Photographing families in their home environment is often the most obvious answer to any number of obstacles that may arise during a family location shoot. Quite often a shoot can be affected by:
The Weather. Shooting in the comfort and warmth of someone's home beats battling with wind, rain and ice; often people say they want magical outdoors pictures, but for me the magic lies at the heart of your family and that's in your own home, a familiar family environment. Outdoors portraits are beautiful and fun, but it is always important to consider what the elements are doing if you particularly want the 'outdoorsy' shoot.
Babies can be sick. Much easier to have a change of clothes handy if you are at home, or if they need to be quickly popped in the bath if it's a 'severe' incident.
Home is comfortable. You, your children and your pets will almost certainly feel comfortable and more relaxed at home and will inevitably just be yourselves. Children of certain ages (mainly the toddler phase) are happiest when they are allowed to just be themselves. Sticky fingers, chocolate faces, the odd meltdown or two are all crucial to any family shoot in my opinion.
My job is to capture memories, but most importantly it is to document you how you are at this moment as a family. Children grow and change at a rate we cannot keep up with, but how precious and priceless are these every day 'little' things.
I recently did a family shoot on a bitterly cold and frosty morning for Katie and Tom. We decided that although it was a bright and sunny day, we would probably have a 15-20 minute window if we ventured outside; so the log burner went on and we did the entire shoot in the house. Good job really because when I arrived, young Fred had decided it was time to sleep, but this gave me a chance to familiarise myself with the rest of the family and ensure that they were happy to be around my camera. Big sister Elsie was a champion giggler and earned a couple of chocolates during the shoot (cue chocolate fingers and smudges on the face). Here is just a sneak preview from the shoot
If you would like to book a family or newborn photography session please get in touch via the website and we can have a chat about creating some wonderful images of you and your family.