Authentic Family Portraits by Amy Kolodziej

A new photographer is born.

Today’s feature is from .

Amy says:

“This session was a natural light lifestyle session to celebrate the 6 month milestone of my littlest client featured in the images. I spent an hour in their home playing and laughing and documenting the joy that their new baby girl has brought to their family.

It was extra special when the older daughter asked her mom if she could take pictures too, and brought out her little camera. I was in the right place at the right time to document her mimicking my interactions with her baby sister…and it was simply adorable.”

Amy’s Photography Tip:

Sometimes it can be stressful going into a client’s home without the certainty that you would normally have in a location of your choice (or studio if you have one). Often times your definition of “great natural light” and the client’s definition can differ, leading to the dreaded panic attack when you walk into the unknown and it isn’t as described.

Once I have booked an in-home session I like to give the family a heads up that once I arrive I will quickly walk through their home to choose the best location for our session, or at least where to start.

I make sure that when I arrive I make note of the time of day and which way the sun will be moving so that as the session progresses I can have an idea of where the light will be in relation to the different rooms of their home.

Another thing to take into consideration when you are in a client’s home is the paint color on their walls. A dark color is always going to make your images seem darker, while a nice white wall is a pleasant surprise!

If you get the details out of the way first (such as light/location) you will be free to spend your time really enjoying the session and your clients. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be for your clients to relax, leading to more genuine images.

She must have seen this a few times!
So engaging for only 6 months!
Cuddling with her lovey
A happy family moment
So very happy, and full of light.

Amy used a Nikon D600 with a Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Series lens to capture these images.

Amy Kolodziej is a Charlotte, NC Wedding and Lifestyle photographer.

See more tips on In-Home Sessions, Lighting, and Location.


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