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8 Tips for Preparing your Family for a Gorgeous In-Home Photo Session

Pittsburgh Family Photographer, In-Home Family Photos

There are so many reasons why I love doing In-Home Family Photo Sessions. What's an in-home family photo session, you say? Basically having a photographer (like me) take pictures of you and your family in your home.

In-home sessions are about creating lasting memories of how you actually spend time with each other. There's nothing more precious than that!

I often get the question: "what's the best way to prepare for an in-home family session? Here are tips I share with my clients:

8 Tips For Gorgeous Photos with an In-Home Family Photo Sessions

1. Open up the windows

Having images by large windows makes for beautiful images
Opening the windows or rolling up the shades will help us find the best lighting

The very first thing I do when I do an in-home family photo session is to check where the best light is coming from. Window lighting is key and it's easier to spot when shades are up, or the curtains are open.

2. Tidy up before your photos session

In home Photo session tip #2 is to tidy up your home before the photographer comes
Tidying up before your photo session will help save time

Make sure there are no toy piles or laundry piles hanging out on the day of the session, and that couches and beds are object-free. Of course, during my clients' in-home family session if I see anything that needs to be moved, I will move it, so my clients don't have to worry about that.

3. Have your kids pick out the toys they want

While it's good to have uncluttered spaces your home needs to look like your home! So don't stress out too much about making it look perfect. Including natural play and toys look great in your family photos! Let the kids pick out pull our their favorite toys during your session allows for natural moments to unfold.

4. Have everyone wear comfortable clothing

In-home family session in Pittsburgh PA with LeeAnn K Photography
Wear something comfortable, and beautiful, to your in-home session

Comfortable clothing means comfortable and natural posing. The sweet spot is choosing clothing that each family member loves, that they feel like they look great in and that they also feel comfortable in.

5. Match outfits to your home decor (and each other)

To create beautiful compositions, mix and match your family's outfits to the colors in your home decor, as well as each family member. When in doubt, stick to neutral colors, which are easy to coordinate and timeless (e.g., white, beige, light blue). Also avoid wearing logos and bright red (which can reflect on your skin making you look like you're flushed).

6. Include the family pet

Pets as part of family in-home session Pittsburgh PA
Include your pet in your in-home family sesion

If you have a family pet consider including them in your in-home family session. If needed, communicate with your photographer before hand about your pets dynamics with your small children.

7. Get cozy

Cozy in-home family session Lee Ann K Photography
The secret to gorgeous family pics? Getting extra close to each other

The best family photos are when you close to each other. These photos will always reflect how much love you have for one another.

8. Have fun!

In-home family photography session having fun with Lee Ann K Photography
The most important tip - have fun during your family session

And the most important tip I share with my clients - see your in-home family photo session as a special activity that brings you closer. It's an opportunity to have fun, and connect with each other in playful ways.

FAQ Questions about working with Family Photographer Lee Ann K Stromyer on your In-Home Family Photos

Do you travel beyond Pittsburgh to do In-Home Family Photos?

I travel anywhere in Pittsburgh for in-home family sessions up to 1-hour round trip of travel. After that each additional 15-minutes of travel is pro-rated. For in-home family portraits, I travel to my client's home at least twice throughout the process (once for the family session and once for the delivery of their products.) Because I travel at least twice, I need to make sure I include compensation for places that require more travel time.

What is your pricing for in-home family portraits? (e.g., discounts, fees)?

My session fee for in-home family portraits includes professional hair and makeup for the mom of the shoot. If she decides she doesn't want professional hair and makeup $150 of the session fee is applied as a print credit to a package of my client's choice. The session fee for an in-home family session is $350; this includes the time for the shoot, travel, and hair and makeup. Packages start at $649, and a la carte items start at $45.

I have set prices for in-home family sessions, but I can also create quotes to fit the needs of my clients. During the phone consultation, we will discuss your requirements for your family portraits in depth, and I will figure out what package or pricing will best fit your needs. I offer special pricing and discounts to my email list, so if your interested in that sign-up for my newsletter!

What's your typical process for working with a new family client?

For my new clients, I always require a phone consultation that typically lasts about 30 minutes. This consultation helps me gauge your needs for your family session and allows me to set the expectation for your entire experience with me. After the consultation, we schedule the date and time for your family photos.

In-home family portraits can last up to 2-hours, and I am available to travel anywhere in Pittsburgh. After your family session, I deliver the final images within a week, which we review together during the reveal session.

At this time you pick the photos you love, and we see what package is right for you. Once the order is made I process it - digitals are sent within 48-hrs and prints are hand delivered 3-4 wks after the order date.

Do you offer prints and digital photos?

For my in-home family clients, I offer both digital photoss and print packages as well as all à la carte items, both print and digital.

Hey there, I'm LeeAnn!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

A little about me. I am an elementary art school teacher turned photographer, storyteller, and motivator. My specialty is personal brand photography and in-home family sessions.

I have never been much for superficial living or "small" talk. I love connecting people on a deep level and then sharing their stories through thought provoking imagery with the rest of the world!

If you love getting to the heart of things and want to share your story on my blog contact me and we will set something up!

Much Love,


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