lifestyle

One Last Christmas Session

The holidays can be a busy time, but that doesn't mean you can't find a way to squeeze in your Christmas session! We did this lifestyle session a couple of days after Christmas and I wanted to share it with you!

Baby R's Newborn Session

I was so thrilled to photograph this sweet, brand new baby and his mama. His daddy had to be at work, but mama wanted to hurry and document him before he started changing, and I know she'll be glad to have these pictures of the way he looked during those first days. Baby R could not have been more compliant! He was sound asleep when I arrived and stayed that way for most of the session. When his eyes did open, it wasn't for long. I had the best time capturing all those little details - the lips, the feet, that perfect swirl of hair! I'm so glad to finally share these images with you all!

Newborn Session

I cannot believe I haven't yet blogged this session! It's been a busy summer around here, as it usually is for most people, I suppose. It's no secret that lifestyle sessions are my favorite. Add a newborn into the mix and I'm in heaven! Sweet baby G was so bright-eyed for most of his session. He was such a pleasure to photograph and his parents were very obviously in love with him. Documenting first-time parents is so special. It's always easy to see that new love in their eyes, the kind they have never before experienced. And so it was with this sweet family.

If you have a baby on the way, I hope you'll consider a lifestyle session! It's such a sweet and natural way to capture your new baby and the changes he brings into your life.

Lifestyle Maternity Session

The morning of this mini session was absolutely dreary! But I love the feel it gave these images. This mama was just glowing and baby brother was so cute! 

Five 3-Year-Olds and a Baby

I am so fond this family! They have such an amazing story of waiting on the Lord and then being blessed with (and surprised by) triplets, followed by twins, followed by sweet baby C. I love documenting their normal because their normal is always exciting! I had the chance to spend a morning with them last week and let me tell you, their mommy is amazing! There is no perfection in motherhood for any of us, but I love watching Sarah with her kids. She radiates love and patience and her children adore her! Enjoy this little glimpse into their crazy, ordinary lives.

Sweet 16

Oh to be young again, am I right? Last week I had the chance to crash this Sweet 16 party in order to take pictures and it was so fun! These girls were so cute and fun to photograph and I love all the images I got! I also realized that it has been a LONG time since I turned 16 and that I am no longer a spring chicken - haha! 

Is A Lifestyle Session Right For You?

 

Do you enjoy having your portrait taken? I must confess, I hate having mine taken! I feel so self-conscious trying to figure out how to stand, where to put my hands, whether I should smile or not, where I’m supposed to be looking. Most people I know feel the same way. Having our photos taken can feel awkward, so many of us put off having our photos taken for as long as we can.

 

The thing we are forgetting when we fail to schedule family photos because of our own insecurities, is that one day we will look back and wish we had more photos of the whole family together. We all know that life happens so fast. As the saying goes, the days are long, but the years are short. Your family is changing, your children are growing, your life is passing by!  That’s why it’s so important to have your family photographed at least once a year. You need to document those changes and that growth!

 

 

But what if you could do more than just capture what everyone looks like this year? What if you could capture the essence of your family? What if you could document your favorite weekend activities together? What if you could frame the way your children interact with each other, rather than just how tall they have gotten? What if you could capture the way your husband plays and jokes with them? Or the way your youngest child still likes to snuggle on your lap? What about the way your toddler still curls up her finger and sucks on it. You might want her to stop sucking her finger, but you don’t want to forget how she looked when she was doing it.

 

That’s what a lifestyle session is all about! It allows me to capture so much more than how you look. It allows me to capture who you are! Imagine having professional quality photos of your son playing with his favorite dinosaur toy on the top bunk. Or a canvas worthy photo of your entire family giggling on the couch. You can have meaningful photos that evoke memories!

 

So what can you expect from a lifestyle session? How is it different from a regular portrait session? Well, for starters, a lifestyle session can happen anywhere! More often than not, lifestyle sessions are photographed in the home. The beauty of an in-home session is that it does not have to be subject to the weather. These cold winter months are the perfect time to schedule a lifestyle session in your home.

Another difference between a lifestyle session and a regular portrait session is that a lifestyle session allows you to be less formal. Yes, there will still be a few suggestions regarding dress, but you can feel comfortable dressing casually and looking more like yourself. You can be barefoot and wear your favorite pair of jeans because the goal of a lifestyle session is to preserve the memory of who you are, not to make you seem perfect.

 

And the most important difference between these two types of sessions, is that during one of my lifestyle sessions there is no formal posing! You will simply be able to enjoy the people you love in your own home while I capture you interacting with one another. You may be nervous that this will seem awkward, but trust me, it’s not!

 

What if you want frame worthy photos? Trust me, you’ll be more likely to stop on your way down the hall and enjoy the photos hanging there if they evoke emotion. A picture of your toddler laughing? Perfect for a frame. A photo of your little girl twirling? That’s the way you always want to remember her.

 

If you have been considering a lifestyle session but have just been a little be nervous about the unknown, I would love to answer any questions you have and walk you through what a session in your home might look like! Feel free to send me an email and I’ll be happy to give you some more information. I’m sure that once you get an idea of what a lifestyle session could be for your family, you’ll be excited to book one!

 

You can contact me at kristipalmerphotography@gmail.com. Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Newborn & Lifestyle Session

Images like these make my heart sing! Lifestyle sessions are definitely my favorite kind of family session. Nothing beats the images that capture the energy and relationships in a family. These are the sessions where I catch mom and dad smiling at each other, a little boy wearing his Superman cape around the house, a sweet new baby scrunching and stretching on mom and dad's great big bed, and so much more. It was freezing outside on this day but so warm and cozy inside this family's home. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent documenting their morning!