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How to prepare your home for lifestyle photography

Today’s families are realizing that the traditional studio look isn’t right for them.  They want photography that captures the heart and soul of their family and what places has more heart and holds more memories of their own home.

But Katie, my house has been hit by a toddler tornado!  There’s no way we can do photos here.

Making your home picture-perfect is a lot easier than it sounds.  Here’s a few steps to help you prepare:

Find the room with the most light.

Take a day to notice how the light revolves around your house.  Book your session for the time of day you get the most light, preferably with big windows.  This is super important for families with homes surrounded with trees.

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De-clutter but don’t clean.

You don’t have to worry about deep cleaning before a photo shoot.  “Pardon the mess.  Our children are making memories” is my favorite motto.  Make the beds and declutter surfaces but don’t worry about dusting or shampooing the carpet.

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Pick Containment zones and KEEP OUT zones.

I don’t need full access to your home for a great photo shoot.  If you want to make certain rooms off limits, that’s perfectly fine.  Think we should keep the fun to just one room?  Let’s come up with a game plan to keep the fun there.  For example, your kitchen has amazing lighting so let’s create a session out of baking cupcakes.  The photos will be full of giggly fun as your family works together to whip up and eat a fun treat.  Living rooms are great for portraits where families cuddle on the couch, play board games on the floor, and have wrestling matches off the couch and onto the floor!

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My favorite rooms

Hands down, my favorite rooms are the kids’ bedrooms.  You can tell so much about a kid by what character is on their bedsheets, what books line their shelves, and which most loved toys are scattered on the floor.  Kids are so animated to show a guest (me, the photographer) all their favorite toys, how bouncy their bed is, and how loud they can play their drums.

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Book that photo session!

Now that you know the lighting, decluttered, and have somewhat of a plan, book that session and get in the photos.  You make great memories with the kids and you deserve to be in the photographic evidence!

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Katie Smith PhotographerKatie Smith is a photographer in Pittsboro, NC.
She offers fun, modern portraits for families and couples in Central NC, including Chapel Hill, Apex, Greensboro, and Fayetteville.
She loves homes that are fun of personality with lots of color and sentimental objects.
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Tattoo Model Session: Chapel Hill NC

I love tattoos.  I love the stories behind them.  My tattoo is on my left hip, a heart and four-leaf clover that I got when I was 18 and out on a date with my then-fiance/now-husband.  When we were dating, I could spot a four-leaf clover just by walking past it.  Ah… those teenage days when all you need was love and luck to be happy.  Sooner or later, I’ll be getting a second tattoo… something that describes my sons and my love for photography.  I just haven’t been able to decide what design and camera gear is always higher on my list of wants.

Speaking of tattoos, I met this beautiful tattoo model recently to update her modeling portfolio.  Although I specialize in family and couples photography, it’s always fun to try something different.  I loved trying new posing and being able to sculpt the lighting.  She’s so naturally beautiful and I know she has a great career in front of her.

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Katie Smith offers beauty photography near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
She serves Apex, Pittsboro, Sanford, and the surrounding area.
She specializes in family and couples photography but loves stepping out of her comfort zone with models.
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Just Play- North Carolina Kids Photographer

My kids don’t love photo sessions.  They understand that it means a lot to me and they understand that they are paid for their cooperation in the form of chocolate or ice cream or a trip to their favorite store (Five Below).  But they don’t love getting into their perfect outfits and posing and following directions….

Do you know what they do love?  Screaming at the top of their lungs, playing tag until someone gets mad for being tagged one time too many, swinging “to the moon” on the swingset, showing off their letters in sidewalk chalk, and popping bubbles before they touch the ground.

Those things are what makes childhood fun.  In between the big vacations, between long boring weeks at school, it’s the family trips to the park that rejuvenate our sense of fun.

Just Play sessions are lifestyle, photojournalistic-inspired sessions that capture the essence of childhood.

All kids will love these sessions, especially those that are high energy or introverted.  No rules.  Just fun.

No fake smiles here!

Just good old fashion fun with playground equipment, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk…  For more fun, bring your child’s favorite toys like R.C. cars, hula hoops, jump rope, and kites.

Don’t be a fuddy-duddy!

Grown ups can have too!  I’ll be climbing the rock walls and sliding down slides right along with your kids.  So feel free to get silly, swing too high, race to the bottom of the slide, or play tag with your kids.

So let’s head to the playground and have some fun!  Email me below about special “Just Play” pricing: