It's so fun to be able to shoot in a client's home. I mean, you never know what you're walking into - lighting, rearranging furniture, room sizes - but even though some things can be a challenge, I LOVE getting to know a client that way. You see a little of how they live, how they like to decorate, what they surround themselves with. I use all of that information when I edit their galleries.
And Anna's shoot was no different. There were tons of photos of the kids all around the house, so I knew this was a family that wanted to get the images off the disk and onto the walls! I also got to see their color scheme and know exactly what I wanted to do with the images so that, when they ended up on display, they'd look perfect.
This shot is one of my favorites, and it's the last setup we did. It's not unique to me - I'm sure you've seen it before, likely on Pinterest. Her mom did a shot just like this of her older one back when she was 9 months and I KNEW we had to re-create it! I feel like it's becoming a standard shot for the 9-month rage, and I'm so okay with that!
We actually started off using a little crib that was given to the family by Anna's grandfather. It was important to her mom to get some shots in there. Anna wasn't too keen on being in it for long, but we got some good stuff before she got upset!
Every client with kids gets concerned that they won't get "perfect" photos. I loved Anna's mom for saying, "Listen, if she cries, I'm okay with those kinds of photos, too!" I love it because it's part of the memory of the day. And, really, isn't this just adorable? Oh, and it's not like you can't just grab some detail shots real quick before they need mommy! Love the little hand and foot.
Another reason I love shooting in a client's home is the little treasures I find. Many times a client won't realize what a treasure they have, but I do! And in this case, it was this darling rug in Anna's sister's room. Isn't it the sweetest thing for a background?!
Happy 9 Months, Anna! I loved being a part of your special day and giving you and your family some memories to keep forever!