When I first started out, I only offered studio sessions. While studio sessions definitely have their advantages (controlled lighting, not affected by the weather, clean style that suits most rooms) there is something to be said for location sessions especially with younger children. I have said this many times before, but by allowing children to have fun and explore in their surroundings you can have some beautiful natural images for your wall.
“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” ~ Unknown
Of course the other side of this debate if that a location session is at the mercy of the weather. Believe or not, bright midday sunshine is not the best lighting for outdoor portraits, so while clients might wake up in dismay at a grey sky, I revel in an overcast day.
Sam and her children had travelled from Wales to visit family, booking a child portrait session while she was here. Staying in the next village along meant our local woods was the perfect spot for two and half year old Henry to explore, climb and play. His younger sister Sophie, who was not yet mobile also came along for a few photos too as you will see below.
Yes, the weather was a little grey and perhaps it was damp under foot……..but what a fabulous excuse for Henry to wear a bright yellow pair of wellies, bringing a little sunshine into the photos.
I will leave you with Henry and his sister Sophie……