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5 Reasons to Have a Family Photo Session at Your Favourite Outdoor Location

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Family photo sessions are a wonderful way to capture precious moments and create lasting memories. Choosing your favourite outdoor location can make your session a truly magical experience!

Here are my top 5 five reasons why having a family photo session in your beloved outdoor spot might be the best option for you.

A family interacting with each other sitting on tree branches at a park

1. To make the most of the natural and beautiful backdrops

Outdoor locations offer breathtaking backdrops, from lush green parks with beautiful trees and colourful flowers to majestic mountains or serene sandy beaches.

The natural beauty of these environments will help create absolutely stunning and timeless images.

A mother hugging and kissing her daughter

2. To emphasise a personal connection with your location

Choosing your favourite outdoor location for your photo session will bring a personal touch to your photographs.

When the place holds sentimental value it will instantly make the photos more meaningful and authentic.

Also being in a familiar outdoor setting brings a sense of comfort, nostalgia, and emotional resonance that will for sure translate into natural photographs that capture your family's love and connection.

A father playing with his young son

3. You and your family will feel free to explore

Outdoor locations provide abundant space for your family to explore, interact, and have fun.

Children can run freely, climb trees, jump on piles of leaves, chase butterflies and parents can engage in playful moments with them!

It's a great opportunity for quality bonding time and I am sure your photographer will love capturing those candid moments and genuine expressions.

A little girl walking in the woods with sunlight coming through the trees

4. To make the most of the beautiful natural light

Natural light is a photographer's best friend, and outdoor photo sessions are a great opportunity for them to make use of its beauty.

The soft, diffused light during the golden hour (the hour after sunrise or before sunset) creates a warm and flattering glow that adds a touch of magic to your family portraits. Depending on the time if the day the outdoor environment also offers various lighting possibilities to play with, from backlit silhouettes to beams of light shining through trees, creating absolutely gorgeous family photos.

An autumn outdoor family portrait

5. To capture seasonal changes

Your favorite outdoor location will most likely experience seasonal changes, scheduling a photo session during different times of the year allows you to capture the unique beauty each season brings.

Whether it's vibrant autumn foliage, blooming flowers in spring, or a snowy wonderland in winter, these seasonal variations will make special family portraits you will really appreciate to look back on.

Years from now, when you look at these images, the location will bring back wonderful memories and emotions, serving as a time capsule that transports you back to that moment in your family's history.

I hope this post helped you decide wether or not an outdoor photo session is the best option for your family but if you are not sure here are 5 reasons why a home session might be a better option.

If you're looking for a professional family photographer in Ireland, I would love to hear from you and to tell you more about my photo sessions.

Have a lovely day,


Family photographer Camila Lee holding a camera

Camila Lee is an Award Winning Family Photographer serving Dublin, Meath, Louth, Kildare and Wicklow

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