If you find yourself caught between an indoor or outdoor location, there are a few things you should consider! I love both indoor and outdoor photography - you honestly cannot go wrong with either. Below I'm sharing the benefits and challenges of both options to help you plan for your next session! And if you ever find yourself wanting indoor and outdoor for your session...I'm totally down to do both, just ask about package options for the session you're needing. Cheers, friends!
Indoor sessions don't get enough love, in my honest opinion. There is nothing sweeter than photographing a family in their home where babies are raised and memories are made. Don't love the vibe of your home and not outdoorsy, not a problem - there are lots of options for rentals and studios or you could always ask a friend to use their space! Here are some key things to consider about indoor sessions:
- Weather and outdoor temps will not be a huge concern! Indoor is popular during the peak winter and summer months when it's the hottest and chilliest of the year. Also, we won't have to worry about rain dates!
- Comfort and easy access! Being in your space is comfortable and provides easy access to necessities. Baby needs another feeding, no problem! You need a potty break, no worries! Kids are hungry and request string cheese, okay great!
- No drive time! Raise your hand if the thought of loading everyone and everything into the car and praying no one gets snot or wrinkles on their outfits. Mmmk... me too.
- Cleaning and prepping your space. I know it's like the last thing (EVER) you want to think about for your session. I do have a prep guide on how to prep your home, so don't fret if this is what's holding you back!
- Lighting. Concerned your home doesn't have great lighting options? I get it! You'll be amazed of what one window can do in a room though.
- Rental fees. If you're not using your space and want indoor, consider your budget for a rental space. Many places will discount by the hour during the week, while others expect a half day rental on weekends which could be a hefty fee.
I am a sucker for big, open fields full of tall grass and glorious sunsets! Outdoor photography has endless options and depending upon the venue you choose, provide a variety of backdrops for your gallery. Planning an outdoor session comes with its own sets of challenges you need to be prepared for though. Here are some things to consider for outdoor sessions:
- Golden hour! Need I say more?! Well yes, EARLY mornings are also great too! Time of day is everything, so work with your photographer on the best time to schedule!
- Exploring new places! Outdoor sessions are awesome for kiddos who love to explore. If you're like me, sometimes I need a new exciting place to see and let my kids run free for a bit (which helps get them prepped for naps and bedtime - wink wink)!
- Activities after your session! After an awesome and fun session, who doesn't want to celebrate with dinner at a new spot or maybe a special ice cream treat?! Or maybe run over to Target for a drive-up pick up order? Whatever it is, treat yoself, boo!
- Weather. This is the biggest challenge for outdoor sessions because you don't know what the weather will do until day of. I am always watching the forecast for my outdoor sessions and will make the call to reschedule in the last moments. If scheduling wayyyy in advance, make sure you plan for a rain date!
- Restrooms & changing areas. Some locations may not offer public restrooms or even have a private area to change outfits - plan accordingly! Bring a car potty for littles, just in case! And if you're changing outfits, I saw a hack about clipping a sheet to the trunk of the car you could try.
- Photography fees. Yep, don't assume because it's outdoor it's free. Before you confirm your location, be aware of any photographer fees or rental fees venues may have (like historic sites and botanical gardens).