At-home couples sessions, these are my new love affair.
I have been photographing couples for over 8 years now, and I was looking for a way to switch things up. I was starting to feel a bit uninspired by heading to my typical “go-to” locations, and I was craving a way to photograph my couples so that my followers could truly connect to who this duo was and what the story was behind them.
And that is where the idea of sessions in clients’ homes were born. Here are five reasons why I think you will love them as well!
1. No rescheduling.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared at my weather app on my phone, seeing the forecasted “chance” of inclement weather, and had to do the whole volley back and forth with my couple: “Do we reschedule?” “Do we wait it out?” Or that gut-wrenching feeling when I realize that there is a big event happening the SAME weekend, in the SAME location as the couple’s session. Ugh!
But when you are shooting in their home, these are things that you don’t ever have to flinch about. The only event that will be happening that day inside this couple’s weather-protected home is their portrait session.
2. Their home is the center of their story.
What better place to document the love between this pair than in a location that truly defines them?! It’s decorated in their favorite colors. It has photos from their recent vacation and from when they first met. You can find their favorite pastimes within these walls such as that favorite book that’s been read cover to cover a few too many times. It’s also home to their favorite furbaby. It’s a place they built together, and it’s truly the best setting to help elaborate on the visual story of them.
3. Clients feel at ease.
How good does it feel to come home after a long day of work, or when you’ve been away on vacation? Stepping foot back into your home has a way of putting you at ease and it will do the same for your couple.
At-home sessions also tend to be a little more casual and informal, so it won’t seem like the big production that an on-location session can sometimes feel like. And because your client will be more relaxed, it will likely lead to capturing a greater intimacy and organic connection between the pair. This, in turn, will equate to amazingly authentic portraits.
4. It’s easy for the couple.
If anything, doing a session at a couple’s home makes it super easy on them. They don’t have to get in their car, travel somewhere, and then try to figure out where exactly their photographer is meeting them at their on-location spot. They just wait for you to arrive at their doorstep.
Their wardrobe is also right there if they want to change it up (or if you do! *wink, wink*). Also any “props” a couple may want to incorporate, it’s all right there for them. Again, it equates to less stress for them and happier clients for you to photograph.
5. It’s unique.
The best thing about these in-home sessions is the fact that they are unique. No other couple is going to be in the exact same home, doing the exact same things, with the exact same chemistry and connection. One couple I worked with has a coffee roasting company, so we showed them making a cup of joe together. Another had a husband in a band, so we showed him playing for her and teaching her the guitar. I feel like it allows my readers to get a better understanding of just who the couple is and really pulls them into their story.