According to Wikipedia, Lifestyle photography "is a kind of photography which 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 life or to inspire people in different times. Thus, it covers multidisciplinary types of photography together. A lifestyle photographer is not only a portrait or people photographer and loves/enjoys photography as art in everyday life but is believed to be talented in photography that can also do well in other many disciplines of photography at a time such as landscape, street photography, fashion, wedding and even wildlife with one's unique vision to inspire people's life."
Though this genre of photography has been around for a while and I have always considered myself a lifestyle photographer. Lifestyle photography is really only now catching on in the family portrait photography industry and has become "all the rage." While I have offered studio sessions in the past, my heart is with lifestyle photography, so starting in 2017, studio sessions will no longer be offered unless in a promotional situation.
So start thinking of things you like to do with your family-- locations don't have to only be your home or a "pretty outdoor scene". Let's think outside of the box! Maybe we need to head to a bookstore for a shoot, or out for cupcakes or ice cream. Do you like taking walks together in the neighborhood, or do you like baking cookies together or making home made pizzas? How about cutting open some feather pillows and jumping on the mater bedroom bed and having a pillow fight? Do you have a pool and want to do your shoot there or everyone playing and swimming at the lake? Let's have some fun together and capture those memories, because as soon as they happen, that's all they will be.