Problem Solving

As a Lifestyle Photographer, part of my job is to problem solve.  Especially when I am on-location, require natural light and photograph kids (where there is a limited attention span), I have to think fast when a problem arises.

This afternoon’s lifestyle family photography session ran into a problem:  We got KICKED OUT a few minutes after the shoot started.  Minutes! (I’ve shot at this location before and never had a problem, so this was a surprise.)

Since this shoot started in the late afternoon, the option of changing locations wouldn’t work because we would have wasted precious light.  And if you have kids, or have worked with kids, you know that getting them in and out of the car another couple times and driving around to find another location can turn even the sweetest kids into Grumpasauruses!

Another option would be to tackle the security guard, so we could keep shooting.  Tempting… but nah.

The third option — the one we chose — was to shoot what we can…wherever we were.

[Photography Tip: Lifestyle Photography isn’t as much about the location as it is about what you’re doing at the location.  So if the location is beautiful and picturesque, that’s great, but if you don’t have much to do there or aren’t enjoying yourself, then your shots can end up looking redundant and *yawn*…dry.  I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t choose a pretty location; my point is that you don’t need a “special” location to get great shots.]

Here is a shot I took at a very pretty Japanese teahouse that overlooked a creek (the original location)…


Here are a few shots I took after we got kicked out…

We shot near the parking lot, in the parking lot and in the middle of the street!


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Just have fun and look for photo opps wherever you are.  It’s only “a problem” if you can’t think outside the box.

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  1. Beckie

    THe family is charming no matter where the photos are taken. The little girls are so filled with expressions that they make the pictures pop.

  2. I am always stunned and speechless when I actually get to see your “vision” come to fruition. You are nothing short of amazing in your ability to find photo ops in the middle of nowhere. For our next photo session, maybe we’ll just have it at the grocery store! I have no doubt you’d find many photo ops, and we would be able to get our groceries too! Haha. Just kidding…kinda. You are awesome! Thanks, Annie!

  3. Oh, Emi! I’d love to shoot in a grocery store! Tee hee.

    I’m so glad you are happy with your peek. Just wait til you see the rest!

  4. We are anxiously awaiting! This was a total tease! We can’t wait! Thanks again, Annie!

  5. Judy Reinboth

    Brilliant photos. Isn’t odd how we overlook ordinary backgrounds and try so hard to find the right look. Your kiddy photos are wonderful because you kept them engaged no matter what the problem was!! Fantastic 🙂

  6. Lawrence

    #2 is such a great capture. Its so amazing that you can capture shots that last a split second before they’re gone. Love the yellow backdrop of the old bus too!

  7. LOVE! I love the mom’s reflection on the car window. I also love the yellow bus. I love how you bring out the color on anything unexpected.

  8. Wow, those are great! You are very creative, & adaptable! 🙂 Love the one of the kids silly faces 🙂

  9. Brenda

    Amazing, from the looks of these photos, there didn’t appear to be any problem at all. LOVE the yellow bus photo… you captured such natural expressions… I can just feel their happiness!