One of the biggest hurdles to introducing my lifestyle photography sessions to Raleigh families is convincing them to invite me, a stranger, into their home. I get all sorts of reasons why public places are much more comfortable: but there is dog hair on the floor, but my dining room table is where we store our laundry, but our grass is really overgrown, or my personal favorite: mumbling.

Last year, I did a post featuring actual living room photos of my readers to prove that Martha Stewart isn’t alive and well, at least in Raleigh and it was one of my most shared posts of the year. But how could I convince you that your house was good enough? That your hot mess of a family is deserving of photos too?

I figured I would have to take matters into my own hands and let you SEE what it looks like to have a stranger in your home. With the help of Big Dog Little Bed Productions, we created this for you.

It turns out that creating authentic, memorable, and intimate portraits of your children requires you to give up the illusion that your life is perfect. It requires you to let your guard down and recognize that what you gain in honestly giving of your family to me is more important than the fantasy that your life is impeccable.

I’ll let the video speak for itself, even if hearing my own voice makes me cringe a bit.

Here are some of the images from the day of video footage: