California At-Home Family Photos


As we spend more time at home with our families, capturing memories through photographs becomes even more important. One of the best ways to do this is to opt for an at-home photo session. Not only will you feel comfortable in your own space, but your photographer will be able to capture your family’s genuine, everyday moments.

If you’re looking to have a casual at-home family photo session with children, here are some tips to help you make the most of it:

A family photo of a male and female playing with two small kids at home near Joshua Tree, California.

A family at home photo of a female lying on floor playing guitar with little boy playing near Yucca Valley, California.

A portrait of a baby standing at home near doorway in Yucca Valley, California.

  1. Choose a location that is meaningful and represents your family’s style

While you may be having the session at home, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one room. Consider areas that reflect your family’s personality and interests. For example, if you’re all avid readers, consider incorporating your bookshelves or cozy reading nook into your photos. If you’re a family of musicians, consider setting up your instruments for a mini-jam session with the kids. The key is to choose spaces that make you feel comfortable and reflect who you are as a family.

  1. Keep it casual. Wear comfortable and natural clothing

The beauty of an at-home photo session is that you can keep it casual. Avoid clothing that’s too formal or restrictive, as it may make it harder for you to relax and be yourselves. Instead, opt for clothing that’s comfortable, natural, and reflects your family’s personal style. Think easy dresses, cozy sweaters, and relaxed, slouchy jeans. Let your children wear their favorite outfits or even their pajamas. The goal is to capture the essence of your family in a natural and comfortable way.

  1. Incorporate props

Props can add a fun and personal touch to your photos. You can use items that are meaningful to your family, such as books, toys, or even a favorite blanket. Incorporating props can help your children feel more comfortable in front of the camera and can also add a playful element to your photos.

  1. Plan activities

To capture candid moments, plan activities that your family enjoys doing together. This could be playing a board game, baking cookies, or even having a picnic – outside or inside. By doing something that your family loves, you’ll be able to capture natural and genuine moments that truly reflect your family’s personality.

  1. Be patient and have fun

Taking photos with children can be challenging, but it’s important to be patient and have fun. Allow your children to be themselves and don’t force them to do anything they’re not comfortable with. Remember, the goal is to capture memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. Don’t worry too much about posing or trying to look perfect. The best photos will be the ones that capture your family’s natural energy and spirit.

A portrait of a baby wearing white pants at home in Yucca Valley, California.

A portrait of a female wearing tank top playing with little boy on white bed near Yucca Valley, California.

An at-home photo session is the perfect way to capture your free-spirited family in a natural, relaxed setting. By choosing a location that represents who you are, you’ll produce photos that feel truly authentic.

Session photographed at Unraveled Academy retreat. Styled and led by: Mari Trancoso.

with love,
Maria Alcantara