I don’t know about you all, but I am so ready for spring to get here. To be honest, we haven’t had a bad winter. It hasn’t been too cold and when it was cold, it wasn’t for very long. The worst weather we’ve had is all of this torrential rain, so I can’t complain too much. Even though I’m from Cleveland, Ohio, I do not like the cold. Being cold just makes me miserable. I’m not looking forward to the hot as hell summer but I can deal with that much better than I can the cold. Perhaps we’ll even have a decent spring. What is a decent spring you ask? More than a week of actual spring weather before launching into pre-summer.
As you may know, I am mainly a studio photographer. I like photographing indoors with light and temperature that I can readily control. Well, when the weather gets warm, it doesn’t take too much to get me outside for a session. I love photographing the children around beautiful flowers or running or sitting in green, green grass. Bright colors and warm temperatures just make me happy. When I think about it, my studio style and my outdoor style are totally different. In-studio, I prefer more neutral tones but outside I love bright colors. I think it all boils down to how each scene makes me feel. It makes sense since inspiration is the basis of my photography. It also depends on how much creative freedom I have as well.
Take this image:
I was inspired while packing up to go to this session. I sometimes photograph newborns, so I have these neutral-colored pieces of cheesecloth that I bought specifically for wrapping the newborns in. That’s when it occurred to me that I could wrap the sisters in it for a more organic look and feel. It worked beautifully! Then there’s this image that I captured outside.
I shot this under the tree canopy on a hot and bright summer day. I decided to take advantage of his green shirt and place him amongst the green grass and trees. It also helped that the bubble solution came in a green container. Bubbles and warm weather always go together! If you saw both of these images together and you didn’t know that I photographed them, would you know they were taken by the same photographer? Maybe. Maybe not. You already know the same photographer took the images but each image was taken in a different frame of mind. Either way, I believe they show how being outside affects me differently than being inside, as you may be able to tell from the image below:
Being outside in the warm weather allows me to let the situation unfold. My clients have more freedom of movement which can bring about a much more journalistic approach. How does spring make you feel? Well, when you’re ready to be photographed indoors or out, I do hope you’ll give me a call!