Eric + Chelsea

Hello everyone! It took me a while to blog this session, but better late than never. Let me start off by saying that Chelsea and Eric are the sweetest couple and their connection made it so easy to work with them. They have an adorable dog as well, and it was really just a fun morning hanging out and photographing them while they were sipping mimosas, being silly and loving on each other.

I just want to take a minute to talk about my love for in-home sessions and how it has changed my perspective on so many levels. When I first started my journey as a photographer, all I wanted to do was to explore the great outdoors, and I never really gave much tought to exploring indoor photography. I am passionate about nature and gorgeous landscapes and I love adventurous couples that are down for a hike to get to beautiful locations.

The thing is, I live in the midwest, and I understand that for some people, Winter is just not the most pleasant season for outdoor photos. I am so thankful for clients that brave the cold for winter photos, and, I LOVE snowy sessions, but if you’re not a Winter person, thank the heavens for in-home sessions in the great, cozy indoors. I always have so much fun with it as it allows me to be playful with the different lighting scenarios, and to document my clients in their most laid-back, comfortable, raw and real state. No studio lights, backdrops, or props are better than the things that make our life the way it is. Without trying to make the scenario perfect but focusing one hundred percent on making the moment perfect. And for the moment to be perfect, it has to be real. I want my clients to look back at the images I created for them and say; “Oh my gosh, I remember what we were laughing about in that photo.”, or “I remember feeling your heart beat as I laid on your chest for that photo.” Or, “I remember we were drinking mimosas and dancing to our favorite song and that was so much fun!”

So, with that being said, as I continued to do in-home sessions, I was able to explore new perspectives and possibilities on how to look at each person’s unique lifestyle that I get the honor to take a little glimpse at. And I’m thankful for being able to incorporate personal scenarios, design, furniture, wall art, and objects in their homes that tell their story and show sweet bits and pieces of their life and who they are. And I love it that it makes those images so much more special to them, because it is personal, it is intimate, it is about them, and not about the perfect shot. That concept has allowed me to be so much more creative and intentional with what I shoot.

I can say that I am a sucker for in-home sessions, especially in the winter, but that does not mean my love for snowy and wintery has died down so whatever direction you want to go for, I am always down for adventures. I just really love having this refreshing and more intimate approach to my work and I am thankful for its contribution to adding different perspectives to my vision.

As I write this post, it is 27 degrees here in Chicago, and baby, it’s cold outside. If you’re in the midwest or some other place just as cold, hope you guys are staying warm and enjoying your weekend! And thank you for reading!

Warmly,

Lara

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