If you have been following me in the last few weeks you heard me say that I am determined to photograph YOU surrounded by people that you love in the place that you call HOME.  And well last week I had the opportunity to do just that for one of my client families.  With every precaution taken, I spent a little bit of time capturing these little moments only a few days after they brought baby boy home.  And y’all this made my photographer heart so happy.  I just loved the simplicity of it all… the tender moments… all of it. I just need to do this type of session again.  “Lifestyle” type sessions are becoming a favorite.

And so I leave you with images of the “B” family… moments during a time when home is the only place right now that feels  safe… and the only place that seems somewhat normal.

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This year I am determined to do more lifestyle photography sessions.  I’ve realized in recent days as I go through old files that I enjoy capturing these types of moments the most and I have not done any in a while.  And I miss it.   I want to photograph your family in your home.. in your element and surrounded by things that you love.  I want to capture your everyday in the place that makes your heart happy… surrounded by all the things that bring joy to your life.

So what is a lifestyle session ?

My definition of a lifestyle session combines both documentary photography and classic portraiture.  A lifestyle session with JIP is one that takes place in your home and takes an hour or so.  The goal is to capture real life moments.. not posed.. and real emotions between you and your loved ones. The only props that will be used are those that have meaning and can be found in your surroundings.  During the session, I will act like a fly on the wall to document interactions between everyone in front of my camera lens and I will create opportunities that will generate real-life type of images that you will forever treasure.

When is it a good time to schedule a lifestyle session?

Lifestyle sessions can be done year round.  It is a great way to document moments when a new baby arrives, depict a day in your life doing what you enjoy with the ones you love, to celebrate a milestone, to update family photos, and to document important events in your life.  Once you decide to book a lifestyle session, we will discuss the best time of day to schedule the session considering when the light is best in your home.

What should I wear for a lifestyle session?

Keep it simple.  In our homes we tend to be the most comfortable and we want to make sure to convey that in the images captured.  And so, wear something that you are comfortable in. Neutral colors work best and consider your surroundings.  The color scheme of  your home should be considered when choosing wardrobe colors for a lifestyle session.  Shoes are not required… barefoot at home is always a plus!

How do I prepare for a lifestyle session?

Because your home will be the backdrop for the session, I always encourage clients to declutter the shooting space a little.  We don’t want the space to be completely changed since the idea of a lifestyle session is to capture your everyday in your REAL home.  But it is a good idea to remove anything “extra” that doesn’t need to be in the images captured.  Pale neutrals and whites really help to accentuate natural light so consider swapping colored bedding and curtains for whites or neutrals although not necessary at all.  The key for your session is to plan activities that will allow the family to interact with each other.  Consider including books to read, songs to sing and dance, toys to play with, etc that will be fun for all the family to do together.


a photography session like this is full of emotion and fun.  The greatest part about these sessions is that they are unique to you and they tell your story.  If you’re ready to tell your every day story email me at jess@jessicaidalia.com to schedule your session today.  

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Getting a bit personal today… i found this image of my little guy recently as I searched through old files. I captured it 3 years ago but I never got to a point where I could share it with you all then. The thing is that at that time.. in that year… I didn’t believe I was STRONG at all. Life was full of difficult moments and struggles and my world was changing. And as it all happened, i found myself in a place I never wanted to be. ⁠

Looking back, I realize that I was STRONG. I was able to survive a difficult period in my life, mend my heart, build a home for us on my own, found me again and did it all while being his MOM. I hope that if he ever is put through difficult situations in life that he remembers that HE CAN BE STRONG LIKE MOM.

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If you’re anything like me you are ready for life to be the way we knew it before.  Even a trip to the grocery store was much different that it is today.  But I am constantly reminded that missing our life 4 weeks ago… clinging to what was… will only cause struggle.

Instead we need to know that none of us will come out of this the same person we were before and the best thing we can do is sit in the blessing that is right now.  Even in the hard stuff.. choosing joy is the only way to go.

So today, I challenge you to find Joy in the every day.  Even if it means finding joy in the home you haven’t left in weeks or finding joy in your backyard.  Whatever it is… CHOOSE JOY.

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The last time I blogged… I had no idea that our world would be completely different in a little more than a month.  I was in the middle of planning spring minis, including my favorite mommy sessions, and little did I know that it would all have to be rescheduled due to this incredible pandemic.

Life as we knew it changed.  A trip to the grocery store no longer resembled the NORM, schools were closed, people worked from home and essential workers worked more hours just for us. Plans were changed and things were placed on hold.  And we were forced to stay home, to stay safe, with our immediate peeps and faced days that turned into weeks of time away from our extended family and friends.

Grateful that I have the opportunity to stay home and safe with people I love… but I will be honest when I say that I can’t wait for the moment when I can reunite with my parents, siblings, cousins and friends.  That first hug is going to be the best feeling in the world… and all of this was so worth it.

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