Family Portrait Photography [Plum Island, MA Family Lifestyle Portraits]



One of my favorite types of portraiture is lifestyle portraiture. Compared to the formal sitting portrait with the majority of images capturing the subject in a fixed position looking at the camera, lifestyle portraiture is more subtle and unobtrusive, with the photographer shadowing a subject in motion to document their activity rather than directing them into specific poses. This style works especially well with the young kiddos, who aren’t going to sit still for long regardless, and you’re better off letting them do their thing and earn their trust to participate in their space with your camera. Even with lifestyle portraiture, there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab those more formal portraits as well, but because lifestyle portraiture is “on the go”, the technique relies more on natural light than complex studio illumination.

This lifestyle photography session was a fun hybrid, documenting family vacation time at a beach Airbnb cottage, but also covered family portraiture and maternity portraiture as well. We spent an hour or so together — plenty of time for a great set — and I appreciate the family inviting me to share in their adventure!

Grace [Sherman Oaks Newborn Portraits]



Meet Grace. Isn't she a doll? John and Anne, the proud parents of this little gem, were my very first clients a couple years back, so it was really great to come full circle and reunite with them once again for another session, this time with their 4 week old newborn.

We staged this get-together indoors, using natural light and draping Grace in an assortment of blankets and embraces. "Oogie, Boogie... Goo-Goo, Gah-Gah." That pretty much sums up my direction on this shoot -- can you tell I'm not a parent yet? Hah! See, I'm learning a lot from these types of sessions -- and not just about photography -- but what it means to bring a beaming new smile into the world. I guess you could say I'm getting primed for my turn someday (which I'm sure brings an even bigger smile to my mom and dad). The true highlight of the day was us capturing a brief glint of a grin from Grace while sleeping. Oh, what dreams dance in her head? There was a collective silence among us. I was told, at this age, such a smile is an infrequent shooting-star-of-a-sight : fleeting, treasured, and pure magic.

John and Anne, thanks again for letting me document yet another amazing chapter in your lives. And to Finn, I know you're going to be the best Big Brother ever!