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5 Reasons to have a lifestyle family session at home by Montreal Family Photographer, Carolina Hanna

October 20, 2022

When we were little, photoshoots happened in photo studios.  Everyone wore well-matched outfits and smiled at the camera in unison. 

Today, you have more (…better…) options.  Pictures don’t need to be about smiling at the camera – your photographs can be so much more.  

As an artist, I love photographing families at home.  Here are 5 reasons why you will love it too. 

1 – Your children will feel most at ease being photographed at home, and so will you.

When I come to your home for your photoshoot, there’s really no pressure.  Your children, and you, and free to be yourselves.  It’s encouraged.  Yes, I’ll try to guide everyone into a few poses, so I can have you all beautifully in the frame, but the shoot is mostly about you doing you. 

You can lay in bed together, read books, play tickle monster, chase the children around the house, bake cookies and so many other things.  Do what makes your family happy, and I will turn your beautiful moments together into beautiful photographs. 

2 – Your home is an extension of your family, let’s fill the frame with it. 

Your home is yours.  No one else anywhere has a home exactly the same as yours.  Each color on your walls, each piece of furniture, the knickknacks, the toys strewn on the floor – they’re all part of your story.  So, what better place could we photograph and tell your story than your home?

3 – Your pictures will be unique to your family

It’s exciting for me to walk into your house and find the magic.  Each space is so different, each family is so unique, and I love to create something for you that no one else can ever duplicate. 

4 – Everything you might need is right there.

Remember the days of leaving the house with your phone, keys and wallet?  The days of arriving places on time?

Those days are long gone aren’t they mama?

Now, it feels like you’re packing for a weekend away every time you leave the house. 

Your photoshoot doesn’t need that extra stress.  Stay home, and I’ll come to you.  You’ll be relaxed and everything you need will be right there. 

5 – Honest photographs that will always bring you back to this time in your lives. 

I think this is what I love the most about in-home photography – you get to just be you which means you get photographs that document your real story.  Photographs that will always bring you back to this chapter in your lives.   Studio photographs can be beautiful, but in-home lifestyle photography is nostalgic in a way that can’t be reproduced in a studio. 


If you’re in the montreal area and looking for a photographer for a relaxed lifestyle family, newborn or maternity session, I would love to hear from you!


Carolina Hanna is a lifestyle family and newborn photographer based in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Carolina serves the island of Montreal and surrounding areas including Laval, Boucherville, Candiac, Hudson, St-Eustache, Mirabel, Rosemere, Ste-Therese, Terrebonne, The South Shore of Montreal, Bainville, Longueuil, Town of Mount Royal, Outremont, Westmount, Ile Perot, Ile Bizard and more. Carolina is specialized in photographing newborns and families and has over 13 years of experience. Her passion is for creating relaxed, candid and playful family photography in-home or outdoors

You can learn more about newborn photography here and click here to contact Carolina