What is Lifestyle Photography? And 3 Reasons to Love It

what is lifestyle photography

Lifestyle. It's a term that we are hearing more and more - lifestyle photography, lifestyle images, lifestyle blog, lifestyle lifestyle lifestyle. 

So what does it really mean when we are talking about Lifestyle Photography? What exactly is lifestyle photography, and why should we care?

As a professional family and newborn lifestyle photographer, I am obsessed with this beautiful style of imagery, and today we are breaking down just what lifestyle photography means, and why, as mothers, we should all love this special style of imagery and apply it's principles to the way we take pictures of our kids and family.

What is Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle Photography Defined

According to Wikipedia, Lifestyle Photography is defined as:

"a kind of photography that 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 lives or to inspire people in different times."

When I think about photographing my daughter, I am truly most interested in capturing the essence of who she is... Not just the way she looks and her sweet little smile, but the way she feels, the way I feel about her, the way she sees the world, and the way we interact with each other as a family.

For me, lifestyle photography is about capturing the way we felt, not the way we looked. It's a way to relive a story again and again, and to be transported back to the time and place of a precious memory.

3 Reasons To Love Lifestyle Photography

1. It Helps you Remember a Feeling, Not Just the Way Something Looked

What if you had the power to give your children tangible proof of your family's love for each other? What if your child could hold, and touch, and re-count their story in their own words? What if your walls were filled with meaningful photographs that your family could treasure for a lifetime? Lifestyle photography has the power to do that for us. It allows us to relive the real and honest moments, and to find the magic in the midst of the chaos of everyday life. 

2. It Tells A Story

If a picture tells a thousand words, what about a series of images that all relate to each other? Those pictures, taken with intention, tell a story rather than just remind us of one specific moment in time.

Our family's pictures allow me to relive these special moments over again. Because I've captured our family in the "lifestyle" way, we have images that don't just remind us of how tiny her toes were when she was born, or show us her toothless baby grin - we have images that truly paint a picture of what life was like with a baby. We can remember the sound of her first cry the moment she was born.We can feel the weight of her body in our arms when we look back at our first few images together. When we look at our family photos, we can smell her sweet newborn smell. We have turned these images into albums that live on our coffee table. We have taken pictures with the intention of telling a story, so that we can revisit a time and place again and again when our heart's are feeling nostalgic.  

3. Lifestyle Images Lend Themselves to Keepsakes Like Albums

My photographs of my daughter and of our family are among my most prized physical possessions. While she is only two, she has grown and changed so much, and the early days of her existence in our lives is an emotional blur. As a busy working mom, life feels like it is rushing by fast. 

Years from now, I envision our family sitting in the living room at Christmas time. Our now grown children have come home for the holidays, bringing along significant others or perhaps children of their own. We sit in the living room flipping through our family albums, and we relive the joy and the love (and the sometimes craziness) of our family's story. 


Are you interested in learning more about lifestyle photography, and how you can document your family in this same way?

The Lifestyle Mama Online Workshop is an in depth beginner photography course geared exlusively towards moms who want to better understand not only how to use their camera, but how to capture images that tell their family's story and create a photographic legacy.