Tips for Gorgeous Outdoor Photos

Before this crazy year of changes and having to adapt as we came out of lockdown I mainly shot in my studio and some indoor locations, which I loved, it felt safe and I felt comfortable. 

Roll on end of lockdown and I felt that I still needed to be careful as everything in the world was and is still so up in the air. Having a vunerable child made me reevaluate how I work. So I decided to take my studio on the road and offer more outdoor locational shoots. I'm not ashamed to say I was a little, no a lot, worried on the first shoot. I believed that I just wouldn't be happy with the results. However I totally surprised myself with some super images and I, as well as my client loved the shoot. I skipped to my car after the shoot and promised myself that I would always push myself out of my comfort zone, from that point on.

So do you fancy some outdoor images to hang on your wall or maybe give as a gift? And enjoy some of this great weather, that we are still having. Here's some little tips for you.

Being outdoors in the summer sun is a great setting for some fun photos of you and your loved ones. In order to get the best results from your session, there are a few things to consider before you step in front of your photographer’s lens.

1 – Wear sunscreen. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, especially with children, sunscreen is a must. It can however also make your skin look quite shiny. If possible apply makeup that has built-in sunscreen otherwise apply some powered concealer to spots that look especially oily.

2 – Bring along some tissues & concealer powder. Unless it's a cool day, you're probably going to sweat. Bring along some tissues for dabbing off the sweat and your concealer powder for touch ups.

3 – There might be bugs. Photos in the woods can be romantic and beautiful but depending on the time of day and the area you’re in, it could mean swatting away flies and mosquitos. A little bug repellent can make your photo session a lot more pleasant

4 – Stay hydrated. Posing for pictures may not seem like hard work but in the hot sun, you don't have to move around much to be affected by the heat. Make sure you bring lots of water and other hydrating beverages, and drink up often.

5 – Apply makeup sparingly. You want that fresh, sun kissed look in your photos so don’t overdo your makeup application.

6 – What you wear matters. Choose clothing that is comfortable and fits your body shape. Feel free to incorporate accessories such as a hat but don’t let it overwhelm the photo.

7 – Choose your time of day. Since midday can be scorching, plan your shoot early in the morning or just before the sun sets to avoid looking hot and flustered in your photos.

Fancy a shoot outside with me? 

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“Make hay while the sun shines” (I just love that saying)

Love Sophia x

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