If you have booked an in-home session with me, and there are children, I will always start with them if they're willing. I'll ask them to show me their room, and it gets them warmed up to me pretty quickly. I can capture some individual shots of them at this time, and then we move to the next room, and so on.
It's a good idea to have a few ideas of what you will be doing while I'm there. Some examples are favourite books to read, something to bake in the kitchen, crafting, bed-jumping, etc. If there are no children, things like cuddling up with coffees, playing a board game, or making breakfast/dinner together are great options. Natural photos come with interaction, so having something to do keeps things fun.
Everything happens very naturally, and you will see that you need very little, if any, guidance from me. I always spend 15-20 minutes of every session getting family/couple portraits where everyone is looking at the camera, but the rest of the time I strive to capture the interactions and emotive moments that come naturally.
**Sessions can also take place outside your home. I advise families to bring objects with them to keep the interaction in the photos. For example if we met at the beach - kites, a picnic, buckets and shovels, are all great things to bring to the session.
Day in the Life
These sessions are for families that want an entire day documented. From breakfast to dinnertime, I will document the details of your daily life. There is no need to plan anything for these sessions. They are about REAL life, and clients are always surprised at what is captured throughout the day. I'm basically a fly on the wall capturing everything from the dirty faces and spilled milk at dinner time, to the dog laying on the bedroom floor, to washing the dishes after lunch with the toddler tugging on your shirt, to the kids running to the door when daddy pulls in after work. These photos make a beautiful photo book for your coffee table to flip through for years to come as a nostalgic reminder of the little details like your home decor, clothing/hair styles, and family pets.