St Augustine Lifestyle Photographer | Your Family, Your Home

Mary of 8.08 Photography St Augustine Lifestyle Photographer.  Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

St Augustine Lifestyle Photographer

Lifestyle sessions are, without a doubt, my favorite way to photograph families. What exactly is lifestyle photography and why do I love being a St Augustine Lifestyle Photographer so much? I think the best way to explain it is by explaining 2 other types of photography 1st: documentary photography and traditional portraiture photography.

Documentary photography would also be considered photo-journalistic.  The photographer doesn’t interact with or direct the participants. He/she is just there to capture what is naturally happening in exactly the way it is happening.  The lighting isn’t altered or adjusted, clothing recommendations aren’t given, and the physical environments aren’t altered in any way.  The only sessions I do that I would describe as true documentary would be my birth sessions.  I’m just a fly on the wall trying not to interfere in any way whatsoever.  No way would I ever say to a laboring mom “Hey, can you look at the camera and give me a big smile?” Not unless I wanted to get kicked or have something thrown at me! I just want to capture the process, not be part of it.

Traditional portraiture is the complete opposite of documentary photography.  The photographer attempts to control as many variables as possible.  Sessions are scheduled at certain times of day and in specific locations in order to get a desired look.  Wardrobes are carefully curated, any and all distracting elements are removed from the environments, and the family/person is told exactly how to sit/stand/pose/smile.  Obviously, my newborn studio sessions are perfect examples of traditional portraiture. I control every element that I can possibly control.  Seasonal mini sessions are another good example.  These are done in 10 or 15 minute increments for the sole purpose of getting that perfect “look at the camera” picture.  Often, families are using these as their Christmas cards or  to document a milestone.

Lifestyle photography falls somewhere in between documentary and traditional portrait photography.  Wardrobes are curated, but the goal is for families to look like themselves.  Comfortable and relatively casual.  The sessions take place in a location where the family would normally spend time together.  Quite often this would be their home, but it could also be a favorite beach or park.  It could even be a favorite ice cream or doughnut shop.  The key is that it’s a location where the family would normally go and somewhere that all members feel comfortable and happy.  Nothing should feel stressful or forced during these sessions.  This allows true interaction and emotion to come through.  I love photographing children in their homes because this is their safe place.  They feel comfortable and love showing off their room and their toys.  Sessions are scheduled at a time of day that the light will be optimal for the location, but perfect lighting isn’t as critical as it would be for traditional portraits.  Posing is minimal.  I might look for a spot in a room that has interesting light and ask the family to sit or stand there, but then the posing and interaction is up to them.  I’ll offer a few prompts along the way if they seem to need it, but I just want them to have fun and enjoy one another.  Every now and then I might have them look at me and smile, but, for the most part, I’d much rather have them looking at one another.  These sessions are all about family members interacting with and loving one another.

The Vencil family absolutely nailed their recent lifestyle session.  They were so comfortable and at ease in front of the camera.  It was a completely go with the flow kind of day and I couldn’t have enjoyed my time with them more.  I loved that their fur babies joined us at the end of the session.  Incorporating the pups and cat was really important because animals are a huge part of this family’s story.  Mom & Dad own 2 local vets.  Palencia Pet Clinic in St. Augustine and Shoreline Vet Hospital in Jacksonville Beach.  If you’re looking for vet care I’d definitely check them out!

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Baby Photography | Jacksonville, FL

Mary of 8.08 Photography specializes in Baby Photography  Jacksonville Fl.  Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

Baby Photography | Jacksonville, FL

I wish I wouldn’t get so behind on blogging.  I end up just putting all of the recent babies together in one big blog in order to catch up.  I hate that because each of these beautiful babies deserves their own feature.  They all have such unique features and personalities. Yes…personalities at just a week or so old.  I love being able to photograph babies as they get bigger because it gives me a chance to see if their personalities match up with what I saw during their newborn session.

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Infant Photography Jacksonville Fl

Mary of 8.08 Photography specializes in Infant Photography Jacksonville Fl.  Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

Infant Photography Jacksonville Fl

A month or so ago I advertised a discounted newborn photography session on a fb page for local moms.  I was really surprised at many of the comments made about that discount and about the “ridiculous” prices for newborn photography.  The responses prompted me to update an article that I wrote on what goes into the price of a newborn photo session.

My favorite of those comments was this one: “You could buy a decent used DSLR for that, take them yourself, buy a couple months of Photoshop, …. and still save $.”  This comment immediately came to my mind last week when Scarlett came in with her parents and big sister for her newborn session.  Scarlett’s grandmother shared with me a text she received from her daughter (Scarlett’s mom) last year after big sister Adeline was born.  Mom saw a photo on Pinterest that she tried to copy with Dad and Adeline.  I think she pretty quickly learned it wasn’t as easy as it looked.  Lol!  My assistant and I had fun doing our own version with the newest addition. 

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I love the beautiful simplicity of this shot. It’s all about baby Scarlett.

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Evidence that I don’t always nail the shot the 1st go round!

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Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions | Ponte Vedra, FL

Mary of 8.08 Photography is a child and family photographer in Ponte Vedra, Fl.  She occasionally hosts in studio mini sessions such as her recent Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions.  Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions

The one time of year that I let myself get a little cheesy with props!

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New Baby Photos | Ponte Vedra, Fl

Mary of 8.08 Photography specializes in New Baby Photos.  Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

New Baby Photos | Ponte Vedra, Fl

A little sampling of the newborn deliciousness I’ve been photographing over the last several months.

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