Outdoor family portrait

Family photography afternoon outdoors

March 19, 2017

I spent yesterday afternoon taking some family photography shots with these two ladies at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire. It was a lush sunny but fresh day and we went on a Gruffalo Hunt nature trail and ended up in the nice cafe there for a coffee. I wanted to capture Poppy’s cheeky little character and amazing energy naturally, and to make the most of the Spring colours and textures. I also wanted to get some nice ‘mother and daughter’ shots. The contrast of some of the built structures and the natural backdrop made for some great black and white shots and Poppy’s lovely hat and gloves added some great ‘pops’ of colour when she put them on. I’ve put a few below to give you a flavour of the day, which was great fun. I was mostly on 50mm and 100mm prime lenses on a large aperture on my Nikon D610 to get the narrow depth of field you can see in most of the below shots, with low shooting angles to get a ‘Poppy-eye view’ and add a more dramatic feel. Poppy can really shift on her scooter so it was a bit of a challenge for me and the camera to track her 3D movement occasionally, but well worth it for some of the ‘action shots’ we got. The family have already asked for high-res digital copies and plan to have some of the best of them enlarged and printed, which is all the confirmation I need that the work is decent. I really enjoy family photography, because I get to hang out with lovely folks in some interesting places, and I particularly enjoy working outdoors, be it in an urban or rural setting as both offer very different but brilliant challenges and opportunities. I’m lucky in that I tend to get clients who are also great fun to work with!

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