Providing my clients with a unique and versatile setting to have their portraits taken is something I take a lot of pride in! In one of my recent blog posts I shared the story of how the studio came to be. Having a studio to call my own and use as I please is a wonderful resource in this profession, especially because my favorite subjects to photograph are newborns! You can't exactly special order perfectly warm and non-buggy weather in Minnesota every time an itty-bitty decides to make their appearance. Although the studio offers a controlled environment with precise lighting and is very convenient to utilize in case of inclement weather, there are definitely some limits to its use. That's when we step outside and the sky is literally the limit to what we can capture during a portrait session! Extended family sessions are typically held outdoors because of the space factor but whenever possible I prefer to take my clients outdoors for at least part of their session. I find that what draws a lot of my clientele to book a session (or to keep coming back) is the fact the that I am able to offer an extremely large selection of distinct and scenic backdrops when taking their portraits. Having our farm property at my disposal has been key to many of those eye catching portraits with alluring backdrops and enchanting natural light! Our 6 little acres offer endless opportunities to provide charm that is ever changing with the seasons and is as unique and different as each client or family that I have the pleasure of working with. I am always surprised at how versatile our property actually is. I can also say that I'm almost certain that there are very few (if any) other photographers in the area that can offer as many outdoor settings all in one place.
The barn itself is captivating and provides a very rustic natural look. There are actually not that many old barns like this one left anymore. Just as I had big dreams to have a studio, I have big dreams for this property. Someday Andy and I would love to return this beauty to its former glory! For now I use it mostly as is, but an interesting fact is that every side of the barn is completely different which is what offers me such great flexibility in my work, all with in a few steps from the studio door!
So whether you are interested having an extended family session, getting senior portraits taken, or any other type of session that I offer, know that there are plenty of options when it comes to being outdoors and luckily I can say they are all in my backyard. Grab the kids and grandma and grandpa too, we can hop in the golf cart, take a little tour, and capture some fabulous images together leaving the stress of choosing a picturesque location behind.
I've got that part covered!