Tips For Taking Lifestyle Photos


Lifestyle photos are some of my favorite photos to take. It’s the perfect capture of a moment. Although most times these shots are not as candid as we would like, so you do have to create some moments yourself. I thought I would share some of my tips for taking lifestyle photos, perfect for if you’re a blogger or just love taking photos!

Make it as natural as possible

Lifestyle photos are usually all about capturing a natural moment, whether that has a person in the shot or not. To make it as natural as possible, actually do or use what you are taking a photo of! If you are taking a shot of a cozy reading spot, spend some time reading in it first. It helps make the moment more real.

Add movement

I always find adding movement to any photo helps tell more of a story and can make it a bit more visually interesting. A few ideas for this are having a person doing something in the shot, having a candle burning or a book page moving. It really is up to you and what exactly you are taking a photo of.

Props are your best friend

“Props” are pretty much anything in your photo. You don’t want to add something that doesn’t make sense, although you would be surprised at all the possibilities you have. I always find taking a test shot to be really helpful. This way you can see what needs to be added, moved, or taken away. Just make sure it doesn’t look too overwhelming (unless that’s the look you want!)

Some of my favorite props are: candles, plants, books + magazines (both stacked and open), glasses, drinking glasses + mugs, blankets, small home decor pieces, flowers, camera, clock, and a notebook/planner.

And don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a bunch of new things to put in your photos! There’s no point in owning something just for a photo. But if you do want to add a few new things that you will actually use, I suggest checking out a thrift store first!

Add yourself in it

You may not be comfortable being in front of the camera, but sometimes the best thing to do is to add yourself in the photo somehow! The easiest way to do this is to have your hand in the shot. This helps the person viewing the photo feel there really is a person behind the photos. To do this I highly suggesting getting a remote control for your camera. They are really inexpensive on Amazon and worth every penny!

Play Music

When you are taking photos, play some of your favorite songs! It’s the perfect way to set the mood and relax.

And those are a few tips! I hope this helps, and you can also read my tips for taking outfit photos here.


32 responses to “Tips For Taking Lifestyle Photos”

  1. Your photos are soooo beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to share some tips on lifestyle photos. I’ve been neglecting my camera a lot so this is very inspiring and motivating to pick it up and get creative again.

  2. Mica says:

    These are great tips! I really need to get more adventurous when I take photos for the blog and try different things! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. Eena says:

    Your photos are so beautiful, Kara. Also, you do lifestyle photos so well! That’s definitely a type of photo I struggle with so thanks for your tips – will definitely use them in the future!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

  4. Logan says:

    Oh my gosh, this post is SO helpful! I want to start posting more photos of my apartment and these posts will definitely help.

    xo Logan

  5. Quinn says:

    These are such great tips, Kara! Sometimes I give up on lifestyle photos because I’m annoyed at how forced they can look, you know? Love the idea of playing some music and adding movement. Makes it fun and it’ll come through in the photo. Beautiful photography!


  6. Natalia says:

    These are great tips! I feel like my pictures are still too rigid, so this is very helpful 🙂


  7. Lovely says:

    Beautiful photos as always Kara, thanks for the tips darling.


  8. Thank you for these! I always look for help in making my shots look more natural!

  9. Melissa Kacar says:

    All of these photos are so beautiful! All of these tips are so helpful, too! I have also found that adding props to photos makes the photos turn out so much better! Playing music is always such a mood-booster too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. karo says:

    awesome pictures and great tips dear

  11. Susie says:

    Your photography skills are honestly next level amazing girl! I aspire to be as good as you!! And yes! I love movement in photos 🙂 Hope you’re well xx

  12. Coral Almog says:

    Great post and tips!

  13. Margot says:

    Amazing tips !
    I love your photos and I always love to learn more about photography.

  14. You take such stunning flatlays, props are definitely important for taking lovely photos like this. Thank you for sharing! x

  15. hello Kara
    I see that you are a real pro in lifestyle photos !! Do you know the all the tricks, movement, plants, candles etc.
    I always like to appear in photos !!

  16. Nina says:

    Your photos are alwasy so beautiful,Kara. Thanks for sharing these tips with us. I never thought of playing my favorite songs while taking pictures, what a great idea. Have a nice day, kara.

  17. These are fantastic tips! You always have the best photos.

  18. Minhal Taher says:

    Lifestyle photos are the kind that I struggle with the most. These tips are super useful so thanks for sharing!

  19. Missy May says:

    These tips are very helpful Kara dear. I would love to share more lifestyle images on my gram, but I just suck at it. Ha!! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  20. Jessica says:

    These are really great tips dear! SUch a beautiful read. Also, these photos are absolutely beautiful!

    Jessica |

  21. Such great tips, dear! Thanks for sharing.
    Adi xx |

  22. Mai says:

    I honestly need a lot of help with my lifestyle photos, so I’ll be taking these tips to heart.


  23. Ashley says:

    Your lifestyle photos are always so gorgeous- I love these tips!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  24. Jamila says:

    Hello Kara,

    I like the way you take pictures. This certainly was a great post for me and I plan to use it in levelling up on my Instagram photos. Thanks! –

  25. mercy says:

    These are nice tips! I actually like your photos, it looks natural and not staged.

  26. Kinga says:

    Very useful tips ❤

  27. Thank you for the great tips Kara! Your lifestyle photos (and all your photos in general) always look amazing!

    I never know how to take lifestyle photos so these tips will come in really helpful when I try next time. Thank you so much for sharing these.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  28. Jacob says:

    Thank you so sharing, this is a great share

    new post:

  29. Anna says:

    Your photos are so cozy! Thanks for the tips – I especially love the one about adding movement to any photo. It gives so much life and unique vibes to any shot. It´s like a story behind an actual picture!

  30. Gabrielle says:

    You’ve shared some really helpful (and unique!) tips in this post. The most interesting would have to be adding motion/movement; I can see how that adds a lot of interest and character to a photo. I also adoooore lifestyle photography 🙂 x

  31. Ivana Split says:

    Fantastic tips for figuring out lifestyle photography! I find it helpful to play some music when I’m taking photographs, it adds something to the atmosphere of the photograph. I also love using props. I never buy them, I just find cute things I have around house and use them.

  32. April Rodea says:

    I love the photos. Is that your bedroom? It’s really beautiful. The color scheme, the set up.. everything is so nice. x

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