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With the easing of the government restrictions, now could be a great time to have a family lifestyle portrait to celebrate our families. Outdoor portraits can be so much fun for the whole family. They are a relaxed way of getting even the most camera-shy members of your family together for a picture. When shooting outside the 2 meter rule can be easily adhered to and respected for safety.
My background in sports photography lends itself very well to social distancing . I tend to use longer lenses than you would normally expect for a portrait photoshoot. This has the added advantage of your family shots being more natural as I am further away capturing a much more natural images of your family than me being close up and staged, fake smiles.
One of the things I really try to do during any portrait lifestyle session is to make you feel at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. People often feel more comfortable in a large open space to interact with loved ones without feeling the pressure of a confined studio space. That is why I like to shoot these sessions outdoors at various local locations I know really well. The locations all have one thing in common, lots of natural light, great backdrops for a shot and lots of places for the children to have some fun.
Some of my favourite locations at this time of year are Simon’s Wood in Crowthorne. This has some interesting areas which has a mixture of trees and woodland to open spaces. If the light is right the lake in the middle can make for a spectacular backdrop. Just across the road you have The Ridges which has great views from the top. The Ridges is perfect for climbing some of the smaller trees and running up down some hills. What better way to capture that special moment of your child climbing their first tree or running around playing in the woods.
The look of delight in children’s faces having fun always come across in the images afterwards. Another of my favourites is The Lookout in Bracknell, if you avoid the main walking paths there are some nice areas in which you can get beautiful natural family photos or if you’re an adventurous family you can even bring your bikes. By the way if you have a dog feel free to bring them along too – they are part of the family and can really add another fun dimension to the shoot.
Prior to the photoshoot I will give you a call for a quick chat to get an idea of what your family enjoys doing together. This helps to find out what you would ideally like to gain from the shoot. On the day of the shoot it can be a good idea to bring snacks. As this will help to keep children happy (in cold weather a flask of hot chocolate always goes down well). Bring lots of spare items of clothing, wellies, sunhats etc. If in doubt, bring it along – this also gives you the opportunity for some wardrobe changes!!!!. There will be no pressure on the day for anyone to pose or be at their very best. The idea is just to have as natural and interactive an experience as possible.
At this time of year early morning or late afternoons are normally the best times as they are quiet and have the best light – although timing is top to you. The UK is famous for its unreliability of the weather no matter how hard its planed. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the weather. So long as it isn’t thunderstorms and lightening we should be good to go. If you don’t fancy it we can always book another day to give it another go.
Take a look at my family portrait gallery and packages. If this looks like something you are your family would be interested in please give me a call on 07768905722 or take a look at my website for more details.
Feel free to pass this on – if you know of any friends that would appreciate a family photoshoot.