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Happy….Thursday? At this point in time, I’m not completely sure what day of the week we’re at. And does it even really matter?! I hope everyone is doing well during these strange times. While Blake watches a movie, I thought I would distract myself from the outside world events by writing a new blog post! In this post, I wanted to talk about my genre of photography which is “lifestyle.” I have marketed myself since the beginning of my business as a “lifestyle photographer,” but I know that term doesn’t necessarily describe itself very well. So, first things first:

What is Lifestyle Photography?

What I found by searching this term is that “Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography that mainly aims to capture portraits/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”

This is a pretty good description if you ask me. I put myself somewhere between a posed portrait photographer and a documentary photographer. This means that I still lightly ‘pose’ my clients and give some direction, but rather photograph what comes next, then the smiling at the camera.

My goal is to capture life as naturally as possible. I have fun with my clients and do my best to get those big laughs, tender moments, and genuine interactions between family members. This means, you won’t find things like backdrops or props at my sessions. Just some good ol’ connection and love!

What does a Lifestyle Session Look Like?

First off, I always chat with my clients at the beginning of a session. Especially if there are young kids involved, I like to talk with them and get down on their level to establish a friendship before bringing out my camera! I find this helps get children comfortable with me right off the bat before diving into photos. If we are doing an in-home session, I get you to give me a little tour of your home to determine the best spots to use depending on light, and particular spaces you would like photographed.

Note: I also have a detailed Client Guide I send out before your session that goes over everything you need to know!

Next, I always start taking some traditional ‘look at me and smile’ portraits. You know, the ones you can send to Grandparents to put on their fridge or use for Christmas Cards! I like to get those out of the way first so we can start having fun! After that, I basically just go with the flow. Again, if there are young kids involved, I kind of let them run the show! Maybe they want to play a game of tag, chase bubbles, show me their room, get swung around by Dad, or snuggle with Mom! We play, explore, and truly capture life as it is in this moment for your family. I want to engrain all the small things in your mind through photos. I want you to remember how small your baby’s hand was in yours, the little quirks of your toddler, what your high school graduate liked to do their last year of school, etc. It’s all in the details.

“I’m so Awkward in Front of the Camera”

Listen. I hear you, and I get this ALL THE TIME. But it’s not true! Don’t worry, I will help you out by giving directions and prompts to get you loosened up. And with this type of photography, it’s all about having fun, playing, cuddling and not even looking at me. As much as I love traditional portraits, my favourite images are ALWAYS the ones where nobody is looking at the camera! They show truer emotion when all you have to do is interact with the ones you love and forget I’m even there. In the end, I have never had a client that looked awkward in their photos! You got this!

Let’s Make Magic Together!

I hope this gave you a little bit of insight into the world of Lifestyle Photography. I am truly passionate about what I do, and would love to make beautiful images for your family to cherish! I also enjoy photographing maternity, couple’s, high school graduates and small business owners with a lifestyle approach. If you’re interested in booking a session with me, you can use the contact form here or email me at ashleyblakephotography@mail.com. Hope to see your smiling faces soon!

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