Georgia Lilley Photography

Launceston, Tasmania

How to Prepare for your Outdoor Photography Session

In my Launceston home studio, I’m able to control the light, temperature and backdrop, so it’s really easy to prepare. And yet outdoor sessions are their own kind of special, and who could say no to that natural light? Realistically though, outdoor sessions are less predictable than in-studio. So here are some tips to prepare for your outdoor photography session and make the most of your experience.

Dress for the weather

Depending on time of year, you may need to rug up and wear boots, or maybe it’s sandals and sunscreen. Of course, as we all know, Tasmanian weather can be unpredictable at the best of times. I know I’ve certainly experienced my share of four seasons in one day! It’s worth having a change of clothes on hand just in case it jumps from icy rain to blistering heat. It’s also important to try and follow my usual style advice for a portrait session if you can. You can find that advice here.

Outdoor photography session on film. Man wearing a hat against a vivid pink sunset. Shot on Portra 800 by Georgia Lilley in Launceston, Tasmania

Be flexible with the timing

The most flattering light for photos is usually early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Of course, this will depend on the location you choose. If it’s in the trees or down in a valley, there might not be enough light at those times.

Just like clothing, timing is also dependent on the weather, so be prepared to play it a little by ear. We might have to reschedule an early session to later in the day if it’s forecast for morning rain, for example. Of course, if the weather is truly rubbish, we can always reschedule or move the session indoors.

Location is important

There are several factors to consider when choosing a location:

  • Is it difficult to get to?
  • Is it generally crowded or popular with tourists?
  • Are there any shaded areas or is it completely open, e.g. the beach?

Generally, you want a nice, natural environment that is easy to get to, well lit and with minimal background distractions (like cars, people or signage). I’m happy to help you with ideas for a location, or scout any suggested areas in advance to see whether they will work.

Hopefully these tips give you everything you need to prepare for your outdoor photography session! Of course if you have any more questions, I’m always happy to help. Click the button below when you’re ready to schedule your experience.

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