Our first apartment didn’t start as “our apartment.” It started out as my guy friends’ apartment. Two college guys living in the heart of downtown Portland, bachelor-padding it up — living-room-turned-bedroom and all. A lot of great memories were formed there: one of those guy friends became my boyfriend, became my fiancé, and then became my husband.
Our first time holding hands happened in the dining room (which was then a living room). Our first kiss happened in that hallway. We brought our first pet home there, a tiny little gray hamster named Alice. Heck, we even filmed my husband’s first independent feature film there (while I was in grad school by the way… it was quite the month).
So in a way the apartment became haunted over the years spent there, by good memories and bad. It didn’t feel like just OUR apartment, and eventually I knew it was time to move on. There were practical reasons too — rental rates were skyrocketing and we knew ours would be going up soon.
However, it felt wrong to just depend on my own memory and a few Facebook pictures to document such an important space in our life. When a friend (the amazing Aly Winstead!) offered to do a lifestyle shoot to add to her photography portfolio I leapt at the opportunity.
Here are the reasons why you should do a home photoshoot before you move:
1. You can remember how you lived during that time
Our bathroom was about four square feet, and had this odd, highly placed wrap-around mirror. I love that we have photographic evidence of our jockeying around trying to get a glimpse of ourselves.
2. You can document your hobbies and interests
It’s kind of tough to lug a piano out for a photoshoot. And my husband loves to make us fresh coffee every morning. These aren’t the kind of things you wouldn’t usually take photos of for your Christmas card or engagement session, so take this opportunity to celebrate your interests!
3. You get cute pictures of yourself(s)
It can be hard to justify taking nice pictures without some major milestone or accomplishment, but this is a big change that you’ve taken on! If a professional session isn’t in the financial cards for you, that’s fine! Find a friend with a decent point-and-shoot and ask them to come over for an afternoon. Why not celebrate your gorgeous self!?
4. You can celebrate your personal style
Before you take down all of those artfully framed Spider-Man Comics and pack up those carefully selected vintage refrigerator magnets, document them! Your long-agonized-over gallery wall may not work in the next space, so make sure that posterity knows just how amazing it looked!