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July 26, 2020

Lifestyle Photography Defined | Oklahoma City Photographer

Well guys, this is finally my first ever blog post. This has only been on my to-do list for over a year, maybe close to two. (Yikes that’s embarrassing to say. Can anyone relate??) I thought what better topic to discuss than the very heart of what I do here at Haley Kinzie Photography, and something you might have asked yourself…

What exactly is “lifestyle” photography? 

mom lifts 9 month old son into air while sitting in a wildflower field for a lifestyle photography session

Maybe it’s helpful to start by talking about what lifestyle photography is NOT. Lifestyle photography is not portrait photography, which tends to be posed or staged (hello Glamourshots!); but it’s also not documentary photography, which captures moments as they happen with absolutely no input from the photographer (think photojournalism). Lifestyle tends to land nicely somewhere right in the middle of these two styles. 

parents hold and kiss infant boy outside

Using beautiful light, my job as a lifestyle photographer is to direct your family in specific ways while capturing the genuine connections and emotions that follow. The cool thing is, I might tell 10 different families to do the exact same thing, i.e. “Everybody snuggle in close” or “Now dance around with your kiddo” but each person/family is going to follow those directions totally differently. This creates a gallery that is full of connection, love, movement, and fun, and is totally unique to your family!

father holds young son on shoulders and mother helps infant son stand up during a lifestyle family photography session

If you’ve worked with me before, you know my sessions are always relaxed and playful, yet guided and prompted without being stiffly posed or staged. I promise to tell you where to stand and what to do with your hands, but you’ll never hear me asking for cheesy smiles. Don’t worry though, we’ll be sure to get the money shot of everyone smiling at the camera, but 95% of your gallery will show all those other moments of you doing what you do best – loving on each other!

parents smile at camera with young son between them
mother and father snuggle 9 month old infant in a wildflower field in Mustang Oklahoma during a lifestyle family photography session

So, if you’re in the OKC / Edmond area and a lifestyle photography session with Haley Kinzie Photography sounds like your jam, contact me HERE! I’d love to meet you and have the chance to photograph your beautiful family. 

mother holds and kisses young son in Oklahoma field

Do you have any questions about lifestyle photography? Leave them below!

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