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5 Reasons to Choose an Outdoor Photo Shoot Location Instead of the Studio

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Studios have numerous benefits for portrait sessions, including full light and climate control. However, since you have the option to book an outdoor session, have you ever considered that it might be preferable? From the variety of backgrounds to the natural joy that comes from being outside, here are five reasons to consider booking a non-studio session:

  1. Takes Advantage of the Season

Although the summer season is winding down, there is still plenty of time to book an outdoor session at a park, on the beach, or in another scenic setting. Thanks to our typically mild winters, I do regularly shoot outdoor shoots during cooler weather. Still, planning a session during the summer or early autumn months means not having to worry about dressing in warmer layers. Plus, if you have little ones, they are also more likely to enjoy being outside if the temperature is milder. Ideas for comfortable clothing that still looks great includes sundresses, light button-downs, and solid-coloured t-shirts with jeans.

  1. Stunning Scenery

I schedule portrait sessions in all sorts of locations, making sure that couples and families have a striking background for their images. Although the background is not meant to be the main attraction, of course, there is no shame in showing off your stunning surroundings! If the only pictures of you and your family are at holiday celebrations or other casual events, it is high time for an upgrade. A few wide, scenic shots mixed in with your posed portraits and casual lifestyle images will make quite the frame-worthy, share-worthy collection.

  1. Increases Variety of Shots

outdoor photo shootHave you ever looking through a friend’s personal or online photo album, only to find that most of their shots were taken in the same location? Outdoor photo shoot locations provide endless options for alternate shots and backgrounds, increasing both visual interest and versatility. We can take a group shot in front of a huge tree, turn around and capture your children walking through a field, or zoom in and capture smiling faces against a cloudy blue sky. Some additional ideas include posing in front of:

  • A bridge, gazebo, or other structure
  • An open field with green trees in the distance
  • Your new home
  • A beach or the sand dunes
  • Big tree trunks or a small forest of bamboo
  • Large boulders, rock formations, or old buildings or other structures

Fences, lampposts, and park benches are also possible ready-to-go props that can keep your images fun and varied.

  1. Makes For a Fun Excursion

Consider taking the day off and making your portrait session a fun family event. Packing a picnic, bringing games, and wearing comfortable clothes helps everyone feel more happy and relaxed. If you have any shy children, the chances are that they will be more excited about going out to play on the beach or on a playground than sitting inside of a foreign studio.

I also photograph pets, including dogs and horses. We can plan a shoot at the stable for a variety of memorable shots. Alternatively, talk to me ahead of time about bringing along your family dog, which, with a bit of planning, can be included in both posed and candid images. The result of a morning or late afternoon spent together is a bunch of natural, genuine smiles and laughs that will make your photos worth keeping and sharing.

  1. Outdoor Photo Shoots Can Help You Relax and Let Go

Booking a non-studio session may require a bit of letting go and managing some wind-blown hair, but it is completely worth it to capture beautiful images you won’t get elsewhere. Indoor shoots can make people feel stiff or formal, but outdoor shoots help everyone focus on capturing personalities, smiles, and relationship bonds in the moment. Picture a casual, very natural setting, with you in comfortable clothes and wearing simple makeup. When your family is comfortable and at ease, it is even easier for me to capture a mix of both posed portraits and candid lifestyle images.

Ready to book an outdoor photo session?

If you choose to book an outdoor photo shoot session, I will help you find a time and location with minimal car and pedestrian traffic. Taking photos outside requires some advanced planning and day-of flexibility, but I guarantee that you will not be disappointed with the resulting shots! I have years of experience photographing couples, engagements, maternity, children, and families. Contact me today for more information about possible locations or dates.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Let the Shoreline Call Your Name: 3 Tips for Beach Photography

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Our local beaches provide striking backgrounds for portraits of any kind, from teenagers and friends to couples and families. The possibilities for gorgeous shots are endless, including walking or running on the sand, stepping into the water, or sitting together on the beach or sand dunes. If you are considering the beach as the location for your photo shoot, here are three tips to keep in mind:

  1. Full Sunlight is Not Your Friend

You may think that the best time to schedule a photo shoot on the beach is during a summer day when the sun is on full display in a cloudless sky. In reality, these conditions are not the best background for capturing portraits and candid shots. Full afternoon sun can be harsh, as opposed to the soft and gentle light about an hour before sunset. Plus, standing in the sun makes most people squint, and cloudless skies do not photograph well. Some of the best times to book a photo shoot are just before sunset or right before a storm moves in and the sky is cloudy and colourful.

