The location can often make or break an image. That is why it is one of the first things I discuss with my clients when planning a photo session. However, many people don’t consider their home as an option. So, I put together a list of five reasons you should book your next session at home.

1. Privacy.

Just about everything you do in the city is a spectator sport because there’s so many people just about everywhere. At home, you don’t have to worry about random people watching or commenting or generally being distracting during your session. You also don’t have to worry about anyone getting in the way or your being in theirs.

2. It’s too damn cold out.

As much as I love Chicago, I know that a lot of the year the weather can be a toss up. This route will allow you to forgo obsessively checking your weather app the days leading up to your session.

3. It’s comfier.

Where could you be more comfortable than your own home? It’s your sanctuary, where you find peace, and are able to be your most authentic, relaxed self.

4. Your furry homies.

It’s easier to include pets. Plenty of clients want to bring their pup to sessions but logistically it can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge. Even in cases where it isn’t — it can be a little difficult getting your dog to chill in a new scene with new people. They understandably want to play! At home, they’re in their own environment with their very favorite humans.

5. Your home, your story.

Where you live is a part of your story. Taking photos there is a great way to celebrate your home and your life there.