8 Tips For Creating A Lifestyle Feel

If you’re looking for general tips on capturing unique frames that not only evoke emotion — but ultimately tell a story — take a peak at our 8 essential tricks.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
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The Art of Photojournalism

Lifestyle photography is an exciting practice of patience, determination, and action. It’s an exhilarating process that, when wanting to be executed properly, requires additional knowledge. If you’re looking for general tips on capturing unique frames that not only evoke emotion — but ultimately tell a story — then take a peak at our eight essential tricks.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Ariana and Shawn!

Editingtips 1

Embrace The Messiness

Part of what makes lifestyle photography so genuine and endearing is its messy accoutrement in the foreground. Capturing realistic scenes means embracing all parts of the photograph whole-heartedly and steering away from perfecting every detail of your picture. It’s what sets apart “lifestyle" photography from a stylistic shoot; more natural and organic.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Vans makes the best subject, don't they?

Editingtips 2

Genuine Candids

Direct your subject, don’t pose them. Given the fact the lifestyle photography more or less features human subjects in your frame, capturing their real-life movements and reactions to the scene will make your audience feel like they are apart of the moment. It’s a special feeling.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Editingtips 3

Tell Your Subject To “Do Something”

Portrait photography are images of “people”, whereas lifestyle photography are images of “people doing things”. Directing your human subjects to be a moving, organic piece of life in front of the camera will breathe life into your still frame. Telling your human subject to play with their hair, cook their hotdog in front of the fire, or talk to their nearby friend will help induce a creative, veritable emotion to the image.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Play with different vantage points and perspectives.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Editingtips 4

Don’t Forget The Details

To effectively tell a story with your photographs, don’t forget to capture the smaller details within your scene. If your friends are jumping into the river — take pictures of their dirty socks hanging outside their shoes or perhaps the pebbles of the rocky river bed. These seemingly small details will extraordinarily enhance a sense of authenticity to your collection of images.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Shawn the sheepdog!

Tip 5

Set The Scene

Commit to setting the scene by photographing nearby remnants of your subject’s environment. Are they camping? Capture the swaying trees, the blue skies, and the your subjects sitting at the edge of their tent. Are they painting a picture indoors? Step back and catch the window light hitting your subject’s face as they swipe a crimson red on their canvas. Take a step back and capture the entire environment in your frame.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Tip 6

The More Movement, The Merrier

Photographs that evoke the most emotion are the ones that so effortlessly catch movement. Whether its a sport, a belly-laugh, a jump in Lake Tahoe, or a dog bustling his face into a pile of leaves — be sure to act quick with your shutter in catching these exhilarating actions. This one takes practice, but all in good time will it become more natural for you as the photographer.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel
Tip 7

Emotions

Be it a child’s curious face when staring at the sky counting stars, or the beloved laugh of your best friend near a campfire — those moments of raw emotion are pure gold. Always have your camera ready to capture those truly once-in-a-lifetime snippets. Don’t be afraid to explore from multiple angles, move around like a spy.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Little River in the White Sands National Monument.

Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Is this setup cool or what?

Tip 8

Edit Your Series With The Same Color Palette

If you’re anchoring on a particular color palette to evoke a certain memory or feeling, be sure to edit all of the same photographs within your series with a similar style. Keeping your storytelling visually consistent will greatly impact your work.


Journalism Photography - How to create a lifestyle feel

Don’t be afraid to capture from different angles and shoot like a slapstick maniac; some of the best lifestyle shots come from an unexpected accident. Have fun with your camera next time you’re hanging with friends. 

Happy Shooting!

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