“Then followed that beautiful season… summer… filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Summer is arguably my favourite season (mind you I’m a fan of Spring and Autumn too, I’m so indecisive!). I have to admit that since we have moved to the country I have a renewed joy of nature. It’s literally all around me. My love of the natural environment gets stronger everyday from trying to identify the birds (we have one that sounds just like R2D2 that lives in our tree!) to watching how the light makes each field and woodland look so different as the sun moves across the sky. As an on location photographer it’s all about the light for me. It’s my obsession and my passion and this session is a perfect demonstration of how different light can create a variety of looks and feelings in images. Let me tell you a bit more about the best time of day to schedule a magical summer portrait session for your child.
All of these images were shot in the same location; a field of corn just next door the the studio. When mum and daughter arrived they were worried they would be late as the sun was going down. I quickly explained that our appointment time was well considered and there was a reason for the late start time. We began shooting at about 7.30pm and I’ve posted the images in chronological order so you can see how the light can massively effect the look and feel of an image and why I strongly suggest an evening session is the best way to get magical shots in the summer.
A quick change of position can result in a dramatically different feel. This shot was taken just 3 feet away from the past couple of images. Then the sun got lower. The light was making the grasses twinkle creating a magical dreamlike setting, perfect for a change of outfit.
On a warm summers evening I encourage parents to bring a picnic blanket and relax in the evening sun as their little ones romp and explore; making daisy chains, wild flower bouquets and pretending the grass see is fairy dust (not so fantastic for my hay fever that one!). I know the time between 7pm and 9pm isn’t called the witching hour for nothing. It’s not always the time when little ones are at their best but if you can engineer a late nap then you will reap the benefit … I promise.