5 Fun Ideas for Lifestyle Family Portraits

When it comes to family portraits, lifestyle portraits are by far my favorite. They emphasize the natural chemistry of your family and really let each personality shine.

Here are some fun ideas for family portrait sessions this summer in St. Louis.

1. A Sweet Adventure- 

Imagine bright, fun and colorful shots of your family having fun at a local carnival or ice cream shop. If you love spontaneous moments of your family having fun together, this just might be a perfect location. Pick up some colorful cotton candy at the Kirkwood Sugar Shack or ice cream cones at Tower Grove Creamery!

2. Around the Campfire-

Have a fire pit in the backyard? Why not make it the centerpiece of your next family portrait session. These pictures will be full of sticky, s'more smiles and awesome fireside lighting.

3. Picnic in the Park-

Pack up some cute cupcakes, juice boxes and a blanket and head to Tower Grove Park. Parks are the perfect place to capture intimate fun in addition to some classic family portraits. Bring some toys for the kids to play with like chalk and bubbles. Make sure to bring some extra bread to feed the ducks :).

4. A Lake or River Trip- 

I am originally from New Jersey and totally a beach creature. Seeing as I now live in St. Louis, a lake or river has to suffice. The River Front and Grafton, Il are some of my favorite spots in the area to get my water fix. They provide a beautiful scenic backdrop for posed portraits as well as a great location for natural family fun.

5. Home Sweet Home-

There is nothing like a family playing in their own home. The benefits of taking family portraits at home is that the you already feel comfortable, you have lots of props (aka toys), you don't have to transport the kids and outfit changes are a breeze. *This works best for houses with great natural lighting.*