Capturing details during an in-home session

family portrait of child reading a book

September 5, 2018

I’m Dana.
I'm a high school senior and personal branding photographer in sunny Northern California. I help my clients to step into their greatness so we can capture their beauty - inside and out.
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I love it when I go to an in-home photo shoot and the family is comfortable enough to ignore me and do their own thing. Yes, I realize that sounds awful. But my goal for an in-home session is to capture the family as they truly are. I’m there to document a typical day in their life.

The importance of routines

This may sound boring and mundane. But it’s the routines and the little details that we tend to forget. This gal loves to read Nancy Drew Diaries in her favorite chair. This is where she goes to relax after a long day of school and soccer practice.

Fast forward

Twenty years from now, this young lady will be a famous author. Her mom will look back and realize that this is when her daughter’s love of books began. This photo will remind her of the weekly trips they made to the library in search of the next book in the series. She will remember how their family spent a typical evening in their family room. Her son would be doing his homework while their dog sat at his feet. Her husband would be watching the news and her daughter would be reading. All this would happen while she was in the kitchen, preparing hot cocoa for the kids and a pot of decaf coffee for her and her husband.

Remembering routines

Right now, this routine moment may not seem like anything special. It’s just one of many. But years later, when the kids are away at college, all those everyday moments will bring a smile to her face. She’ll remember the quiet comfortableness. The feeling of togetherness. And the unspoken bond of love.

So take time to document the little things. Because the memories will warm your heart forever.

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