7 TIPS on Lifestyle Photography and Lessons About Being Single

I always find it fulfilling whenever I share Lifestyle Photography to people. I also enjoy teaching it to kids and moms. For me, it’s the kind of photography that everyone should learn and enjoy. There’s something special about documenting those candid and divine moments with the people we love. And I’m glad to do this kind of work that people can treasure and cherish for a lifetime.

Besides Lifestyle Photography, I also get asked a lot about being single. Sometimes, it fascinates people how I manage staying solo and being content about it. But I wouldn’t be honest if I’ll say that it’s been all good and perfect. I would be lying if I’ll respond that I never had any difficulties or struggles with it.

In this article, I’m going to try to hit two birds with one stone. It’s going to be like having a root beer float. You get the soda plus enjoy the ice cream. And I’m going to show this through my photo session and chaperone experience with friends Ardy and Miriam in Batanes, Philippines.

If you’re single, I hope this post will refresh you about the things that you can learn and enjoy in this season of being solo. For the rest, I hope that these tips will help you in capturing your own Lifestyle Photography sessions for your loved ones.

(As a photographer, it’s difficult for us to have any decent photo during a shoot. But for this particular trip, I intentionally asked our tour guide and my friends to take photos of me. I know they’re going to be handy in the future. Just like today. Thanks guys!)

7 Tips on Lifestyle Photography and the Lessons it taught me about being Single: 

 1. Be yourself.

(Sounds cliché but being yourself and being honest is always the way to go.)

Let your subjects enjoy being themselves. Think about the activities that they enjoy doing together. Create an atmosphere that will make them move, laugh, play, be silly and cheesy! Play some music, bring out some toys, and capture them at their purest state.

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Here, I was able to capture Ardy and Miriam while they were dancing and enjoying some French music one morning. I just told them to continue to dance without minding me.

If you’re single, don’t be afraid to be yourself and to be alone. Date yourself. This is the perfect time to get to know yourself better and to contemplate on the things that truly matters in your life. Think about your purpose and your legacy. Wake those dreams up and make them into solid goals.

Dance at your own pace. You have your own music to follow, don’t get lost in the crowd. Learn to be secure and dance on your own before you get to dance with someone else.

2. APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS

What’s great about Lifestyle Photography is that you can create your own “studio” wherever you are. Your “studio” could be your living room, bedroom, backyard or just about anywhere that you are.

Open your eyes and appreciate your surrounding. Let your subjects enjoy their own space.

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I was greatly inspired by a couple of views in Batanes. First was the view of the West Philippine Sea, which made me burst into songs of praise and worship (haha) and second was the picture of love and healing as I watched Ardy and Miriam have their moments together.

There would be times when we just need to take time and enjoy our own season. Sometimes, single people get busier and even distracted looking at other people’s views rather than making the most out of their own and unique scenery.

If you’re single, this is the perfect time to enjoy what you have on your plates right now. Mind your own waffles! 😉

“I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention.

The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.”

– Paul’s (a bachelor) advice from 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, The Message

3. DON’T BE AFRAID OF CHALLENGES

Instead of getting afraid of challenges, beat them. Let your subjects play with some dirt, walk into boulders, get their shoes off and enjoy the rain, etc. Let them do extra activities that entails them to move, get their hands dirty, and catch their emotions. These challenges will actually add a special dimension to your photo sessions.

(e.g. For dads and your little soldiers, let them play with mud or sand at your backyard. For moms and your princesses, take that bag of flour out of your pantry and feel free to play it with them at the kitchen. It’s going to be untidy and wild but you can always clean them up. And that’s another idea for a unique photo opportunity!)

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It wasn’t easy to walk into these boulders but it was also the perfect time to capture this couple as they walked hand in hand (H.H.W.W.) while navigating through the shore.

Living solo will always have its own difficulties, challenges, discouragements, pains and confusions. It’s a time when life will throw different “dirt” at us (in our self-image, careers, relationships, etc.). Take action and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Be bold and courageous and try new things. Take risks and conquer your fears! Let your character be strengthened more in this time and season. Walk hand in hand with the right people.

