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What Is Lifestyle Photography? | Westchester NY area based Family Lifestyle Photographer

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

Welcome to the MKP Diaries!

Since I offer family and newborn photography sessions among my other photographic interests, I wanted to share an introductory post on the type of family, newborn and maternity photos that you can expect from my photo sessions. This blog is also where you can see sneak peeks of your sessions so be sure to subscribe below!

To begin, I want to talk a little bit about lifestyle photography. I get asked what is lifestyle photography by friends and family all the time and so I would like to talk about what you can expect when you hire a lifestyle photographer like myself to capture the abundance of love, laughter, and joy in your family.

Lifestyle photography refers to the style of photography where traditional posing is not the main focus of your photo session. Rather, it is about directing and posing gently and allowing you to be yourselves during the session while placing you in the best angles and lighting to capture authentic images you see in my portfolio. Take a look at the video below from a family lifestyle session capturing the depth of love in this amazing family!

As with any two photographers, there are differences among lifestyle photographers in how they approach and document your story. Some capture sweet moments, others are technically precise, and some others capture dreamy portraits. My personal style is one that is fun with a mix of raw, authentic emotions showcasing the energy and love in your friends and family would say that my style accurately reflects my personality. I'm guilty of being an extrovert to the core!

While each style is unique, it is important that your photographer's style resonate with you so that you feel comfortable enough to be yourself during your photo session. This is why I believe that choosing a (lifestyle) photographer is a highly personal and subjective choice and it is important to get to know your photographer's style to ensure that you are thrilled with the final images from your photo session!! You can view my work with families and newborns and get to know me better here on my website. Browse the tabs above and take a look around.

Personally, I love lifestyle photography because it captures the moments that matter. The photographs from a lifestyle session are so uniquely you that when printed for your home, the images resonate with beautiful emotions that define the depth of how you felt at each stage in your family's growth. Images from a lifestyle session remind you to cherish the valuable gift of love and family like no other. The image below is from my passion project to document my own motherhood: a self-portrait showing a glimpse of my love for my little girl. Every year and at every milestone, I always make time to document this little love of mine because there is nothing more precious in my life than the time I spend with her and her love for our family!

To chat more about whether a lifestyle session is the right fit for you, get in touch with me! Or just drop me a note to say hello just because I love hearing from my readers!

Meet the author:

New York based photographer, Sowmya Kanikkannan, is a physician and artist residing in Chappaqua, NY with her husband and daughter. Through Mia Kani Photography, she offers family and newborn lifestyle photography for families in Westchester and surrounding areas in NY. Her online art shop showcases unique custom artwork for everyday and special occasions. She is an award winning artist and her images have been published in magazines world-wide.

Follow Sowmya to share in her photographic adventures:

Instagram: @miakaniphoto


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