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Denver Mother’s Day Gift – Denver Baby and Family Portraits
Studio Image and Portrait on the Left, Outdoor Image and Portrait on the Right
Denver Children’s Portraits: Indoor Studio vs Outdoors
It’s beautiful Fall in Denver! Clients often ask me where we should take their family photos: Indoors @ my Studio, or outdoors? (Click here for a tour of my amazing studio.)
To help you out, here is a side-by-side comparison for studio vs outdoor photography for *family* photos for the top 6 Factors to consider: (BTW, for business headshots, I almost always recommend indoor, either @ my Studio or @ your place of business if the lighting there is great).
Factor #1: Weather
Indoor, of course, is stable and predictable. And if you are doing newborn infant portraits, it’s about the only way to go (unless it’s super warm outside). You can wear whatever you want, since you don’t have to consider the temperatures. And you probably won’t have to reschedule due to weather (snow storms excepted, of course.)
Outdoors, you may have to reschedule if it’s really cold. But I have done portraits in the rain, in the snow, etc. It can add some great variety to your family portraits to have snow softly falling. The wind can make your hair look great – like a fashion model with your hair blowing around you!
Winner: Tie, since indoor is weather-neutral, but outdoor can offer great variety and even some hair-flattering wind! (Yes, I am a predominantly outdoor portrait photographer – that’s why I love the variety)
Factor #2: Light
Indoors is a bit more stable, but if it ‘s cloudy, then outside get the win. It’s lovely to photograph in cloudy weather; we call it God’s Softbox. If your kids have blue eyes, they will be more sensitive to the sun, and indoors will be easier on their eyes – so we have less squinting.
Winner: Since I am mostly a natural light photographer, and I have an amazing studio with great light, the win for this goes to indoors.
Factor #3: Backgrounds
My studio has tons of different backgrounds inside and out (just check out this recent small business owner headshot session for an example of that), but there is nothing as beautiful as Colorado nature backgrounds. Or your own home, for that matter -whatever space is special to you and your family! I have photographed at Wash Park for a stylish urban family, in the Boulder Mountains for an outdoorsy, community-leaders family, at Red Rocks for a family that LOVES Red Rocks, at a private barn for a close-knit family and at a beautiful local pond space for a sweet active family that wanted to include their crazy dog! If a space is special to you, then we can craft your family portraits there.
Factor #4: Young Kid-Friendly
Kids love being able to move, and run around. If you have just one kid, Studio Sessions can work well, especially if you like the Urban feel. (I even do photos on the roof @ my studio – very hip and Downtown-Denver Urban vibe.)
But, if you have more than one child or a very rambunctious one, and def. if you plan to include the family dog, then outdoors is the way to go so they have plenty of space to run and move.
Factor #5: Teenager-Friendly
If you have a teen, you already know the answer; teenagers prefer my Studio – the huge loft-like feel, the urban outdoor spaces, etc. But since *Mom* (or Dad) is organizing and paying for the portraits, please go with what YOU want to put on your living room wall. The kiddos will be gone to college in a few years (which, BTW, is a great reason to schedule family portraits NOW), and you will be the one who gets to look at that portrait for years to come.
Factor #6: Number of people
If you are doing more than three people, I recommend outdoors. The vast space will accommodate more people and move configurations of you and your family members.
There you have it, 6 key factors to consider if you aren’t sure whether to go with indoor or outdoor photos. And since “outdoors” won slightly over “indoors”, be sure to also check out this post on the best outdoor locations for family photography,
I’m thrilled, thrilled to share with you a Wall Display of this Broomfield family’s portraits @ Red Rocks and also her Client Interview. I have the coolest, most interesting clients!
Here’s what Jenn’s family photos look like in her living room.
Jenn designed this wall display herself – she is very organized and has a true talent for decorating and interior design. See how she selected a variety of images, and then unified them with the same type of frame and matt? And then I love how she hung them.
Notice the photo at the top, in the middle, of Jenn and her husband Chad? Then the one under it of Chad and her son Corbin? And the one on the far right of Jenn and Corbin? That’s super important to me when I take portraits of your family. I want to capture the entire family, and also images of the individual relationships – parents, parent and child, child and child if there are siblings, etc. Grouped together like this, they tell everyone a great story of your family. People LOVE to look at family portraits when they enter your home.
BTW, her clothes are from Lucky Brand, one of my favorite brands. Right after her session, once I saw all the cool new clothes she got, I had to go myself and get a shirt….or 5. 😉
1. Tell us a little bit about your family…
Chad, Jenn and Corbin from Broomfield, CO. We are two working parents with a very active 8-year old. Both Chad and I are transplants (from Iowa and NJ respectively) and Corbin is a Colorado Native. We love music, spending time with friends and our new house.
2. What made you decide this was the time to do a photo session? Were you marking any special occasion, etc?
We just built a new home, and while unpacking and decorating it hit me that we had not done a family photo session since The Mayor (Corbin’s nickname!) was born – 8 years ago. We wanted to have new pictures for our new house!
3. Tell us why you wanted your session @ Red Rocks, how is it special to you?
Music, the outdoors and Colorado are all so important to us. Red Rocks is one of our favorite places, so it seemed like a logical fit.