  1. Let Your Children Play

Photography TipsEven if your oldest child understands how to sit for a portrait, the chances are that all of your kids will simply want to play the minute you arrive on the beach for a shoot. Trying to corral them into a shot immediately may cause tantrums and tears. Instead, providing them with several minutes of play gives me the opportunity to capture candid, stunning shots. After a bit of time playing with the sand or beach toys, we may transition to some moving shots, such as walking or running down the beach. After that, it will be easier to collect the entire family for some seated or standing group shots if the children have had the chance to play for a while.

  1. Embrace Beach-Worthy Hair

Professional headshots are typically shot in studios, where the environment and lighting are completely controllable. If you are planning a photo shoot on the beach, you should understand that the outdoor environment is much more casual and variable than a studio setting. This is not the time to worry about your haircut or fringe, but rather to embrace all aspects of the beach – including the wind! In fact, I refer to free-flowing, naturally wind-blown hair as mermaid hair, which is quite gorgeous for moms and daughters alike. Plus, the less you worry about your hair, the more likely you will be to enjoy yourself on set and enable me to capture carefree, happy portraits of you and your family.

Is Beach Photography Right for You?

Beaches can be the perfect background for any photo shoot. However, if you like the idea of outdoor photography but are not sure if a waterside location is right for you, feel free to give me a call. We can chat about the possibilities for your session and plan a fun outing that can be captured on camera and treasured for years to come.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Keep Your Cool During Outdoor Summer Photography

family-photo-beachSummer is the perfect time for outdoor photography. The blue skies and radiant sunshine allow you to capture gorgeous photographs; however, there is one down side to outdoor summer photography: the heat. But if you prepare and plan accordingly, the heat doesn’t have to ruin your photo shoot.

How to Stay Cool During Outdoor Summer Photography

Want to know what you can do to stay cool during you summer photo shoot? Read on…

Dress Accordingly

If you are planning an outdoor photo shoot, it is best not to wear heavy pants and long sleeves. Opt for light, airy materials. Silk, cotton organdy, chiffon, and linen are all fabrics that breathe, which will help keep you cool while you pose outside. Darker colors attract the sun, so stick with lighter hues. Luckily lighter colors and fabrics are the fashion during summer, so you will look brilliant as you pose under the afternoon sun.

Stay Hydrated

The number one tip for staying cool is water, water, and more water. Start drinking before the photo shoot and continue drinking the whole time you are shooting. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated halfway through. Drinking cool water or a low-in-sugar sports drink is your number one defense against sweat and dehydration.

Another pro tip is to put cold bottles of water or ice packs on your pulse points. Keep them there for a minute or two to lower your body temperature.

Be Smart with Your Make Up 

Ladies, I know you want to look your best, but don’t cover your face in liquid foundation before spending an hour or so standing under the sun. Powder make up tends to withstand sweat and heat much better. If you want to go all out, consider having you make up airbrushed by a professional. Airbrush make up is sweat proof, water proof, and long lasting, so you won’t have to worry about wiping it off half way through the day. 

Speaking of, it is handy to have a handkerchief during your photo shoot so that you can keep the sweat at bay. 

Pick Your Time and Location Carefully

If you are going to shoot at 1pm on the beach, that’s fine, but be ready to sweat. One way to avoid looking sweaty and over-heated in your photographs is to shoot earlier in the day. The soft light of early morning creates beautiful photographs, but it is ideal for outdoor summer photography. It is also a good idea to pick a location near the shade. While you wont necessarily want to shoot in the shade, you can take breaks to cool off between photos.

Use Kiss Photography for Gorgeous Summer Photographs

While you worry about what to wear and how to keep the sweat at bay, let me worry about taking stunning photographs of you. Contact me today and we will pick a place and a time that is ideal for outdoor summer photography. Then, I will capture beautiful photographs that you will treasure forever.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Fact or Myth: Is Bright Sunlight the Best Lighting for Outdoor Family Photography?

photo-background-tipYou’ve booked your outdoor family photography session; it’s the day before, and you notice the weather says tomorrow will be cloudy – what do you do?

