What is a ‘Lifestyle’ Session?
Lifestyle photography aims to capture people in real-life. It can be used to celebrate events or milestones in an artistic way or used to simply document those ‘everyday’ moments. My lifestyle sessions take place in your own home or at a location of your choice. I work to tell a story by capturing natural portraits that don’t look posed or stiff. I use a combination of natural light and quality flash depending on the situation. Images are edited beautifully in full colour and black & white.
Newborn & Family
The best time to capture a newborn is before your baby is 3 weeks old. For a lot of new (and experienced) parents, the first few weeks are overwhelming and the thought of leaving the house with a brand new baby is daunting. That’s why a lifestyle session in the comfort of your own home might be the best option. I will use one or two well lit spaces during the photoshoot. I’ll bring equipment needed for photos but using your own blankets and teddies adds a personal touch. Other family members can get involved too and you’ll feel relaxed in your own surroundings.
Don’t let the British weather put you off planning an outdoor photoshoot. Outdoor sessions can be booked all year round. Wrap up warm in the winter, bring a big umbrella and wellies for a chance to capture rainy day pictures. Only in harsh weather (heavy rain, storms or heavy snow fall) will an outdoor session be postponed. Moody skies and low light is something I deal with regularly. On the chance we get a sunny day - early morning or late afternoon are the best times to book (photographers call it ‘golden hour’).
Have you ever tried to capture beautiful photos of your dog/cat/parrot only to find them blurry and dark? Pets are most comfortable in their own home and I’ve experience of working with all types of animals. Split up the session, after taking portraits indoors head outside to walk the dog as a family.
Large Family Groups
It’s not easy squeezing big numbers into a studio space. It’s much easier on location. Parks and beaches offer the wide open space needed to fit everyone into the frame. Pick a location that means something to you as a family.
Small Family Groups
Do you have children who won’t stay still or find social situations difficult? A lifestyle session might be the perfect solution. I’m happy capturing children playing, running or reading. Whatever they excel at! It’s also the perfect time to get everyone together for relaxed family photos. Mum or Dad shouldn’t be be stuck behind the lens when they could be joining the fun in front of it.
visit the Life Gallery to see more detailed examples
visit the Prices page to see what’s included
Events & Weddings
Hiring a photographer for your special occasion means you can relax in the knowledge that all the fun is being captured in high quality. I work on an hourly rate for event and wedding photography however weddings have their own package deal. Please see the Prices page for more information.
I use a combination of natural light and quality flash depending on the situation. I love to capture natural expression and true emotions at events, I’ll grab those candid moments as well as setting up some group portraits. Images are edited beautifully in full colour and black & white. Any special requirements can be discussed ahead of time, just get in touch! Please aim to book me for your event as soon as you have a confirmed date and venue.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR SESSION
Once you've booked with Photography by Gwen it's time to get excited!
If you have any special requests please contact us to discuss them and let’s start to plan your unique session.
I’ll take lots of photos on the day, with a focus on natural and relaxed portraits. There’s no formal posing here.
After your event or lifestyle session you’ll be invited to view a private online gallery in approx 1-2 weeks where you can download your images in both colour and black & white.
Wedding gallery ready to view in approx 3-4 weeks.