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Ruz + Michael | In Home Session


I love when people ask me questions about my photography, like “how did you start?” “how do you find people?” “how do you edit?” etc etc. Today, I’m going to answer all of those questions. It’s not a big secret. The truth is: I just literally never have any idea what I’m doing.I’m just taking chances and crossing my fingers that my clients will go along with it.

Like this adorable couple, who didn’t even question it when I suggested they be my guinea pigs on my ~very first!~ in-home session. They’d just moved to a new neighborhood, and I thought- there’s really no better way to celebrate! This was my very first in-home session. I’d been pinning inspiration photos to a Pinterest board for a few weeks, and was finally ready to take the leap! And if you’re wanting to do your own in-home session, there are a few things you’re going to need: an adorable couple, an adorable apartment, and a lot of light! 


I love how intimate and personal this session was. They’re SO snuggly and warm everywhere! Even when they’re dancing in the living room! That’s the beauty of an in-home session. They can lay down on the couch. They can cook in the kitchen. What are their favorite recipes? Let’s use them! Where are their snuggle spots? Let’s hang out there for a while! So often, we live in these homes but never experience living in them. I know for me, living in New York, I’m so busy all the time. I have to remind myself, “you pay rent for a reason. Enjoy this home!” If Zach and I ever had an in-home session done, we would spend all of our time playing board games in the bathtub with a bottle of wine. That is a classic Zach and Kara date night!


And because this was a session to welcome Ruz and Michael into their new neighborhood, we also spent some time exploring outside! We even found a super cute little pie shop. PIE! You guys! PIE! I love pie. In fact, on my wedding day, I was adamant- no cake allowed. Pies only!