HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS! This is is by far my favorite time of the year! I'm obsessed with decorating, Christmas cookies, getting our tree, trying out weird new appetizer recipes and drinking way too much wine with my friends. I love that it's cold and that it gets dark early and you can just stay in, be with people you care about and not feel like you have to rush off into the next big thing. It was so special to be able to hang out while Henry and his Dad shared their special holiday traditions with me <3 This lifestyle session is all about the little details and what makes the holidays special. Cheers!
This fabulous lifestyle Honeymoon Adventure session took place at the newest and coolest AirBNB in town: Heliotrope Hotel! This gorgeous and freshly remodeled location was the perfect fit for this snugglefest. We wanted to show everyone what it means to take your honeymoon on an adventure and really enjoy those special moments in your life with the people you love. Life is special in all moments, friends. Capture them in your real and raw way!
There were so many awesome local vendors featured in this shoot. We wanted to incorporate several "key" elements to what make up a little honeymoon getaway including the top of your wedding cake, fantastic luggage, your bouquet, coffee for the morning and a getaway vehicle ;)
Talented and Wonderful Vendors Involved:
Coordination and Design: MOMAD Productions
Prop Rentals: Wander Event Rentals
Luggage: Found Leather Goods
Florals: Pozie by Natalie
Models: Kristi Kucera & Sarah Pernick
Venue: Heliotrope Hotel
Coffee: Bellingham Coffee Roasters
Huge thanks to the entire team! Enjoy <3
This year I have been obsessing over lifestyle sessions. I made it my mission in 2017 to go out of my way to build this side of my portfolio and really learn what it means to capture people authentically. Each lifestyle session I had the opportunity to photograph this year was special and I want to share exactly why this kind of session might be the perfect thing for you, too.
What is a Lifestyle Session?
To me, a lifestyle session is a non-posed way of capturing the things you do with the people you love in a meaningful way. Instead of engaging my client the entire session with direction and posing suggestions, I am VERY hands off. In fact, I want it to be as if I wasn't even in the room with you. This allows me to really watch the interactions, body language and emotion that make these moments YOURS. I always encourage my clients to think of something they love to do together- it might be something fun like fort building or baking. Or maybe it's something a little less glamorous like grocery shopping or laundry. Who cares? If those moments mean something to you, they mean something to me, too.
What Makes a Lifestyle Session Different?
Besides the lack of posed shots that you might typically think of when you imagine a photo shoot, lifestyle sessions are all about the details. The little smirks, the fingers wrapped around your son's favorite toy, the way your baby grabs onto your finger, the tiny toes up on your kitchen table helping you bake. It's about the little tiny things that are easy to forget over time. It's about finding a way to snatch those little details out of the moment and keep them in your memory forever.
Why Do a Lifestyle Session?
Maybe you're one of those people that hates the way you look in pictures. Let's be honest, so many of us are incredibly critical of ourselves on camera. I've found that what people really hate most about themselves in photos is their unnatural expressions or unnatural position. Or maybe your family has a tradition- something you've been doing for years, but haven't ever really captured. Or maybe that tradition is something you do ALL. THE. TIME. Like, laundry. It may not sound photo-worthy, but it's real life and that is something worth capturing. These lifestyle sessions take all of the pressure out of the situation and put you right back in the moment with the people you love and gives me the opportunity to photograph your true, honest, authentically happy self.
To see more photos from these various lifestyle sessions, click here!
As an antiques enthusiast myself, I was honored when Lyndsey asked me to come in and take photos of her shop downtown. Penny Lane has always held a very dear place in my heart. I go here for ALL sorts of props for shoots, gifts for friends and when it's rainy outside and I want to look at pretty things. The shop is so well organized, clean and colorful and every single person that works here is so friendly and excited to help you find whatever your heart desires. You can find a variety of postcards with my images on them at Penny Lane these days, too! These are some of my favorite shots and if you look close you can even see a sweet little shot of her son playing in his pajamas the morning I was there taking photos. <3