For The Love of Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle photography is one of the most beautiful and honest ways to capture what we love most about life.  For me, it is about what is natural and true. It’s a chance for us to step away from the posing and projection of expectation, whilst relaxing with all we love for the sake of the moment.

We often ask ourselves, “what do I want”? The constant noise from the echo chambers we live in seems to drown out what’s unique and truly inspiring within us. We study angles for the perfect selfie and how to arrange the perfect cheese board, but we don’t always spend time searching for self. And that’s one of the reasons I love lifestyle photography so much. It’s a chance to share a unique experience, a chance to capture reactions in truth. And what we end up with are beautiful and timeless moments that tell the true story of your love.

 

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My lifestyle shoot with Andreea, Steve and Christophe was a picture perfect way to start my photography blog. We’d arranged a “Baby Bump” shoot in early summer when Andreea was about eight months pregnant. Andreea’s mom was also visiting at the time, which worked perfectly with my “the more, the merrier” idea. We met for a light lunch and a catch up at one of my favourite hidden gems in London’s Shepherd Market, Da Corradi. From there, we made a few photos using the beautiful market shops as a backdrop, before heading over to Green Park.

 

Man putting coat on woman

Young couple walking in London

Young family portrait kissing

Pregnant mother belly bump

Young couple walking in street

Black and white candid photo of couple in London

Mother and expectant daughter laughing portrait

Young couple kissing in the park

Young couple classic portrait in the park

Candid couples portait

Father to be kissing expectant mother's belly

 

Fast forward seven short months and introducing gorgeous young Christophe

 

Baby gazing to the side

 

We were able to organize a Christmas/six-month birthday shoot commemorating Christophe’s arrival. The only time that we could all make ended up being just after sunset. Normally for lifestyle shoot I like to use natural light to keep things from being too posed, but as we didn’t have much natural light available I turned to my mobile studio. The Elinchrom system that I use produces beautifully soft, enveloping light and being able to control my lighting environment made for really stunning, dramatic portraits.

 

Young family portrait mom father son

baby smiling laughing

male portait

female portrait

baby portrait

 

And here’s a few more favourites from my Lifestyle session with Andreea, Steve, and Christophe.

 

classic family lifestyle portrait baby birthday celebration

Birthday cake present for baby

young couple kissing baby

family lifestyle portrait

scooting

candid baby portrait

Baby portrait

black and white family portrait

classic baby portrait

Creative candid lifestyle photo

Christmas theme family lifestyle portrait

lifestyle baby portrait

candid baby photo

baby and mother candid portrait

baby feet and toes in mom and dad's hands

baby fingers nose lips portrait

baby portrait with baby fingers and eye contact

Close up baby portrait eyes

I’m a commercial photographer, based in Kent and I specialise in creating dynamic, eye-catching images for my clients. My images are created to add value to every message conveyed across the spectrum of digital and offline platforms alike, including websites, brochures, blogs, social media channels, case studies and any other medium as required. My clients range from BAFTA award winners, multi-national building firms, television personalities and heads of state to local businesses, respected artists and ambitious entrepreneurs. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.A.), and after a stint as a lab technician followed by time out to travel, I began a career as a production rigger, working primarily in television and film. This experience allowed me to become accustomed to pressurised working environments and a demanding clientele! In 2011, I began studying at the London Film Academy, which eventually led to me devoting my time and training to becoming a commercial photographer. Whether you have a specific project in mind or you’re looking for a complete brand identity overhaul, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at kevan@smithstudios.co.uk or give me a call on +44 77 6666 1253.

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