A lifestyle shoot like the one the other day involves many aspects of photography. Firstly, the images need to be good technically. But they also need to tell stories, and more particularly: they need to force the viewer to complete the story in his or her mind.
Here, I used side lighting to add interest:
And this is a typical storytelling image:
If you analyze carefully where your eyes go, you will see it is to the man’s face, then to the woman he is talking to, and you then realize they are all smiling; then you take in the rest of the detail, including the drinks.
Drinks are the focus here:
But again, the story is about the relationship between the people and whoever they are looking at. The models, who included professional actors, were excellent.