If ending up with stiff, heavily posed portraits puts you off having a professional photography session, you’re not the only one! That’s why so many photographers have made the shift to lifestyle photography, resulting in more natural and emotionally authentic shots.

Cincinnati is no stranger to lifestyle photography, with several talented artists who specialize in the field. In this article, we’ll introduce you to 8 of the top lifestyle photographers in Cincinnati and showcase what it is that makes their work so special.

Caitlin Chrisenee Photo + Video

A family locked in on a jigsaw puzzle together [Caitlin Chrisenee Photo + Video]

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Caitlin Chrisenee is a lifestyle photographer who specializes in weddings, engagement sessions, portraits, and business branding. Her photography journey began at a young age when she would go everywhere with a camera in hand. As she tells it, much of her spare time as a kid was spent taking pictures of whatever she could find.

Caitlin has since turned her hobby into a full-time career by making gorgeous lifestyle imagery. She also offers mentoring sessions to aspiring photographers in the community.

Two Blooms Photography

A young girl leaps in front of a brick wall [Two Blooms Photography]

Heather is the owner of Two Blooms Photography, which is all about capturing families who are enjoying life just as it is.

She describes herself as a storyteller who has plenty of tricks up her sleeve for capturing beautiful shots of those who are camera shy, don’t feel photogenic, or have kids running away from the camera. Heather believes that life can be messy but it’s those moments specifically that can be truly worthy of celebration.

Kristin Brown Photography

A touching shot of a couple kissing in a field [Kristin Brown Photography]

Kristin Brown is a visual storyteller who provides “emotive photography for people who love, live, laugh and want to have those moments truly captured”. Aside from weddings and family portrait sessions, she also offers in-home newborn shoots for couples who have welcomed a baby into the family.

We love her use of various angles and the crisp feel of her images, with all of the cuddles, belly laughs, and dancing they incorporate. Most importantly, Kristin’s work feels completely natural, which is why she is one of the best lifestyle photographers in Cincinnati.

Molly Ann Photos

A family enjoying the company of their newborn baby [Molly Ann Photos]

Molly is a film and digital photographer who is based in Cincinnati but works with clients throughout the Midwest. Drawing on a background in architecture, she captures striking lifestyle portraits during weddings and family portrait sessions.

Molly describes her approach to lifestyle photography as intentional, artistic, and story-filled, and she loves the opportunity to connect with people on a daily basis. Over the last eight years, she speaks of the privilege to create and learn from her subjects while crafting heirlooms that can be passed down through the generations.

Sherri Barber Photography

A bride shares a moment with her bridesmaids [Sherri Barber Photography]

Sherri Barber is an award-winning Cincinnati wedding and lifestyle photographer who is all about capturing “bold, fun, and fabulous” images. She documents everything from weddings and high school seniors to families and newborn lifestyle portraits.

Sherri’s working life began as a professional dancer and it wasn’t until she retired (at the age of 27) and went backpacking through Europe that she discovered her love of photography. Over the last 11 years, she has shot more than 400 weddings. Today, her passion for lifestyle photography is as strong as ever!

Heather Colley Photography

A young girl sipping from a pineapple [Heather Colley Photography]

Born and raised in Ohio, Heather Colley is a Cincinnati photographer who specializes in lifestyle portraits of people and their pets. Whether she’s shooting an engagement session, an elopement, or a maternity shoot, her images have a depth and richness of color that we absolutely love.

In reference to her approach, she says: “the rawness of lifestyle photography makes the photographs so much more meaningful when you look back in your photo album 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.”

Daniel Michael

Two sisters with a well-snuggled newborn baby [Daniel Michael]

Daniel Michael has been in the photography business for more than 20 years and shoots everything from bar and bat mitzvahs to maternity and newborn sessions, weddings, boudoir, and lifestyle portraits.

He works with a team of Cincinnati-based photographers who are used to receiving rave reviews for their artistry and photojournalistic style. To capture the natural beauty of everyday life, Daniel’s team are more than happy to work with clients in their homes or at a location where they feel most comfortable.

Marie Day Photography

A father holding his newborn baby, both in matching green [Marie Day Photography] 

Marie is a lifestyle family and newborn photographer who calls Cincinnati “home.” She is on a mission to provide her clients with fresh, bright, and fun photos during experiences that are stress-free for everyone involved.

Authenticity radiates from Marie’s images, with genuine smiles and emotions from her subjects. Whether she’s shooting an expectant mom, beaming new parents, or growing families, there’s much about Marie’s images to love.

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