Honey, I'm home!
For family sessions with children, I try to aim to arrive about 10 minutes prior to my session. I ask parents to try to great me like an old friend and to introduce me as "This is our friend Leah (pronounced "lay-yah", yes, like Princess Leia from Star Wars). She's here to take some photos of us.". I'll introduce myself to the kids. We will hang out and I won't take my camera out right away. The camera can be a little scary for some children coming from a stranger who has just entered their home. I like to have the children see I'm ok first :)
For couple sessions, I arrive and the couple can take me around their home/location.
For both sessions, before I take my camera out we can tour the location. I will indicate areas that would have the best lighting or what mood we might be able to capture.