Looking for space around your home to photograph you or a client in? Don’t think you have to sit on the couch or in front of the mantle for photos – homes have so many perfect spaces for pictures…the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of my favorites I’d like to share with you!
- Kitchen- I think the kitchen tends to be an underutilized photo location, yet it’s one of the most loved areas in a home. It’s where families may gather most throughout the years, whether for meals, when entertaining, or doing homework! These rooms generally have nice-sized windows, providing lots of natural light, and you can find several activities to photograph while spending time in one. More than anything, it’s a space where families will forever have memories in, and I enjoy helping them keep those memories alive with photographs.
- Garage- Though it might sound like an unusual choice, it actually has quite a few perks. You can open the garage door to flood the room with light, and the concrete floor will act as a giant reflector. You can also find several articles online about turning your garage into a photography studio. I haven’t shot in a garage often, but I’d like to try it again soon!
- Front Porch– This spot will lend you plenty of lovely light. Photographing your subject by the front door or on the porch tends to give an air of familiarity, welcome, and possible pops of color – win, win, win.
- Bedroom- If you are photographing a family, I believe this is one of the sweetest areas to document them in. Sitting on a bed will level out the height differences, and thanks to soft bedding, will create a subdued, calm environment in your photo. Unless you want to photograph kids jumping on the bed, which I strongly encourage to achieve that ‘real family moment’ feel!
- Stairway- Leading lines are one of my favorite reasons to shoot on the stairs. Your clients are highlighted, as the eye is drawn directly to them. It’s also a perfect place to add a little dimension if you’re struggling with poses, because this location creates a closeness that is lovely in photos!
Take a look around your own home and imagine where a photo could be taken. You’ll be surprised what ideas come to mind!
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A Mom’s Guide to Capturing Christmas at Home
Guest Blogger: Molly Wantland
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I am a family and portrait photographer in Middle Tennessee, with a love for family, friends, and Oldies music. My intent in each session is to photograph real personalities, genuine emotions, and those ‘small moments’ that make life so sweet!
Great suggestions and beautiful photos!