At the time of writing Summer is officially here, okay it might rain tomorrow, but it’s a great time of the year to schedule in a Family Photoshoot. The children are about to break up from School and you’re desperately thinking of things to do during those long summer holidays. I know they drive us insane, however we all love our families and what better gift for them to look back on in years to come than a Photo Shoot. The good news is that I’m a photographer, I’ll capture those moments and memories for you.
My methods for family shoots are a little different than many photographers out there. Although I have studio equipment I’ve never really been a fan, particularly as far as Family Shoots are concerned; artificial light, agonising poses, bored children, plain backdrops all contribute to making artificial, agonising, boring and plain photos. The best place to achieve lasting images is outdoors. Studios are the reserve of Fashion Photographers in my opinion and even the most iconic of those took fashion outdoors. To begin with nothing matches Natural Light and Shadow, additionally people are far more relaxed, children can run free and I do my utmost to capture that spirit. A more candid approach pay dividends in family photography. I may ask you to quickly pose though…
…but for the most part I’ll simply let things happen:
My aim is for a family, like Keeley, Robb and little Hattie who feature in this blog post, to enjoy the outing, come away refreshed. Of course they had to listen to me chatting about everything and anything, but whilst I’m doing that I’m clicking away. I know that in a studio none of this is possible, being outdoors provides the most beautiful light coupled with extremely relaxed subjects, Hattie is only one years old and I’d struggle otherwise to achieve any of the photographs shown here…
It would be very easy for me to search the archives, find my best and show them for this article. instead this series of photos was taken only a few days ago in the fields and river surrounding nearby Lacock Abbey. I’m very familiar with Lacock Abbey and also know of many other locations in the West Wiltshire and Bath areas. If you’re considering a family photoshoot my prices can be found here or you can contact me here.
My thanks to Keeley, Rob and of course Hattie for allowing me to use them on the blog post. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph them.
I am very used to taking photos of families, one particular family features quite regularly in my work. As a further example I thought I’d quickly include some photos in this blog post of the Harper’s at play, again taken just a few days ago at another location close to Lacock Abbey;
As always my sincere thanks go to anyone taking the time to read this blog.
All images can be opened by clicking on the thumbnails and are taken using a Leica M with either a Summicron 35mm or Noctilux 50mm Lens fitted.
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