A while back I had the opportunity to photograph a past client in her home. I was so excited for this because while I love shooting in my studio, I absolutely love getting to shoot in new environments where I can really get creative. I had seen photos of Noelle’s space so I had an idea of what to expect. Noelle has incredible style! I knew this was going to be fun.
First, before we get to the photos, I want to give you a little background info on what doing an in-home shoot is like. I know when you see these photos you are going to assume this space was flawless and Pinterest perfect on every level. I’m going to squash that myth right now. Between Noelle and her significant other, they have 8 kids. Yes, you read that right and it wasn’t a typo. 8 kids. Life can be hectic and disorganized at times. Not to mention, her youngest was just born 5 months ago. She is 5 months postpartum AND they recently moved into this house last December. Combining alllll of their stuff (yes you can imagine how much stuff there is when 10 people live in one home). I’m telling you this because you need to know that life can be messy and so can your home, but that doesn’t mean something beautiful can’t come out of it.
She messaged me the morning of and said she was a little worried because she hadn’t gotten as much organizing done as she had hoped to. Spring break had just happened and I know what my house looks like after having 3 kids home all day everyday for 2 weeks, so I completely understand the struggle. I told her to not worry, because there is an old trick called “move it out of the way for the photo” (I really tried to come up with a more clever and catchy name, but I got nothin). And that is exactly what we did. If you choose to do a shoot in your home, this trick will be used, I guarantee it. It is just part of the process. So we moved some stuff and captured some beautiful photos (well I think they are gorgeous, but I may be a little biased).
I’m telling you all of this because I don’t want you to be afraid to do a shoot in your home. I also don’t want to be a part of that voice that tells you things have to be and look perfect, because they don’t. I want you to see these photos and know that this is a busy mama (of which this was only her 2nd time being away from her 5 month old baby) who has all of the same insecurities (postpartum weight, stretch marks, messy life, etc) but chose to let me help her see the beauty through it all.
If you are interested in doing an in-home shoot, make sure to send me a note via my contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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