When I first started my photography business, I wanted and thought everything had to be perfect with regard to posing babies. I thought they had to lay a certain way, wear certain things, be wrapped, be placed in some type of prop, and be posed in usually unnatural type of poses. Even though, I never perfectly posed in a way that would bring harm to them as safety was and still is always my number one concern when photographing babies.
However, earlier this year I started seeing more and more natural, lifestyle type of photography that really opened my eyes and thoughts that photography doesn't have to be perfect to create beautiful, lifelong memories for families. What really turned me around was when I purchased an online lifestyle newborn photography workshop. After watching and studying that lifestyle type of photography, I absolutely fell in love with it and began to totally change my way of thinking and realizing it was okay to photograph babies and families in their own natural, real-life environment capturing true raw emotion through connecting with each other, with very little guidance from me.
What an overwhelming burden that was lifted from me. No more cumbersome and sometimes heavy props to pack up, unload, set up and then load back in. No more "perfect" posing. It was such a release and a freeing feeling. Now, all I need to take with me is my camera.
Since making the change to lifestyle photography, I have been updating my website and have been removing most of my previous posed images and replaced them with a mom looking down on her newborn or children making muffins in the kitchen or playing cards or just babies just as they are. I am a proponent of baby-led posing now.
Photographing lifestyle in the home is just so easy, natural, relaxing and fun. The switch from posed to lifestyle was really a no-brainer. It's the best decision I have made in my photography business. It just opens up many more doors, for example, adding families. Previously, I was only shooting maternity and newborns and sometimes the mom and dad with the baby, but not really the entire immediate family. Now, it's just so much more comfortable knowing no one has to look perfect, no one has to be put in stiff poses and no more staring straight into the camera and saying, "cheese." In fact, it will be rare if I ask you to look at the camera. If I am just photographing the baby at the time and your toddler comes running and jumps on the bed, that's great! I'll capture it. That is real life, raw emotion and, most importantly, connecting with one another.
Lifestyle is more like a storybook rather than a book of stiff poses.
Are you ready to create your own storybook? Great! Click on the button below now so we can get started on telling your story and creating an heirloom of your visual history that will be passed down from generation to generation.
DreamWorld Photography is so excited to announce we are expanding our services. In addition to capturing your maternity, fresh 48 and newborn photos, you can now include your family portraits, all in the lifestyle setting of your own home and/or even outside if you love your front or backyard.
I absolutely love the lifestyle genre of photography. Families don't have to feel awkward in traditional, stiff, look at the camera posing. With lifestyle, you never have to worry whether you or your children are looking and smiling at the camera. I probably won't ask you to look at the camera at all except for a very few shots. Lifestyle is all about connection - connecting in a natural way and, of course, having fun while doing it! Those will be the best and the most memorable images we will capture.
Below is a lifestyle example of a family with children baking and playing cards with their mom.
Are you ready to capture your real life and make lifetime visual histories of your family? In celebration of this new service, we are offering a limited edition session on Saturday, July 6, 2019 with only six slots available. You must live in Manatee or Sarasota County, Florida to take advantage of this offer. Follow the instructions on the flyer below and let's get you and your family booked.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48 and Newborn photography and now families. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Let's Start a Conversation" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309.
We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
This is, inevitably, the most frequently asked question when planning for an in-home photo session.
Since I do not photograph formal, very posed sessions, your wardrobe for a lifestyle session is very simple and easy. Just wear "you." I do have a few requests in order to project the best, cohesive type of images that won't clash or throw off the color in any way.
My guidelines on what to wear are very simple.
For Parents and Children:
That's it! See how easy, peasy that is?
Ready to book? Click on the button below and we'll get you started.
The first 25 people to enter via e-mail will have a chance to win a FREE lifestyle mini-maternity session – a $199 value! Must live in the areas of Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch or Sarasota, FL and be 32-36 weeks pregnant in July or August 2019.
All entries must be submitted via e-mail directly to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Type “Giveaway” in the subject line and type, “Yes! I would love to have a FREE lifestyle mini-maternity session” in the message. Deadline for submission is: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. I will randomly choose a name on June 12 at 2 p.m. and let the winner know via e-mail. Only entries submitted via e-mail will qualify. No messaging, replying to this post or any other way will be eligible.
If you are currently not pregnant, please tell any of your pregnant friends who would like a chance to win a FREE lifestyle mini-maternity session.
Time's running out. DON'T DELAY! ENTER TODAY!
The other night I had a dream where I was attending a social gathering with a friend at a wealthy woman’s home whom I had never met. After the proper introductions, this wealthy woman, whom I’ll call Elizabeth, asked the standard, what seems to be the obligatory question when meeting someone for the first time, of, “so, what do you do?” This is how the conversation unfolded:
Me: I’m a portrait artist creating beautiful, lifelong visual histories for families.
Elizabeth: Oh, so you are a painter?
Me: No, I’m a photographer. I create art by taking images and have them printed as beautiful pieces of artwork for my clients’ walls or tables. Just like your beautiful painting of a landscape hanging over your mantel.
Elizabeth: So, do you take pictures just as a hobby, then? What's your real job?
Me: Actually, it is my real job. I own my own photography business. I create original pieces of art that will be passed down from generation to generation. Now, take your painting there above the mantel. Does that happen to be an original?
Elizabeth: No, it's not.
Me: Well, you see, it is just a copy from an artist that painted a scene of a place you probably don’t even know or have ever visited. It really carries no memories for you other than you liked the painting, so you bought it. That painting most likely will not be passed down to your children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren. They may not even like it because it’s not their taste or style of painting. However, if you have an original piece of artwork that showcases your family frozen in a moment of time, don’t you think those pieces of photography artwork most likely would be passed down to your children and future generations as they are family? They would want to keep it to show their children and grandchildren one day that would give a visual history of your family and tell a story through all the years to come, long after you are gone. Don’t you just love it when you look at old photographs of your family? What if you didn’t have any visual history of the past? That would be so sad. So, I am rich. I am rich in knowing I have created professional, gorgeous artwork of lifelong visual histories for families to display and know they will be carried on to future generations. I don't think your painting here would carry on those same memories. What story does it tell? It told a story to the artist, but most likely not you.
Elizabeth: Oh, I see. Well, when you put it that way, I guess being a portrait artist is a real job and something to be very proud of.
Me. Most definitely!
End of dream sequence. :-)
This picture shown here is of my grandfather; my mother’s father, taken in 1941. I value and cherish this photo. He died when I was just one year’s old so I never got to know him. If I didn’t have this picture, I would never have known what he looked like. However, through this photograph, I was able to, at least, make some connection with him. Isn’t that what family is all about – making connections?
Therefore, I am running a limited edition session to make it easy and convenient for you to get those family photos, whether it is maternity, newborn or your family as they are now. Let's do this!
Are you ready to create your family connection with an original piece of artwork that will spark memories of frozen moments in time of your family and for your family?