• Donna Harrison-Smith

At Home 'Lifestyle' Family Photo Shoot-Lifestyle Photographer Birmingham

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Thinking of a Family Shoot with a difference in the comfort of your own home, take a look at this shoot for some fun ideas of natural photographs for you & your family

Recently I have been thinking I would like to start offering In Home Photo Lifestyle Shoots to my clients. It makes a change from the posed studio photographs on a restricted background where the kids have to stay in one place & generally have to be smiling looking at the camera. It's a chance to capture some relaxed photographs of a family interacting in the comfort of their home. I often hear clients say how much they like the natural photographs that have been taken when they are not aware. To be honest these are my favourite photographs to take too! When I'm at a wedding I love capturing the character of the guests or the bride and groom chatting not looking at the camera. I have researched a few ideas on the internet and thought that this is definitely something I'd like to try. I think it's a moment in time that tugs at the heart strings seeing the kiddies enjoying an activity they love, being relaxed at home with their family. It is capturing this particular time in their life, something that will not be there forever.

I thought I'd start off by photographing my friend Katy & her lovely daughters, Miriam & Maggy.

Family Photographer Birmingham, in home family photo shoot, Mother & daughter cooking in the kitchen fun natural black & white photograph

It was a chance to show the girls interacting with mum and each other. We thought of a few things before the shoot that they do as a family & took candid 'in the moment' photographs. I really enjoyed it as I didn't have to direct anyone, I just let them be. It was a privilege to watch the family share these moments together. I did the odd posed shot of them looking at the camera but mainly they were just candid photographs taken as things unfolded.

We started taking photographs of Katy and the girls playing playing Monopoly together, even the family cat, Arthur, sneaked into these shots! I then suggested some reading photographs, snuggled on the sofa this soon turned into some fun tickling images which the girls really enjoyed, not so sure about Katy though! Ha! Here's the first set of photographs:

These are the second set of images of Katy & the girls baking in the kitchen. I really love these shots, the blue bowl & the amazing over head lights really set off the look. The girls enjoyed getting messy & especially liked licking the mixing spoons after the cake was ready to be baked.

I used available light throughout the shoot as there was plenty of light coming from the window in the extension, I'm pleased about this as I think it created a nice feeling to the images. In editing I used a few presets which I think enhanced the overall look.

I'd like to thank the guys for letting me photograph them on a chilly autumn afternoon. Katy said they enjoyed it as it was something different to do after school before dinnertime & the girls got out of doing any homework for a while! Ha!

I'll have to ask them to bake the cake first next time so I can get slice.....

If you fancy a light hearted view of family life through a professional photo shoot, I'd love to hear from you just click on the link below:


Family Photographer Birmingham covering Solihull, West Midlands & Warwickshire

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