Autumn look, mid Winter
Earlier this week I posted a sample outdoor portrait photography image from a shoot with the Howard family. There were supposed to be two photographs with that post, I forgot. Photographed just a few metres from from the last image, the shot below features a popular garden location. However, this is the first time we’ve shot it from this angle.
A few remaining leaves on a tree, plus very low level late light adds warmth to our shot. We knew this was a look we wanted, two weeks before our outdoor portrait photography session. Just wasn’t all that confident leaves would stay in place until portrait day.
Another day another portrait
Taking another couple steps to camera left and another chance for some great outdoor portrait photography. Choosing a high camera angle, with the same dry leaves under the same tree. Totally different look. Great photo locations are often overlooked. Mostly because what looks good to the camera, often isn’t that appealing to the untrained eye. Finding a photo location isn’t science, more a feeling. Shoot for long enough and a photographer instinctively feels how a location will work. What’s the saying… practice makes perfect!
Outdoor portrait photography
Is about finding a background that works on two levels. The location has to enhance the feel of the outdoor portrait we are creating. As well as helping to portray our subjects in a manner that they will feel is flattering to them. While not distracting from the main subjects of our outdoor photography session. Many times we as photographers will see a great spot to take photos but light or environment refuse to play.
However, being at home in our own studio garden, we have a good idea what areas will work best at different times. The trick for us then is to make sure we have locations suitable for all hours of the day.