When Springtime Goes to Your Head
I have seen a few photos lately on Pinterest that triggered a new photo session idea. The main theme of the session is to use hats or flowers arranged as a headpiece. They help to provide a fun, sun-filled, happy focal point to the photographs.
Fun with Floppy Hats & Flowers
Adding one extra item of interest to a photograph may be all that is needed to create images that your clients will love. This approach would be great for a wide variety of sessions:
- Newborn (trade that hat for bonnet!)
To give you a head start – I have created a Pinterest board filled with ideas that you can try. Click the image below to visit it on Pinterest:
For the hats, some of the pins on the board include a description of where to find them. As for the flowers, your local florist should be able to help create a headpiece and show you how to keep it intact. Of course, to DIY – head over to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and check the bridal section.
Hats & Flowers Technique
There are a few things to keep in mind as you try this with a client. As with any new technique, it will require a bit of practice to get the photographs that you envision.
1. Natural Comfort Level
Unless your client normally wears floppy hats or flowers in their hair, they may be uncomfortable. One way to increase their comfort level is to have them wear the hat or headpiece when they first arrive. By the time you finish introductions, small talk, and walking them through the session plan – they will feel more natural while wearing it.
2. Pastel Color Palette
It may be tempting to fill your photograph with brightly colored flowers. The truth is that most bright oranges, yellows, and reds will overpower the skin tone of your client. This is not an absolute rule, but you may want to get a photo of your client in similar lighting to see what colors best compliment them. Usually a buttery yellow, pale pink, or white will work best.
3. Reflective Lighting
If you are using a floppy hat outdoors, be sure to bring along a reflector (and maybe an assistant). Depending on the shadows cast by the hat, you will need some way to get light on your client’s face. You may be able to do this with a remote flash as well. Again – practice on your friends until you get what you’re looking for!
That’s a Wrap
Hopefully this has inspired you to try something new this spring. That’s what springtime is all about, right? – All things new. If you have thoughts or examples of where this has worked for you, please let us know! We’re always interested in helping photographers plan a better photography session through visual collaboration with their clients. Read more at Introducing Session Board.