For those that are currently sitting in their Stuttgart, Germany home on this early September day with their heaters already turned on, blankets covering you and/or an extra layer on, this is for you!
Stuttgart winters can be quite cold. And long. And last forever. And snow in April for Pete’s sake! This can make outdoor photography a bit of a challenge at times. In recent years, after living in both Newport, Rhode Island and now here in Stuttgart where the cold settles in for a long winter’s nap, I have fallen in love with in home sessions.
There are a multitude of reasons for this. Most importantly, it does not matter in the least little bit if it’s cloudy, rainy, middle of the day full sun or even snowing. We’re inside. We open blinds to let all that beautiful light flood the rooms and are thankful we aren’t out in the cold and elements.
This means if your child wants to wear a princess dress with no sleeves or run around in a dress and no shoes it really doesn’t matter. We don’t need to take a break every few months to all huddle in a blanket because everyone is so cold their lips are blue!
Here’s the other little secret that many families may not think of when considering inviting me into their home for a shoot. I’m on YOUR TURF. Which basically means I’m on your childrens’ turf too. I’m at the “disadvantage” because I’m stepping into their space with their toys, books, and favorite lovies. This works to your advantage. On location I take a little extra time to win those little people over before I put that big giant camera in their face; and even then we aren’t friends until the very bitter end of the session! Because we all know that’s how those most spirited kids work, right?!!
When I come to you they get excited to show me their fire truck quilt on their bed, their favorite cars, their favorite books and “watch me build this Lego kingdom”. The shyness normally lasts about 6.5 seconds and I’m whisked away to see dolls being dressed up and to see how high they can jump on mom and dad’s bed!
At home there is more comfort in extra cuddles with mom and dad. And cuddles with just mom and dad because all the little people are secure in their house rather than running away from the gorgeous palace background!
The biggest push back I hear from those considering an in home session? “But I live in base housing; I live in a very small and crowded German house”…
Honestly, it doesn’t matter. I don’t photograph your house. I photograph you. What makes you a family. What makes your kids so darn cute and special at these ages. Their favorite toys, activities, and expressions. Ten years from now no one cares that those photos were taken in super stellar dorm like apartments. They want to see what the family looked like at that time and what they did together.
So as we enter this LOOOONG winter season and you are looking at family photos to be taken before you or I leave the area, this is a strong consideration. Especially those with very young children. I come to you on your turf and life is made much simpler for you that day while still getting some beautiful family photos.