In-Home or Indoor Session Tips

An at-home session is often the best option for cats or anxious/nervous dogs that do not fair well in public spaces, or for Rainbow Sessions with aged/ailing pets. While shooting at your home can produce meaningful, sentimental images, there are a few key elements that make your home extra special and help produce images similar to the ones shown in my portfolio.

Please keep in mind that most of the images you see throughout my website and in my portfolio were taken on-location, so if you wish to create similar images, please consider shooting on-location.

When preparing your home and outdoor spaces for your session, please do the following prior to our session:

  • Clean floors and surfaces of clutter, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Leave grass and natural areas¬†slightly overgrown to add texture to your images. Clean up any poop on your lawn.
  • Spruce up landscaped gardens, ponds, water features, etc.
  • Remove any items you don't want to have in your photographs (Kleenex boxes, toys, clothes, piles of magazines/mail, etc).
  • Vacuum, dust, and make beds in any rooms we will be using. We will be working in multiple rooms, especially those with the best and most plentiful natural light.
  • Open blinds and curtains to allow natural light to filter in.
  • Be prepared that we may need to move or rearrange furniture slightly to accommodate the lighting and scene.
  • Turn off TVs and any lamps and any overhead lighting. We want as much natural light as possible.
  • If you have a cat, please close any doors to rooms and block off areas where they may attempt hide.
Aussie poses in a bandanna during a studio session in Pittsburgh