I often get asked whether or not I think photo sessions are ‘better’ at home or outside somewhere pretty. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of your photos. Another blog post will be up soon around photos taken on location, but for now…
Here are some of the benefits of having photos taken in your own home:
1 Calmer Environment
I have found that sometimes if you get kids dressed up and taken them out they can get really excited and hyped up. While this may not be a bad thing, if you’re after more natural and cosy photos, being at home can often help make things more calm and relaxed.
2 More Memories of Home
When you look back at photos from the past taken in your own home, you can also remember where you were in your life at that point as well as your family. The decor in your home, little nicknacks, how the nursery looked, what you were enjoying at that time – it all becomes part of the memories captured in the photos. It also makes it easier to use various props like a favourite toy, dressing up outfit or piece of artwork.
3 No Outsiders
Sometimes it can all get a little bit self conscious when you’re out in a local park and people are walking by and having a bit of a look at what you’re up to. While this doesn’t need to make a difference, at home you get to control who is around to see what’s going on. You can be as silly and goofy as you like and not have to worry in the slightest.
4 Authentic Family Life
I love photographing in a documentary style, and being at home let’s everything unfold naturally. Going down for a nap, painting, lunchtime, playing in the garden are all parts of your life that you can have photographed that wouldn’t be possible on location.
5 It (Can Be) Less Stressful
Having a photographer come to your home can be a lot less stressful than getting everyone ready, packing a bag, herded into the car and then at a certain location on time.
So there we have it. What do you think? Have you ever had a photo session at home and how did it make you feel? The ‘5 Benefits of Photos on Location’ will be out soon.
Have a great day,