Choosing a Location and Time of Day for a Photoshoot

So, you know that you want to book a photoshoot to showcase a beautiful moment in time between you and your family, but you’re struggling to locate the perfect setting. You love the idea of the outdoors but fear that the unpredictable weather could ruin your day makes you hesitant. In the same way, you love the stability of an indoor shoot but aren’t sure about how artificial lighting will impact your shot.

If you are experiencing a whirlwind of emotions such as these, I’m here to help. With my years of experience in the photography industry, matched with my eye for the fine details, I can help you choose between an indoor and outdoor setting so I can perfectly encapsulate the emotions and love shared between your family and friends.

An at-home setting

Choosing to base your setting at home is fantastic, especially if you have young kids or pets. I recommend this highly for natural family photography shoots because your home is a natural setting where your little ones will feel comfortable, meaning they won’t be too shy to play about. Not only this, but they will also look more relaxed in these settings and less curious about the world around them. As a result, you will feel less stressed trying to get them to focus on the activity on hand, making for a natural candid shot.

An at-home setting has less concern over the time of day as house lighting can manipulate the perception of time, however, I typically recommend starting early to avoid ware out from any little ones who are being photographed.

A beach or park setting

Choosing an outdoor setting is ideal for promoting what your family is all about. If you are regular beachgoers, enjoy spending your weekends at a family picnic or just love having fun, these settings are a great way to convey what you love to do together. This is a great setting for those who are looking for a natural setting but aren’t too concerned with the unpredictable weather. While a reschedule is always possible, unless the weather conditions are dangerous, I typically recommend that my clients go with the flow, after all some light showers can make for some beautiful shots.

I am equipped to capture these beautiful moments at any time of the day, be it early morning or late at night. Though, I always find that the most beautiful shots in these locations are captured at daybreak or sunset as the sun’s natural glow will light up your features.

A studio setting

If you’re looking for a more traditional type of family photo, opting for a studio setting can ensure that you achieve the best of both worlds. It allows us to use artificial light to create a natural glow on your family’s skin, but also ensure that your little ones are not distracted by onlookers or at-home materials. This is usually the quickest way to complete your photoshoot, however, does make for less candid photographs.

Like a home setting, the time of day is of no concern for a studio setting, though it is vital that you book your studio in advance to ensure it is available on the day.

If you’re still unsure about the setting that will best suit your shoot, as a natural family photographer in Melbourne, I am always happy to make recommendations based on your circumstances. Contact me via my contact us page at any time for more information.

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