In which season should I book my family photoshoot?
Often parents aim to book their family photoshoot 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 a child’s wellbeing, so if you want to get outside as part of your family photo session then I’m all for it, regardless of the weather!
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 for family fun.
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 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.
For example, if you want posed photos sitting on a log 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!
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.
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.
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This week I teamed up with some other awesome photographers in a blog circle. It's a great way to find out more about photography and other photographers. Why not have a read of Kim Belverud's awesome post about headshot sessions? She is a San Diego Headshot Photographer 🙂