I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. After starting to take photos in my clients’ own homes I really have been more and more inspired. I then started thinking about why that is. I have come up with lots of really good reasons for you to get as excited about in-home family photo sessions as I am. This is just 5 of those reasons.
Reason Number 1
All of your family are comfortable at home
Everyone is more comfortable in familiar surroundings. Go somewhere unfamiliar and you will never be truely at ease. This is even more true for young children, that’s just how we as humans behave. In my sessions there will be no pressure or bribery involved to get kids to do something in particular for a photograph. They can just play and be happy to get to spend some quality time with you their parents. Temper tantrums, especially with toddlers are inevitable, at home you can just let them take their natural course (this can make for some really emotional pictures). Tantrums are all part of growing up, they happen, but have you ever just stepped back and taken a photo of this moment in your kids lives?
Reason Number 2
Most of your family’s special memories happen here
Your home is the place where you spend a lot of your family time. Often the camera does not come out though unless it is a special occassion or until you are going on holiday.
Reason Number 3
Bad weather is not a problem
Taking pictures in a lovely park or on location in a local scenic place can be amazing. If the weather is not good, like it often can be in the UK, you don’t have to cancel an in-home session. If you still want to take some pictures in the rain go for it, why not? It makes for some fun family captures then afterwards you could always warm up inside with a lovely hot chocolate and cookie.
Reason Number 4
Traditional portrait sessions can often be seen as a hassle
Having to get dressed up into clothes they do not usually wear, kids (and some reluctant adults!) can often rebel. How frustrating is it getting everyone dressed up and making sure everyone gets to a studio or location, all without getting dirty. With a documentary session all that frustration will be gone – no stress. You don’t need to worry about getting everyone ready and in the car to make it to your session, you are already there.
Reason Number 5
You will have everything you need at your fingertips
Clothes often get messed up, nappies have to be changed. Whatever happens in a session, you are comfortable in your own home and you’ll have everything you need right where you are.
Can you think of any other reasons?