Outdoor Family Photo Sessions

Outdoor Family Photo Sessions

Outdoor Family Photo sessions Horsham

I have known this family for a long time and we talked often about booking an outdoor family photo session.  They knew it their beautiful daughters were growing up fast and these would make lovely gifts for the grandparents. However, life got in the way and time passed.

But then lockdown happened and we all suddenly had lots of time on our hands, to reflect and decide what is important in our lives.

As the rules of Lockdown were relaxed we decided it was finally time to have that session.

Why book a session?

Lockdown has made us realise that life is short.  We continue everyday thinking “I’m going to do that” but then time passes and we don’t get things done.

My dad passed away with me never having photos of my family with him.  Back then I dabbled with photography but I never even thought about booking a photo session. I would love to have some photos of us all, with him messing around and making my children laugh. 

It’s so easy to capture some of our phones but the quality will never be good enough to put on the wall and most often it doesn’t include the whole family.

 

I was so pleased to be able capture some photos for the family because it’s about creating memories to look back on. 

 

the session

 

Outdoor family photo sessions are great because they give children more freedom to run around and be themselves.  Being older girls though, this is no longer what you do so for these were happy to sit.

Mum was nervous about the session so it was very important to make her feel comfortable.  Like most of us mums, she wasn’t used to having her photo taken and “posing”, so it was all about making her relaxed and offering a couple of tips.

Being a super smiley family it was easy for them all to relax and interact well with each.  I absolutely love the end result and it really does show the true relationship that this family has.  

The area we used was a gorgeous little space in Southwater and made the perfect backdrop.  Outdoor sessions can even be set up in your garden so if this the kind of session you would like please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can do this by cicking HERE and contacting me via my contact form.  The page will also provide you with prices and more information about the session.

Can you imagine having this collection of wall art taking pride of place on your wall for years to.  It will also be a beautiful pice of art for your children to treasure for years to come.

I can offer gift vouchers in full or towards a session.

DIY Photography Backdrop

DIY Photography Backdrop

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY CANVAS PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROP

Being on lockdown and having watched many photography training videos I decided to attempt to paint my own DIY canvas photography backdrop.

WHY?

Photography requires lots of equipment to keep photos current but none of this equipment is cheap. However, there are lots of ways that props can be made on a budget so I thought I would have a go at one. A new backdrop.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

Paint of your choice – being on lockdown I couldn’t get to the shops and because I wanted it beige or brown I used some old fence paint. I used Ronseal One Coat in dark oak matt because that is all I had. I also used some old white matt emulsion.

A 12ft x9ft canvas backdrop. Click HERE to visit Amazon where I bought the backdrop

A fluffy roller. Click HERE to see which roller I bought.

Old trampoline cover to lay on the floor to stop it staining the grass. Tarpaulin or plastic sheets could also be used.

The Method

Being impatient when it comes to DIY I decided to just wing it! I laid the canvas on an old trampoline cover, so that the paint didn’t wreck the grass. I had heard of people priming the canvas or buying a primed one but I didn’t do either. Others had also pinned their canvas to the ground but I didn’t do this either. I wanted to use the texture and bumpiness of the grass to help me when adding texture to the canvas.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
The start of the canvas

With the paint, I didn’t have a plan because again I wanted it to be random. Using a roller was easier because you could add a decent amount of paint to the canvas and then spread it around at random.

Mixing The Paint

To start off I added white emulsion to the paint tray and then added a small amount of fence paint so that its wasn’t too dark, as I wanted the centre to be lighter than the outsides. I also added a small amount of water to thin the paint down a bit. A few people have added fabric softer to the paint, so that the canvas is more supple at the end. I forgot to do this but the crustier feel doesn’t bother me. To paint the canvas I started in the middle but just slapped the paint on and continued all over the place until I emptied the tray.

DIY Canvas Painted Backdrop

Each time I filled the tray, the mixture got darker plus the paint wasn’t always mix it properly. Meaning there was bits of dark and light paint all over the canvas, to add to the texture. As it dried I did make certain areas a bit darker, as the white came through as it dried. Although this is better than the canvas coming out too dark. This day was also really warm so the canvas did dry quickly.

The Finished Product

As a first attempt I was really pleased with this canvas, especially as it only cost me the price of a backdrop. Which was £21. I did cut the backdrop down a bit as it was rather large for my space but the length is brilliant. There is a seem in the middle but with a wide aperture you can’t see it. Plus if you cut it down to make smaller backdrops, this won’t be an issue. TOP TIP… make sure you have the seam underneath.. you’ll notice mine is on the backdrop side! Something I didn’t think about in my haste to start painting.

THE VERDICT

I’m really pleased with the finished product. It cost me a day out of my time and was pretty easy to do. Both emulsion and fence paint seemed to work okay and I really like the texture it gives in both colour and black and white. Neither of these photos were taken with studio lights, the canvas was hung up and I took a quick photo of my son looking out of the window. Am I going to paint more? YES! Watch this space!!

If you’d like to see this backdrop in use during your photo session please visit my Families session to view details.

DIY Canvas Photography Backdrop
Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Taking a break along the Wey and Arun Canal

Walking the dog along the Wey and Arun Canal

 

 

 

I love Autumn and today was feeling too lazy to tidy the house.  My springer was looking at me longingly so I decided to head out with my camera and take a break.  The Wey and Arun canal is beautiful and the colours are really starting to come out.

Dog walk along Wey and Arun Canal

 

I parked at The Onslow Arms Pub   http://onslowarmsloxwood.com/ car park in Loxwood  because I could head straight out onto the tow path and when I came back I could pop in a grab a quick drink.  It also does great food but today I just enjoyed their beer garden after my walk.The colours didn’t disappoint and the oranges were really starting to come out.

Walks in Sussex

The recently renovated locks are looking great and you can tell that the canal is really looked after.  I didn’t walk far today but you can walk all the way to Guildford which is also very beautiful.

 

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