When a family contacts me to talk about their documentary family photography session, the first thing we work on is deciding on the best location for their session. While in-home sessions are my absolute favorite choices for meaningful family photos, there a several valid reasons to want to take family photos somewhere besides at home.
In this family’s case, they wanted to document exploring Dad’s childhood town. He grew up on a beautiful little island and I loved hearing the stories of his childhood there. For their session, they wanted to capture a walk down memory lane with their 18-month-old daughter before the birth of their son. They walked around the beachside sidewalks sharing stories, got treats from the donut shop where Dad worked his first job as a teen, and dipped their toes in the water where many beach memories were made.
If you’re thinking about having a family photography session and want to get out of your house, scroll down for 3 tips for choosing a location for meaningful family photos!
3 Tips for Choosing a Location for Meaningful Family Photos
- Home away from Home – Consider the places (besides your home) you spend the most time at together. Is there a local playground you visit every week? Do you visit the local library to check out new books often? Do you have a favorite ice cream parlor or donut shop?
- Family Traditions – Traditions are so worthy of remembering. Think about seasonal activities you do every year – going apple picking every October, chopping down a fresh Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, going on a bike ride to grandma’s when the spring weather finally arrives, raking and jumping in the leaves in Autumn, etc.
- Family Vacations and Staycations – Having professional photos of a family vacation where everyone (including mom) are in the photos is an amazing way to preserve some wonderful family memories! I offer my normal rates + travel fee if applicable for vacation sessions.
Are you feeling tired of generic family photos with cookie-cutter poses and the same park in every photo? Want some more suggestions for choosing a location for meaningful family photos? Grab my free guide, 7 Tips for Choosing a Location for Meaningful Family photos here!