Making the most of your in-home portrait session


Original Post September 22, 2017

Hey friends! Here’s a 5 simple tips on how to make the most of your lifestyle photo session.

These are my favorite kind of photo sessions, and I want you to enjoy them as much as I do! 


1 - Don’t sweat the small stuff. I honestly don’t mind if your house isn’t immaculate. Those crumbs on the counter or socks on the floor are indicators that you actually live life in your house. The pile of books and the half empty coffee mugs help me tell the story of your family better, so don’t stress over them. If there’s something specific you don’t want in a picture, I have cropping tools. ;)

2 - Matching is optional, not a must. My friend, long gone are the days when matching jeans and white t-shirts were the only acceptable way to dress your family for photos. I highly recommend dressing yourself and your family however you are most comfortable. My philosophy is that comfortable people are happy people, and happy people make better portraits! If you ever have a question on putting colors or patterns together, feel free to ask! 

3 - Flow with the season of life you are currently in. I’m gonna be honest, I struggle with this one. I am always thinking “I’ll schedule photos when I lose that last 15lbs”, or, “We should wait until D is just a bit older so that he’ll stay up longer and be happier for sunset photos”. I want to preserve the memories of “now”, just as we are. If your 3 year old insists on wearing the sparkly fairy wings and a princess dress, I am 100% cool with it, because that is who they are right now, and they may never be that way again. Trust me, you don’t want to wait and lose those precious memories. 

4 - Snacks are our best friend. If there are newborns, babies, or toddlers involved, feed them a snack and change diapers right before our session starts. I usually bring a small snack for the toddlers to enjoy during the session, but feeding babies beforehand helps them settle and be happier for the length of the session. 

5 - Plan ahead. Let me know before your session if there are any specific shots you would like. I’ll provide you with a questionnaire and checklist a few weeks before the session, but if anything extra comes to mind, or if there is a specific at-home project (ie. reading a favorite book) that you would like shots of, let me know and we’ll plan accordingly. 

Bonus tip - If you are photographing part of your session outdoors, be sure to wear good shoes! Heels may look great, but are not awesome when walking through a bumpy grassy field. If your feet are comfy and cute, then the rest of your body will follow along. :)