In-Home Couple's Session // Whidbey Island, WA
I wanted to do this shoot simply to show folks that in-home sessions are just as beautiful and epic as outdoor sessions. One of my biggest challenges with scheduling outdoor sessions is our unpredictable Western Washington weather. Most of my clients wish to shoot outdoors; however, our location options are pretty limited during the months of November - March. It’s usually cold, wet, and all of our parks, fields, and trails don’t look nearly as lovely as they do in the warmer months. Not to mention, it’s hard to get comfortable in front of the camera when you’re freezing or wearing a million layers and feel like a marshmallow. While it would be nice to compress all of my shoots into the warmer months, it just isn’t feasible to accommodate everyone in the Summer/Fall seasons. We still face rain even in the warm summer months, which often forces us to reschedule or come up with a plan B. I always have a short list of locations ideas in the event of rain and my #1 suggestion will always be shooting in your home. In-home sessions rock and here are the top 3 reasons why:
1.) Comfort is key. In order to get truly genuine images, you need to be comfortable and feel good during the process. There is a level of comfort that comes with shooting in the home that you cannot get with any other location. We can sip on coffee or your favorite cocktails, wear comfy clothes (I can even help you choose what to wear when I arrive), we can ditch the shoes and jackets, listen to your fave playlist, and the biggest advantage is we don’t have to worry about the weather.
2.) We don’t need a rain plan. Believe it or not, I have shot weddings in the pouring rain, in August. No time of year is safe in the PNW so shooting in your home allows us to shoot rain or shine and opens up an array of scheduling opportunities. We can also shoot outside of the golden hour, which is an added bonus for families with littles that can’t quite hang until sunset.
3.) There is truly no place like home. Home is your happy place. It’s where life happens and memories are made. Your home deserves to be documented too.
So you may be thinking, but what if my home isn’t presentable or stylish? What if it’s too dark to make good portraits? Honestly, this comes up a lot and I want to show you that we can still get stunning portraits with just a window or door. You could live in a cave and we would still find a way to make amazing photos. This is why I enlisted my friends, Suzanne and Dave, to help show you that we can still create beautiful and meaningful photos in your home using window light. All of these images were shot on a dark and rainy February afternoon. We took full advantage of the windows and sliding glass doors and this is the magic that came from that session. If this doesn’t convince you that in home sessions are wonderful, I honestly don’t know what else will. :)