How to prepare for an in-home photo session

Here are three simple things you can do to prepare for an in-home photo session. These three things help to keep things simple on the day of the session, and make for a more relaxed and fun time!

Have outfits chosen the night before

Be sure to choose your clothes before the day of your session. Have your clothes ready, and put them on just before your session. For kids, save the clothes for after play time and meals. For babies and toddlers, consider having a back up outfit!

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Get a good night’s sleep

Be sure to get to bed on time the night before. Try to avoid special events or activities that will make it hard for you and your family to get to bed. Keep it simple!

family of 4 snuggling on couch with a toddler and newborn

Stick to your regular schedule

Try to keep it simple! Don’t change your daily routine. This will help kids feel relaxed and ready to have photos and have fun.

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Why your home is the perfect place for a photography session

Your home is the heart of your family

Do you have photos of your childhood home? If so, I bet they are some of your favorite. Home is where we spend most of our time, and it’s an often overlooked shoot location. Your home (clean or not - no pressure!) is an important part of your life, and can make for meaningful photos.

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We tend to photograph special events and not the every day

Having a photo session at your home is often an overlooked location. We tend to photograph at special events and beautiful locations. But, photos taken in your home will take on special meaning. As your home changes over the years it’s nice to have a photo history of your home.

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Your family home is the perfect location for family photos

There is no wrong time for photos, and your family home is always there. It will never get too rainy or cold! In Seattle, this is often a consideration. Our good weather only lasts half the year. Your home is the perfect year round location for meaningful photos.

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Why I don’t pose newborns

Is a lifestyle newborn session right for you?

You may be wondering what type of newborn session is right for your family. A lifestyle session is a session that has a bit of direction in posing, but not too much. Babies are not posed in my newborn sessions, and here is why it may be the right type of session for you.

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Babies are beautiful in their natural state

Babies are beautiful in their natural state. You may not realize it, especially if it’s your first child, but those cute little poses are very fleeting. Your babies are going to stretch out and grow so fast. Capturing the natural poses your baby feels comfortable in is a great way to document your child’s first days.

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Babies are prefect just the way they are

Babies do not need props to be beautiful. In fact, a natural baby will make for a much more timeless photo that your family can display and enjoy for many years. Babies look best in your arms, or being fed or being loved! Extra props may distract from your baby’s natural and timeless beauty.

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They show their own personality, are they stretched out, curled up, grinning?

How does your baby sleep? Curled up? Stretched out? Do you want to remember how your baby sleeps, or eats, or snuggles? Your baby’s personality will shine in photos that are not posed.

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Should you do an in-home newborn session?

All about in-home newborn sessions

Hi Friends, do you wonder what is an in-home newborn session, and if it’s right for you and your family? If you’re expecting a new addition to the family, or have a new baby you are probably wondering!

So, should you do a session?

The answer is YES! Yes, if you are interested in documenting the authentic connection and love during the first part of your child’s life in a relaxed and familiar setting.

An in-home newborn session documents the first few months of life of your new baby at your home

Your home is the heart of your family! It’s where your new babe will spend most of their first months on this earth. Photos of your babe at home are a beautiful way to document the first month of life, and will have special meaning.


Babies grow fast, there is no wrong time to schedule a session

Whether your baby is brand new, or nearly a toddler, they are changing fast! Your child grows and learns every day, and in just a few weeks or months will be different and bigger. This means there is no wrong time to schedule a session! It’s important to document your family at all stages.


Lifestyle sessions are focused on connection, not special poses

My sessions are focused on connection. I believe your baby looks better in your arms than in a special pose. This focuses on the beautiful connection and love you are experiencing! This also means that there is no “wrong” way for a baby to behave. Awake the whole time? Great! Needs to nurse or have a bottle? Perfect, we document the connection in everyday situations.