery, with pets, etc. During these sessions, we will capture your family in a way that you can look back on and remember how you really were. Siblings do great in this situation as well, allowing us to capture authentic moments. No posing (either of the baby or family) is done in-home, just gentle and relaxed direction, which allows for natural connection and interaction to occur. All nuclear family members are included.
CHILDREN: Lifestyle sessions are perfect to capture your child in their element. We plan the session totally around their interests. Think about jumping on the bed, sidewalk chalk, swimming, playing tea party with a sibling, or doing whatever your child does, right at home. Capture those moments that only you as parents get to see, in photos. Lifestyle shoots are timeless. You will look back at the photos and remember your children as they were. When you kids ask you when they are older, “Mom, what was I like as a child?”, you can show them.
FAMILY: These take place in your home and incorporate everything about your family, using your home as the background. I will capture your family, just as they are, doing activities you all love. You count on me to capture all of those in-between moments that you always wished someone was there to capture. These sessions are planned ahead of time to ensure an amazing experience capturing your family in the “real”.
Is the session a set price?
Yep! All children's lifestyle sessions are $150.
How long will the shoot last?
How many images will I get?
You will get 30 images, presented in a digital format with in 10 business days. You'll have the rights to these files, but also understand that unless explicitly stated not to in contract, I will share the photos on my blog.
Will mom and dad be included in the photos?
I highly encourage mom and/or dad to take an active role in the shoot.
How many outfits should I have prepared for the shoot?
I suggest 2-3 play outfits for the child, so you get some varied shots.
What if I have several children?
You can choose to focus on one child during your session or your whole family. It's a great way to capture sweet sibling moments. *The sibling photos will be lifestyle in nature, and not styled family portraits.
How and when do I pay for the session?
You pay when you book the date. I accept cash or PayPal.
Do you offer maternity sessions or family portraits?
Yes, I offer lifestyle sessions for maternity as well as children, ages 0-12.
What's the difference between a lifestyle session and styled portraits?
A lifestyle session is in the moment, simple, charming... enter Charming Child. A styled portrait we plan every detail ahead; clothing, location, styling, even a house call to measure for your future photos and choose colour palettes.
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