No, this is not supposed to be a good photo... That's the point!
Sometimes the best photos are the ones you take in poor situations. While setting around the house I got the idea to prove that in bad locations where you think 'this is impossible to work with', that you can come away with great photos. Granted I used my family as test subjects but understand the entire set up and photos took about 5 min. No kidding.
So, what do we have to work with?
The first and obvious advantage to this location is the big beautiful light source coming through the window. The window and shade add fantastic diffusion and intensity. Second, there is a couch in front of the window where I can pose the subjects... Well, that is about all we have. Good light and a great place to set people...who could ask for anything more. Remember in these situations that close and tight shots are your friends. Oh, and pardon the mess our two year old was very active just prior to these photos. Take a look at the following series of photographs and tell me if it really looks like I used this location.