Lifestyle photography has existed for as long as cameras have existed, although it was previously known as Photojournalism and was mostly seen in newspapers. During that period, most Portrait Photographers posed and “perfected” their subjects.

True lifestyle photography, on the other hand, entails more than just casual photos. It all comes down to capturing photographs that tell a story. A person’s personality. There is a connection. A sensation.

1. Plan ahead of time to see what will happen.

Don’t wait till you see something to shoot the picture because some things only last a second and you can miss it. Prepare yourself.

2. Use a softer light source

If you’ve read anything about portrait lighting previously, you’ve probably already heard this suggestion, but it’s worth repeating. The simplest approach to achieve contrasty and harsh portraits with unattractive shadows and highlights is to use hard light, such as that from the midday sun. Without doing anything else, taking the effort to look for pockets of softer light (or generating it in the studio) is by far the easiest and most efficient approach to improve your portrait photography.

3. Always be aware of your light.

When photographing lifestyle, it’s generally preferable not to interfere with what’s happening spontaneously. So, if your subject isn’t in the best light, it’s up to you to salvage the situation. Changing your shooting position, camera angle, or rapidly grabbing a reflector are all examples.

4. Assist in the setting of the mood

Just because the photo shoot has begun does not indicate that your pair will immediately enter into a romantic moment or that your family will burst out laughing. Assist in the creation of a setting in which those scenes can take place. Talk to them, play music for them, be humorous with them, and so on.

5. Don’t overlook the finer points

Take a close look at the lace on a garment, someone’s posture, or a baby’s grip on a parent’s finger with his entire hand. These images are snippets of information that contribute to the telling of a beloved story.

6. Keep an eye on the environment

I bring a wide angle lens to all of my Lifestyle photos because I prefer to get a shot that incorporates the surroundings. When photographing individuals, we often think of close-up images, but take a step back and consider the surroundings as well. They’re equally vital.

7. Give your subjects a task to do.

The opposite of look-at-me-and-say-cheese portraiture is lifestyle photography. If you give your subjects something to do, you’re allowing their personalities to shine through and allowing them to express themselves naturally.


Getting started in portrait photography can appear to be a difficult task. It can be intimidating to begin investigating all of the methods, equipment, and (so-called) rules, as well as everything else you need to know and acquire. Nonetheless, the voyage is worthwhile, because portraiture is a satisfying endeavor.

You’ll meet, chat to, and get to know a lot of people while taking photographs, and hopefully snap some amazing photos of them as well. Instead of focusing on what you’ll need to capture amazing pictures (which is, of course, a camera), this post details eight strategies that you can implement right away to help you improve your portrait photography without spending a dime.


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