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Capturing Joy: A Guide to Planning the Perfect Children's Lifestyle Photoshoot

Children's lifestyle photography is a type of photography that aims to capture children in their natural environment or doing everyday activities, with the goal of telling a story about their lives. This type of photography, which is the kind we prefer here at NJP Photography most often includes candid shots of children playing, exploring, and interacting with their environment and with others around them.

The emphasis of these sessions is on capturing real-life moments and emotions, rather than creating a posed or staged photo. What we're looking for are the moments of infectious laughter, the mischievous glint in their eyes, and the genuine love they radiate. These real moments are what make your child unique. Lifestyle photography captures their spirit, their quirks, and their genuine expressions, preserving their true selves for eternity.

To create successful children's lifestyle photography, it is important for the photographer to understand the child's perspective and interests, and to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for the family. It is also important to let the kid take the lead and allow them to be themselves, rather than forcing them into specific poses or activities. This can help create more natural and spontaneous photos that truly capture the child's personality and energy.

In terms of locations, children's lifestyle photography can take place indoors or outdoors, and can incorporate a variety of settings, such as parks, playgrounds, beaches, or even the your own home. The key is to choose a space that reflects your child's interests and allows them to feel comfortable and at ease.

Planning for your child's lifestyle portrait session will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible and that you get beautiful results...even if there is always opportunity for chaos!

Trust me, planning will help. Here are a few tips on how to collaborate with your photographer to create a fun and stress-less session for everyone:

  1. Decide with your photographer on the right environment(s) that reflects your child's personality and interests. This can be your home, a park, a playground, or any other location that your little one(s) enjoys.

  2. Consider the time of day and their bio-rhythm. What matters is what schedule will work best for your child. Younger children may do better in the morning, while older kids may be more comfortable in the afternoon.

  3. Choose items of clothing that your child feels comfortable in and that reflects their personality. But do avoid anything with logos or busy patterns, as these can be distracting in photos.

  4. Think about activities that your child enjoys and that can be incorporated into the session. This can include playing with toys, reading a book, or doing a favorite hobby.

  5. Consider bringing props that can help tell a story about your child's interests or personality. This could be a special toy, sports equipment or a musical instruments.

  6. Finally, don't forget to discuss any specific ideas you may have about the results and the products you might want such as wall art or an album. This will help ensure you and your photographer on the same page and they are creating enough variety for your end goals.

By following these easy tips and planning ahead, you can help ensure that your child's lifestyle portrait shoot is a success. Like any other portrait session, your photographer should be a willing collaborator and will want to chat with you about your ideas and expectations.

If you're interested in learning about our family and children's lifestyle sessions, reach out to Nicolette at or call 310.622.4580. We're always happy to chat with you to see if we're a good fit.

A photoshoot with me is a transformative experience that gives you permission to shine in all your wonderful and beautiful uniqueness.

You'll leave your session feeling exhilarated and emboldened to tell your story, your way. Your photos will connect you with your target audience. Your photos will connect you to yourself.

With the use of my certified life coaching techniques and a fine tuned emotional IQ, I will help you feel at ease and lit up with genuine self-confidence. I invite you to book a session with me. I guarantee, you'll love the results. It might even change the way you see yourself.

Portrait photographer serving the LGBTQIA and greater community in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Southbay, Ventura and Orange County. Offering formal portraiture, modern glamour photography, personal branding, corporate headshot photography, candid children's photography, family photography, business & acting headshots, as well as events and editorial coverage. Located near Larchmont Village, Hancock Park and Paramount Studios.


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