Being an on-location lifestyle photographer, many conversations arise around the topic of how to present your home in photographs. Parents are often nervous on how to make backgrounds pleasing when children tend to leave unwanted items such as cars, trucks and air planes! Today, I wanted to share how your own home décor can leave a memorable impression in photographs.
What role does home décor play in photos? How I focus on highlighting a family’s unique décor!
I truly believe that those who choose to have images captured in their home are naturally confident people. They also have a strong desire to remember their environmental personality in their current lifestyle. Which is what I love most about being able to document a family on-location! When I arrived at an in-home session I focus on establishing the area in which the family spends most of their time. This then becomes the main space and where the majority of the photography will be taken.
For example, most young families find themselves on the main floor of their home, around their family room and open concept kitchen area. They spend most of their days here, preparing meals, watching movies, cuddling reading books, as well as, most of their conversations as a family take place there. The style they choose for their main living hub, tells me as an artist about who they are and how they use the space. That is where my creativity begins to flow as I visually craft my images around their décor choices.
Are there certain homes that are better to shoot in?
Photography’s true form is lead by a photographer crafting the light. So if I had a preference from a technical element, I love spaces that are filled with natural light. I personally love how natural light falls off a subject and find myself often moving towards window light to chase the shadows. In an ideal world that would be a preference, but in reality, I always welcome the challenge of finding each home’s unique light!
How I handle the lighting situation!
I tend to capture my in-home sessions always in the early part of the day. Right after breakfast and into the mid-morning. Natural light tends to be bright yet soft before high noon peaks. This is a favourite time as well for young families. It works perfectly with a child’s nap schedule and the pace of snacks and other demands.
On sunny days, the light is fairly perfect for indoor photography as there is plenty of it and not changing quickly. With the new trend of homes being more open concept, most main living areas share this principle. On rainy or overcast days, depending on the space, I do use speed lights to add a bit more light to the scene. Always at a lower setting, so I can still get the natural light fall off my subjects.
Should my home be clean, a blank canvas, or do you like some clutter?
I personally love a bit of clutter because it shows the reality of a home as a true living object. On the other hand, most clients prefer less of it and therefore, I do spend time moving items around the room to ensure we have a more ‘clean’ visual. Before each session, clients do get to communicate their vision and I ensure that we incorporate that into their living spaces.
I think its is important to see your home as an extension of your style. How you choose to design your space should reflect who you are as a person. If you are opt-in to have a photography session in your home, my advice is to choose a space and create décor that reflects who you are around it. Search and be in tune of who you are by browsing online resources such as Havenly's interior designers for colour, accents and themes. Don’t be afraid to get help and also be confident to experiment with your home to find your inner style voice.
Ottawa Baby and Family Photographer capturing real moments using the classic format of film.
Slowing down, moving with the spirit of the moment, so you can remember the golden years of discovery in the most natural way!
Get in touch, I would love to hear more about your family and how we can tell your story.