Traditional vs Lifestyle? What type of session would you prefer (not to photograph, but to have on your walls)?
After my last post, I got to thinking. I know how much I love photographing kids and families in more of a lifestyle manner. But, how do others like it? And by liking it, I mean, I-would-rather-slather-my-walls-with-lifestyle-images-rather-than-posed-with-a-backdrop-images.
Before you commit to “liking it,” let me explain exactly what I mean by a lifestyle or “day in the life” session. The best example of what a “day in the life” would be like would be here. A lifestyle session would be here…or maybe even here. It is basically a storytelling session. Backdrops, stiff poses, perfect ruffley dresses…out the window. I’m thinking more along the lines of superhero capes, favorite foods, cooking together, games, dressups, dancing…you know…the good stuff. Why do I love photographing like this? Duh. Because it is fun. It is real. And most important, because we are capturing details and quirks that will be forgotten in five years from now.
Coming full circle, that brings me back to my question.
Imagine your walls and picture books decorated with perfect images taken by a professional photographer…are they posed and perfect, or are they fun and unexpected?
Keep in mind as you answer the question, there is NO RIGHT ANSWER. Just because I photograph a certain way, it does not mean I don’t adore and appreciate beautiful traditional images. Everyone has their own style, and I love and respect that. It’s just my sheer curiosity to know what people prefer.
I would love if you (and by you, I mean ANYONE reading this blog) would leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. What do the images in your mind look like of an absolute perfect session of your children and/or family? Oh, and you can leave an anonymous comment if you want…I just want to hear from you :)