I love doing a 'lifestyle' shoot, especially when I'm working with younger families, but it did occur to me that it's a bit of a photographers term...so here is a bit of a run down:
Wikipedia sums it up pretty well ..."Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives or to inspire people in different times."
So when you come to think about whether this is something you are keen to do with your family, here's a few reasons why this might (or might not!) work...with some of my examples thrown in naturally... :)
1) Everyone stays a bit more chilled out - If you are in your own environment, you naturally are more relaxed and at ease, which will shine through in your pictures.
2) All the bribery stuff is at your fingertips - If the kids get upset you are surrounded by all of the things that you can use to get them back on the happy train!
3) Time saving - the photographer comes to you, which...if you are Auckland based means you don't lose an extra hour of your life sitting in traffic, creasing your clothes for the photos and getting cranky or sleepy kids
4)There's something extra 'timeless' about getting photographs in your own home, with your own stuff. These days people will often move a number of time throughout their lives, and you will always have the memories of the times you had together, in your home, captured forever.
5)All you need is a bit of a white or solid coloured wall, and your photographer should be able to create a bit of a studio vibe portrait anyway! In my house, finding clear wall space is a bit of a mission, but with just a 1m squared space and a bit of creative lamp lighting I was able to get something along these lines.
6) Overall, less posey - because you'll get some little gems of shots that you never expected to get, without awkwardly stacking your children in front of you and trying to turn your baby on a crazy angle whilst holding the perfect smile. You'll get some beautiful natural family shots yes, but you will also get some quirky unexpected little gems!