4. FOCUS AND WIDEN YOUR HORIZON

In photography, it’s important to always have your subjects in focus and to try different angles in capturing them. This entails the ability to see your subjects in a variety of approaches while staying faithful to what you want to convey at that moment.

Let them have fun while you move around and photograph them in different views:

  • In wide-angle
  • In close-up
  • From an ant’s point of view (take the photo from a very low angle while positioning yourself flat on the ground)
  • From a bird’s-eye view (take the photo of your subject from above or an elevated view)
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Legs up! Not the typical “grass shot” for couples. This time I let the lovebirds play with their shoes. (I was surprised to see the soles of their shoes this clean!) Since it was hard for me to get the same angle (no selfie sticks at that time yet) for myself, I just had my own “selfeet” moment. And I’m glad I did…I was able to capture my feet while relaxing my back on the grass and enjoying the cotton ball clouds as my canvas.

This is the perfect season to focus on what you want to do in life and to be faithful to your purpose while broadening your perspective in life and its opportunities. The key is to focus on what you can do now. Be faithful and be great! (Sow whatever you can.)

5. USE EVERY POSSIBLE DOORS, WINDOWS AND WALLS

Different doors, windows and walls can serve as the perfect backdrop for any photo session. Just make sure that your backdrop is not too busy. Look around and test every thing.

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The lighthouse in Batanes was filled with character. From its stone-made structure to its colorful windows and doors, it was the perfect place for us to play around with the different backdrops that are available in the area.

This is the time when you get a lot of opportunities and have the chance to try new things. Don’t forget that not all doors will immediately open for you. Sometimes you need to knock, push or pull, and even try to pass through the windows.

Be productive, take chances and be wise in choosing the right opportunities for you.

6. EXPLORE

One of the best things about Lifestyle Photography is the opportunity to travel and explore. Explore all the possibilities that you can have in your photo sessions. Besides your home, capture your loved ones during your travels or whenever you’re out with them. Also, try to incorporate any available elements or props that you see in the area.

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We explored one hill and ended up borrowing an old bike from one of the locals that we chatted with. I discovered that Miriam likes to bike and she even tried to bike uphill.

I spoke to a lot of married people and they always suggest for me to travel as much as I can while I’m still single. Of course it would be nice to travel with a special someone but it’s also different when you get to travel by yourself. This is the best time to learn more through traveling.

This is also the perfect season to explore not just places but most especially the skills, capabilities and gifts that we have, and to strengthen them.

7. ENJOY AND PRAY

In all my photo sessions, I season them with fun and prayers. I try to plan ahead but at the same time I still try to be spontaneous and make it enjoyable for every one.

Remember that it will show in your photos if every one is having a pleasant time or not. So make it fun, light and memorable. Have a good conversation with your subjects and make them comfortable.

Lastly, I shower all my engagements with prayers. I always pray for my subjects that I’d be able to capture who they really are as an individual, as a couple or as a family. I also pray not just for the weather and location but the perfect light that can make interesting and creative photos. I also pray for my gears, and ask for wisdom, guidance and ideas on how I’d be able to frame each moments beautifully.

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I was already praying before we took this shot since it was already beginning to be too windy for us to shoot and it was already drizzling. Thank God we were able to still take some shots even before it totally rained.

Being single could be a memorable and productive season for us. It’s when we can discover ourselves more, take pleasure in our sceneries and strengthen our characters. It’s the time when we can expand and be fruitful, learn new things, and take opportunities. It’s the phase in our lives when we can freely travel and explore, enjoy to the fullest, and sow seeds of prayers.

This is the time to cultivate our spiritual and personal lives, our families and relationships, our careers, and our communities.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Enjoy making your own memories with your loved ones through Lifestyle Photography! And if you’re single, love your  season. :)

I would love to see your own lifestyle photos and answer your questions.


 

Other related articles about being single, for men/women:

What Real Women Want and Need

What Real Men Want and Need

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