One of the most common questions that I get asked when a family is booking their photo shoot is “What happens if it rains that day?” Even more common is that I find many families wait until the hectic summer months to do their family photo session, hoping for a sunny, summer day.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not necessary to wait until summer. In fact, it’s not even necessary to wait until it stops raining! Beautiful family photos can be captured at any time of year, and they don’t have to be those stuffy, Sears-portrait-studio posed shots either. You can create awesome, wall-worthy family portraits in your own home – and the best part is, they will likely turn out to be really fun and casual, capturing your family at play where they hang out most – their own house.
A few weeks ago, I really wanted to commemorate my son’s 2nd birthday with a little photo session. But the weather outside was dreary and wet. Had I been feeling particularly motivated, I would have thrown some cute boots and raincoats on, but instead, I made our bed (this almost never happens!), opened all the blinds in our room, and asked my son if he wanted to jump on the bed.
We had the BEST time, jumping, hiding under the covers, having tickle fights and hanging out with each other, and the images that I captured were adorable. I can’t stop looking at them, and I’m so glad that I chose to capture our little family in this easy, and casual way.
Maybe your house isn’t as tidy as you want it to be. Maybe you don’t have the perfect blank-wall backdrop. Maybe it isn’t decorated exactly as you would like it to be. But it’s still home, and I promise you, no one is going to be looking at those details. They’re going to be looking at the laughter and smiles in your photos.
So, if you’re worried about the rain – don’t! Indoor family photos can be creative and fun, and a great alternative for a rainy, wet day!
Eran Sudds is a Tsawwassen family photographer, who would be happy to come to your home for an indoor family photo session! Eran also specializes in maternity & newborn photography, as well as wedding and social media profile portraits.