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Studio Photography vs On Location Photography

Why would you pick one over the other? I’ve got a few thoughts.  Let’s explore them together.

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To me, On Location Family Photography is all out fun. We pick a beautiful location (usually somewhere special to your family), meet on the day and get busy playing games that evoke particular expressions. The kids get to take a break and play while I photograph the parents, the parents get to take a break while I photograph the kids, then it’s cuddles and tickles for everyone! We time it so that the light is beautiful and the colours are spectacular. The portraits we create together are as bold and colourful as your family!

Sometimes though, it just doesn’t work out that way. For some kids, there are just too many distractions outdoors and all they want to do is run (or play in the mud next to that creek over there!) and let’s face it, they’re kids! Kids want to play. Sometimes they might have a bad day and no amount of tickles are going to cut it. Couple that with the distractions of outdoors and it can become overwhelming for anyone, let alone a child. I’ll always opt to reschedule to a day where everyone’s feeling more themselves because for me, the child always comes first.

Then there’s the weather. Living in Queensland sure has some fantastic benefits – but photography in the middle of a summer heatwave isn’t one of them. That magical golden light of a late afternoon is amazing to photograph in, but a storm isn’t. (Well, it kinda is! 😉 ) Don’t get me wrong, we can always reschedule – and I reschedule a lot!

Studio Photography is very different.

Studio Photography is quieter and the portraits are all about the subject, not the setting. Having complete control of the lighting enables me to portray more of the story behind the face. I’m always looking to create portraits that make the viewer slow down long enough to notice, but with studio portraits I am always striving to create something that makes the viewer stop.

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The ease of it is that Studio Photography is not subject to the weather  – you are always air-conditioned or heated. There is little or no distraction and I haven’t met a child yet that I couldn’t elicit a range of emotions out of.

Salt Mama Studio - Ipswich Children's Photograpny

Salt Mama Studio - Ipswich Children's Photograpny

And while I may love the quietness of Studio Photography – that doesn’t mean it’s always quiet. We have a tonne of fun too!

I struggle to find a down-side to Studio Photography because it’s my favourite thing to do (so I’m a little biased!). I honestly believe it always comes down to personal preference and you know in your heart the look and feel of the photographs that you’re looking to have created.

At the end of the day, where you choose to have your portraits taken is the easy part. Deciding to invest in Professional Photography is big but finding the photographer who’s right for you and your family is the really hard part – but hey, you’re already here and I’m here to help!

If you’d like to know more about my services and how I can help you create an anchor to your truth, fill in my contact form and get in touch. I’d love to chat!

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