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How to mix lifestyle and posed photography styles to add variation

The post How to mix lifestyle and posed photography styles to add variation, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jackie Lamas.

As photographers, we take the time to sharpen our profession and practice many hours to do it well. When it comes to photographing people, there are two main approaches to alert customers to the desired photos. I will explain the difference between the two and how I can apply the two during the same session to get the most variation in the final gallery that your customers will absolutely love!

Mixing position and lifestyle can vary your photos.

What is lifestyle photography?

Lifestyle photography is when you capture your customers a little more naturally than when you pose them. The point is to let the session run naturally while you photograph your couple, your family or yourself.

Lifestyle can mean that you take a walk through a botanical garden with your customers.

It is also about presenting the person in their daily life or routines. For example, by joining a family while casually hanging around their homes and baking together. Or join a couple for coffee and a walk through the park.

Drinking coffee while photographing your customers can also be considered a lifestyle.

Lifestyle photography can be both natural and stylized. Styling simply means arranging the appearance, even though the person is drinking coffee on his couch, dressed and using items that give the photos a coherence.

The use of a stylized home can also provide a great location for lifestyle photos of a couple hanging out in the living room.

Much of what you see on Instagram can be considered as lifestyle photography.

What is posed photography?

Posed photography is when you send your clients to sit, stand and stand, to pose exactly as you would like. This gives you a more controlled and directive role in addition to being the photographer.

Making people pose to shape a certain way is photography.

Posed photography can be very beautiful and usually lies in the editorial, fashion or art styles of photography. However, posed photography can be used in any session in which you want to control the final pose in your photo.

How to mix both styles to get variety

In a photo session it doesn't matter if it is a family or just a person, mixing the two styles can really help to add variation to the final images that you provide to your client.

Mixing styles

Start by starting the session with posed photography, because most customers are nervous at the start of a session. By having them pose comfortably and by being more direct in how you want them to stand, they can feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

The photo on the left was lifestyle and the right is posed. The same family, the same session, two different styles that add variation to the final images.

As you pose, you show your client exactly how you want them to pose rather than just instruct, which can be confusing.

For example, instead of saying "put your left hand on your right elbow," you would instead go to where they are and show how you want them to put the left hand on their right elbow.

This is a faster way to help your customer visually see what you want them to do.

After you've posed your client enough and they seem a bit more comfortable in front of the camera, you go for the lifestyle approach.

Tell your client to relax and walk around the area. For example, if it's a family, ask them to walk and talk to each other while they tell a funny joke. Make sure you keep your camera ready during these times. That way you can take photojournalistic style photos that make lifestyle so meaningful.

With children you can play them with their toys and take photos posed during the same session.

As you go through the session, keep alternating between poses and lifestyle. You can also pose to your clients, a couple, for example, so that they face each other, take a few photos and ask the couple to say something nice about the other.

This is a great way to switch from posed to lifestyle. You get authentic expressions from the couple because you put them in a certain position and then give them something to do that seems natural. It is a perfect mix of the two styles at the same time.

If you're more comfortable with lifestyle and candid photography styles, don't be afraid to let your customers walk halfway, hug or whatever they do to hold the pose. This is a transition from lifestyle to pose.

Combining the two styles offers your customers more variety and an overall great experience. They will feel more at ease if they are standing in front of the camera because they were allowed to be themselves while you also stopped to take posed photos.

If you use both styles, the session gets a smoother flow and your customers can also have a good time during the session. This is especially important when photographing children. By having them play and having fun while mixing posed photos, they get a fun experience.

Finally

lifestyle and posed photography

Combining the two styles, lifestyle and posed photography, will add variety to your client's photos and will ensure that they have a great experience without feeling stiff or uncomfortable for the camera.

The post How to mix lifestyle and posed photography styles to add variation, first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Jackie Lamas.

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