Family Hugs and Campus Love

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Family Photographer

The Woodlands, TX

Most of the time I select a location for our portrait session. I have several secluded spots that are beautiful and I know the light well. But there are times when it’s good to mix it up, try new places and experience a location that’s different.
If you are trying to find a spot that is perfect for your family photos, here are a few tips to help you decide!

Picking A Location For Family Photos

  • Choosing a meaningful place
    Do you have a park you always go to, or are we returning to the steps her first proposed to you? Your location should have personal meaning. It adds depth to your pictures and enhances the memories already created there.

  • Considering the surroundings
    Are there power lines everywhere? Lots of people walking around? Think about what might end up in the background of your pictures and don’t hesitate to ask for input.

  • Choose somewhere quiet

  • Don’t let the location take over
    Sometimes a simple field is really all you need. If your chosen location is too busy, it could take away from the focal point- your family!

  • Look for shade

  • Think about the direction the sun sets

  • Clear if with your photographer
    Make sure your photographer is at least familiar with the location, that it’s not out of their milage/range, and that no permits are required to shoot where you have chosen.

Check out this family session- they picked the University of Alabama because of their love for and connection to the school. So fun and meaningful!


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Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley offers day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley serves Montgomery county areas including Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, and Magnolia.