Is a Studio the Best Location for Your Family Photo Session?

We all take day-to-day snaps of our loved ones but it’s hard to replicate the quality that you receive from a professional photo session. When you hire a professional photographer, you get to benefit from their high-end equipment as well as their eye for a good shot. 

If you’re in the process of scheduling a professional family photo session, you may be wondering whether a studio or a unique location is the best option. Here are a few things you should consider when making your decision.

Shooting at home is better for babies and toddlers

If you do have very small children that you want to include in your shoot, arranging your photo session at home will be much easier. With this being said, be prepared to tidy up to ensure your photographer has a clean and attractive setting to shoot in. However, if you want beautiful portraits of your new baby, a studio does work better as it already has everything you need for the perfect photos. 

What is the weather doing?

Depending on when you will be scheduling your shoot, the weather might be a factor you need to consider. If you don’t mind dressing up according to the weather predictions, a location shoot can be fun. However, if you would prefer to be in a controlled setting that will allow you to plan your shoot perfectly, a studio is a better choice. 

Are you willing to travel?

If you want to shoot at a very specific location, you need to be willing to travel and to haul everything you need with you. Keep in mind that certain locations may also require a permit so be sure to check this beforehand. A studio shoot is definitely more convenient if that is important to you. You have everything you need right where you are and can easily change into different outfits. 

Lighting matters

Lighting plays an essential role in photography. If you would prefer a location shoot, you will more than likely need to schedule your session at a time when the light is at its best. As you can imagine, it’s much easier to control lighting in a studio so you can be more flexible in terms of timing. 

How comfortable are you in front of a camera?

When you schedule a studio shoot, you will need to pose in front of a camera. In the case of a location shoot, you have more freedom to move around, interact and have fun, so decide what your family would feel more comfortable with.

The final product will differ

Since you will only be able to choose from a number of very specific backdrops at a studio, your photos will look slightly more staged. When you choose a location of your own, the photos are more natural and candid. However, your photographer’s skills do play a role in the final results, which is something you should consider too.

Now that you have a better idea of what you can expect, it should be easier for you to decide whether a studio shoot is the right choice for you. 


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