Trying to think of family photo session ideas? Here’s why you should have in-home family photos taken and tips for finding the perfect photographer.
In the era of smartphones, taking candid snaps is as simple as the tap of a button. But, when it comes to preserving memories, nothing quite compares to the charm of professional family photos. Trust me, I’m a huge fan of hiring a photographer as often as monetarily possible, much to the disappointment of my own family.
These professionally captured and thoughtfully composed portraits serve as timeless reminders of the love, joy and connections we share with our loved ones. Last fall we had a full in-home photo session and I will treasure the photos forever. Today I’m sharing why having in-home family photos done is a must and provide tips for selecting the perfect photographer for the job.
Why You Should Have In-Home Family Photos Taken
When Bill was diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things we did was schedule an in-home family photo session. We didn’t know very much about his prognosis at the time and we wanted to capture memories of all four of us together.
I hired Kylie Martin Photography for our session for a couple reasons. 1. I have known her for years and trusted her for this very important session and 2. Her style matches the aesthetic Dane and I love for photography. The results are more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed about and if you are trying to figure out family photo session ideas, I highly recommend an at-home shoot. Also, Kylie travels…just saying!
The Power of Familiar Surroundings
Choosing to have your family photos taken in the comfort of your own home offers a unique advantage. Your home serves as the backdrop to your daily lives, filled with memories, shared experiences and sentimental value. These familiar surroundings evoke genuine emotions and create an intimate atmosphere for the photo session. Your home is a reflection of your family’s identity, and incorporating it into the photos captures the essence of who you are.
A Candid Glimpse into Your Lives
By opting for an in-home family photo session, you invite the photographer to capture your family in its natural state. These photos offer a candid glimpse into your lives, showcasing the dynamics, laughter and love that fill your home. Unlike traditional studio setups or on-location type sessions (like at the beach or at the park), in-home sessions provide opportunities for spontaneous interactions and unposed shots, resulting in genuine and heartfelt photographs that truly represent your family’s unique story.
Comfort and Relaxed Atmosphere
For many people, being in front of a camera can feel awkward and unnerving. However, being in your own home offers a level of comfort that can put everyone at ease during the photoshoot. Your family members can relax, be themselves, and engage in activities they enjoy, making the entire experience more enjoyable. The photographer can capture the authentic connections and emotions that arise naturally, resulting in images that reflect your family’s true personality.
Tips for Choosing a Photographer
When it comes to selecting the right photographer for your in-home family photo session, keep these essential tips in mind:
Research and Portfolio Review: Take the time to research and explore various photographers specializing in family portraits. Look for photographers with a portfolio that resonates with your style and vision. Does their style match what you’re visualizing for your final photos?
Client Reviews and Testimonials: Check online reviews and testimonials from previous clients. This will provide insights into the photographer’s professionalism, reliability and ability to establish rapport with families. Pay attention to positive feedback regarding the photographer’s flexibility, patience and ability to work with children or pets if that is a factor for your family.
Pricing and Packages: Discuss pricing and packages upfront to ensure they align with your budget and requirements. Inquire about additional services, such as retouching and printing, and clarify any copyright or ownership details regarding the final images.
Professionalism and Experience: Choose a photographer who demonstrates professionalism, reliability and experience in family photography. An experienced professional will have the expertise to guide you through the process, suggest poses and locations, and capture the essence of your family’s unique dynamics.
In-home family photos provide a cherished record of the love, joy, and connections that define our lives. Looking at our in-home photos give me such an immense amount of joy and I’ll cherish them forever!