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        Lifestyle Photography Defined

        What is in-home Lifestyle Photography?

        Lifestyle photography is photographing people, YOU, in your natural environment doing normal things. It’s documenting the bath time routine, or the joy and chaos of cooking in the kitchen. 

        According to Mark Delong, lifestyle photography “tells a story” that “gives the viewer a sense of the life they’re viewing.”

        Is it awkward? No way!

        Before the in-home photo session:

        First, we’ll chat. We’ll talk on the phone about what you want to capture or remember. We’ll chat about what your family likes to do together – wrestling, eating, cooking, video games, jumping on the trampoline, etc.

        We’ll make an informal list to be our game plan during your photo session.

        How do I prep for an in home photo session?

        Before the session

        Remove clutter. This is not an organization intervention. This is toss-it-in-a-tote-and-shove-it-behind-a-door.

        Close said door. Done.

        Note: we’re removing clutter – mail, magazines, school papers that can’t find a home.. or the trash can. Not the toys left out or puzzle everyone is working on. 

        When in doubt, I’ll help! 

        What will our family do during a lifestyle session?

        Play! You’re going to enjoy your people and do the things we planned, loosely working down the list.

        During my own lifestyle session we: 

        • made pudding (bc the boys were a bit obsessed with it and they made it on their own weekly) 
        • played aggravation at the dinner table
        • wrestled on the living room floor
        • read a book on the couch
        • played legos in a bedroom
        • pillow fight on the master bed
        • combed hair in the master bath
        • measured the boys’ height on the growth chart
        • ran down the stairs
        • tied shoes 
        • got a family shot with the whole house and dog

        Not bad, right?  

        More ideas:

        • The bedtime routine – giving littles a bath, brushing teeth, reading books in bed
        • After school routines – snacks, homework, making dinner? reading aloud? 
        • swinging in the back yard, 
        • Laying in a hammock
        • Coffee/drinks on the patio/porch, 
        • Playing with the dog
        • Video games
        • Tickle fights
        • Nerf war
        • Dance party

        Sorry my ideas are a bit testosterone driven! Ha! #lifewithboys

        How long does a family lifestyle photography session last?

        1-2 hours depending on our goals.

        When should I book a family lifestyle session?

        Now. Why not?

        Your house has no seasonal or weather concerns.

        Email me now to see what’s open.

        Where will we shoot during a lifestyle photo session?

        Where ever you are comfortable.

        Being military I like to get plenty of wide shots that capture our house because we’re only there a short time. I like mixing it up with kitchen, living room, master bedroom, kids’ rooms and dining table. 

        But this is completely up to you! Do plan on living room, kitchen and master bedroom. 

        What will the photographer do during a lifestyle session?

        I’m going to get in there with you. I’m going to set up the scene by placing everyone and I’ll give direction. Mostly I’ll keep reminding you to smile!

        COVID conditions: I will be wearing a mask. I will wash my hands immediately entering your home. I will maintain whatever distance you are comfortable with. This does make me unable to wrangle toddlers. 

        I’ll be moving around getting lots of angles

        I may tell some jokes.

        I’ll definitely encourage some silly behavior and potty talk

        Work down our list of fun things to do! 

        What I will not do:

        • Ask you to look at me
        • Pose you
        • Bring props 

        What do we wear for an in home lifestyle session?

        Clothes! Yup, no naked parades, sorry.

        Something comfortable. A better version of your every day self. No long flow dresses here! 

        • Simple or no patterns
        • Neutral or light colors
        • Dark colors in moderation
        • No neon
        • No words

        But the best things to wear are the FAVORITE T shirts regardless of what they look like. In 10… 20 years I want your kids to say “Oh man I LOVED that shirt!” (Or pajamas, costume… socks… anything!)

        I have a styling service specific to family photographer. Join the Waitlist to get access to it now. But don’t worry about coordinating colors or styles. This should be representative of daily life. 

        Ready to book?! Hit me up now and let’s make some magic!

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        I (Alison) am the circus ring leader of four boys. We're a half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia. I love loud, messy, families, especially those with littles. I like dancing, loud music, and people! I'm passionate about education and the beach. Born and raised in Charleston, SC I'm a cornbread purist. Skillet only! Find me on Insta @alisonbellphotog!