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The Blog

Join me every month while I dive into sessions, show examples of my work in more detail and give advice to other aspiring boudoir photographers on my blog.  What can you hope to achieve reading this blog? 

An inside look into creative sessions

Each month I try to experiment with at least one session, these are discounted sessions for clients who are happy to share images and if you'd like to be considered for a creative session please do subscribe for updates. These creative sessions usually create amazingly different photographs unlike most boudoir photographers in the UK and I am always striving for a uniqueness that aligns with my clients personality and individuality. 

More in-depth full sessions 

I also show more in-depth shoots from parties, cake smashes and engagements among other on location and studio portrait sessions for those wishing to see a more in depth look at how their shoots may look and what I can achieve. 

Studio Boundaries

The blog is also where you may wish to read my studio boundaries for Boudoir sessions, these boundaries differ from studio to studio and I want to be upfront about these before you enquire incase you are looking to create images with a partner or video footage etc. 

Some tips and tricks I've picked up 

I love everything about photography, I definitely identify as a bit of a photography nerd! As I buy new kit and experiment I hope to pass on some of the lessons I learn to other photography nerds! 

  • Writer's pictureCat Brant

Family Portraits - Outdoor Session

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Nicole came to see me for a maternity session and she was due in Spring, initially we were hoping to catch the magnolia for her family session but baby was so comfy that we missed the blossoms but caught some cherry blossoms, buttercups and the lush green of spring. This session was taken May 8th 2023.

I love family outdoors sessions, kids need space to move and have fun to get the best smiles!

Siblings sit between their mum and dad outside

Location Location

Nicole wanted a natural, wild look and I went about looking for a perfect location, we narrowed this down to bluebell woods, a nature reserve with a beautiful pond and the SANGS land over Ewshot. The land over Ewshot has parking very close by and a park. With a 3 and 8 year old we knew we would need something to bribe the kids into posing with and promises of the park were perfect.

The location that Nicole and I choose has real sound of music vibes with gorgeous far reaching views of English countryside, a family of horses in the field, buttercups an orchard and bluebells close by so was perfect for providing some range of images.

Here's an image I took to show Nicole the location first:

A bench in the SANGS land above Ewshot
This is on a very sunny day!

Rainy Day Family Photos

English weather is famously unpredictable and we were checking the weather for our session all week hoping that we wouldn't get rained on, it was raining for hours before and after our session but thankfully we avoided the rain for the 90 minutes we were out but the rain prior did pose a few additional challenges.

  1. It was incredibly grey. Personally I like the soft look of midday sun through clouds as its flattering light on faces and you can turn in any which way for great lighting but I did have to 'blow out' the sky which basically means I had to overexpose the sky in order to make the photos look sunny!

  2. The ground was muddy, I have tarpaulin in my kit bag so I put this down and then the blanket meaning my family could sit without getting wet and muddy

  3. I brought two clear plastic umbrellas, these can be used in the rain and don't block light (but thankfully I didn't need to use them!)

Two small children marvel at their new little sibling newborn in a field of buttercups
Tarp covered in a white fleece and blanket

Young Children Posing

It's undoubtedly difficult to get 3 year olds to stay still, smile for the camera etc. I have several tactics for this to get the best possible photo for the family and being a mum of two small children myself makes me uniquely positioned to be able to handle these situations.

  1. I start sessions with games, Nicole's family had a frisbee and a football to play with, this helps everyone loosen up and bond while giving me a chance to set up.

  2. I take a bit of time before I take any photos to get to know kids and make friends with them, all my clients get a questionnaire and I ask a few questions about kids so I already know what they love to talk about and that gets me off to a great start.

  3. I get my families into a group when they're ready and then let them talk, giggle, tickle and do whatever it takes to get kids to smile!

Bribes are a firm favourite, I'll ask parents and carers to bring favourite snacks, drinks and wipes for little people who need a little extra persuasion.

Family outdoors sessions

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