The temperatures just keep on rising. As I write this I’m hearing that it’s going to be the hottest day of the year. In this country we often have to contend with the weather if, like me, you photograph children a lot outdoors, and although it’s usually the wet and the cold that concerns us most, being ‘too hot’ has it’s challenges as well. So, whether you’re photographing your own kids this summer, or having them photographed, here are some of my top tips for staying cool during a summer photo session.
1 Choose your location carefully
Somewhere with plenty of shade is ideal. Not only will it cut down on sun exposure but will also give you some gorgeous light.
2 Timing is everything
Schedule your photographs for early morning or in the evening and avoid the middle of the day. Just bear in mind that if your session is at the end of a long hot day energy levels are likely to be effected too. Great if you want everyone to stay in one place but not so good for natural smiles.
3 Water water…
Bring plenty to drink and take frequent breaks to keep everyone happy. And water is not just good for drinking. Pour it onto a towel or over your wrists to cool down, and whilst you’re pouring it over people why not consider a water fight, or playtime in the garden sprinkler as a finale to your session
4 Fan club
Bring a fan – battery operated or the old style folded ones. I try to keep one in my camera bag when it’s hot just in case, and the added value is they look good in the photos too. It’s also worth considering umbrellas as parasols and not forgetting sun hats and sunglasses, which are also practical as well as stylish in pics.
5 Be prepared and go slow
Remember the essentials, sunscreen, insect repellent, drinks etc Take lots of breaks and don’t try to force the pace. Although we all love the sun, too much of a good thing can result in added crankiness!
And last but not least there’s the ice cream treat. A reward for a great session, another fab cool down, can result in some amazing natural shots…and is good for the photographer too!
‘Hold onto the magic’ with Kate Everall Photography
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