Category: Client Education

Lifestyle Photography- The ULTIMATE Custom Photography Experience

Want a session as unique as your family is?  Then why use the same backdrop, the same park, the same props, or even the same pose the last family used?  Lifestyle photography is the ultimate custom photography experience.

Lifestyle photography is all about families and their real lives.  Children wearing their normal clothes, playing with their favorite toys, toting their beloved lovies all over their house.  Parents reading a favorite bedtime story, helping bake some delicious cookies, and cuddling on the couch while overlooking the little ones playing.  Families doing their thing whether it’s a calm and collected snugglefest or an all-out pillow fight on the parent’s bed.

So you may be looking at your children and your home right now.  Kids are running around in their underwear, covered in spaghetti sauce.  There’s dishes in the sink and a pile of clothes on the couch.  And you might still be in your pajamas. (And let’s pretend I’m not talking about my house right now) You might be thinking why would I ever want this photographed?!?!?  One word.  Memories.  But let’s be honest, you’re not going to shell out your hard earned money to remember the time your angel covered himself and the couch and the wall and the table cloth and 75% of the kitchen floor in peanut butter.  That’s another glorious aspect of lifestyle photography.  It’s all the best parts of real life.  Like those few minutes the house is clean before the toddler tornado rips through it, that day when all the kids coordinate in their cute little outfits that you painstakingly picked out at the mall, and that day when everyone was just happy to be at home together.  It’s about losing the distractions and getting to the basics of your family, your personalities, and your unique kind of love in a way you could never get at a traditional photo session.

Just because posts are no fun without pictures, here’s a small representation of lifestyle photography.  This my boys and me doing what we do best, being our lovable, cuddly, silly selves.

What Should I Wear? Harker Heights Portrait Photographer

After choosing a time and date for your sessions, the next question is always “what should I wear?”  I’m definitely not your go-to girl for fashion advice as I’m a blue jeans and flip flops kind of girl but here are a few simple tips will bring some color and style to your family portrait.

First and foremost, your clothes represent you.  Don’t go buy a dress when you haven’t worn a dress since your second cousin’s wedding last June.  Choose an outfit that you love, not just something you found in your closet.

Add a little extra touch of style with layers and textures.  Without clashing colors and patterns, spice your outfit up with a fun accessory like a hat, scarf, jacket, or cool shoes.  A crop jacket with your baby bump.  Patterned baby leg warmers with a cute cloth diapered bottom.  A black and red unbuttoned shirt with a three year old’s mohawk.

Don’t wear logos or large graphics.  With portraits, it is especially important to have the eye drawn to the subject’s face.  When the subject is wearing logos or graphics, the eye is drawn there instead.   Great for selling clothes, not so great for capturing the childhood essence.

Don’t forget to wear nice shoes.  Most importantly, don’t wear bright white tennis shoes with blue jeans.  Flip flops aren’t particularly flattering either.  Ladies, high heels and tall boots flatter your legs.  Browns and blacks are best unless the pictures are of the baby, in that case lose the shoes so I can aww over those chubby little tootsies.

Simple jewelry or better yet, no jewelry.    Guys, take off your bulky watches.  Ladies, please leave your necklaces and fancy earrings at home.  Besides stealing attention from your pretty face, it’s also easy for your pendant to turn around backwards.

Women should wear fitted clothing to compliment their figure.  Avoid tight clothing, it will pucker and wrinkle.  Too big clothing hangs too far off the body and will make you seem heavier. The right pair of pants and top can instantly make you look slimmer.

For babies, I like to keep it really simple…. as nothing.  Your little bundle of joy can easily get lost in all the ruffles and lace.  I love photographing the rolls and dimples on babies.  Diaper covers and onesies are also great if you would rather your baby be dressed.

Families, coordinate outfits without dressing identically.   When everyone wears khaki pants and a white polo, you lose the individual personalities.  Mix it up a little!  My best advice is to find a outfit for the child with the most personality.  Something not too busy but having two or three main colors.  Using those colors, coordinate outfits for everyone else.  Parents look best in solid colors.  Siblings wear coordinating colors but add personality by layering or using simple patterns- don’t use clashing patterns like stripes for one child and spots for another.

Think about moods when it comes to color.  With Summer right around the corner, now is a great time for bright colors.  Bright colors are a great way to instantly make your photos cheerful and fun.  In the fall, rich earth tones will be best.  If you want something formal, black is good.  Pastels give a relaxed mood.  Wearing red in couple portraits are a great way to add in a little passion.  White is a timeless classic in most cases.

To sum this up, keep it simple, make sure it flatters your body, and let it reflect your personality.  If you’re ever in doubt, feel free to email me a picture of your planned outfits and I’ll reassure you that everyone will look wonderful.  And even better, bring several outfits to your session and I can help you pick the best one.