So you’re planning your St. George family newborn pictures but have you ever heard photographers use terms like “Fine Art” & “Lifestyle” and “Day-in-The-Life?” Maybe you’re vaguely familiar, but also not too sure what exactly these terms mean?
Allow me to clear things up! By the end of this blog, you’ll be able to identify each photography style and select the one that will best preserve your family newborn pictures!
Just like you wouldn’t wear a tuxedo to a beach party, some styles just work better with certain moods and moments.
Picture your grandma’s vintage photo hanging on the wall – that’s a perfect example of traditional portrait photography.
Generally this is the “holiday card photo.” You can clearly see everyone’s face and everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.
Usually this is done on-location or in studio, but your photographer might use more casual prompts and poses in order to get laughs and reactions from those being photographed.
This style is perfect if your family loves a more casual look to their photos. You might not be able to see everyone’s faces and some people’s faces might look goofy, but that’s the point of candid photography!
It’s less about perfection and more about authenticity.
It’s a genre of photography that’s often compared to a fine painting or sculpture, with each image carefully composed and thoughtfully designed.
The photographer may use lighting techniques to create a certain mood or emotion, and the subjects may be posed in a way that highlights their form and beauty.
The goal of fine art photography is to create a work of art.
If you’re looking for a unique image to display, this style is perfect for you!
While it may not capture the spontaneous moments of candid photography, it offers a different kind of beauty and depth.
This style aims to capture real-life events or milestones or activities in a storytelling manner. It’s often set in personal and outdoor spaces.
So if your family loves to hike, camp or picnic, lifestyle shots will catch those special moments.
With day-in-the-life photography, there is generally no posing or prompting at all. The photographer really is a fly on the wall while your family participates in an activity you all love doing together.
I particularly love day-in-the-life photography for families with toddlers. It’s so much more fun to do an activity they love! Rather than trying to ask them to sit still and smile for a more classic type of photography session.
Birth photography definitely falls into Day-in-the-life photography! It’s capturing one of the biggest days of your life, right? The day you meet your baby!
Now, here’s the fun part: deciding on the best style for your family!
This isn’t about choosing ‘the best’ style out there, but rather what’s best for your family. (And this might change depending on the season of life your family is in).
If your family is a lively bunch that’s constantly on the move, candid or lifestyle photography might work best. For families that love tradition and formality, portrait photography could be the way to go.
But hey, who says you have to stick to one style? Now that you know the terms photographers use for these types of sessions, feel free to ask your photographer if they do these types of photography. Or if they’re willing to mix and match.
For example, I generally include both “classic” and “candid” in my portrait sessions. I find that my clients like a mix of both.
As you ponder over your next family photo session, let these styles play in your mind.
I can’t wait to see you and your family in front of my lens for your family portraits or your St. George Family newborn pictures! I know that capturing those moments that will become treasured memories!
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