Thank you for welcoming me into your home!
Thank you so much for selecting me to photograph your family in your home. I appreciate you welcoming me into your home and daily life. I hope the information below will be helpful as you prepare for your in-home photography session. Please know that all sessions and situations are different and unique, so these are simply guidelines to help you prepare.
What is a lifestyle session?
Think of lifestyle sessions as a documentary approach to photography. Rather than an overly posed and directed experience, lifestyle sessions show more behind-the-scenes imagery that tell a story. Scenes are set up with light direction, and the focus is more on the scene, environment and interaction between subjects. Lifestyle sessions show different perspectives, more candid moments, and relationships between people that I find to be more authentic and personal.
I love to set up lifestyle sessions to show "a day in the life of" the family. This includes actions and activities that you would do on any normal day at home. These activities can be things like preparing a bottle and feeding your baby. Another example is sitting in the nursery and reading a baby book aloud.
Relax and Don't Stress
Any photography session involving newborns and toddlers requires a bit of patience. Children this young, especially babies, will usually dictate the pace of your session. Babies tend to be best in front of the camera when they are warm, well-fed and sleepy. Sometimes babies get hungry and fussy, or children just need to take a break after being in front of the camera. This is totally normal and you should not stress over timing and needing to take breaks! Young ones are well adept to picking up on nervous energy, so the more calm you are, the easier your session will be!
Be sure to feed your baby shortly before our session to ensure baby is happy and content.
Prepping Your Home and Nursery
Open, natural light. Photographing newborns and babies in your home is the best - this is their home, a place where they are most comfortable. Usually, the nursery room is used in newborn lifestyle sessions. Other popular rooms in the house are the living room, kitchen and sibling rooms. Prior to my arrival, please open all blinds and curtains to allow maximum natural light into the scene. My photography style greatly lends to using natural and available light, and I only use artificial light (flash) if absolutely necessary.
Turn off the Artificial Lights. I'll also have you turn off any artificial light. Artificial lights like lamps and ceiling lights produce unnatural color casts while natural light will illuminate a scene (and skin tones) correctly.
Less is more. De-clutter any spaces that we will use to remove distracting elements from the scene. Tidying up the floors, table tops, nightstands, etc. will remove distracting objects from your images.
What to Wear
I typically recommend sticking towards neutral colors like tans, whites, greys, creams, or pastel colors. Indoor natural light is soft light, and softer colors tend to compliment that light. Avoid hyper-colors (colors like neons, reds or anything else that may produce a color cast on skin tones), busy patterns and clothing with prominent logos or writing. Not all situations are alike, however. The best advice I can give is to think about where we'll be photographing your family. I recommend coordinating outfits to compliment the scenes in which we'll be working in.
If we will use your bedroom, I recommend changing the bedding to a neutral color (whites are great!).
While a lot of our session will be a group effort, I also like to be sure to capture moments with just one parent (and sibling) at a time.
My goal is to tell your Story.
Ultimately, it is my goal to deliver a gallery that tells a story of your family. We will be capturing an intimate look into the loving connection between family members and their newest arrival. This should be a stress-free and fun experience. I encourage my clients to be authentically themselves. The reality is that everything may not go 100% perfectly - and that is OK! We may need to take breaks to feed, change and/or comfort your newborn. As you know, babies are unpredictable but we can embrace that fleeting time in their early development.