Cheshire-based newborn lifestyle photographer Amy Leather shares her passion for in-home sessions
We went away over the summer for a couple of weeks and one day when my six-year-old was missing home, she described it as her “favourite place in the world“.
I’m pretty sure she wasn’t being ungrateful that we’d taken her to a cold and windy spot for her summer hols…no, she just genuinely loves home more than anywhere.
Of course she does – that’s where EVERYTHING happens.
When you have your first baby, chances are home will become a sanctuary. In those first few weeks of newborn craziness, the very last thing you’ll feel like doing is leaving home for any length of time. And over time, through years of nappy changes, feeds, giggles, tantrums, teatimes, bathtimes, bedtimes, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health – that same home will become a sanctuary for your children too. It will be the place they’ll want to return to, the place where most of their memories will be made.
You see, home is not just a backdrop for our in-home newborn sessions. The mess and the clutter is all part of your family’s reality, and there’s absolutely no shame in that. Yes of course, I’ll move excess clutter out of the killer shots, but do I want your home to be a show home? Absolutely not. The memories we are capturing need to be real, need to be raw, or they won’t evoke half as many nostalgic emotions.
I have a photo of my grandma’s pantry from when I was a toddler, and it – genuinely – is one of my all-time favourite photos. The packaging of the food, the labels, the colours – immediately I’m transported back twenty years. Something so simple, yet we would never think to document it.
Now, I’m not coming round intending to photograph the contents of your kitchen cupboard, but you get the idea. It’s the little things that, in time, will become the big things, the “remember that!” things as your children hit adulthood.
When I do an in-home lifestyle photoshoot, my intention is to celebrate your home, and the life your little (or big!) family has sculpted and moulded within that space. I don’t expect it to be Instagram-perfect. When we capture your family, doing your thing, in your space – that’s utter perfection.