How To Prepare Your Home for Portraits

With the winter season upon us, more in home portrait sessions take place to escape the cold wind for your portraits. That being said, transforming your home into a picturesque haven becomes a delightful prelude to capturing beautiful memories. Below are a few tips I love to give families on how to prepare your home for portraits!

How To Prepare Your Home for Portraits

1. Embrace the Natural Light

Most importantly, turn off all overhead & artificial lighting! Open all windows and shades to let in an abundance of natural light, creating a soft and flattering ambiance. Natural light is the key to achieving timeless and classic photographs. While living rooms, kitchens, master bedrooms, and nurseries are often popular choices, I don’t shy away from unexpected spots. Following the sunlight – a gracefully lit staircase, a cozy dining room nook, or even a sun-kissed bathroom can serve as unique and stunning backdrops!

A mom and dad huddled close together in front of a large natural light window, with the curtain shades open in their son's nursery as the hold and view their newborn son. A great example of how to prepare your home for portraits.Mom and dad are in neutral clothes. Photographed by Cleveland newborn photographer, Brittany Serowski Photography.

2. A Quick Tidy-Up

No need for a deep cleaning! A quick, clutter-clearing tidying session will do wonders. Focus on the areas you anticipate being photographed, and don’t forget to tidy up any distracting background elements. A clean and organized space ensures the spotlight remains on your family’s connection.

A newborn baby girl laying in a moses basket with her dresser cleared off of all objects for an example of how to prepare your home for portraits. Her room is a neutral color with a peter rabbit wallpaper. Photographed by Cleveland newborn photographer, Brittany Serowski Photography.

3. Plan for Playfulness

For families with little ones, planning a natural activity within your home adds an authentic touch to your portraits. Consider activities that resonate with your family’s personality – whether it’s baking cookies in the kitchen, enjoying story time in the nursery, or a playful game in the living room. These candid moments will help create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for the littles, resulting in happy portraits!

A mother holding her newborn son on her lap in her bedroom with white bedding and a pale pink dress. Photographed by Cleveland newborn photographer, Brittany Serowski Photography.

By following these simple tips, your home will not only be prepped for a seamless session but will also become an integral part of the narrative, creating a visual story of your family’s unique connection.

Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Maternity, Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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