What is Lifestyle photography?
Our photography style would be referred to as “Lifestyle Photography.” But technically, what is lifestyle photography?
Lets start with what Wikipedia defines “Lifestyle Photography” as because, lets be honest, its where we all first look at for a good definition.
Wikipedia defines Lifestyle Photography as “a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”
Ok great! But what does that actually mean.
Lifestyle Photography has been around for a little while now but their seems to be so many different interpretations. I think the reason for this is that Lifestyle Photography seems to sit in the middle of a photographic scale, if you will. If Photojournalism/documentary (fly on the wall) was at one end and Fine Art portraiture (posing and direction) was at the other end, I think it is safe to say that Lifestyle Photography sits somewhere in the middle.
I don't think I have it so together that I can say I have THE definition of it. Quite the opposite. I actually think, as “Lifestyle Photography” sits in the middle of the scale, it is a little open to interpretation. Sometimes it can be a little more documentary and sometimes it can lean a little bit more to posed. But I do think that if you are a photographer who uses the term “lifestyle photographer”, you should have an idea of what that means to you.
I think at its core, Lifestyle has to have one thing in common across all interpretations. That is, that what is being photographed could actually take place in real life. In particular, the subjects lives.
So how do I interpret lifestyle photography?
I would have to say I am a mix but I would say my lifestyle “style” definitely leans towards the photojournalistic (fly on the wall) approach. I still definitely like to control a few elements such as, where I place subjects. I would try to choose rooms where “lifestyle moments” take place to have the best light for example. I also will encourage subjects to do certain things that will then naturally progress into real life moments. What I want to capture technically could happen in everyday life, but I could never capture enough variety unless I help these moments along to some degree.
So there you have it. My super educated opinion about the definition of "Lifestyle Photography."
At the end of the day Lifestyle Photographers aim to capture moments and activities that will be remembered for a lifetime. And I think we can all agree that, that is the most valuable thing with any image.