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Outdoor vs. studio portraits

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Outdoor vs. studio portraits is often the first thing one considers when you first decide you want a professional portrait experience.

You know you want something luxurious and unique, but can’t decide if you want studio portraits for an editorial look vs outdoor portraits for a “relaxed” look… or something on-location at your favorite venue.

So, I’ve put together a list of pros vs. cons of both outdoor and studio portraits, so you can pick which works better for your personal style and preferences.

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Not affected by weather (rain, high temperatures, wind, cold, etc.)

More time to change outfits

Can be more classic and timeless, portraits will not age as fast

More flexibility of style & wardrobe – can merge many different looks


Convenient facilities

Looks more “editorial”


Backdrops/sets are limited to location

People assume they are “stuffy” (not necessarily so 😉 )

OUTDOOR PORTRAITS (or on location)


Can have a more “lifestyle” feel

Great to create albums with a storytelling feel

Perfect for brands with retail location and showcasing ambiance

Appeals to a certain aesthetic

Gen Z may prefer more of an “influencer” look


Outdoors can be very uncomfortable in inclement weather

Venues can be very limiting to only one “look”

Becomes out-dated very quickly

Can look too trendy and not as classic

Although perceived as “more relaxed”, an outdoor session may be more stressful than studio

Which one is for you? Do you have a preference or love both?

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