How to Personalize a Family Lifestyle Session

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Today’s feature is from Lisa Novakowski.

Lisa says:

“This lovely couple have an active toddler, and those precious toddlers grow into big kids so fast!

The mother Nicole loved the idea of my “A Day in the Life” documentary-styled sessions, and wanted their session to focus mostly on capturing their sweet boy in this short, ever-changing stage of life.

We started the session fairly early in the morning on what turned out to be a hot summer day, choosing a location that had both fun play areas and lots of open shade that helped keep us cool as the day heated up.”

Lisa’s Photography Tip:

My lifestyle family sessions are my absolute favorites.

The focus is always in telling a true-to-life story of this day in the life of a family, and while we do make some portraits, even those are loosely structured, as the intention is to show personality and focus on the relationships represented in the frame.

I take time beforehand to talk about what’s going on in the family right now, what activities they love to do together, where they like to go, and even a bit about the children’s personalities.

The more I know, the more personalized their experience will be.

I also tend to start the session at what is generally the happiest time of day for the youngest child!

Sometimes I start the session at the family home to document life there, and sometimes we shoot the whole thing at an outside location where they can just spend time together and enjoy the sunshine!

With this session, for instance, that Teddy bear is Mateo’s absolute favorite thing, he sleeps with it and it goes EVERYWHERE with him, so I knew Teddy had to be featured in the photos.

He also loves his trucks, so I wanted to make sure to get some shots with them as well.

Mateo’s mom told me he’s at the stage where everything is fascinating…. for about 17.5 seconds until he finds the next fascinating thing, so I knew I had to be prepared to move fast!!

Communicating closely with the family beforehand means that they will know how your session is going to go, and they will be more relaxed and confident in you.

The result for everyone is a relaxed, fun session, with images that tell the real story of their life and their relationships.

Sunshine at the park
Higher Daddy!
Little Man
Pure Joy.

Lisa used a Nikon D4 with a Nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Lisa Novakowski is a Kamloops, BC Wedding and Documentary Family Sessions photographer.

See more tips on working your Client’s Personality into their session and Working with Children.

 

 

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