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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!