You may be asking what in the world is Natural Setting Photography. It’s plain and simple photography that is taken in a natural setting, usually outside, but sometimes inside.
The world is your prop. The plants, animals, and the environment that nature and yes, sometimes man has given us are some of the most beautiful props in the world. Hopefully, this article will encourage you to use them for your gorgeous family photos.
I live in a very beautiful part of Texas. We have hiking trails, walking trails, and biking trails. We have arboretums that are absolutely gorgeous any time of the year. The flowers bloom profusely, especially in the springtime.
I am sure that you have beautiful outside areas, designed for recreation, right in your own area of the country. If so, these areas make great “photography studios”. The beautiful plants make a beautiful background for your photos.
A few tips for taking photos in these areas is to find out the times that are the least busy. That way, you will cut down on so many distractions. So, go in the slow times. Also dress comfortably and accordingly.
Remember, anytime you are taking outside photos, be sure to bring along plenty of water to keep hydrated. Sometimes, it gets hot and the kiddos will get a little cranky. Not things we want to see on a family photo shoot.
These outdoor family photo shoots should be fun and exciting. Try to bring out the personality in your little ones. Try to get some great photos of that mom and dad, too, so you might want to bring along a helper. Grandparents are great for times such as this. 😉
Play Peekaboo with that little one behind a tree. Get close up and personal with your pictures. Try to catch the reflections in the eyes of your child. These can be pictures that you will treasure forever.
If your child is sitting on the ground for his picture to be taken, you might try sitting on the ground while taking the picture. It will bring you to his level. If your toddler is laying on her tummy, take that picture laying on your tummy. It really works to get on their level to take the picture. You will see. It has a whole new perspective and dimension. You will love it!!
My family and I are so blessed to live close to the ocean. We can easily drive there, spend the day, and get back home with daylight left. 🙂
Ocean pictures are great. After 30 minutes to an hour of playing in the sun, it is so easy to get refreshed for a nice family photo with a little sun kiss on your faces. I personally, love to see a photo taken at the ocean with everyone dressed in matching colors. All white shirts. All black or blue shirts. Just use your imagination.
Rivers, lakes, streams, and even ponds also make awesome props. I recently took my granddaughter, to a lake here in our town, for her 13th Birthday Pictures. They turned out so cute.
A good idea for a little boy or girl who loves to fish is to take them down to their favorite fishing hole with their favorite fishing pole, lean them on a tree holding that pole, and Shazam, you’ve got a happy photo!! See how easy that is!! LOL
Think of all the wonderful animals at the zoo. Then, think of all the beautiful surroundings found at that same zoo. Now, doesn’t that just sound like a lovely place to take some great photos!?
I recently went to the zoo with my son, Josh, and his family. What a wonderful time we had. My granddaughter, Lia, does not like to have her picture taken. She will seldom ever look at the camera when I try to take her picture. But, while we were at the zoo, I got a great picture of her with a small waterfall in the background. It is priceless to me. No, I wasn’t able to pose everything just like I wanted to, but it is a great picture that I would not take anything for. It is priceless to me.
If you have a child that enjoys going to the zoo, then this is a great idea for some fabulous and happy photos. Just remember that the animals make great props, and so does the scenery.
When my boys were growing up we lived on the farm. I got some great pictures using the tractor and farm equipment as props. I also used the chickens, horses, and cows as props. What a great time that was.
Maybe you don’t have a farm. Perhaps you could drive out into the country, or make a few phone calls. Most farmers would be more than happy to help you set up a little photo shoot on the farm and share some of the country and fresh air with you and your family. We had many a traveler stop and ask to take pictures. We were always more than happy to oblige.
A word of warning, though. If you see a beautiful sunset over someone’s pasture, never cross the fence to take pictures of your family. That is trespassing and the landowner can file charges. But… you can pull your car to the side of the road and take all the pictures you want from the road. That is not trespassing. If you want to go into the field, you will always need to ask for permission.
Backyard With Family Pets
Of course, one of the best places to take those amazing photos is right in your own backyard. Some backyards are a production of beautiful flowers, bushes, and trees. Throw in the adorable family pet and you have another great photo shoot in a natural setting.
The picture to the right is a picture of my oldest son and his Police K-9 Taz. The photo was taken by his wife, Miranda down in their field with a cell phone. It’s a great picture.
If you don’t have an efficient backyard, try to borrow one from a neighbor, friend, or friend of a friend. Once again, most people are more than happy to share their blessings. You just have to ask. The worst that might be said to you is no. If that happens, just keep asking around. You will find a better place.
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In conclusion, I just want to encourage you to go the extra mile to get that beautiful smile.
It’s so worth it, to have a great picture of your family and know that you did it yourself and that you did it your way.
Always remember, if you can recognize a beautiful portrait without being an artist, then you can take a beautiful Portrait without being a professional photographer. You’ve got this.
I will leave a short video at the bottom of this post. This video has a few extra tips on taking outdoor photos. Hope you like it.
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