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When is it the best time to book in for pictures

Booking your photography sessions is easy – its just trying to pick out dates when you want to shoot.. Do you want spring pictures, summer pictures, fall pictures, or winter pictures? Do you want snow or fall leaves or flowers in full bloom?

What to expect each season when shooting outside for your photo session:

Spring – Spring can get a little tricky with the weather. Some years its cold and some years it hot and some years it rains every day it seems like. But spring is awesome!!! I love all the easter sessions we have in our studio. We have live animals every year for easter pictures. We visit local cherry blossom farms and animal farms because all the cute babies are born in the spring. Most flowers are in full bloom around this time so its perfect time to get those colorful flower pictures.

Some locations we visit:

  1. Cherry Blossom orchards
  2. Atlanta Botanical gardens
  3. Georgia Governor Mansion

Summer – We have so much fun shooting in the summer months. We go to waterfall, creeks, lakes, etc.. We photograph mermaid sessions for the girls every summer. We have fun bubble bath sessions with rubber duckies. All the green grass and beautiful flowers, what could go wrong, well besides it being to hotttttt…… We also visit local farms and photograph sunflower field farms and animal farms. I love the summer sunsets for pictures too.

Some locations we visit:

  1. Sunflower field farms
  2. Waterfalls at Lefler Mill park
  3. Pools Mill Park
  4. Piedmont Park

Fall – You can never beat the colors in fall. The leaves make the world so beautiful. We always have amazing fall portraits for all the fall colors in the backgrounds. We shoot in the mountain and pumpkin farms, corn mazes, hay rides, apple houses, apples orchards, etc… There is so much to visit for pictures in the fall. We usually shoot all our session in North GA so you get the full experience of fall leaves and the mountains. All the kids love the tractor rides and hay rides and halloween costume sessions we do. We have fun halloween sessions were kids can be kids and be as silly as they want or as pretty as they want or as scary as they want.

Some locations we visit:

  1. Pumpkin Farms
  2. Corn Mazes
  3. Mountain viewing points
  4. Apple orchards

Winter – Winter can be a tricky one. It gets dark early and it is cold out and it rains a lot in the winter months but it is such a magical time for pictures. All the christmas trees and greenery are in full bloom and all the pretty white skies and you never get to hot during your photo session. Winter time you can add in a lot of props – sleds, snowballs, snowy trees, christmas lights, etc… You can have a standard outside session or a christmas tree farm session or come into our studio for our christmas and santa sessions. Each year is a completely different theme for our studio sets for christmas and for santa sessions.

Some locations we visit:

  1. Christmas tree farms
  2. Reindeer farms
  3. polar express train rides
  4. Santa studio sessions

 

The best time for portraits outside are early morning or late afternoons before and during sunset hour. Anytime around lunch is AWFUL lighting. The best time of day to take portrait photos is in the couple hours after sunrise and the couple hours before sunset. Within that time, it is better to shoot after the morning golden hour or before the evening golden hour. Most photographers know that a cloudy or overcast day produces really soft light that can be flattering on the human face. … Overcast light can be a great life saver when you are forced to take photographs in the middle of the day. You don’t want to ever shoot on a really sunny day – you will be shutting your eyes and squinting your eyes or crinkling your nose!! You want to be able to open your eyes with ease and smile and have fun during your photo session – not be blinded by the light the whole time!!! During your session try to be feed and went to the bathroom and well rested so you are not ill or distracted for pictures. OR HANGRY!!!

Advice for your clients:

Please, parents… leave the “cheese” at home. Cheese is for crackers. So many times I have found parents who stand behind the photographer and scream, “Say cheese to the lady kids!” Yelling and demanding young children to look at the camera to smile will only stress your children out (not to mention the photographer) and will result in strained, unnatural and often unflattering photographs. Step back, and allow the photographer to naturally interact and talk with your children. This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles. Help the photographer capture the true essence of your child’s personality by talking with and coaxing out those smiles naturally and easily.

 

Have fun with your family.

Advice for your clients:

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Give your wife a sweet kiss on the check. Tell your husband how much you love him and appreciate him for being there for your family. Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow the photographer to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family. Leave the stiff “cheese” faces for Aunt Marge at the next family reunion. Show your photographer who you really are, so that she has the opportunity to capture your love through her lens. The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other. Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile with be natural. These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.

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