For a photographer, doing Christmas portraits for families is much easier in a studio setting. The lights and setting are controlled and planned in advance, which allows the photographer to focus solely on getting everybody posed nicely and smiling.
I have always enjoyed a challenge.
Call me strange, I love doing portraits in people’s homes. Yes it’s tricky, and occasionally I miss something and end up photoshopping some clutter out of a corner of the resulting pictures. But it’s always real. Real people in their own real settings. Kids at home with their own toys. A family sitting on the old couch that has been scratched up by the beloved family dog. Pictures of loved ones on the wall behind them. A child looking in wonder at his or her own Christmas tree. I am a sucker for realism.
The photos with lasting meaning are the ones that invoke a memory. When I do portraits of a family in their own home or backyard, those photos will carry with them all the best memories of that space.
I think that makes them priceless.
Here is a set of images I took for a friend, all done within their living room.