IN HOME PORTRAIT SESSIONS
We are grateful in many ways for living at Midway Artist Studios and one of the biggest reasons we love living here is the community. And the building friends who are ready for make the most of any afternoon. Leonardo and Lulu are just about two weeks apart and they are great friends. Having friends in the building is even more awesome in the winter when the playground is just too cold.
We invited Lulu over to play and eventually I pulled out a roll of paper and we got them into just their diapers to really get into the experience of finger painting. As the painting was not limited to fingers – toes got their fair share as did bellies and hair and backs. And so they just had to take a bath before lunch. Which it just may have been one of the highlights of their lives.
When was the last time you had this much fun?
FAMILY PORTRAITS TAKEN AT HOME
One of my favorite things about doing at home portrait sessions? No need to worry about the weather. And you don’t have to gather all the things and the kids. You stay put. We come to you. This is huge if you have a newborn, or say live in New England.
The two biggest questions I get from parents about doing a family portrait session at their home are about lighting and about what they need to do to get the house ready.
LIGHTING INDOOR FAMILY PORTRAITS
We don’t all have great Architectural Digest rooms with sweeping natural light. Ok, sometimes I do have a client that is excited to shoot under their skylight, or actually has an apartment with great light. But most of us can’t say that. But it’s in knowing how to see the lighting that you have and where to photograph in that lighting that matters.
We will want to use natural light as much as we can. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains so we can immediately see the best light coming into your home. Natural light is ideal but we also bring off camera lighting equipment if we need it. If we do set that up, it will still be a soft and natural feel to the final image.
CLEANING UP BEFORE A FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION AT HOME
I’m sure that no matter what I write here, you actually do some amount of tidying before people come over. But no need to Konmari your place. One of the best things about photography is that I get to decide what is in frame and what is out. And the space that you live in and the space that your children play is matters to them. As my mother always says – unless it’s a realtor, people are there to see you and not the house.
It’s normal to have extra things around and not enough closet space. For your at home portrait session, we don’t need much space (especially for kids). I may move some (movable) furniture around to make space for me to move, but everything goes back to its place when we are done.