Tradition is a hard brute to shake…. im talking Photo Studio Photography
As an Outdoor Photographer it is very disappointing the number of enquiries I get regarding Photo Studio Photography. I completely understand the weather in Northern Ireland is so volatile its difficult to imagine doing an outdoor lifestyle shoot. Especially when you are investing time, energy and money into creating family portraits. But its a new world and the world of digital photography is opening up a whole new style of family portraits, Lifestyle.
I fell in love with Lifestyle Photography before it was even a style. It was always me lurking in corners with my SLR pushing the camera to capture moments in natural light. No aid from on-camera flashes and i remember attending a friends wedding erm.. 20 something years ago, as a guest. Obviously i took my camera with me, it was always with me… still is. As the day progressed i avoided the wedding photographer and just clicked natural joyful moments, unseen. The reason i avoided the wedding photographer is because some wedding photographers get very grumpy when they see other people taking pictures of their shot. As a little gift i then developed my images, in my beloved dark room at uni. Popped them into a little album and gave them to my friend. To this day, this is the album she produces.
Here are some Lifestyle images that were taken last Autumn
Sometimes its hard to put into words the image you are looking for. No one really enjoys getting their picture taken. We have too many hang ups about ourselves. Which is a shame because we will never look any younger than we do today! So i suppose Lifestyle Photography was born. However Photo Studio Photography is still the go to when people image getting family pictures taken. Why do we think this is? Is it tradition? Or a general unawareness of Lifestyle Photography? Whatever it is, i intend to slowly convert, one by one, my families to Lifestyle.
The joy of Lifestyle Photography over Photo Studio Photography is always going to be the choice of location. We can shoot in your home, surrounded by your favourite things. You are comfortable here the kids are happy at home. They take great joy in searching out much loved toys, which will be forgotten as they grow older. When the kids were little 2,3 & 5 i arranged for a friend to take their photos. Mum and I packed the car and i mean packed the car with everything I wanted to capture of their lives as they were living it. We had trains, dolls, Buzz & Woody from Toy Story. Board Games, building blocks and dress up clothes, balloons, bubbles you name it we packed it. It was an exhausting experience ! The photos were very well taken, but because the back drop is a Studio they lacked what i was looking. Me, us, our family at home, being us.
Have a look at some beautiful Lifestyle images taken at home surrounded by toysI
Out door Family Sessions
I’m very aware weather is a big factor when deciding upon choosing the type of Family Photoshoot. Personally i believe the weather just adds to personality of your family. If you are a thinking of booking a family photographer then go for it, pick a beautiful park like Lady Dixon or Botanic Gardens in Belfast. Book your photographer, hopefully moi. Then go and explore with your little family.
Here are some of the images from last year.
Each one different, each one unique and all taken at the exact same location.