Are you an outsider?
There are many types of photography that exists. Inside the studio or outside. Studio (inside) is way easier than doing anything outside. Years ago, when I first opened my studio, my main focus was doing more lifestyle portraits. Outside and in any local park was my thing. A few things I have learned from that. 1. Weather can hold a business hostage. This is my number one complaint. Too hot, or too cold can influence a portrait session more than one can comprehend. Plus, lets not forget rain and gnats. Gnats you say? Oh yea…. The millions that fly around your head and the client’s head during a session. Here is where you can insert me screaming. I have taken photographs outside all the way up to Christmas and then starting again in late February. And 2, clients melt in hot weather and it reflects in the portraits. There is nothing worse that sweaty portraits.
Taking portraits in a controlled environment such as my studio is my easier for everyone. I control the lights, the air conditioning, and yes, the gnats! (or lack thereof).
There is definitely a different feel to both approaches. With doing anything outside, clients must understand that not everything will be exactly perfect. Hair may be blowing, little ones love to run free and yes, there may be a bee or two buzzing around.
I try to walk every phone call inquiry with a decision that best fits their family personality. It’s not always easy. People that love the outdoor look can easily melt during a 95 degree day and what would normally be a happy family is now one cranky group. Over the years now, studio portraits consist of about 50% of my business. I love doing both. What do you like? I would love to hear your comments!