Any time of year is a wonderful time to take portraits. Raleigh and the surrounding areas offer so many charming backdrops. But with all those options, how do you choose? Let's look at some fun, unique settings that you can use for your family photos and the advantages of each.

Your Home

This may surprise you, but there are several reasons why your home is one of the best places to take a beautiful portrait. First, it's unique as well as uniquely suited to you. Second, it's where you might feel most comfortable while providing you with access to pets, clothing changes and special places.  Look both inside and out and choose areas that display your distinctive style.

A Body of Water

Water makes a beautiful backdrop. You can choose a mountain lake to add vertical perspective and texture to your photo, or go for the softer look of a lake surrounded by trees and wildflowers. Stream banks also offer a variety of color and texture. Think about the statement you want to make. Do you want to portray yourself as bold or beautiful (or both)? Then choose a backdrop with those qualities to enhance your portrait.

An Open Field

It's important to have a focal point when using an open field, otherwise you will look adrift in a sea of grass and flowers. Choose a field with a fence or leading lines running through it to add depth of field to your portrait. Or find an open space surrounded by trees to frame yourself.

Open Shade

No matter which location you choose, it's important to consider lighting. While natural light is best, a glaring sun can make your family look washed out or faded. Make sure that there is open shade in the area you choose, or opt for a morning or evening shoot when the light is softer.  There are so many great spaces around Raleigh for an outdoor photo session.  Contact me if you would like to schedule a photo session!