Taking photos of your family in your home can sound intimidating.
You're inviting someone into your life - the mess, the joys, the daily living. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) life is not glamorous and sometimes we find it scary to embrace it. That's okay! I'm here to settle any nerves and give you a few tips for making the most out of hiring a photographer to document you in your home.
Tidy up any clutter!
I’m not going to judge you for have some clothes on the floor and heaven forbid you were to see MY bedroom! But for photos, it really helps to have everything tidied up and as much clutter put away as possible. Counters and tables cleared off, laundry stuck away in the laundry room, and toys picked up goes a long way! This will help the overall photos, but also make you feel more confident about your home and not be distracted by noticing something distracting in the corner of a photograph - your family’s memories deserve to be front and center!
Prepare a mental list of favorite activities.
Let’s photograph your family doing your things. This doesn’t have to be fancy by any means. It can be reading books, making lunch, cuddling on the couch - whatever feels natural to how you do your life. If you play certain board games as a family or the only cookies you make are the break n’ bake, we can incorporate that! Only you know what is special to you and your family, but I want to make sure to include it.
Wear clothes you actually wear.
This isn’t the time to pull out super fancy clothes! Don’t wear what you’d wear to a wedding or even what you’d wear to church - this is what you’d wear on a Saturday or a Tuesday. Find some items of clothing that are your very favorite, the things that your children will look back on years from now and say, “I remember mom wearing that sweater!” This will add another layer of beautiful memories to your photos.
Send comparison + perfectionism packing!!!
This is THE most important step in preparing for your home session! There is no room in your home, your photos, or your life to get bogged down by the “not enough” weight that seems to cling to us. You do not need to be Pinterest or instagram perfect. You need to be yourself. Your home doesn’t need to belong in a magazine in order to be documented. You don’t need to complete with the insta-famous hipster families or the remodel of the neighbor down the street. This is your family and your life and it is perfect just the way it is. Today.
One of my favorite Shauna Niequist quotes (besides all of them) says that, “this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience.” I believe that to be true and that’s why I love home sessions. It’s about your pedestrian life - walking together through the highs and lows with laughter and cuddles and a few tears.
Your life deserves to be documented. It’s not about social media, it’s about the grandbabies who will look at these photos in fifty years. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being present.