On the list of things I’d never thought I’d do: At home photoshoot.
I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not much for taking pictures of myself. This lack of pictures also means that my hubby and I don’t have as many pictures together as we’d like. Sometimes we’ll go months without taking a picture together. Unless we are on a trip, or at a very special occasion, neither of us will take a picture. In fact, we didn’t even do an engagement photoshoot back in the day.
About a year ago I started toying with the idea of hiring a photographer to replicate the typical engagement shoot (i.e. strolling down the street/park holding hands, etc.). However, once I started looking for the style of pictures we’d like I realized they were in more casual and intimate settings. After talking it through and looking through some pictures on Pinterest we decided to attempt an at home shoot.
The hardest part was actually finding a photographer. After our experience with our wedding pics (and my blogging experience), my conclusion is you can’t change a photographer’s style. Yes, you can definitely show them the location and poses for pics you want, but in terms of the mood and style of the pics, you are going to get what the photographer usually produces. If their pictures are generally darker and moodier, then that’s what you’ll get regardless of your location and pose.
It took quite a bit of time for us (and by us I mean mostly me) to find photographers who’s style we both liked. Once that was narrowed down we had to consider the photographers experience shooting couples/families, price, availability, etc.
Let me tell you, it was a process. Hiring a photographer isn’t cheap, and we wanted to make sure we could get someone who was the right fit budget, style and personality wise.
I initially found Maribel through a fellow blogger. Getting photographed makes most people extremely nervous and self conscious, but Maribel really helps put people at ease. She also provides a TON of direction which helps when suddenly you don’t know what the heck to do with your limbs.
After vetting her with my hubby we finally decided to go ahead.
We did the shoot in our home since we wanted to capture our real life. Or at least our almost real life (our house is NEVER this clean or organized). We shot in three different outfits and in various rooms.
The first few shots were the most nerve racking since neither of us were sure what to do. Thankfully Maribel is a pro with directions and after a glass of wine or two we were able to really get into it.
We ended up with so many pictures we love. I know down the road we’ll look back at these pictures in our first home together and really cherish them. We are keeping these mostly to ourselves, but here are a few of our favorites.
If you are considering hiring a photographer for couple or family shoots, here are a few tips:
+ Research as much as you can. I mostly used Instagram and tried a few different hashtags such as #dallasphotographer #dfwphotography #familyphotography etc.
+ Make a short list of photographers with portfolios you like. This is pretty critical since you what see is most likely what you are going to get.
+ Contact photographers for pricing and make sure you ask how much time the session will be and how many edited pictures you’ll get. Our session was 1.5 hours and we were able to change outfits 3 times.
+ Speaking of outfits: If possible, try to change a few times. I didn’t love how one of my outfit choices ended up looking in photos. I’m really glad I had two other outfits during our shoot. An even better idea? Take pictures of the outfits yourself before your shoot (even if it’s mirror selfies). Things can look differently in photographs.
+ I ended up working with Maribel for a blog shoot before we did our in-home shoot which allowed me to get a sense of her personality. Since this isn’t reasonable for most people, I would highly recommend speaking to your photographer before committing. You can at least get a sense for their personality before making a final decision.
+ If taking pictures in your home, make sure you pay attention to the light before deciding on a time. We get the best light in certain areas of our house in the morning, and others in the afternoon. Make sure to pick a time that works best for the area you want to feature.