How to Prep a Family for a Lifestyle Session

Emily Lapish Photography - authentic lifestyle session

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Emily says:

“True lifestyle photography is what moves my heart – real families being real with each other. My business tagline is “Life is beautiful. Life is art,” and I believe that with all that I am.

I was so thrilled when the mother of this beautiful family wanted to do a lifestyle session with me. In our pre-session consultation, we planned some activities that were typical for their family to really enjoy together.

Since the kids were young, we kept the activities simple and engaging. The day of their session, we started with some family cuddle time, reading a favorite book.

Then on to cookie making (producing a lot of mess and fun). Then we headed to downtown Chattanooga (one of my favorite shooting locations) to explore the gorgeous Riverwalk area, and finished with some gelato at our favorite local dive.”

Emily’s Photography Tip:

For me, with the type of customized lifestyle photography I do, a pre-session consultation is an absolute must. I love meeting with clients in my cozy studio over coffee and just getting to know them – it’s vital to establish that relationship so that they:

  • Trust me to capture great photographs without the urge to micromanage me during a shoot
  • Relax in front of the camera
  • Have awesome portraits that really show who they are as a family
  • Know exactly what to expect at every stage of their experience.

Since every family has their own unique dynamics and quirks, there is no way that pulling out the same tricks and trying the same poses and shots on each session can capture a family authentically – so this pre-session consult is vital.

Emily Lapish Photography - authentic lifestyle session
Emily Lapish Photography - authentic lifestyle session
Emily Lapish Photography - authentic lifestyle session
Emily Lapish Photography - authentic lifestyle session

Emily used a Canon 6D with a Canon 24-70 2.8L lens to capture these images.

Emily Lapish is a Chattanooga, TN Family and Beauty Portraits photographer.

See more tips on Client Direction, Client Personality, and In-Home Sessions.

 

 

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