When I suggested to Megan that her own home would be a great location to capture family photos of herself, husband Lloyd and 3 month old Leo, she was a bit unsure but decided to give it a go. There are several advantages to a family photoshoot at home, especially when you have a young baby. As a Dad myself I know what a faff it can be carrying around all the supplies a baby requires at the best of time. In your own home however everything is already to hand. Baby needs a nappy change? No problem, here’s the changing station. Want to try a different outfit? You’ve got your whole wardrobe to chose from. If their surrounded by familiar sights and smells, your baby is more likely to be comfortable and at ease, and a happy baby means happy, relaxed parents too.
These photos are very personal and your home is part of who you are, so capturing little details of it in your portraits will give the pictures extra meaning and resonance as you look back at them in years to come. Instead of a clinical studio environment with a white backdrop and a random chair that lots of other people have probably had the exact same photo taken in, it will be your own carefully chosen wallpaper/decor in the background, with baby sat on your favourite armchair. Don’t get me wrong, I love studio setups, but it has to be for the right circumstances. A baby’s first portrait needs to be warm, cosy and inviting. A white backdrop is none of these. Fortunately with my portable lighting setup it’s fairly easy to turn any living room into a studio, which is exactly what I ended up doing with Megan and Lloyd.
The focus of this family photoshoot was to get some really nice portraits of little Leo on his own as well as some family pictures. He was such a happy and relaxed baby, very easy to work with. We were able to try several setups and do a few outfit changes all in the comfort of the family living room. We started with a few simple blanket shots before popping him into the bassinet that he has very nearly grown out of. It won’t be long before Megan and Lloyd are looking back wistfully at these pictures wondering how their son was ever that small. Watching baby and parents naturally interacting is very entertaining and makes it very simple to capture all the gorgeous smiles.
Halfway through our session Leo was in need of a break for a feed and snooze. Whilst Megan saw to him I quickly set up a blanket backdrop and a basket so that once he was soundly asleep we were able to gently place him into it and get some beautiful, peaceful photos. There’s a reason this style of shot is so popular on Instagram and Pinterest right now and I’m really happy with how they came out. (See the end of this post for a behind the scenes shot).
After editing the shoot I returned to Megan and Lloyd’s home to present them with a slideshow of their photos (124 in all), and I think its safe to say they were very happy with the results.
‘Wow, what can I say about Chris’ photography. When I approached him about doing photos of our little boy I was dubious about how he would get nice shots in our own home but I was quickly reassured when he arrived on photo shoot day with props and lots of gadgets. Having photos in our home made the photos even more memorable and allowed little Leo to relax in an environment he knew. The selection of photos produced were tremendous and it gave me a lump in my throat when Chris presented them to us. We have so many photos to treasure forever!’
This was the moment little Leo was fast asleep after his feed, and I had the opportunity to construct this simple setup to get the title image. It really doesn’t take much to get great results like this, a bit of floor space is all that’s needed to get that perfect shot. (Well, a belly full of milk helps too!) The blanket backdrops work really well and are easily portable, and I have several baskets I use as props for different sized babies. The great thing about this setup is all the lovely soft lighting from the shoot through umbrella, it acts like a huge softbox and also throws light around the room as well which bounces back and acts as a subtle fill. This gives you really soft, smooth tones which are perfect for taking a portrait of this little guy as he sleeps and giving everything a gentle feel.
Thanks again to Megan, Lloyd and little Leo. If you’d like to have some new family portraits taken simply get in touch to arrange your very own home family photoshoot session. I offer packages to suit different requirements and can discuss options and ideas with you. I take bookings months in advance and get fully booked during busy periods so be sure to contact me to reserve your session.Book now