“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley
Lifestyle photo sessions have become one of my favourite sessions. Why?
Because, they capture life in a very realistic way. real-life situations in an artistic manner. These sessions I give little direction and just let the moments unfold infront of me. It's beautiful. It's genuine. It's your life. Your story documented.
How do I capture these beautiful little moments?
I understand my main goal is authenticity. I want to tell my subjects story and do it justice. To do this I will shoot in everyday locations. I like to pick a location that has meaning to my subject.
I make sure everyone is comfortable. To achieve this I may start off my session giving a little direction through prompts. I direct action, not poses. Once everyone is engaged I like to ease off and have a more candid approach.
I will anticipate every moment before they happen. My camera will always be ready to go so I do not miss a thing. As a result I take a LOT of photos. I like to pay very close attention to details. The little looks given, gestures etc. The love is often in the details.
In the end. I will edit my photos so they flow. I keep my edits simple. I feel there is such a thing as "over editing". I like to have my photos be a real as the moments themselves.