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Where is the best location for photoshoots?

This is a question that I get asked very often! However, the answer is not that simple.  It depends on many things… the time of year, the weather, the time of day and what time of shoot it is (ie, newborn, family shoot, cake smash, maternity).

However, I certainly do have favourite places I like to shoot! And I would like to share my top locations with you, so here they are (in no particular order):

Bluebells, Lavender, sunflower, pumpkin, and poppy fields! These locations are all about the impact! If you like show stopping stunning bold colours then these certainly are the right choice for you! Photographs in these locations are perfect if you are looking to get a statement piece of wall art for your home as they suit many decors whilst framing the models beautifully. These locations work well for beautiful family and maternity shoots.  The only issue is that they only bloom for a short period of time in the summer! Evenings/sunset is the best time of day to shoot in these very special these locations.  I have shot at different fields in Porchester, Hayling Island and other locations around Hampshire.

 

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Woodland - this is a brilliantly versatile location. Depending on the type of woodland, it can be possible to shoot here all year round. Another benefit is that it can be a viable location in a variety of different weather conditions. For instance, it is possible to shoot in the midday sun in woodland due to the amount of shade available.  This is a lovely location to shoot with children and obtain natural images, as they always thoroughly enjoy playing and taking in the wonders of the nature around them. This is also a very popular choice with my customers who would like to include their dogs in their family portrait.  I also undertake a lot of unique outside newborn shoots in the woods!  My favourite woodlands are The New Forest, The Forest of Bere and River Hamble Country Park.

 

The farm - I have only recently started shooting at a farm in The New Forest, and it has fast become one of my absolute favourite place to shoot! Children and parents alike love handling and meeting the truly adorable animals such as the ducks and horses.  The whole shoot at the farm is an enjoyable experience with children feeling completely relaxed (and hopefully going home with long last happy memories from their time with the animals)! From holding a chick to sitting on a tractor or enjoying the swing, the children love every minute.  The best time of year for these shoots is spring/summer as this is when most of the baby animals make an appearance!! However, I will be offering shoots here at other times. Shoots here are ideal for child portraits (such as birthday sessions) and family shoots.

   

My studio in Hedge End, Southampton - This is of course the perfect choice for classic indoor newborn, family nd maternity sessions. During the winter this is one of my most popular and easy locations. I have multiple backdrop colours available and a huge supply of props and accessories meaning a wide variety of shoots are available with a lot of choice with regards to style.  My studio is well set up for a comfortable and enjoyable photoshoot session and I certainly love shooting there

The beach - this is another popular shoot choice during the warmer months of the year.  Being based in Hampshire, I am lucky to have gorgeous beaches not too far away, such as West Witterings beach.  I have also carried out beach sessions on the Isle of Wight and in Hill Head.  I have always felt at home at the beach and I really enjoy shooting out next to the waves with the sea breeze! Beach sessions are best either in the evening/sunset light or can be carried out during the day (avoiding midday) so long as the light is not too harsh and it isn’t too windy! Images captured at the beach can be absolutely stunning, and can be both a posed style or more natural candid style depending on personal taste. Sometimes at these sessions my customers end up having a dip in the sea to get the perfect photo! So the sessions are often great fun!

It is impossible to decide on my favourite place as there are so many stunning locations around Hampshire! From wildflower meadows to shallow rivers, and city scapes to stunning gardens… there is so much opportunity to be creative and to capture precious memories for you and your family!

Where is your dream photoshoot location? I am always excited to try new places!

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