Lifestyle Portraits

Lifestyle portraiture is imagery where perfection is not what is most important.

Lifestyle portraiture is a photography style that aims to capture individuals, families, or groups in natural and candid moments within their everyday environments. Unlike traditional studio portraiture that often involves posed setups, lifestyle portraiture focuses on genuine interactions, emotions, and the essence of a person’s life.   

4 siblings laughing and holding hands as they run up a path at a park

Is lifestyle the right style for you?

Try lifestyle photography if you like:

  1. Candid or Journalistic style imagery.
  2. You are comfortable prompting and directing yourself and your family.
  3. You are willing to pretend or Act out emotions or actions for the imagery. 
  4.  You embrace your beautiful flaws or imperfections.
  5. You embrace natural light.
  6.  You want to design your imagery by selecting a personal or unique backdrop and/or wardrobe. 
  7.  The reason for your portrait session is to tell a story, and capture personality.  

Key Features of Lifestyle Portraiture:

  1. Authenticity: Lifestyle portraits aim to capture the true essence of the subjects. Whether it’s a family enjoying a lazy Sunday morning at home or a couple walking through their favorite park, the emphasis is on genuine moments rather than staged poses.

  2. Natural Settings: These portraits often take place in familiar environments, such as homes, parks, coffee shops, or any location that holds significance to the subjects. These settings help create a comfortable atmosphere for the subjects, allowing their personalities to shine.

  3. Candid Moments: Lifestyle photographers strive to capture unscripted interactions. These could be laughter, shared glances, playful gestures, or any other genuine emotions that occur naturally during the session.

  4. Storytelling: Lifestyle portraiture tells a story about the subjects and their lives. The images reveal details about their relationships, hobbies, routines, and emotions, creating a more comprehensive visual narrative.

  5. Minimalistic Approach: The focus is on the subjects themselves, with minimal distractions in the background. This allows the viewer to connect with the individuals and their experiences on a deeper level.

  6. Flexibility: Lifestyle portraiture adapts to the subjects’ personalities and preferences. The photographer might give some guidance or direction, but the goal is to capture moments as they unfold, resulting in a relaxed and authentic feel.

Lifestyle Photography is NOT for you if:

  1. Having everyone looking at the camera is what you like.
  2.  Having every hair in place and attention to fine detail is important.
  3. Having smiling faces in every shot is what you expect.
  4.  Professional lighting is something you expect.
  5. If you require constant direction or help posing to look and feel your best.
Lifestyle portraiture goes beyond traditional poses to capture authentic moments that tell stories about people's lives. It embraces the beauty of imperfection, candid emotions, and the environments that shape individuals and relationships. It is a "fly on the wall" perspective, giving the client control over the results, opposed to relying on the photographer to direct or pose. A session like this would look amazing in one of our magazine style albums!
Tonya Brisson, Professional Photographer from Charleston SC
Tonya Brisson
Owner, Brisson Imagery, LLC

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