Planning for your In-Home Engagement Session // Washington DC Wedding Photographer


As photographers, we know exactly what we’re looking for when we go into a shoot but we don’t ever expect our clients to do the same. (We’re the professionals, after all.) We believe that open communication and clear expectation setting is the recipe for a kick-ass engagement (or any type of) in-home session.

Natural Light

The most important aspect of an in-home session is utilizing natural light. We find that our couples and families are more relaxed when there aren’t giant light stands and umbrella strobes hovering over them and so, like most of the frames we compose, we use the light from windows and doors in your home. This type of light is also more flattering on the skin which, we think, is crazy important to taking images that you love. Upon booking us, we’ll ask you to send over cell phone snaps of the different rooms in your home so that we can visualize the space and prepare effectively. We’ll always be up front with you about voicing our concerns if we think a particular space in your home that you’ve suggested won’t work. We may still make a few photographs in that space, but we always like to have properly set the expectations ahead of time for what will photograph best.

Keep it Clean + Tidy

Crossing off these checklist items before your shoot is how you can help your photograph get the best possible images in your home.

  • Clear floors and surfaces of clutter, and remove any items you don’t want appearing in your photographs. 

  • Vacuum, dust, make beds, and generally clean your home. This will ensure that all surfaces gleam and sparkle on camera.

  • We’ll select rooms with plenty of natural light for your session. Even if a space looks uninteresting to you, if it’s full of beautiful light, include it in your cleaning!

*If you choose not to clean or pick up and prefer to receive professional retouching services on your photographs later, our retouching fee begins at $30/image.


If you haven’t read through our Style Guide yet, make sure you do (and with plenty of time to plan your outfits ahead of time.) All of the items in the guide will apply expect that we recommend less layers. Not saying you should be in your birthday suit, but the photos will look a lot more comfortable and intimate than if you’re in lots of heavy layers. I mean, most of us walk around the house without pants anyways. (Right? Right.) We recommend having options that includes tank tops, shorts, sweaters, and jeans to mix and match. Anything that will show some skin is perfect. If it’s an engagement session and you want to wear a sweater with undies or have your bae be shirtless, then that works, too! (I pinky promise I’m not an internet creep.) 

As always, if you have any questions or need help preparing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re here to help and makes this process as easy peasy as possible!