Outdoor Children’s Photography Gloucestershire

I can’t believe that it is nearly a year ago that I attended a workshop called ‘Colour and Light Outdoor Children’s Photography’ ran by the very talented Nina Mace. Nina was named Children Photographer of the Year.  I had admired Nina’s work for a long time, her vibrant and bold images are so beautiful and the way she uses outdoor light is stunning. To view Nina’s work Nina Mace Photography

I have photographed many children and families out on location, but I felt it was time to expand my knowledge and skills in this area.  One thing I wanted to learn was the technique of separating the subject from the background, and to produce beautifully sharp subject(s) against a soft and blurry background.  There is so much more to being a professional photographer then pressing a button.  There are a lot of technical aspects, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length and lots more, and also knowing how they interact with each other.  Along with having a high end professional camera, it is the lens that plays a very important role.  I knew the result I wanted to achieve and I needed to invest a lot of money into the correct lens and I NEEDED it for the workshop……… wow it’s a heavy one!

At the workshop in Ashton Court, Bristol I got to meet 7 other very talent ladies.  We spent time in the classroom learning about light at different times of the day and also some great editing techniques, to really impact the final edited images.

We all love the sunshine, but sadly it is not a photographers best friend.  Sun creates harsh shadows and very contrasty images, which is not a flattering look for portrait photography.  Beautifully defused light is what we love.  The ideal time to arrange outdoor photo shoot is an hour before sunset, known as the GOLD HOUR.  Of course golden hour throughout the summer months is often too late for young children, so learning to find and use the best light earlier in the day is paramount to achieve beautiful soft light images, that really compliments the subject(s).

I loved taking part in the workshop.  We had amazing children to photograph, from 3 to 9 years of age.  The weather was dry and bright, so searching for that soft diffused pocket of light was so important.

Here are a few images from the workshop.

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I learnt so much at the workshop and I couldn’t wait to put my new skills into my workflow at my next lot of outdoor Children’s photography sessions.  Below are a few images from my sessions.

My outdoor sessions are relaxed and fun, and are photographed on location around Gloucestershire . If you are interested in my Outdoor Children’s Photography Sessions, you can find out more information here or contact me

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Natural Essence Photography deliveries beautiful Baby and children portraits, specialising in Newbron Art Photography.  Customers come from all over the Cotswolds and beyond, such as, Gloucester, Chelteham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Swindon, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire