Family Photo Session, but let’s head Outdoors

When it comes to capturing special moments, outdoor photo sessions offer an unique experience that truly brings out the beauty of both my client and the surrounding natural environment. I shouldn’t play favourites, but one of the greatest advantages of an outdoor photo sessions is the endless array of backdrops and settings available to choose from. Whether it’s a lush, long green grass, an empty common at sunrise, or a vibrant urban landscape, outdoor locations provide a versatile and dynamic canvas. The changing colours of the sky, the play of light and shadow, and the seasonal variations all contribute to creating visually striking and one-of-a-kind images – perfect for any family photo session.

Beyond the aesthetic appeal, outdoor sessions also offer a sense of freedom and creativity that is unmatched. From exploring new locations or returning to old favourites, they encourage both me and my clients to embrace spontaneity. The open spaces and fresh air can also help to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, allowing for more playful expressions and interactions to be captured.

In addition to the creative benefits, outdoor sessions provide an opportunity for families to connect with nature and create lasting memories at the same time. Whether it’s a portrait against a stunning sunset or in a field of wildflowers, being outdoors has a way of capturing the essence of the moment and preserving it for years to come.

Things to consider when venturing outside

  • Time of Day – I always encourage my clients to work around their established routine. Taking into account nap times and feed times is often the key to a successful photo session with little people. I’m always very flexible when it comes to my clients and work to meet your needs.

I also suggest to avoid shooting when the sun is at its highest. That’s if we’re lucky enough to see it in England! The shadows are often too harsh and not as flattering and most importantly, it can be too hot. All these factors are discussed on the phone with me ahead our session together. Which leads me my next point…

  • Location – Not to be overlooked, it’s pretty key that you pick the right location for your outdoor photo session. A lot of public places now require you to obtain a licence in order to photograph on their premises. (don’t worry, I take care of all of that!) So it’s important that locations are discussed ahead of the photo sessions so I can carry out the necessary research. Furthermore, depending on the day and time, certain locations can get extremely busy. This can often distract and take away from beautiful family images.
  • Weather – As we know, the Great Briths weather can be cruel and mock us. That’s why I always place 2 dates in the diary for my outdoor sessions: a provisional and a backup date. This allows us some flexibilty should the weather disappoint on the day. Again, I’m always super flexible when it comes to things that are out of control.

  • Clothing – Although we tend to have a vision for what we can wear on our photo sessions, it’s important to consider: is it practical? For example a long, floaty dress in long grass after a night of torrential downpour, isn’t completely ideal. However, sacrifices can be made, it’s all about what you’re prepared to overlook – and I’m always down for the ride!

What are you waiting for?

There’s no time like the present to update your family album. Take the plunge, capture those milestones and document this period of time with your family. If you’ve considered doing a photo session, perhaps for the first time, this is your sign to get one booked! You won’t regret having photos of you and your’s that will last a life time.

Let’s chat 🙂

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