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Why Location Matters For Your Family Portraits

July 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Pennine Bridleway and the path to South Head, Peak District, UK.Pennine Bridleway and the path to South Head, Peak District, UK.Panorama of the path to South Head, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK Why Location Matters For Your Family Portraits

“Why is it so important to choose a place to have your family portrait photos taken and not rely on any old white background”, I hear you ask?  Great questions!  Thanks for asking.

In this post I’ll explore 3 reasons I think it’s imperative that we choose the right location to shoot your next lifestyle family photography session.  

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As with property, so with portraits.  The old adage of location, location, location is correct.  Any property investment advice I’ve ever received has always been round buying in the right location.  I think this advice should also be applied when choosing a setting for having family photographs.  

Places have value and can increase in value over time.  As we visit on multiple occasions and have new experiences location interweaves with our story.  These are the places that we have our ‘firsts’, raise a family, fall in love and mature as we introduce a new generation to our old haunts. 

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When I was considering a rebrand of the services I provide, I was looking for a unifying theme to be able to speak about what I do.  As a photographer the term ‘photo’ is pretty central to the business and the craft of my profession.  

Focusing on family portraits I really wanted to capture the essence of what family photography means to me and what I believe it should be about - the story.  There is an untapped power to be discovered in each of our stories.  We talk about our experiences, our successes, our failures, our joys; all the stuff that makes up life.  Out of this reflection PHOTOSTORY was born.

To this rich tapestry of storytelling I wanted to add another layer to really boost the narrative and this is through location.  Those places that we frequent, enjoy and go back to again and again are the backdrop to our family story.  This is why I think it’s key to choose a place that resonates with the story of our lives.

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‘And after all, you’re my wonderwall’ (Gallagher)

The wall is often where we share our story for all the world (aka family and friends) to see.  I believe that it’s important for us to tell the richest most engaging visual story we can.  Rather than being a barrier, it becomes a gateway to sharing the narrative.  

So when it comes time to share, we should do it in print.  Having gathered the storytellers and captured them in a personalised setting, we then do the story justice by printing and displaying the images in our homes.  

I don’t know about you, but I always love checking out family photos when I visit someone’s home.  Walls filled with images engage the viewer in a way that can lead to questions, discovery and deeper relationships through engaging with the story of our lives.

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Of course our story evolves over time as we grow and change through the seasons of life.  So should our photographs.  The advantage of working with the same photographer over time is that we get to know each other and build even deeper connections, producing even better visual stories that can be added to our walls.

So what’s your story?

If you’re looking for lifestyle family photography to tell that story we’d be pleased to help.  You can see some examples of our work here.

We charge no session fees for portrait sessions and there’s no minimum spend required after, taking the risk out of the equation.  

We also offer a range of beautiful printed products in a range of styles and would be happy to speak with you about them so we can get those images off the computer and onto the walls and into spaces where you can share. 

Please get in touch to find out more and have a chat (with no obligation to book) about how we can help bring fresh life to your visual story.

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