The last couple of days I've popped down to Southport to check out the light in the early and late afternoon as I have a family photo shoot coming up. It's amazing the difference that a couple of hours can make to the light and mood, close to sunrise or sunset.
Rain clouds can also dramatically change the scenery and the mood because of the way they change the colour of the sky. Clouds also work like filters to diffuse and soften the light which works a treat for portrait photography. So if you've ever wondered why portrait photographers who shoot outdoors prefer the late afternoon, this is why. The light is more flattering to your features and makes your skin appear softer and smoother which makes for beautiful, unforgettable photos!
The first image was taken at around 2pm in the afternoon when the sun was brighter and harsher. Great for tourism shots where you want to show beautiful, crisp colours of the sky, ocean and sand. The remaining images were taken before sunset and as the sun was going down. Notice how the deep, rich colours change the whole feel? So much more emotive.
I really enjoyed taking these shots. Especially yesterday late afternoon. It's been some time since I've been able to take some landscape/seascape images and I thoroughly soaked up this gorgeous sunset!
Now I'm really looking forward to this family photo shoot and seeing what beautiful images can be created. That's what I love about shooting outdoors. You never get the same photo twice, even at the same location. Because when you bring together all the different elements and the changing colours from of a setting sun, whether it's a clear or cloudy sunset, the result will always be different.
So when you have photos taken outdoors, even though weather can be sometimes unpredictable, rest assured that your photos will never look the same as anyone else's and you're guaranteed individual and truly unique photos.
What are your favourite spaces outdoors and where would you love to have your photos taken...beach, forest, field? So many options to create unique and stunning results. Your options are limited only by your imagination. But if you're stuck for ideas, I can help you with that. Give me a call or send me an email to start working on creating your own unique and beautiful portraits!