Documentary vs. Lifestyle

A question I get on a regular basis is: What's the difference between a Lifestyle session vs. Documentary session? Lifestyle sessions have more direction given by the photographer, there is typically some planning around location and outfit choices. There is some direction from the photographer on what to do and how to be. With documentary photography it is up to the photographer to move themselves to depict real life in an honest, true and creative way. There is no direction given by the photographer and the moments captured are all real, true events.

Nicole Johnston