As a Cincinnati photographer, I love at-home family photos! They’re a great opportunity to show your family in its natural element. I’m a firm believe that being at home creates the perfect relaxed, natural in family photos. It’s always special to document families I work with in the place where they make most of their memories as a family.
Something that makes at-home family photos extra special in my eyes? Usually, these sessions are with couples and families I’ve worked with before! Whether I photographed your wedding, took previous family photos for you, or we’re meeting for the first time, you can’t go wrong with choosing to take at-home family photos!
The experience of taking at-home family photos is like nothing else! It’s the one space that’s truly unique to you as a family. Your home is where your babies took their first steps and said their first words. It’s the place you’ve brought home new four-legged friends and said goodbye to others. Your home is where you’ve spent some of your absolute best moments and some of your lowest moments, too. Photos in it represent all of those emotions and memories.
In case that’s not enough to convince you, here are three more reasons I love at-home family sessions!
From cuddling on the couch to playing in the backyard, at-home sessions offer a glimpse into your regular, everyday life. I love it when families invite me into these moments!
Now, you’re probably wondering, “But, Megan, what will I need to do to prepare my home for at-home family photos?” Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with some tips.
Start by tidying up the areas where you’d like photos taken—like your living room, your child’s nursery, or your backyard. Your space doesn’t need to be perfect, but a clean and organized space will keep the focus on you and your family.
As you prepare for the photos, start thinking about any ways you’d like to personalize your session. If there are any parts of your home decor, such as special artwork or an heirloom blanket, don’t hesitate to let me know! These really add a personal touch to your pictures, and I’d be happy to incorporate them into the session.
If you have pets that you want to be in some of the photos, make sure they are groomed and ready to join in the fun. Pets are some of my favorite parts of family portraits. Just like children, they also tend to behave better at home, so you’re in luck!
In the weeks leading up to your session, pay attention to the lighting in your home. We’ll want to choose a time of day when the natural light is at its best for your session. If you know you want some photos in your front or back yard, don’t forget to take a peek at those areas too. I can help with this, of course!
Last but certainly not least, just relax and enjoy the process! At-home sessions are all about the genuine moments—just know that I’ve got you covered with capturing those!
I have photographed the Johnston family one other time, and I absolutely loved catching up with them again. Their home was a stunning backdrop for their at-home family photos. We hung out indoors in their gorgeous light-filled rooms before heading outside for some photos in front of their home and in their backyard. Here’s a glimpse at their fun family session!
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