Prepping Your Home For In-Home Family Photos
Moms know how difficult, yet important it is to have family photos taken. You want to take the time to get photos done and preserve memories of your kids, but getting the whole family cleaned up and out of the house at the same time can sound like a nightmare. But have you ever considered an in-home photography session?
In home sessions often fall under the category of Lifestyle or Documentary Style photography and can be a great way to get photos of your family with less stress on all parties involved.
At first it can sound just as daunting to invite a photographer into your home, but with just a little preparation, your home will shine just as much as the smiling faces of your kids in photos you will cherish for a lifetime.
Check out these tips for easy ways to get your house photo-ready for an in home shoot.
Use toys as decor
It’s impossible to avoid having toys around the house so as the saying goes, if you can’t beat em, join em! Put out some of your children’s more appealing looking toys and position them as accessories in the room.
Some ideas for this would be a cute wooden train set, a classic rocking horse or a few charming stuffed animals.
Not only will this give a touch of whimsy and color to your home’s decor, it will also give your kids an activity to do while they’re being photographed, which is the great part about in-home photography.
Remove electronics and cords
Even if your home is impeccably decorated, a pile of tangled up cords will distract the eye in your photos every time. Prep your home by hiding cords in drawers or decorative boxes and removing bulkier electronics like laptops that take away from your home’s aesthetic.
You can even find a variety of cable management organizers and covers to help hide unsightly cords that hang down from your TV or other electronics. The result will be a cleaner look and less distraction.
Play around with the layout
The current layout of your rooms might be the most functional for your life, but not the best for photographs. Take a critical eye to your furniture and play around with some different arrangements before the shoot.
Making sure couches face natural light instead of the TV and moving any large, bulky furniture away from windows are two easy fixes to make right off the bat.
If you’re really struggling with a furniture layout that will give a breezy, open feel to your photos, try consulting an online designer for advice.
Use their chat option for quick answers to your last minute furniture arrangement questions before the shoot.
Don’t forget the details
Things like your favorite vase, a framed wedding photograph or decor from a family vacation are important home details you’ll want captured. Make sure your favorite items are on display in the rooms you’ll be shooting in and don’t be afraid to tell the photographer the story behind your decor.
Your kids will love seeing little details in these photos from their childhood and remembering how much mom loved that special figurine dad gave to her.
Finally, to make sure your special items stand out, try removing other decor that isn’t as important to you. A clean slate will ensure your favorite pieces are the center of attention.
Focus on 1-3 areas being clean
Of course, asking for the entire house to be clean top to bottom before a shoot is absolute insanity with kids around. Instead choose a few areas to focus your energy on making photo-ready and stick to those rooms of the house.
Make sure one area has a comfy bed for cuddly baby shots and that all of the areas you pick have decent natural light for photos.
Consult with your photographer beforehand to make sure the rooms you prepare will fit in with their plans and lighting needs as well.
These are some family photo tips shared from a few design and photography friends to help you have the best family photo session possible!
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Have you ever had an in-home family photo shoot? Be sure to leave your own family photo tips for prepping your home in the comments below!