Be it ever so humble, and even when it’s not, there’s no place like your own home as a background for a photoshoot. Being in your own space, your own surroundings, is inherently more comfortable than any artificial space and beats the daylights out of a studio for most situations.
Not that I’m against shooting in studios or onsite locations, mind you. I’ve used both extensively and there are distinct benefits to those atmospheres. There are also disadvantages. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked into a studio to find it freezing cold and the heat either not available at all, or very slow in warming the space. Just a few weeks ago, I showed up to a space I had scouted three times only to discover that it was unavailable when I needed it.
Of course, there can be challenges to working in a home as well. Pets and children don’t always understand why they can’t be in the picture. Neighbors sometimes get a little too nosey. Lighting can sometimes be an issue.
Still, capturing someone in their own home, in the places they know, and especially when we have to add little or no artificial light as was the case with these photos, gives the picture a greater sense of connection, of depth, of comfort, and a more believable story. The model has more control over what’s in the picture and what isn’t, the temperature of the room, and the availability of wardrobe support if necessary.
Obviously, we’re winding down our shooting for this year, but I’m really hoping that 2020 brings us more opportunities to explore people in their own space, being some form of themselves, and telling perhaps deeper stories.
Our great thanks to Anneliese for opening her home and being such a gracious host, not to mention her patience in waiting for pictures we shot all the way back in August.
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