February 25, 2020

FAQ: what is the best time of year for my family photoshoot?

Often parents aim to book their photo sessions during summer months as they hope for good weather. We all dream of those beautiful British summers that sometimes dazzle us with endless blue skies and sunshine, don’t we?

I appreciate that you want photos where you’re looking summery and sun kissed, but any season really can be the perfect time for photos.

Outdoor time is so important for the wellbeing of children, so if you want to get outside as part of your family photo session then I’m all for it, regardless of the weather!

siblings exploring river bank during west london family photoshoot

There are four seasons that are worth remembering

There is so much beauty to be found in the changing seasons. I fall in love with the British scenery all over again with the appearance of spring flowers and autumn leaves. Both are great times to be outdoors on location for family fun.

son throwing leaves at laughing mum in st albans park

Winter is also a great time for having Christmassy adventures, snowball fights or simply cuddling up at home. Even though it can be a bit chilly, who doesn’t look cute snuggled up in a scarf and hat?!

Documentary family photoshoots can happen anytime and anywhere

The great thing about opting for a more documentary (i.e. unposed) family photoshoot is that the weather becomes largely irrelevant. You don’t need to have set activities that rely on good weather.

family photo session, family photos at home, documentary shoot, documentary family photos

For example, if you want posed photos sitting on a log at sunset in the park then yes, you really do NEED that dry day and sunny weather. If you want some authentic photos that capture the real essence of your family, then does it matter if it rains?

The photos you receive will reflect the reality of your family. You parent on sunny days, rainy days and all the days when you just want to crawl under the covers!

nap time photos, family photoshoot st albans, photos at home, rainy day

Your favourite family activities

If you are a family that loves to hike even if it’s raining then carry on (I will bring a raincoat!). If you’re a family of homebodies then stay put and play board games or do crafts. Is your family obsessed with winter sports or loves trick and treating together? These photos will be equally representative of your family routines.

Summer doesn’t equal better.

winter family photography st albans

Now is the perfect time of year for your photoshoot

If you wait until next summer, the biggest downside is that you’re putting off capturing your ‘now’. Those moments will be lost forever. Your kids will be a whole year older by summer. Maybe you’ll have missed their learning to walk phase, or they’ll be heading into a new school year. If you keep rescheduling on rainy days then you are saying your family life isn’t worth capturing unless the sun is shining.

If you’re making the decision to invest in family photography, then the weather shouldn’t be a consideration. The relationships and moments between you should be. Plus, let’s be honest, even booking a date in summer never really guarantees you sun in the UK, right?!

Get in touch below to get a date in the diary, whatever the weather 🙂

About Tori

Hi I’m Tori, welcome to the home of all things happy! Here I reckon you’ll find some of the happiest photos in Hertfordshire…I love being around love so I was made for photography. Your wedding, your family days, your passion projects; they all give me the grins. Anything you want to chat about, I’ve probably seen it so get in touch because I love a good natter. Plus, maybe we’re friends that just haven’t met yet, who knows?!