If I’ve learned anything through talking with other photographers, it’s that how to use light in in-home photo sessions can be a real doozy. And I get it. I’ve been there.
Either you walk into a home where there’s seemingly NO good light, or you think you’ve nailed it only to go to edit your photos and realize you didn’t quite hit the mark.
First, let’s talk about why knowing how to use light in in-home photo sessions even matters.
In my opinion, there are two reasons:
Now that you have an understanding of why understanding how to use light in in-home photo sessions is important, let’s talk about how to use it.
My number one rule when it comes to how to use light in in-home photo sessions is to use the rooms where the light is pouring through the windows. This could be a small window, or it could be a huge window. The size of the window is almost totally irrelevant when pinpointing the right room(s) to use.
In fact, I’ve shot in homes where there is a massive window and not used it. Why? Because there wasn’t light pouring through it.
If you want to create consistency in your in-home images, I can’t stress this enough. I promise you’ll find editing your images lightyears (pun intended) easier if you stick to this rule!
Simply being in the right room isn’t enough though. For instance, you can be in a room where there’s light pouring in but have your subject 10 feet away from the windows and you’re likely missing out on capitalizing on the light you’ve been given to work with.
You can’t just be in the room. You have to know how to use light in in-home photo sessions.
While I do believe many “rules” when it comes to art are meant to be broken, the most foolproof way to know you’re in the right spot within the room is to hug the windows.
Every home is different and every room is different, so there are absolutely scenarios where you can veer from this. In general, though, staying as close to those windows as possible is going to give you the best light on your subjects.
If you want to take a deeper dive into learning about how to use light in in-home photo sessions, I encourage you to check out my family photography education resources.
In addition to a family posing guide, a mastermind on in-home family photography and one-on-one mentoring for photographers, I also offer a variety of free resources for you to uplevel your in-home family images!
I would suggest checking out Four Tips to Uplevel your In-Home Family Photos, My #1 Family Posing Tip for In-Home Sessions and a training on how to book more in-home family photo sessions.
Have questions about in-home lighting? Comment on this post and let’s chat about what you’re struggling with!