I love winter portrait sessions. Well I love every season as each season gives different types of light. Mother Nature is constantly changing which keeps things fresh and interesting. This lifestyle family portrait photography session was taken in Didsbury, South Manchester last winter. We had a very narrow window between rain showers and failing light, so we did the whole shoot in the family’s garden. That limited the selection of backgrounds I could use, but still gave me something interesting to work with.
Why I like photographing in Didsbury
Didsbury is an interesting area for lifestyle portrait photography. Many of the homes there date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and have good sized gardens and high ceilings in many of the rooms.
Fixed or zoom lenses?
I shot these photographs with a Canon 5D4 with a 50mm lens for the groups and an 85mm lens for the individual portraits. This combination suits me well.
It’s less convenient than using a couple of zoom lenses but fixed focal length lenses make you think differently about the compositions. If you want to zoom in or out then you step forward or backwards. I’m often asked about this by assuring photographers and it’s something I strongly recommend. I use zoom lenses for events and wedding work when you have to work really quickly but when I’ve a little more time, I prefer prime lenses.
When I did this session the natural light was failing fast and we had very heavy cloud. I used my Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash and a soft box to supplement the natural light. I also used my trusty Lastolite reflectors which I use all the time. Fortunately there was no wind but it was fairly chilly so we had to work quickly and only brought people outside as we needed them.
Editing, choosing and framing
The week after the session I edited the photographs. I cropped them and adjusted the colour and contrast to give me a pleasing result that would suit this family’s taste and style. I also made a few black and white copies to show them. They ordered a selection of photographs, for which I designed the bespoke frames for them and then had them made. They are unique reminders of a time in the life of one family that they will treasure forever.
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