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.
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.
Fast forward seven short months and introducing gorgeous young Christophe
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.
And here’s a few more favourites from my Lifestyle session with Andreea, Steve, and Christophe.