You’ve probably heard the term “Lifestyle Photography” or “Lifestyle Session” when looking to hire a photographer or when looking at portraits online. Lifestyle imagery is the opposite of formal portraits. These photos tend to be more relaxed and not so “posed”. It’s not likely you will find many lifestyle portraits where everyone is looking straight at the camera.

The beauty of Lifestyle photography is that it captures images that tell more of a story about the subjects or events photographed. The whole idea behind lifestyle photography is similar to documentary or photojournalism , photography styles. All of these types of photography are meant to share real moments and real people interacting with each-other.

Lifestyle portrait sessions can be captured in a variety of scenarios. For most scenarios, these are best captured in-home. This allows people to be photographed in a setting where they feel most relaxed and natural thus allowing the photographer to get an inside look into what their typical day to day activities look like. Capturing images of them just being themselves and their lifestyle. Some people may cringe at the idea of having a portrait session in their home. Worried that nothing will look “perfect” or worried that their home isn’t “pretty” enough for pictures.

Think of it this way though: 20 years from now, how will you feel when you look back at your family portraits. Will you be looking at a perfectly posed portrait of fake smiles in a wildflower field or studio, or, will you be reminiscing over images of your family playing and laughing together inside your very first home together? This is true for couples too! Photos of the two of you in love and starting a life together in your first home will be much more meaningful now and in the future.

This is exactly why I love lifestyle sessions! They pack a much more powerful punch that will stand the test of time and share what that part of your life was actually like.

The session featured in today’s blog is also showcasing a first home where a lot of effort was put into remodeling and decorating. They will be able to reminisce over the hard work that was put into this beautiful home where many memories will be made!

I mean this place is gorgeously decorated and no it wasn’t decorated by a professional!

If your home doesn’t look as coordinated and put together as this one, don’t fret. Here’s a few tips to make sure you too can enjoy beautiful images of your real life right in your own home:

1.) Eliminate clutter as much as possible! - This can mean planning a cleaning day or shoot let’s be really truthful, for those of us that have littles and no time, shove it in a closet! Yup that’ll work too. It doesn’t have to be perfect but hiding the clutter makes all the difference!

2.) Coordinate simple outfits that express who you are without busy or distracting patterns.

3.) Think about lighting, Natural window light is best for creating a well lit natural look. If your home tends to be very dark throughout the day let your photographer know beforehand so they can plan accordingly.

4.) Basic cleaning the night before your session will be sufficient. Don’t stress it! Photographers can spot and avoid areas that will look distracting in photos.

5.) Have fun and remember it’s not your typical “Look at the camera and say cheese” kind of session! I want to capture your lifestyle and genuine interactions with each-other. So play, lounge, share a beverage or whatever your heart desires!

In-home lifestyle sessions make it easier to have photos taken of family members that are a little more difficult to travel with or venture outside with. Like a new baby, the family pet, and grandparents. The convenience of staying home also eliminates the element of surprise when it comes to the weather. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are all aware that we can experience all four seasons in one day, so it’s nice when we can schedule something indoors to guarantee a good environment for your session.

Your unique interests and lifestyle make the location options for your session limitless! If you and your fiancé love craft breweries than we can meet there and capture your favorite date spot. Maybe you love hiking or have a favorite beach you frequent.....maybe it’s right outside your front door....the skies the limit!

Lifestyle sessions capture real people being themselves in locations that are meaningful to them. This is my favorite style of photography for so many reasons but most of all for it’s genuine feel, natural look, and meaningful elements! Everyone should have at least one lifestyle session to capture images that don’t just look pretty but that also tell your story.

The family above welcomed their first baby girl to the family and these images not only showcase their new bundle of joy but how their whole family has been forever changed! I also love that their dogs joined in so naturally- they will always have images to remember them by.

All in all, lifestyle sessions rock, and I love capturing these everyday moments big and small!

  • Amber Fino

Yay I’m so excited to be finally writing my first blog post. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and now I finally have the time because guess what..... I quit my day job at the beginning of 2019 and went full-time with my photography business. Yep! A little scary but also very exciting!

What does all this mean exactly? Well, it means that I can pour my heart and soul into doing something I truly love. And that of course, is photography. Not just photography, but preserving and capturing life’s biggest and smallest moments and providing beautiful documentation that will be cherished for generations to come....

I intend to provide all of my current and future clients with valuable information about what I do, what to expect and how to make the most of your portrait sessions. This will also be a great way for me to share and network with other creatives and photographers out there as well as provide a space to showcase the wonderful people I photograph and their stories.

It’s a big year for me and I am really excited for what’s to come! Some things are unknown but some are already in the works.

Here’s what’s ahead:

Although it’s still freezing and snowing, spring is around the corner and whether the snow stays or finally disappears, we will still be celebrating Mother’s Day as scheduled. I am so excited to be offering mom and me sessions with a gorgeous gift for mom included in the special price of $275. Sessions will take place on April 6th & 7th at Manito Park rain or shine. If it’s raining we will be capturing beautiful lush images inside the comfort of a local green house.

Some ideas to make a day of it and show mom how special she truly is:

1.) Give her a special gift that she can wear during her session like an accessory 2.) Take her out and let her enjoy the rest of the day with a meal at her favorite restaurant or doing her favorite activity with the family.

3.) pamper mom with hair and makeup or a spa day before her session

How cute are they, in these perfectly coordinated outfits! Bonus: They’re wearing my favorite color!

These are all sure to provide mom with a wonderful experience that she’ll remember forever and photographs that she’ll cherish for years to come.

Mom will receive 10 photos to choose from. Five are free for digital download in full resolution with a print release, meaning you can print them anywhere you’d like. Those five photos that mom chooses to be her favorite will also be printed, matted and placed inside a beautiful glass box trimmed with rose gold accents and tied with a satin ribbon, ready to gift to mom by Mother’s Day. What’s great about this gift is that she can continue filling it up with her favorite memories each year.

A few more things in the works are some styled shoots that I am really excited to take part in. The bridal festival was great for networking and meeting with other professionals in the industry and I can’t wait to see what we come up with once we collaborate in the near future.

One of the things I really want to focus on this year is helping other local artists and businesses share their work and tell their stories through professional and creative imagery. If you or someone you know is interested in getting professional photos for their business or to bring their creative visions to life, please let me know! I am more than happy to schedule a free consultation so I can get to know them, their story, and discuss their business needs.

I offer a wide variety of services beyond just capturing high quality images... Need brochures, flyers, or cards designed, maybe some wall art for your workspace?

I can do that too. All part of what goes into customizing a business portrait package with me.

I’ve heard great things about how combining passion with career yields amazing results and I plan to do just that!

If you’d like to follow along with me and this new venture then follow me on social media @amberfinophotography. I will be sharing links to new blog posts as they're published as well as updates on projects I’m working on including model calls and special offers.

My website was recently updated at the beginning of this year. Be sure to check it out at:

Last but not least, in fact, this is by far the most important piece… I’d like to give a huge shout out to all of my friends, family, and loyal clients! You’ve all been so supportive and amazing to work with. Thank You! You can not know how deeply grateful I am to have met and captured so many incredible people! I’ll be starting a referral program ASAP so keep a lookout in your email for that! Word-of-mouth is the most common way that people find me. The referral program will encourage and reward my loyal clients for spreading the word about their experience with me.

My next blog post features a sweet couple and their amazing in-home lifestyle session! Seriously if you love seeing perfectly coordinated interiors then you won’t want to miss this one! So much inspiration and all the feels!

I’d love to hear your ideas for future blog posts. Please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback with me!

- Amber

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