I like to call my children portrait work Lifestyle Portraits, but what exactly does that mean? I recently did an On Location Lifestyle Session with Andrew and Avery that shows what this session is all about.
We chose Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, Indiana because we know we could get some great fall colors and the giant sled hill is a great place for kids to run around and the playground is pretty neat too.
Our goal is to always get a nice sit down portrait, but this can be a challenge with energetic kids sometimes. So I try to get this done early and capture a few of these images that a parent will want to hang on their wall or display at the office. Sooner or later though, it will be time to let them loose and get those clothes a bit dirty. And why not?!!
These images are the core of what Lifestyle Portraits are all about. Capturing the joy and wonderment on their faces as they play without a care in the world is just as important as the posed portrait of smiling teeth. These types of images make for a great photo book to look back on for years to come.
Letting them run around while I take photographs takes them away from their awareness of me and then we try again for some extra sit down images. By this time they are a little more trusting of me and (hopefully) ready for a break as well. A good time for getting great expressions.
I photograph kids of all ages - business professionals, high school seniors, couples, etc. and keeping the "lifestyle" tag is always on my mind. It's important to capture real life, but in the best possible light. I'd love to have a consultation with you to tell you and show you more of what I mean. Also, check out the SBV Photography page for even more examples and photo updates.