Some of the most precious moments families experience are in their home, occurring naturally in an environment where they feel comfortable and have the freedom to simply be them. Lifestyle sessions are quite simply purely authentic moments captured in a natural setting.
Dave and Seetha and their family, the two loveable fur babies seen here, really exemplify what is meant to capture real moments. When you invite a photographer to come into your world and your living space you really do so knowing that your life will be documented; that is one of the best things that comes out of sessions in your home.
Another way to know that a lifestyle session is for you is to take a moment and think about whether you require or like the idea of props. Many of the “props” at home will be your items, which will add a special element to the documentation of your family’s moments. Does your child have a favourite toy? Do you have a favour pillow when you curl up on your couch to read your latest book? Is there the most comfortable chair ever just sitting on your porch where you enjoy your morning coffee? More than momentary items frozen in an image, these will showcase your life in this exact moment.
Another benefit of a lifestyle session is cost. For many photographers, especially on-location photographers, hosting a session in a studio environment comes with bigger overhead costs of the studio space. Using your home as the backdrop for your personalized session allows us to capture our subjects doing routine things, everyday tasks; then present them in a different light. Do you have habits that would be weird to anyone else but you, that would make the perfect memory to create? All these moments come to you because your home and your life make the perfect environment to create.
A great thing about sessions at home is not having to pack everyone into the family vehicle for a long trip; no negotiations about what the reward is for looking into the camera and smiling. We come to you, so if you have more than one favourite outfit, they will be nearby. Or simply dress how you would if no one were watching or get all dolled up, its completely for you to decide. For infants and small children specifically, the sense of familiarity of their home work especially in your favour.
In-home portrait sessions certainly can be a memorable session, they are great for life documentation and they capture your here and now. They create an easy environment for you to just be you, and allow your photographer to simply stand at a distance and tell your story.