Outdoor Locations + Sunlight
Whether a family photo session is done at home or on location, my goal is to provide a lot of variety in the imagery that we create. When done at home we will often photograph in the living room, kitchen, bedrooms and outside. While the nearby park may be gorgeous, the options can be limited. I have found that the best locations have paths, fields, outbuildings, hills, gardens… usually an arboretum or a nature center.
Each year I do two or three mini sessions, this year I wanted to find a new beautiful location and landed on the Dodge Nature Center’s Lilly Property. For the mini-session shown here, many of the images were taken in the same area late in the day as the sun was lower in the sky. Ideally, these sessions are done leading up to and during the “golden hour” which is the hour before sunset, but that isn’t always possible with young children! This shows how even with the sun still a bit high we can create beautiful family portraits.
When booking a session for family portraits, whether it’s with me or another photographer, keep in mind that while connection and love shown in the images come from you and your family — the setting and the different light and backgrounds it offers can make a big difference in the end results.
For 2019 I have Fall mini sessions scheduled for late September with a few spots available. This November I have booked the Krueger Christmas Tree Farm for Holiday mini sessions. The Tree Farm minis are a wonderful way to create your holiday card image or capture those sweet childhood memories with your family!