It might seem difficult to choose a spot to have your outdoor photo session – but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 things to consider when deciding:
1. A special place for you
Is there a park or a walk you like going to quite a lot? Somewhere you have happy memories or somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful? I have photographed families in the woods where the parents got married, in a park where they love to bring their kids to play and the young lady below chose this rocky area, near Warren Hills, as it is where she used to come and play as a child.
2. Think of the season
If it is spring is there somewhere with blossoms or pretty wildflowers? If is summer then a tall wildflower, poppy, grass or wheat field could be nice? If it’s autumn and the leaves are turning orange – woods would be really pretty. In the winter then more open hills would make the most of the light. The family below had a session in early autumn and chose a grassy field, in Coalville, to show the golden colours of the summer on its way out, preserving the memories of the break they’d enjoyed together.
3. Are there any features you like?
Have you seen a pretty bridge or a beautiful tree you’d like to incorporate in your photos? I can easily work with you and plan some photos which include features you suggest. The family below chose this lovely historic location, Abbey Park in Leicester, because they were moving away and wanted to take some special memories with them, we took photos with the ruins that they liked so much.
4. Consider how busy it might be
A lot of family photography necessarily takes place during the day at a weekend, so it might be worth thinking about how popular your location might be and whether it will bother or distract your family to have people around. I often encourage people to have their photo sessions in the later afternoon as the light is more pleasant, but it also lends to locations being a little bit quieter than earlier in the day. The family below chose a large park, Watermead Park in Leicestershire, so that even if there were other people around, it was easy to move away and find another picturesque spot to relax in and get their photos.
5. Think about variety and space
It’s often easier to be able to move around and have space to play and relax, this is helpful to stop children getting bored and gives lots of variety in your photos. The family below chose a country park, Beacon Hill in Leicestershire, with hills and trees and lots of space to have fun.
So there are my five tips for choosing a location for your photo session. But if you’re still unsure I can definitely help! Get in touch and we can chat through all your ideas and options together.