In-Home Session Guide
Hello and Welcome! I’m so happy you decided on an In-Home session with me. Sessions in your home are more comfortable and the results are candid and real. This type of session is often called lifestyle or documentary style. Images captured from sessions like these are my favorite because it shows the true essence of your family more than those of a posed session. But don’t worry I will get a few of everyone looking at the camera. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of an in-home session.
Photographing people is my speciality. Whether I'm capturing your sweet family, or celebrating a special moment in your life, such as graduation, new baby, or anniversary, I'm so honored to help you create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. I've created this guide to help you get the most out of your photos, and by the time you’ve read through this guide, you'll have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera!
Plan An Activity
Choose a fun activity you do as a family. Such as reading a favorite book, blowing bubbles, playing with toys or a favorite game.
I absolutely love capturing babies and families naturally. If baby wants his/her arms out to stretch, I will capture it. If the kiddos want to play a game, let them. I will not pose kids to stand quietly and look at the camera. Unless they want to! Nor will I place babies in a bucket.
Do plan on taking lots of breaks for feeding and soothing. I love capturing activities like swaddling, cuddling, kisses, and outfit changes. I will also capture close-ups of baby’s hands and feet.
Have several outfits set aside including hats, baby mocs/shoes, cradle boards, stuffed toys. I love tiny baby turquoise bling! For swaddling photos please use a plain white blanket. Tiny print is ok too.
Let Babies Lead
The babes will be in charge of the session. I will follow their lead and energy. If they need a break that’s totally fine too.
Don’t stress or apologize! I’m used to little ones around me. My day job is leading story times at our local library!
Let There Be Light
Photography is all about light. I will bring a large umbrella and a flash stand. It’s a simple set-up but works wonders with my style of photography. No worries! I do not point the flash directly into baby’s eyes! It’s pointed away from baby at all times.
Minimal but still lived in. Leave out favorite toys. Make up the bed and clear the bed of laundry and baby gear. Bonus points if you have a white comforter and decorative pillows. If not, no worries, just let me know and I will bring a white comforter with me.
Add a fresh display of flowers for the nightstand for added interest. Makes a great prop as well!
Living rooms are great but plan on a few photos in bedrooms. Kids room reflect their personality and master beds are great for everyone to hang out one and I can take a wide shot of the entire family.
If the light is right we can also do a few photos outdoors like in the front yard or backyard.
Two words: comfortable and simple. When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting either lighter tones or jewel tones. Lighter tones will bring more attention to your faces and lets the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. Avoid neon colors and graphic tees. Those types of clothing tend to distract the eye and drains the feeling from the photo.
Jewel tones photograph beautifully, such as sapphire, emerald, or smoky quartz. The camera also loves shades of pink and blues, mixed with sophisticated neutrals like heather gray, cream, and light browns. If wearing white, choose whites with texture. Such as lace, velvet, or knitted. They add interest and detail to an image.
Pops of color can be added in your jewelry, scarves or in flowers. Try to keep solid blacks to a minimum. It photographs very heavy and fights my light and airy photography style. Instead opt for a lighter color like gray, charcoal or navy. If you’re not sure please text me an image of your outfits and I can help you decide.
I don’t want to rush our session. An hour is plenty of time for me to capture your family’s true spirt. We’ll take frequent breaks for the kids, for me to change lenses and chat a little bit. This process helps with letting things fold naturally. In return you get some awesome images that feel like you!
Photo Delivery Timeline
I will tag you on Instagram for a sneak peek with one of my favorite photos. These are quick edit proofs. I will need the full 14 days to complete your gallery. I take pride in my editing style. I make sure my images are consistent and are color corrected. I only deliver the best of the best!
Your online gallery with all of your final, enhanced photos will be ready. I will email you the link to your gallery along with instructions for downloading. This is a great time to place your print order with me!
You will have 30 days to download your images to your devices. Your images are high-resolution files and may take some time to download all your images. There is a fee of $50 to re-upload a previous expired gallery.
Need your images sooner? Not a problem! There is a $50 fee for rush delivery.
One Final Note
I know I just gave you a lot to think about. I created this guide to help make your portrait session experience something you’ll look back fondly on for years and years to come. At the end of the day, though, the location you choose and the outfits you select won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together. I want your portrait session to be a time for you to just be yourselves and enjoy it. Have fun together. Laugh a lot. And I’ll take care of the rest!