Fall is by far the most popular season for family photos, but I think spring is getting the short end of the stick as a really awesome candidate. If you know you want family photos in Charlottesville this year, here’s a few things to consider and why a spring session could actually be a way better alternative for you.
Like Miss Rhode Island says, it’s not too hot and not too cold….all you need is a light jacket! If you’re not loving the idea of bundling layers and red noses for your shoot, you’ll be pretty safe with a session between late March and early June here in Virginia. (We have a whole post about how to dress for your session in any weather/location to give you some ideas here — though it may not be what you’d expect.)
Now, it’s true, sometimes spring in Virginia can be a crap shoot —(could it snow or be 80 degrees, WHO KNOWS)
The good news is, we’re really flexible when it comes to weather and want you to have a shoot that is not only going to yield the results you’ve envisioned, but also be a fun experience. So if the weather forecast looks iffy for shoot day, we’ll decide to either pack the rainboots and brave the uncertainty (cloudy days can be GORGEOUS btw) or reschedule.
Alternatively, we love to suggest planning a home shoot from the get-go! We can shoot rain or shine and just embrace whatever routines you have in and around your home. Check out this post for more examples of activities our families have incorporated into their at-home sessions.
PLAYING OUTSIDE IS DREAMY
Trees are filling out with color again and if fields of flowers my your heart sore, now’s the time, baby.
You already know that I won’t ever ask your kid to “say cheese,” but these are some of the activities we love suggesting for outdoor family sessions, and they’re just extra lovely in the spring. Think blowing bubbles, packing a picnic, picking apples, licking sticky ice cream cones… the world opens up in the spring around Charlottesville!
The days are getting longer in spring, but sunset is still early enough that you don’t have to keep the kids up super late to take advantage of an evening family photo session when the lighting is perfect.
Outdoor sessions in the spring typically start around 4:30-6pm, while in summer, we really can’t begin till more like 7-8pm. With fall and winter, shorter days can mean starting around 3-3:30pm, which runs right into naps for many families with younger kids. And goodness knows we want rested kiddos for your session.
Another plug for home sessions:
Earlier sunrise times in the spring make it harder to find good outdoor locations for the morning, so if you know that’s when your kids are best, a home shoot is another amazing option. We can play make pancakes, play in the backyard, take a walk…capture all those little weekend things you love about your family time. Check out this post for more about how / why timing is important and how to iron out your priorities when deciding when you want to book your family session. This is also a great example of a spring-time family session at home!
Gifts for the year
When you invest in family photos earlier in the year, you can chalk it up as your gift for holidays throughout the year — think mothers day, fathers day, grandparent birthdays, and even Christmas cards (hint: no one cares if it’s you’re not wearing red and standing in the snow.)
Maybe it’s the session itself that’s the gift, or you can choose from our beautiful books and frames as tangible gifts that will be adored daily in the home.
Outdoor Family Photos in the Spring are best for: