Posted on January 7, 2014
What is lifestyle photography?
Lifestyle photography is a term that gets thrown around a lot and one that happens to have a bit of a different meaning depending on the photographer you are talking to. But, in it’s essence, it is the capturing of real life moments – genuine expressions, most often candid without the subject knowing the photo was being taken. No posing or fake smiles, taken candidly in most cases and often the subject is caught up in their own world, unaware you and the camera are even there. It’s the recording of precious details that pass us by everyday, and are often those little things that we look back on in later years and think, “Oh my goodness, I remember when …” It’s an interaction, an expression or emotion, the way we live, laugh and love. In future years these photos will be something to look back at and treasure, to remind us of the real moments and to tell our story to future generations.
In this original post you’ll find many examples of lifestyle photography as well as a plethora of helpful tips to getting started (or as a refresher to those already familiar with lifestyle photography). It’s a wonderfully helpful post whether or not you plan on doing the project with us.
As someone who began her photography journey with the passion to capture the beauty in every day life, I’m excited to see that more and more photographers are embracing lifestyle photography. This project is for those who want to preserve and capture all those memories that are so important to us personally … and it’s about your life, so there really are no rules. But there are some tips to shooting lifestyle photography that may help you along the way that you’ll find below. But first I’ll explain a little about the project “This Is My Life” and how things will work. Simple. That is my goal for this project … no complicated guidelines or instructions.
There will be a prompt or theme every week for those who find it beneficial or challenging to have something specific to shoot in their project, but for those who simply want to venture out on their own and record the moments that matter to them regardless of the theme I wholeheartedly invite you to do so. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a pro, you don’t even have to shoot with a DSLR to join, and you don’t need to use any Paint the Moon products to participate (although the images picked to be featured on the blog will be those that used PTM in their editing). Join anytime of the year and no beating yourself up if you miss a week … this is a no pressure or guilt project!
The first theme of 2014 for the “Our Life” project is BALANCE. Themes are always open to your own interpretation, and you’re always welcome to go out on your own with your subject as well. For my personal project some of the ideas I’ve thought of for the balance theme are something that shows how hard it is balancing my roles as mommy, photographer, wife, business owner, caretaker for parents, etc., etc. … a photo showing my newly standing baby who has just taken his first few steps this week … my daughter pretending to be a famous gymnast on the balance beam … those are just a few different ways the word balance could be shown in a photo. Use your imagination and fit it to your life!
Members will post their images in the new Flickr group for This Is Our Life … every Monday you’ll find the new prompt up on the Flickr group page (found inside the gray box) and it’s also listed in the 2014 Master Theme List thread in the discussion area on the Flickr page. Have your submissions for the week posted before Sunday evening please.
A new feature for 2014 is the option to use Instagram to post your weekly photo. Use #paintthemoon52 for the hashtag … if you used Paint the Moon products to process the image (not required) you can add #paintthemoon to the image as well. My plan is to pull member’s Instagram photos for the occasional spotlight as well. They can be your regular DSLR shots, edited with actions and uploaded to Instagram … or you can use iPhone shots if you desire. Or you can do both … a DSLR and edited shot for the regular post plus a separate iPhone weekly shot for the project. It’s your project – make it what you want!
I will be doing occasional blog posts that feature images from the group to show off some of our member’s photos (to be included in the featured images blog posts please use Paint the Moon products in the edit, otherwise it’s not required for any submissions or participation). Please submit only one photo per week. Sometimes it’s a challenge to pick our favorite as the photo of the week, but I find that is part of how we grow and learn.
Our regular Let’s Do 52 group will be starting fresh for 2014 as well for those interested in participating there as well. You may choose to do both projects or just one. And with both projects you can choose to follow the themes/prompts or do your own thing with the subject of your weekly photos. The Let’s Do 52 project information can be found here and the Flickr group here … for those wishing to challenge themselves with a weekly photo project, grow in your photography skills and stretch your creativity, but not necessarily take lifestyle photos, it’s the perfect project. If you are new to Let’s Do 52 or just need a refresher on the guidelines and details …please see the original post for the 2012 Let’s Do 52.
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Click here for a very in depth post all about capturing lifestyle photography … finding good light indoors, settings, capturing candid moments, etc.
This project is all about YOUR life – and taking lifestyle shots are all about genuine moments, the real life raw emotion and the relaxed, everyday details that make our lives so special. Although many of you are lifestyle photographers for your clients, this project and information below is more focused on the personal lifestyle shots that you take just for YOU. I talk a lot about capturing moments with your children in the details below, however, this project is for everyone no matter what your life is like … whether you have children or not, it’s meant to help you record the important memories in your life and the details you want to remember forever. Be sure to
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