A lot of my ethic as a photographer is to make the whole experience an enjoyable one. A lot of people are not happy in a studio environment and many are just not that comfortable with the lens pointed at them, the more photography I do the more I appreciate models, they’re not Doctors but they are still hard worked in their own way.
One of the simplest ways I know of easing the situation is to take the pictures in familiar surroundings. The difficulty is to how have studio style photos in your house and not have pictures that look like they were taken in your front room. First thing I do is bring all the equipment to you. There's quite a lot of it now. 2 professional grade cameras, several lenses, flashes and so on.
The big blue bag in this picture is a 6×7 bright white back drop that pops up and rolls down somewhat like a child's toy tent, only harder. Once up I can position lights inside and get a full pure white background just as you would in the studio. Further more because it’s not a cloth hanging from a pole there are no creases to deal with. At 6×7 foot it fits in nearly every house and can be tall enough or wide enough for most situations. I can also hang a black cloth from it to get a perfect black background.
You can see from the next photo the unit is about 12 inches deep and with zips all round provides space for flashes.
In this last wide shot of the set up I have added the vinyl floor which gives me a full portable studio right in your house.
I can also hang colour roll paper from a frame for a seamless colour background. For traditional set ups.
All in all this gives ma versatile travelling studio that means you can have pictures taken at home, where you are comfortable and at ease, kids can watch TV when not in front of the camera and a change of clothes is always on hand.
You can see some example images here