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Follow our easy tips below and you will find an instant improvement in all of your outside photographs.  If you can’t get the hang of it then book a Mango Studios Portrait session and let us capture your family perfectly for you!

1.  The best time to take photos outside is early morning or early evening when the light is softer and more flattering.

2. Try to avoid taking pictures in the middle of the day.  If the sun is shining directly over your subjects head, it will create dark shadows under the eyes.

3. Turn your subjects so they are facing away from the sun or find a nice shady area.  You will still get the sense that it is a sunny day but the pictures will be much more flattering with softer features and no squinty eyes.

Katie agreed once again to be our Mango Guinea-Pig to demonstrate the dos and don’ts of outside photography!

Please note all shots are shown straight out of camera, no editing had been done in Photoshop.

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In the picture above Katie is facing the sun full on (this is the first mistake most people make in outdoors photography.) Notice how her face looks too shiny in places and too dark in others. Her eyes are squinting and look almost black and the creases round her mouth and eyes are exaggerated by the shadows created by the strong sunlight!

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In the above photograph Katie has turned away from the sun.  It is an improvement from the first picture. You can see that her eyes are more open, the shine has gone from her face and her features are softened.  However there is still quite a bit of shadow on her face due to the fact that the sun is still shining down on her.  If your camera has manual settings you can slightly over expose the picture or increase the ISO to gently lighten the face.

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This is the best picture of Katie – considering it’s Monday morning and she hasn’t brushed her hair or put make up on yet!  In this picture she was standing in open shade – this means standing under a tree or covered area, facing outwards so the light is on your face but you are shaded from above.  Her eyes are open and light and the sun isn’t casting any unflattering shadows under her eyes or nose.  Also note her posture in this picture.  Her shoulders are back and her head is turning away from her body, elongating her neck.

We hope you found these tips useful and we are sure that if you follow these rules your photographs will improve instantly.  It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and play around with your camera, have fun and enjoy experimenting.

Have a look at some of our recent Family Mini Shoots that took place this weekend in our buttercup field.  Our next Family Mini Shoot day will be held on 11th October 2014.  There are only 5 spaces available.  Click here for more information about these exclusive mini shoots.

BOOK your perfect Surrey Mango photo shoot by contacting us HERE.

Telephone  Becky: 07748 186 463  or Liana: 07976 625 552
Address
Mango Studios
Highway Farm
Downside
Cobham
KT11 3JZ

 

Last weekend we had a lovely afternoon away from our Surrey photography studio on a location shoot in Wimbledon with a gorgeous family of 5 and their dog.  They often go for family walks on Wimbledon Common so wanted to have their photo shoot there as it holds such happy memories for them.  We had a great time and it was a lovely warm day so the children could run around, carefree, in their summer clothes.  The perfect day for a family photo shoot.

Here are is a sneak peak of a couple of pictures from the afternoon.  We can’t wait to show them the rest.

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Beautiful Family Photo shoot in Wimbledon.

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Fun Family Portraits in Wimbledon

BOOK your perfect Surrey Mango photo shoot by contacting us HERE.

Telephone  Becky: 07748 186 463  or Liana: 07976 625 552
Address
Mango Studios
Highway Farm
Downside
Cobham
KT11 3JZ

Sneak preview of what we have been doing today:

What adorable twins, we haven’t seen them for a year but we quickly remembered how photogenic they are!

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This is their first Watch Me Grow session at only 3 months (lying the opposite way around just so you don’t get confused)

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We can’t wait for the next one!

To book your own Watch Me Grow Session click here

We are very excited about our NEW Baby Mini Sessions for babies that are between 6 weeks and 18 months old. (If your baby is under 4 weeks old or you are pregnant you are still in time for a precious newborn shoot. Find out more here

Your baby is no longer a sleepy, curled up newborn and their personality is starting to show. As mum’s we know that time is short when you are planning your days around your little ones.  You have to fit your life into sessions between naps and feeding times and that’s why our Baby Mini Sessions are perfect for busy parents and your gorgeous little bundles.

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Our Baby Mini Sessions are an ideal way to cherish your babies first smiles to wobbly steps.

Let us capture some precious memories professionally

 

It’s Simple.

  • All Inclusive Cost of just £295
  • 45 Minute Mini Portrait Session in our beautiful Surrey Studio
  • Artistic editing & retouching of your images
  • An online gallery
  • Four 10″ x 8″ mounted photographs
  • The same Four Digital Images (normally worth £520)

Extra Digital Images, Prints, Wall Portraits and Albums can be purchased.

If your baby has a brother or sister that you would like to be in the photographs too it is £50 extra per sibling

Contact us HERE to find out more or to book your session. (Please note Saturday sessions get booked up about 2 months in advance so it’s best to book early)

Here are some of the cuties we’ve had in the studio…

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To Book a Mango Photo Shoot please contact us here.   We look forward to seeing lots of new little ones in our Surrey Studios this year.

Telephone  Becky: 07748 186 463  or Liana: 07976 625 552
Address
Mango Studios
Highway Farm
Downside
Cobham
KT11 3JZ
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