I like to work in-studio. A few reasons off the top of my head:
1. It has air conditioning.
2. I don’t have to worry about ruining / forgetting / losing any of my equipment.
3. I have hairspray and a restroom and all kinds of things you might need for a photo shoot.
4. The lighting is consistent, regardless of the weather.
5. I am no longer 20 years old which means my back doesn’t really love schlepping cameras and lights and thousands of dollars of heavy equipment with me.
6. I honestly think the best work I do is done in-studio.
7. Natural light is not (always) the best light.
8. It’s contained meaning toddlers cannot run too far.
9. It’s a space that is designed to bring about a sense of relaxation and photographs can be stressful and vulnerable for some people.
10. I have coffee and Topo Chico readily available.
Anyway, I can’t tell you how many times people say, “I’d love outdoor, natural light photos,” and I do that. I’ve done that for years. I do that well. But, I don’t know that I do it well in August. Nor July. June is a tossup. May might be showers or flowers. April always gets rescheduled. March might bring a pandemic. February is too cold for my taste. And January, well, that’s generally a time when my phone doesn’t ring because the holidays broke everyone’s bank. I don’t work in December…I do holiday cards. That’s my work. Haha! I don’t photograph in December though because Black Friday and all of the product photography generally threatens to send me under the covers screaming.
So, for outdoors in Texas, that leaves September, October, and November. I’m putting together my fall calendar and I’m excited about some upcoming sessions at golden hour with families I’ve photographed for years.
For this senior portrait session, he said, “Let’s keep it simple,” and he didn’t want to be sweating all over the westside of Fort Worth, so he came in to my studio at a leisurely 10 am, and he left before 11 am to go about his life. I just want you to see what magic can occur in-studio. For seniors, I always need to produce a pulled-back photo for the yearbook along with some other editorial inspired photos that make you look like you just stepped out of a magazine, some portraits the parents and grandparents will love, and some portraits that push the edges on what’s possible creatively. I love how this set turned out.