Photography Sessions At Home

When exactly were the “good old days”?

I think for me, they were the years I spent growing up on Janedale Drive in Fremont, Indiana. That house is where I ate over ten thousand meals. Where my dog Winston greeted me hundreds of times at the front door. Where we decorated for twenty Christmases and sang Happy Birthday dozens of times.

When a client suggests an in-home photography session, I want to share these exact thoughts with them but usually I don’t. Because that would be a little too heavy, right? But I do try to impress upon them how grateful they’ll be in the years to come to have captured their everyday lives at home. They’ll grow up and move out like the rest of us but they’ll always have those photos to look back on.

And if you’re one of those types to open up your home to a photographer, here are some tips for your next in-home session:

1) Keep it Personal

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When I go into a new home, I look at the person’s style. I notice what’s hanging on the walls and on the shelves. I like piecing together bits of someone’s life just by what I see.

Whether you’re getting ready for your wedding, just had a baby or simply want to invite me in for Saturday pancakes with the rest of the family, remember that your home is uniquely yours so don’t feel like you have to make it perfect for photos. It doesn’t have to be an empty studio space. Fill it with the things you love.

2) Clean Up

While it doesn’t have to be an empty warehouse, it’s best to pick up and put away anything you don’t want accidentally photographed. And feel free to clear unnecessary clutter or tripping hazards if you know you’ll be working in one particular room or area. Sometimes when I’m editing photos, I’ll clean up in Photoshop – removing a misplaced item or covering up a distracting wall outlet, but for the most part, I leave it as is.

Family Portrait with Newborn

3) Know Your Interior Light

You know your home better than I do, so I’ll take your lead on where you want to shoot. But you’d be surprised how little people think about the lighting in their home. Do you know where the sun rises and sets on your home? Do you know which room gets the best morning or afternoon light? What will I see if we open the curtains to let in some light? We’ll take into consideration all of these things when setting up your shoot. If your home doesn’t have good natural light, we can work with light stands and flashes to replicate the missing sunlight.IMG_6957

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