Preparing for one of my summer family outdoor photography sessions can be so much fun. Getting fully invested in your session and the planning process will ultimately give you a gallery of photographs that leave you speechless. To have photos of your family that you never dreamed possible is possible for everyone will some planning before the big day.
As far as location goes, I have a handful of favourite locations I use that combine stunning backdrops with practicalities like easy access, space away from the crowds and safety for all ages of children. My clients are usually pretty happy for me to choose a location based on the things and what is looking great at the time of their session. The images in this post are taken at one of my most used locations in Surrey, I love it because of the warm tones of the heather, the evergreen pine trees and the wide open sky.
Styling also plays a very important part in sessions, we all have our favourite outfits but how often do you coordinate as a whole family? I love working with clients to find the perfect combination of outfits that compliment each other and the location so they enhance the photos without dominating them.
As I only shoot at Golden Hour (just before sunset, or just after sunrise for the early birds), finding the right time of year for the age of your children is crucial. As the sunset gets later and later into mid-summer, it becomes less suitable for very young children, so we have sessions for younger families in the spring or autumn.
It may sound lie a lot to think about but that’s where my experience and expertise comes in. Once you have made the decision to book your shoot, you can relax and let me walk you through the rest. x