a colour portrait photograph of a mother, father, son and daughter and two labradoodle dogs from a winter family portrait session in Didsbury, South Manchester
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.

a colour portrait photograph of a mother daughter and a white labradoodle dog from a winter family portrait session in Didsbury, South Manchester

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.

a colour portrait photograph of a father and son with two labradoodle dogs from a winter family portrait session in Didsbury, South Manchester
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.

a colour portrait photograph of a teenage brother and sister from a winter family portrait session in Didsbury, South Manchester

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.

a black and white portrait photograph of a teenage boy from a winter family portrait session in South ManchesterHow about a session for you and your family?

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a black and white portrait photograph of a young woman from a winter family portrait session in South Manchester

a black and white portrait photograph of a man in his 40's wearing a black leather jacket from a winter family portrait session in Didsbury, South Manchester

a black and white portrait photograph of a woman in her 40's from a winter family portrait session in South Manchester

a colour portrait photograph of a couple in their twenties from a winter family portrait session in South Manchester