This is what the scrupulous editors at Wikipedia have to say about lifestyle photography. To quote, "Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday." Technically, we could stop there. It's a nice, succinct description, but is severely lacking in personal impact.
(Click any photo in the post to see the full size version)
Let's face it, these days a cell phone is capable of capturing stunningly high definition images. They'd certainly appear to have the "real-life" portion of the above description covered. What sets a lifestyle photographer apart is artistry - your investment is in your photographer's ability to see little moments unfolding in our lives which make us who we are at any given time, then to beautifully preserve them. As an East Tennessee family photographer, I'm blessed to have an abundance of beautiful places to capture these moments!
So, does that mean that a lifestyle session is total pandemonium - kids running here and there, no organization, never any posed shots? Not at all. It merely means that the feel of the session, and as a result, the photos, will be more natural, more like real life. It means that there will be a combination of the posed and the moments in between, to remember the experience.
The lifestyle photographer's role is equal parts artist and documentarian. I am privileged to create timeless photos that unearth the joy of the everyday, moments that might otherwise pass us by.