When people hear I’m a photographer the conversation invariably turns to something like this:
Them: “Cool! So you shoot weddings and stuff"?”
Me: “No. I specialise in lifestyle family and newborn photography.”
Them: “oh..so portraits of babies? Like Anne Geddes.”
And thats usually where it comes unstuck. Because while I do shoot portraits of babies, lifestyle photography is so very different from what we’ve come to know and understand of the portrait world. Not better. Not worse. Just different. It’s like comparing two completely different genres of music, lets say rock and country (for want of a better example). Neither is necessarily better or worse - they just serve a different need, a different mood and method of expression.
The reason I choose to shoot in a lifestyle fashion is mostly selfish. It takes the pressure off me and allows me to let YOU take the lead. I always direct and guide your activity, but when I do this I’m watching you for cues. Cues that tell me what is important to you and what you need to feel good in that moment. Lifestyle photography gives us the freedom to go where you want to go and when you’re working with kids I think this is especially important. It means capturing you in the places and spaces that feel most comfortable, and most like you.
I think you can see that in this session. This beautiful family had their original plans foiled by a combination of unfinished renovations and bad weather. It but it opened up a wonderful opportunity to shoot at their home away from home. The result, I think, is a session that’s brimming with the familiar love you find in your own surroundings coupled with the carefree air of a holiday break.
Kira and Jash, thank you so much for choosing me to capture this moment in your family’s story. Your girls are an absolute delight and I had such a good time exploring the beach with you. I hope you love this record of our morning together.