So what's a lifestyle photographer?

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So you’ve decided that you want to have family photos. Or maybe you’re expecting and want maternity or newborn photos. There are many photographers to choose from. But choosing a photographer is not the only choice you have to make. What style of photography speaks to you? What do you want to capture with this session? When choosing a photographer to capture your family’s special moments, it is important to know the difference between traditional, lifestyle and documentary photography.

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Traditional photography

Traditional photography is posed. These are usually the images that we grew up with and that we are so familiar with. Some photographers call these images “grandma” shots. You know the one. On the count of three, everyone look at the camera and say “cheese”. That’s the shot that every grandma wants hanging on her wall. This style of photography tends to be more stiff and formal.


Baby’s first breaths

Baby’s first breaths

Documentary photography

Documentary photography is not posed at all. Images capture the real, straight-forward glimpse into someone's life. Think of birth photography. Raw emotions can be beautiful. In these images, no one is looking at the camera and often no one is smiling. Events, rather than emotions, are captured.


Daddy & daughter dance on the beach

Daddy & daughter dance on the beach

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography sits comfortably in between traditional and documentary photography. These images capture the essence, emotion and connection of the subjects being photographed. That doesn’t mean that the subjects aren’t posed. There is still a great deal of posing and direction going on. In this image, I asked the dad to dance with his daughter. Yes, I directed the scene, but I didn’t direct the emotion that emerged. Tender, sweet moments between loved ones can be frozen in time with images.


I’m a lifestyle photographer. During a session, I will help guide you to moments that you will want to remember forever. I want my sessions to be fun. If you look at my photographs and only see the beauty of the photograph, I haven’t done my job. I want you to feel your photographs. I want you to remember how you felt when those photographs were taken. I want to capture the sweet grins of your toddler, the shy smiles of your teen and the love and emotion between family members.