As a photographer, I like to think of myself as a natural light specialist. The light from the sun provides the creamiest dreamiest photos. I was super excited when I saw the McMartin family walking towards me in the Centennial Beach parking lot. They showed up for their family photos looking like a million bucks! Oh my goodness a photographers dream family! Taking photos in Boundary Bay at any Tsawwassen beach is my favourite. The reflection from the sand on skin tones is the best. We were super lucky to have the loveliest weather in Tsawwassen for their family photos.
Hurray spring is FINALLY here! Spring in Delta is an amazing time to have your family photos done. The winter haze has lifted, the weather is getting better and the flowers are coming out.
These 'tips and tricks' will help you prepare for your photo shoot. Tips from what to wear to how to prepare so your only job on photoshoot day is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me capture photo's you will love forever.
1.) Choosing a Time & Date
I love to begin all sessions 1-2 hours before the sunset during "the golden hour", when the light is the dreamiest. You can use an online- sunset calculator to determine the time of your scheduled sunset for the date and location you'd like to do your session. If you have younger kids you may consider early spring when the sun sets at an earlier time.
2.) Dress Up!
When it comes to wardrobe there is no such thing as being to dressed up. Ladies, always say yes to the dress! And men, closed toed shoes and fitted pants (no shorts!) photograph great.
Also, don't be afraid to have some fun! Have you ever wanted to rock a flower crown? Spring is the time!
3.) Choosing Clothes
Springtime is perfect for softer, lighter tones and more neutral shades. Soft shades of pink and blues to compliment creams, whites, browns and grey. The soft colour palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
This one is up to you! I use natural light so my first choice is outdoors in wide open natural spaces. Feel free to think outside the box! I encourage you to brainstorm unique locations or somewhere you may have special access to. In spring you may consider a farm, a field of flowers or somewhere with an incredible view. Take a few minutes thinking and you may be surprised with where you come up with!
If you would like to make your photos more unique and tell a bit of a story? Bring a little something extra! For spring think fresh flowers, a pretty blanket or picnic. You can incorporate larger items like a vintage bike or simple objects like a hat.