There are three things to consider when determining the best time of day for family photos for your crew. I have been photographing families for over a decade now, and taking these three things into consideration can help you decide not only the timing of your session, but also the location and time of year that is best for your family. Keep in mind that these are just guidelines and suggestions, but ultimately you know your family best! Let’s dive in!
If you have a specific location you would like to use, take note of the lighting there throughout the day. If you are hoping to take photos at home, watch the light for a few days to see when your home is brightest. Is there harsh sunlight coming in? Which rooms are best lit during the morning? If you want to focus your time in your living room, what time of day is that room well lit?
Similarly, if you are hoping for the beach, there is typically little shade so you will want to shoot at the times where the sun is least harsh: golden hour and sunrise. Golden hour is always hailed as being the best time of day for outdoor photography, and when shade is sparse that is certainly true, but certain locations get dark quickly in the evening and earlier in the evening might be better.
The majority of my families have little ones that are still napping, and we all know toddlers can be awful when it comes to skipping or cutting naps short. Every family has their own schedule, and some families are less flexible than others with bed times. Each parent has different opinions on this, and I totally understand that many people’s sanity is reliant on a schedule. If that is the case for you and your family, what time of day is best for everyones mood and engagement? If your toddler is happiest first thing in the morning, maybe we choose a morning in-home session. Or maybe your kids love the option to stay up late and play at the beach, then maybe a summer golden hour session will work for you.
Have your heart set on a fall outdoor session? Keep in mind that here in Ontario fall is generally damp and cloudy, so even though sunset is not until 6-7pm, it is often too dark to shoot at the typical golden hour times. In the summer we are looking at harsh sun from 9am-5pm, which means a mid day session might be best indoors. Taking the season and weather into consideration is an important step in determining the best time of day for family photos.
Like I said off the hop: you know your family best! The best session is one that is low stress and high energy, so choose the best time of day for your family, and choose one that will allow you to be present in the moment with them. Still curious when you should book? Reach out today and we can discuss!
I have at the utmost privilege of documenting this family from the beginning. Ian and Stephanie asked me to photograph their engagement session and wedding in 2019, their son’s newborn session in 2020, family sessions with extended families, and now their daughter’s newborn session in 2022 (yes, I am a year behind in blogging sessions!)
As always when you are welcoming a newborn to a home with a toddler, there are lots of breaks and snacks, but there are also lots of snuggles and giggles. This sweet little family does not disappoint when it comes to showing affection, and it makes for a smooth and fun gallery of images.
If you are looking to book an in-home newborn session with me in the Chatham-Kent/Sarnia area, here is what you need:
If you are looking for a Dresden Newborn Photographer who specializes in at home sessions, please reach out today! I can’t wait to meet you!
I met this lovely family during an extended family session while mom was pregnant, and I was thrilled them they reached out for a newborn session at home. They welcomed their daughter home last fall, and we had a lovely morning together.
What can you expect from me at your in home newborn session? I am always sure to get the following images in every session:
Every family looks different, as does every home. But these 7 images are sure to be a part of your gallery if you book a newborn session with me!
How cute are those two? Becoming a big brother is hard, but this guy did so great! Like most toddlers, he was a little apprehensive of having a stranger in his home, but don’t worry! I’ve got lots of tips and tricks to be sure we get some good smiles and authentic moments out of each family member.
Did you know I offer a discount if you purchase a Maternity and Newborn Bundle? Not only do you get two full sessions at a discounted price, but you also get all of your photos conveniently stored in the same online gallery that will never expire!
Typically I book sessions approximately 2 months in advance. If you are pregnant and looking for maternity photos, you can reach out any time to get your name on my list. I usually recommend your maternity photos to take place at around 7-8 months, for a few reasons:
Once baby arrives, I recommend booking your in-home newborn session within the first 4 weeks, with 2-3 weeks being the sweet spot. At this time, I keep Saturday and Monday mornings available for newborns and once everyone is ready to have me in your home as solidify the date!
Inviting someone new into your home can be stressful at any time, but especially after welcoming a new baby. Having the opportunity for us to meet in person before and get to know each other may alleviate some of that stress for you. An additional bonus is if this is not your first baby, it gives me an opportunity to build a rapport with any toddlers or older children who might be present at the newborn session
Looking for more information on a Maternity and Newborn bundle? Reach out here today!
When you are planning your newborn session, if an in home lifestyle session is what you decide you would like to do, many people fret about lighting and space. Typically not every home is white and bright like in the magazines, but I promise you all I need is one decent window to make it work.
You may be concerned that your house is not big enough, bright enough or clean enough, but I am here to tell you that it is!
This entire session was shot in Holt’s nursery and the master bedroom on a cloudy day. Both rooms only offered small windows, and to be honest, one room would have been enough but I loved the large blank wall that the master offered.
Leaving the house with a newborn is tough! Especially if it is your first baby. Packing diaper bags, extra clothing, formula, blankets, props and who knows what else can be enough to turn you off from a studio session – and this isn’t even considering what a new mother might need!
Opting for an in home newborn in your own home allows everyone a little more grace when it comes to preparing for the session, and it also ensures everything you might need is within reach.
Get in touch today! I would love to meet you and document this beautiful time for you. And don’t fret too much about the size of your home, whether it is clean (mine’s not!) or looks like it was professionally styled. We can work together to create beautiful images.
If you’re looking for advice on how to prepare for your session, you can read my blog post here with lots of tips on preparing for your Wallaceburg ON Newborn Session!
Adding a new baby to the mix is always an exciting time, especially for a toddler, but this proud big brother did great for their at home session. He was so excited to love on his new baby sister and show me around their cute little play space. I have a soft spot in my heart for dad’s who love on their boys, and this dad was not afraid to give his little man hugs and kisses. That physical affection is so refreshing to see and I’m so thankful it is documented for this family.
Looking for your own at home session? They are great for kids of all ages – not just newborns! Get in touch today if you’re interested in booking a lifestyle session in your home.
I photograph a lot of people I already know. It’s a small town thing, I guess. But this family had moved to our area from Quebec, and my first time meeting them was when they invited me to do an in home family session with them last summer. They were so laid back, and my favourite part of the experience was knowing they truly valued the lifestyle images just as much as the posed.
They specifically wanted lots of images of them hanging out and doing the things they love like gardening and playing outside. They also included grandparents in the session, which is always a lovely idea!
We spent the morning hanging out, chatting about their editing company and how they came to Chatham-Kent, we played outside, laughed a lot, and I left there with a huge smile on my face. This was one of those sessions where I go home so grateful and excited about what I get to do.
Gorgeous right? I truly hope these images are in family albums for them to look back on for years.
If you are interested in an in home family session like this one, please get in touch! I would love to document all of these little moments for your family.