Hands down, my favorite place to photograph families is in their own home. When I am looking through old photos of my kids, I love seeing how little they were, but I also love seeing details of our home, especially because we have moved twice since our oldest was born. Capture details beyond smiling faces is one of the biggest reasons I found myself so passionate about lifestyle photography. Here are my top 5 can't miss details during lifestyle family sessions.
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1. Handmade Trinkets. Every family has a possession that was either handmade, passed down, or that has a story behind it. I always ask my clients beforehand if they have anything that they want included in their photos. Bonus: If you take an image that includes a gift, encourage your client to give a print to the gift giver. It's a thoughtful gesture that everyone will appreciate.
2. Routines & Traditions. My client questionnaire includes questions about the families favorite activities. I am always sure to include those that are near and dear to their heart, no matter how often they happen. Does your client love to bake, or visit a certain park? What are their daily routines that they really enjoy? Capture them doing what they love.
3. Home Decor. This is an element that truly captures the season of life that a family is in. Images that include our decor (or lack there of) in my family's first apartment is more dear to me than you could possibly imagine, stained carpet and all! Capture all the bits and pieces of the family's home, whether in their main living rooms, or in their bedrooms.
4. Daddy & Kids. Getting dad in photos is often as difficult as pulling teeth, but about as important as any other photo! Kids adore their dads, and capturing that special connection is sure to melt hearts, and show dad the importance of being in photos. If dad is shy or uncomfortable in front of the camera, have them take part in activities that they enjoy to do with their kids.
5. Family Pets. They are often referred to as "first babies" because they were the parents first addition to their family. They are as much a part of the family as any other member, and including them in photos is often a sacred detail to capture, especially because pets don't live as long as we would like.
*All images have been edited using my presets that are available for sale here.