In home family photography has my heart. The more of these family lifestyle sessions I do, the more I love it! There’s something about photographing a family where they are centered that adds a whole new layer to the photographs. Besides that, I think it adds more meaning and stirs more memories when you look back through the photos. It puts moms, dads, and kids at ease somehow. Is it because they’re in their safe place with their people in their comfortable and familiar surroundings? I think so.
I find that I’m getting more authenticity in the photos. That word is so overused these days but it’s the only one I can think of. I can see who they are right down to their core. We had a couple scrapes and owies and also a couple meltdowns in this session (which is normal, by the way. In fact, you can count on it for your session – please count on it – and don’t be worried about it.) and you can see bits and pieces of said meltdowns and sadness in some of the photos and its OKAY. This is how life is! This is how kids are. Besides the few tears or the sad face, I get to capture you comforting them. I get to capture you being a mom. That is the beautiful and timeless part of it because that is never going away. The way comforting looks will change as your kids get older, but the memory and the feeling of it stays the same.<3
On a lighter note, this was a super fun and important session first because I LOVE this family and second because I was capturing a snippet of how much they loved this tiny house before they had to move. Mom and I walked around beforehand looking at the spaces and the light and decided which areas of the home she loved the most and we took photos in all those places. The living room with its awesome vintage wood paneling matched all of mom’s vintage finds (hello fantastic furniture, clothes and books everywhere) so we had to shoot a little there. I used a strobe to compensate for the lack of light.
For anyone interested, I used a Contax 645, Fuji 400h 120 film, and Richard Photo Lab for developing and processing.
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