Wikipedia describes lifestyle photography like so:

A kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life…

There is nothing more beautiful to me than a candid, unscripted moment. So many of my shoots this year have been gravitating towards lifestyle photography which thrills me to my toes because this was my goal in the beginning of the year. With any cooperation of my intentions, this trend will progress and you will see less posing and more and more real life moments frozen for posterity to enjoy. So, how does this function in a Naturally Captured shoot?

With Thane, I got to his house and was there under 2 minutes when a train horn blared, he squealed (more like, screamed) and went tearing out the door to his perfect vantage point for viewing trains. Click! From there I saw his toy lawn mower and said, “Thane do you mow your lawn? Can you show me how you do it? Start here… but don’t run me OVER!!!” Compliance with a twinkle in his eye, and…. Click! From there he showed me his chickens, sat in his toddler lawn chair, loaded rocks in his dump truck from his loader, showed me how he rocks a slide, played hide and seek with me. Click, click, click!!! My goal in lifestyle photography is to not ask you to put your hand just like this or tilt your chin like this or cross your legs like this. It’s more like asking you to play toys, play games, show me how high you can jump, read a book or repeat something silly. If your child (or your family) likes to do it, then let’s create that look as memories you’ll cherish forever.

Enough chatter, enjoy the one and only, fun-loving Thane!

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