In-home family sessions are some of my favorites because they are so personal effortlessly simply because every photo has a deeper story. After all, I am in the client’s home. (Check out another favorite Heartwarming In-Home Newborn Session I captured earlier.) And this lighthearted in-home family session I did this past summer is a prime example of this.
Jenny and Justin hired me to document them and their newest addition, sweet baby Julian, in the ADU home in California and it was just so special. Their home, a mere 500-square-foot pool house, was an oasis of plants, bright white walls, and massive windows that let in so much natural light. It felt like a home and the love that this little family had just filled every inch of it.
Before sweet baby Julian, Justin and Jenny had their fur baby, Bimmer, who was not so sure of me when I first arrived. Which, I don’t blame the guy when he’s now on “guard duty” for a whole other person. But he warmed up quickly to me and ended up attempting to steal the whole show.
In-home family sessions also allow you to have your pets in the photos without having to think too much about the logistics of getting the pets to and from the session, their needs and safety, and delegating how many photos are with and without them. And Bimmer was a really good example of this and what it can look like with pets and in-home photos.
Justin had been promoted to uncle before being promoted to fatherhood, and being such an amazing uncle, loved on his nephews by gifting them one of his passions and joys…amazing kicks. So sweet baby Julian not only inherited all the amazing sneakers his nephews had been gifted but outgrown, his dad has continued to grow his sneaker collection.
The sneaker collection was so fun, personal, and colorful, I knew we had to get some photos with the shoes. This is another perk of in-home photo sessions, things you may have not thought of or possible to include in a photo session outside of your home can become an inspiration to the photographer, help build the story, and makes your photos so personable.
While I was there, I also documented some of those smaller, more intimate, baby moments. Such as the tiny toes, spit bubbles, baby gazes, and the fluff of hair baby Julian had. It’s these little moments you may not put on a card or sit on the grandparents’ mantel places. But it’s these little moments that as parents we tend to cherish more and more as those babies grow up. Knowing this as a mother myself, I want to make sure that with each family session, especially the newborn sessions, I document those small details.