4. What was your favorite part of your session? Any funny stories?
The whole session was so much fun…even though it was the crack of dawn when we got there. But we knew it would be worth it because Natascha would be able to work with the best light! The place wasn’t deserted at sunrise, as there were quite a few people “doing the stairs”. But they aren’t any of those folks in our photos! I’m still in awe that sge was able to time pictures to make sure there were no runners or people working out in the background.
5. Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
Chad is not into super posed, unnatural looking photography, so I wanted to make sure his expectations would be met. Plus, an 8-year old can be unpredictable, so once everyone was super relaxed (which Natascha accomplished very quickly) and into the “session goove”, then I was able to relax myself.
6. What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?
I have strong ideas about what I want. I love Natascha’s photographic style, but I also wanted to make sure our family portraits would be taken in her artistic style, but that they would also match what I had in mind. I used the pre-session consultation to talk with her about it. Natascha not only got it, but she made me comfortable that she had the same image in her head. She is a perfect blend of professional and fun; so it was easy to relax and let her work her magic.
7. What do you hope your son/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I hope they always bring back happy memories, feelings of family and love. No matter where life takes him, the Red Rocks pics will always remind him that he was raised in a really special place.
8. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?
Talk through your mental picture/your preferences and don’t be afraid to sound excited or use overly descriptive words. It’s *YOUR* vision that Natascha is going to translate. And, listen to Natascha’s advice and tips – it’s definately not her first rodeo!
9. What did you think or feel when you saw your final photos at the viewing session?
I had a feeling I was going to cry…and I did! I was overwhelmed by how perfect they were. It was so hard to pick and choose, but Natascha really helped narrow down the selections. I knew I wanted to do a collage wall of the photos, so we talked through which images would work.
10. How about when received your order/had your products delivered?
We love them. Love Love Love them. Plus, Natascha really over-delivered on the product delivery! We were not expecting the final product for a few more days, but Natascha delivered ahead of schedule and we were able to show them at our house warming party. Natascha has mastered the emotional part of family photography – it was perfect!
Thanks Jenn! It was great to photograph your family!
This lovely email from a Highland Family came in a while ago – I’m just now getting around to posting it.
“We hired Natascha to take our son’s newborn photos, which were outdoors and included my husband and myself. I expected great photos,
but was absolutely blown away by what she delivered. I unequivocally recommend her if you are looking for beautifully crafted family portraits.”
– Monique, Highland Denver Colorado
I smile from ear to ear when I receive notes like this. My clients appreciate finely crafted portraiture and I appreciate them!
If you would like to read more client testimonials, click here.
Highland Denver Family and Baby Photography
This little Highland Denver baby, as you can see, is just adorable. He is calm and happy – almost regal! And he has that beautiful luminescent skin, just like his parents. I’m sure he will also inherit his parents’ drive and intelligence, both of which they have in spades.
I do most newborn photoshoots in my Denver Studio. But outdoor can be great if the weather cooperates. A tip: If you are doing outdoor photographs for your newborn baby, make sure it’s warm out and/or dress them in layers. If you want to do nude baby shots and it’s still Spring (when these photos were taken), then wait till your baby is about 3 months old. You won’t get the cuddly, curled up sleeping baby portraits (those only work until they are about 10 days old), but you’ll still get some fabulous images.
I actually recommend getting photographs every three months for your baby’s first year. I offer a “Baby Plan” that includes sessions @ maternity, newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and then 1 year old when we do a “cake smash”. Loads of fun!
If you would like to see a video of the entire portrait session for this Highland family, click here. It’s the first video at the top of the page.
Yay Summer! We are just a few days into Colorado’s Summer. All this rain has made my favorite outdoor family portrait locations look so lush and green and beautiful! Here’s a sample image of one of my favorite family portrait locations in Westminster.
All that green, the natural winding walking path, overhead trees with shade; this is sheer beauty. The way the trees wrap around means that I can shoot from just about any angle, and we have a lovely background. This is especially important when doing children’s photography, as they want to run everywhere! Better to move yourself and your camera, than to ask them to stay still. This Westminster spot also has lots of cool things for kiddos to explore…even a fallen tree across the water! (I’ll post a portrait taken there in a future blog posting.)
Locations like this make me think: “Perfect – just add family.” Like the family below: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Baby Boy. Oh this little boy is so very loved! And so lucky to have such kind, fun Mamma and Grandparents. (I’m sure they believe they are the lucky ones, because this is one super sweet little kiddo!)
My clients know that beautiful family portraits (ones that capture their family’s true spirit) are priceless. And the results? They become family heirlooms. And when doing 3-generation portraits, ones that have Grandma and/or Grandpa in them, those will be cherished for three generations at least. Yours (the parent), your parents (the grandparents), and your children. And, chances are, also your children’s children – your grandchildren. How cool would it be if you had a photo that included your parents, your grandparents, and your great grandparents? Esp if it captured them just being themselves?
For one of my favorite Grandpa portraits ever, click here. The image is from this very session, of Grandma and Grandson with their matching walks. Almost made me think of Monty Python’s Minestry of Silly Walks.
Westminster Family Portraits – Multi Generational with Grandparents – Outside Nature Locations
Yesterdays family portrait mini sessions were a smashing success! We had so much fun, and got amazing photos of all the kiddos that participated!
Here is one of my favs. Love this family.
I love the strong horizontal angle to the image, the unconventional pose, authentic expressions, the smiles, the energy…just everything!
Westminster Family Portraits