Defining Lifestyle Photography

by | Jan 5, 2021

Some people have asked me what lifestyle photography is… So I decided to take some time and write this blog to answer that question. So here we go…Lifestyle photography is a style of portrait photography that focuses on capturing real-life situations in an artistic way. The purpose of this style is to share people’s stories through candid scenes. And yes, there is a difference between lifestyle and candid photography. That difference is in how involved the photographer is in directing the scene. However, if you really want to know what the difference truly is, then you must understand what candid photography is first to know the differences between both styles.

So what is candid photography? Candid photography is capturing an unplanned moment on film. As a candid photographer, you take a “fly on the wall” approach, capturing moments as they unfold naturally with no intervention, no posing or direction, by the photographer. The style itself has a photojournalistic vibe because you are documenting moments happening instead of directing moments to happen in a predetermined way.

Alright, now that we have a better understanding of what candid photography is, we can now look at how much of a role the photographer actually needs to play in directing a scene, I mean to be considered a lifestyle photo. So in lifestyle photography, the idea is to capture a candid scene with some intervention, as minimal as possible, by the photographer. You want to capture an image that looks as natural as possible but at the same time had photographer direction without people knowing. That is the idea behind this type of photography, slightly directing real-life situations while you document them unfolding.