What to do when it rains on your family portrait day | Caboolture Family Photographer

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet
— Roger Miller

Shooting outdoors has an inherent risk of poor weather, I always keep an eye on the weather forecasts in the lead up to the shoot and leave it fairly late if we should cancel or continue.  All week I have been hoping for a dry spell for a family photo shoot that was scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Centenary Lakes.

 Sun-showers and a little bit of rain don’t phase me and it is often the case that when the sun comes back out there is magic in the air, everything is cleansed, the sun is shining - perfect.  Not so much this week, everything has been soaked to the core and unfortunately I had no other option than to postpone the session.

Today I realised that I probably should not let the weather get the best of me, we all love to shoot when the sun is shining and the weather is perfect, but being an outdoor family photographer I am at the mercy of the weather.  Now being stuck in the rain is not everyone’s cup of tea, but maybe I should ask the question and try something more adventurous with my families.  

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape
I´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape
— ‘Escape’ by Robert Holmes

My resident model was as keen as mustard to get dirty and wet!  A typical 4 year old boy, always ready and willing to splash in some puddles.  So in a park not too far from home, we ventured out in the inclement weather in search of muddy puddles.

Portrait of child wearing gumboots and holding an umbrella as it rains in a caboolture park | North Brisbane family portrait photographer

Stuart C Photography is a Caboolture based Outdoor Family Photographer servicing all areas from North Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.  Family Portrait Sessions are typically held on Saturdays in a location of your choice.  A quality range of options for displaying your family portraits are available, whether you are looking for something small such as a matted print or an acrylic tile, an heirloom album or large wall art.  Family Portrait Sessions start at $95 and your choice of prints and products range from $50 per print and up to $995 for a 40x60” Canvas print for your wall.

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How to prepare for family portraits

Portrait Locations: At Home

Having your family or engagement photos taken in an outdoor location requires a lot more planning than showing up for a photoshoot in a studio but you don’t have to worry because I’m here to guide you through choosing the best times for your favourite locations.

  • Comforts of Home

  • Convenience

  • Your Colours

  • Include your pets or pastimes

Here's something to consider; why not have you family portrait taken at home?  Do you have a great back yard or an interesting feature wall that would make the perfect backdrop to your family portrait?  Maybe you want to include your pets, or a pastime.  Or it might just be more convenient to have a photographer come to you.

Grace & Justin: 10 year Vows

Grace and Justin renewed their vows in a small ceremony in the St Francis Xavier Church in the small town of Dayboro surrounded by close family and friends.  The church was tiny but light filled which allowed me to move around and capture moments without intruding with strobes, I shot with both 35mm and 85mm lenses on my Nikons which worked perfectly for wedding.  

The Safe House: Baron, Crosby and Franky Two-Shoes

The Safe House; Baron and his muscle Franky Two-Shoes meet with Crosby in the safe house, trust levels are low and after a few scuffles the trio plan their hit.

Possibly the most fun shoot of the year, helping Ryan (Baron) bring his concept to life through photos.  We set up in a shed using constant LED lighting and a smoke machine for a raw underground industrial look.  

Stuart turns every session into an adventure. We booked Stuart for 3 days and gave him a huge wish-list of shots that we wanted to play with from idyllic countrysides to casual candid moments to grainy film noir settings. It wasn’t just a photo shoot, it was a good laugh and great day of playing around. Stuart provides a full service which goes far and beyond a simple photography booking.

We spent days sending storyboards, props lists and location ideas back and forth. Stu somehow finds a way to turn each of his photos into a fun, compelling story. My advise is to give him a couple ideas that are important to you, and then just let him run wild with it. You won’t be disappointed and you know you’re getting a personal, dedicated service when your photographer is excitedly replying to your text messages at 2am in the morning..!

Thanks Stu, we really appreciated your creativity, humour and especially all the extra hours you put into our shoot!
— Yuka & Ryan

Engagement Shoot | Maleny

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to assist in photographing Althea and Jon in the lead up to their wedding later in the year.  We headed to a few spots around Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the afternoon sun was sneaking out from behind the clouds and the Glass House Mountains made a fantastic backdrop.  While Jocelyn from JC Photographry Service | Capturing Lifes Moments took care of the directing, I looked for the candid shots between.  

Something out of the ordinary for me but I look forward to doing more of this in the future.

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 | 1/400s | F5.6 | ISO200 | edit in LR5                                                     

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 | 1/250s | F5.6 | ISO100  | edit in LR5