A case can be mounted for photographing kids and family portraits outdoors or in a studio it really comes down to personal preference. Those that know our work or frequent this blog will know we a firmly in the corner of outdoor lifestyle portraits, we do get asked why from time to time and the main reason for this is it suits our style. I enjoy the unpredictability of it with the weather, location etc you don’t really know exactly what results you are going to get until you are there shooting ( conversely this is also why many photographers prefer the studio).
We photograph at parks, peoples houses or locations that have a special meaning to our clients, all of these places add some personality to the images. People also seem to be more relaxed outdoors than in a studio with big lights directed towards them, especially kids. They let down their guard running through the park or playing with their toys in the backyard, that’s when you get those special images.
We photographed the Fallon family a few weeks ago and had a ball, I don’t think we would have got any photos little Darcy if it had of been in a studio. But after a bit of time in the park he let his guard down and we captured some beautiful smiles of him. The shot below is my favorite from the day, this wouldn’t have the same effect in the studio.