6 Popular Locations for Your Family’s Spring Portraits
by Cody Johnson | Mar 30, 2018 | Canvas Press
It’s common in many households to take yearly or bi-yearly photos of your family. This is a great way to document changes, such as new additions, the growth of children, or new passions your family may have. And while there are many great times during the year to take family photos, there’s something about the warmer weather and new growth of spring that makes it an especially great time to capture your family.
If you’re looking for a new location to take your photos in this year, consider trying one of these ideas. Depending on where you live, you may find that one of these popular locations is the perfect setting for your family.
1. Botanical Gardens
(Photo by April O’Hare Photography)
Most states have a botanical garden open for visitors in the spring when flowers are beginning to bloom. These carefully laid out and curated gardens often have unique plants and blooms that can make stunning backdrops to your photos. They also usually have many places to sit and gather, such as benches or large stones, which can help you arrange your family naturally, making for the perfect spring photos.
2. Fields of Wildflowers
(Photo by Simply Captured Photography)
Depending on where you live, you may have access to fields of wildflowers, which can make a beautiful setting for family photos. For example, the bluebonnets in Texas have a unique color that shows up beautifully in images. Arrange your kids or family right in the middle of them to surround the subjects with color and beauty. The results are sure to get everyone’s attention.
3. Near Water
(Photo by Tiffany Green Photography)
Whether it’s the ocean, a lake, or a stream, there’s something about water that makes a beautiful background for photos. In the spring when the air is soft and waterfowl like ducks, loons, and herons are making their way back to their nesting grounds, you can often get truly beautiful photos.
Try shooting these types of photos early in the morning so that the light reflecting off the water can help illuminate the subjects. If you can find a body of water located in a wooded area or an area with a lot of greenery, you can also get some beautiful spring shots with blooms as well.
4. In the Rain
(Photo by Lauren Tomasella Photography)
If the forecast calls for rain on the day of your scheduled photoshoot, don’t despair. Spring showers can make for an interesting and unique set of spring photos as well. Deck out your family with rain boots and umbrellas and let the rain itself become the background of the image. Converting the final images into black and white can often enhance the effect that rain has, giving you some fun photos that are perfect for hanging.
5. At a Park
(Photo by Butter Photography)
While a playground may not be your first choice for a photography session, carefully choosing a few spots with swings, tires, or wooden structures can give you some fun and playful images. Add some flowers to the chains of the swings or the background of the area you’re shooting in to add a little extra color to the finished photos. Just be sure that the photographer crops the images tightly, so you get images that are playful, but not overwhelmed by the area you’re in.
6. At an Egg Hunt
(Photo by Jana Marie Photography)
While egg hunts can sometimes be slightly contained chaos, they can also make fun backgrounds for a photoshoot. The colorful eggs and decorative scenery can make for some fun props and additions to your spring photos. Like the park, your photographer may have to tightly crop your images to keep them from becoming overwhelming, but done right they can make for some fun and imaginative photos.
Style Your Family for Spring
Spring is the ideal time of year for many family photoshoots. If you’re looking to mix things up this year and try out a few new locations, consider trying one of these ideas. You’re sure to get some beautiful images that are perfect for hanging anywhere in your home.