At-Home Session Guide
Preparing for Your At-Home Session
Look for the Light
Natural light is a must for at-home portraits. Do your rooms have at least one or two larger windows with sunlight filtering in? Does your home have more of an open concept where light can bounce around? If yes, then your home is probably a great location for a lifestyle photo session! We will also want to photograph in rooms that are painted in a neutral color, like beige or white. If the room is pink or blue, those tones will be casted onto your skin in the photos. Sending me pictures ahead of time will help us to determine the best time of day and place to photograph at your house, too.
Hide the Amazon Boxes!
Moms and dads: you don't have to clean every surface in your home! We can move necessary things around when I get there. But before your session, spend just a couple minutes "decluttering" the rooms we will photograph in. Simply tucking away the things you don't typically have out will result in a less distracting, more timeless backdrop.
For a relaxed, at-home look, I suggest bare feet over shoes or even socks. Even if you don't like your feet, trust me on this one! (The perk? You won't be troubled to find the perfect shoes for each outfit!)
Set Aside Activities
If we're doing a session with kids aged-one and older, you can pick out a couple of activities that you would naturally do together. It could be something simple like reading a book together, or something more involved, like baking. Having one or two activities planned before I arrive will help me to capture your family in a natural state and will create those precious, candid photos we all love.
Collect Your Keepsakes
I love family keepsakes & they inspire me during our shoot! Please think about any special keepsakes you might like photographed and take some time collecting them before our session. Examples might include a birth announcement or shower invitation suite, a newborn outfit, special hand-me-downs, or baby jewelry. I particularly like to have these set aside to photograph for moments when baby needs nursing or changing, kids need a snack break, or when you want to do an outfit change.
I hope this helps you to feel prepared for your at-home session.
I can't wait to create memories with you!