ALL ABOUT AT-HOME FAMILY SESSIONS

WHAT IS AN AT-HOME FAMILY SESSION?

At-home family sessions are family “portrait” sessions that take place at home.  However, they’re far less about portraits and more about capturing the everyday life and season that you’re in as a family.

HOW it works

I encourage you to not wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear, not make your home look a certain way and not worry about your kids acting perfect.  I ask that you simply plan something to do together as a family, whether that’s an organized activity or simply hanging out in your backyard together.  I will photograph you all being you.  You don’t need to do a single thing for me.  At the end of the session, which will last anywhere from 1-2 hours,  I will gather you all for one nice family portrait.

THE BEST TIME OF DAY/YEAR TO DO AN AT-HOME SESSION

Unlike on-location sessions, we don’t need to schedule it around the best time of year or the best time of day.  I can do an at-home session any time of day, any day of the year.  Consider when you’re typically all together as a family at home.  Think about something you might do that would engage you all in the same activity or bring you together in the same area of the house.  I’ve met a family at 7am on a Saturday morning and documented them making Saturday morning pancakes together like they always do and I’ve met a family at 7pm on a Friday night and documented them playing in the backyard like they usually do on warm summer nights.

AVAILABILITY

While my house is in Idaho, I spend most of my summers in Colorado, my winters in Arizona, as well as a lot of time traveling throughout the Mountain West in between.  If I’m not passing through your area soon, all-inclusive packages including travel to anywhere in the lower 48 are available.

WHY FAMILIES ARE LOVING THESE SESSIONS

Unlike traditional family portraits, at-home family sessions capture a real-life moment in time.  Since they take place at home, a place where you are comfortable, a place you’re connected to, I’m able to capture the most authentic version of you and your kids.  Instead of “creating” photographs, I’m recording your life in a beautiful and honest way.  The photographs that result from that will only grow in value and meaning over time.  10, 20, 30 years from now, your memories will come flooding back when you see photos that captured the house, the decor, the toys that in 2019 were simply a part of life but now are long forgotten.

“Michele captured this moment in time for us in such a beautiful, authentic way. She took the most beautiful, real-life photos of our kids, our home, our family, and our life. Looking through them brings tears to my eyes and gratitude for this season. These photos are a treasure.” 

About

Hi there!  I’m Michele, owner of ONCE WEST.  I photograph weddings and families in Colorado & Idaho with a mission to create authentic, joy-filled photographs honoring the simple fact that we never get the same moment twice.  When I’m not working you’re most likely to find me camping or flying with my husband (and bff) somewhere around the Mountain West.

Mission

Create photographs that will last, of the stories that matter.  My role is to see life through your eyes, not mine, to honor your story and your memory, to give you photographs that will bring you joy for a lifetime.

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