What does lifestyle photography mean? I've gotten this question more times than I can count...usually it comes with a look that says "I think you just made that up because you don't know what you're actually doing". While that may be true sometimes (😉), lifestyle photography really is what speaks to my heart.

When I'm photographing a family, be it in their home for a newborn session, or on their little girl's wedding day...my job is always the same-capture timeless memories that will last a lifetime. You know what that means? It means sometimes, a little boy will have dirt on his hands and shirt. It means that a little girl only feels comfortable in front of the camera when she's in the safety of her momma's arms. Sometimes, that means a hair is out of place on a bride, but the look on her grandmother's face can't be posed. Real life is messy, and raw, and really, really beautiful. My favorite moments happen during the in-between...the breath right before a bride puts on her wedding gown. The outstretched hand of a daddy walking his daughter down the driveway. A groom sneaking a peek at his almost-bride during the prayer. The embrace of a momma that knows this phase is happening much too quickly. Photography, for me, means capturing ALL of your life...right in the phase + space that you're in. It won't always be perfectly posed. It won't always mean that everyone is looking at the camera...but it WILL mean that 10 years from now, when that little boy is going to prom, or that bride is showing her little girl the great-grandmother she never got to know, those memories will still be tangible. And real. And messy. And beautiful.

So, when I say I'm a lifestyle photographer...grab your boots and let's go for a walk in the woods. Take the hand of a person you love, and don't be afraid to show them just how much. I promise, I'll capture that moment + treasure it forever. Here are some of my favorite "in-between's"...because that's where life really happens. As always, celebrate love (muddy, imperfectly perfect love).
 

Captured by Rebecca

Captured by Rebecca

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