So you’re thinking about booking a Bay Area family session—Hooray! Family photos are something you’re sure not to regret. Not only are they one of the best ways to preserve important memories (time flies by so quickly when you’re busy raising littles!), but they’re a fun experience to share with your family. You’re going to love it!
Once you’ve prepared for your family photo session—you can find more information about how to prepare here—you’ll need to decide which type of family session you’d like to book. Namely, an indoor or an outdoor session.
For some people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think about indoor photo sessions is a studio setting.
Studio settings can be great for some types of photography, but it’s become less popular for family photos in the past 10 years. The stuffy, posed, family studio images of the past have now been replaced with more candid, natural, documentary-style photos, which are actually SO MUCH better, IMHO!
What does this mean for indoor family sessions? Often, they take place right in your own home and, really, what could be more comfy for your kids than hanging out in their own space, just doing what they do? Indoor family photo sessions are all about capturing those special little moments that happen in your everyday life. The beautiful chaos of getting ready for the day, the spilt cereal, the belly laughs while cuddling on the couch, the mid-day, I-need-a-snack-and-a-nap meltdowns that moms sometimes have—there’s nothing to fake here. It’s just your family, being your authentic, messy, amazing selves.
Benefits of an indoor family photo session:
The tricky part: You may feel like you need to deep clean your house top-to-bottom before your session (and who has time for that when you’re busy raising little humans?), but don’t worry, that little bit of dust on the shelf or basket of laundry in the corner is part of your everyday life right now and it won’t be a focal point!
Outdoor family photo sessions have their own benefits—especially in the beautiful Bay Area, where there are plenty of awesome outdoor family photo locations to choose from!
Something that’s tough to beat when it comes to outdoor sessions is that GLORIOUS natural lighting. I mean seriously, when that light hits just right, it’s a heart-eyes emoji moment every time. Don’t even get me started about a perfect golden-hour glow.
Outdoor Bay Area family sessions also allow us to capture a variety of backgrounds and landscapes and make for beautiful, nature-inspired photos. Because nature!
Similar to indoor sessions, outdoor sessions are still a great way to capture your family just being REAL. I love when my families plan a fun adventure or activity to enjoy together during their outdoor sessions. You just get to play and have fun, and leave the rest to me!
Benefits of an outdoor family photo session:
The tricky part: You have to be a little more aware of the weather from about mid-November to March. But family photos in the rain can be pretty darn cute, too! I mean, there’s nothing better than some puddle-jumping toddlers, amiright? Just make sure you dress appropriately. Stay cozy out there!
Have questions about which type of family session is best for you, or ready to book a session with a Bay Area family photographer? That’s what I’m here for! Let’s chat about how we can capture your family being your fun, amazing, true-to-life selves.