Why Outdoor Family Portraits Work Best

01336_005Over the last 9 years, we have photographed literally thousands of families and hundreds of weddings, and most of these have been outdoors. Why have we chosen to be specialists in outdoor family portraits?

Well for us, it really comes down to what we believe in the institution of family. Families are energetic and somewhat chaotic. We love that! It’s what our family is like, too. Families tend to spend lots of time outdoors (probably because young children quite often go stir crazy indoors for any length of time). We love that! That’s how we spend our time as a family too.

Your family portraits should celebrate the energy and connection of your family, and we believe the best way to do this is by photographing you outdoors.

Why? Well imagine your family in an indoor studio – there’s four walls surrounding you, a backdrop and some flash equipment. The photographer uses the same setup for every family, and there’s nowhere to walk, run or play, because if you move too far, the lighting won’t work.  Do you realistically think you or your children would feel relaxed in this setting? Let alone free to run and jump and express yourselves?

Now imagine being at your favourite outdoor place where you spend time as a family, This could be the park, the beach, even your own backyard or nature reserve. Imagine the sun is shining, there’s a gentle breeze, and there’s open space. In the background, you can hear the sounds of life – other children laughing, waves crashing, birds chirping, even passing cars.

Now, in this setting, don’t you think you’d feel more free to let your energy, fun and personality shine through?  We do too. That’s the number one reason why we believe outdoor family portraits work best.

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