This is a dilemma many clients face, and often many think that they just need to cancel and re-book for another time when the sun is bright.

Do you really need to reschedule? Can the photo session be saved?

I am going to take a look into cloudy skies and whether or not they should dampen your spirits or if your photos will be just as magical.

It’s Dark and Cloudy – Should You Cancel?

It’s only natural to worry about your photography session and cloudy skies. It might seem like that is not the time to get portraits taken, but don’t worry.

In fact, cloudy, overcast skies can make for a stunning, beautiful portrait session helping you capture gorgeous memories. You will also find that overcast skies might just help cut some of that intense summer heat we will see soon.

I love taking outdoor family photography when it’s sunny and cloudy because both produce magical images all of my clients love. Yes, that’s right – your photos can be just as magical if it is overcast.

Even if it is drizzling outside, that can still work, and I’ve had many clients who stick with it and end up absolutely loving their photos.

Naturally, if it starts to rain buckets, we can always reschedule, but you don’t need to worry when you see grey skies on the day of your session. 

Bright Sunlight Still Works Just as Well

Don’t worry though, while overcast skies can add a beautiful touch and help make the light less harsh, bright sunlight still works fine.

Shade is always your friend on sun-filled days, no matter what, and it is just as much of a friend when it comes to outdoor photography. This is why I adore going to places such as parks where we can have access to beautiful, naturally shaded areas.

It doesn’t matter where you want to get your family portraits taken or what the weather is like – you can still have amazing images and create beautiful memories. 

Get Outdoor Family Photography and Capture Your Memories

Are you ready to embark on an outdoor family photography journey? Then simply contact me and we can chat about your session!

I can give you excellent tips for the weather, and if the day happens to be cloudy or have a forecast of rain, I will gladly talk about all of your options.

Call today, and set up a session to capture your beautiful memories all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Is Outdoor Family Photography for You and Yours?

home-background-portraitI simply adore outdoor photography sessions. This is the perfect chance for families to relax, have an amazing time, and I can capture some of the most beautiful candid shots.

There are, however, many people who wonder if outdoor family photography is for them and their family. I think it is perfect for anyone, and I am going to take a look at a few questions to help you decide.

3 Questions to Determine if Outdoor Family Photography is for You

You might not be the outdoorsy type – I understand that. However, you don’t need to be outdoorsy to enjoy outdoor family photography.

  1. Do You Love to Feel the Wind Through Your Hair?

This sensation is one of the most relaxing feelings. Imagine this: you’re sitting on the beach at the Gold Coast, there’s the feel of sand under your feet, and your children’s laughter floats along the wind. Your hair gets lightly ruffled, and you take a deep, relaxing, happy breath.

How relaxing does that sound? This is something many of my clients absolutely enjoy, and for good reason.

There’s nothing quite so relaxing about a gentle wind, and outdoor family photography gives you the chance to experience this. Let me tell you that you’ll realize just how relaxing it can be when you head out with your family. 

  1. Do You Love Spending Time with Your Children at the Park?

Parks are incredible, especially when you have little ones. You can take your children to a local spot, and enjoy spending time with them as they run off all of their amazing energy.

Going to a park is a memory many people have with their parents, and it is simply lovely for everyone. A great way to not only create but also capture this memory is to get family photos done at your favourite park.

Your children can run around, creating the perfect moment to get amazing images of them smiling those cheeky little grins, laughing, and just enjoying being a kid.

These are absolutely stunning memories to make and capture on film. 

  1. Do You Have a Dog That Loves Running With Your Family?

Adding dogs in your family photos is always amazing. When you get outdoor family photography, dogs get the chance to run around and with your children, making everyone laugh.

Bringing a pup along is also a great way to “break the ice” for any reluctant child when it comes to getting photos taken. If the child has his or her favourite dog, they are more likely to open up and be willing to get some amazing photos taken.

Contact Kiss Photography for All of Your Outdoor Family Photography Needs

Does outdoor family photography sound like something you would enjoy? Then all you need to do is contact me and we can chat.

I love talking with clients about their photography, and my aim is to make sure you can capture amazing memories in the moment.

Call today, and we can plan a perfect time and place for your outdoor family photography.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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