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  • Katie Martin-Sperry

Choosing your shoot location. Indoors Vs. Outdoors

It is a tough decision choosing the shoot location. You do get a very different result from an indoor shoot verses outdoor vibe. One thing I always recommend clients, if they have a newborn, indoor home shoots always seem to work best. It is cooler, much easier to manage feeds and changing little ones and you also feel more comfortable postpartum at home. There's no doubt in that. However if you aren't in the newborn stage, here are some things to consider...


While most shoots start early to capture the beautiful morning light, it can still get sweaty first thing - especially since there's bound to be a little adrenaline on shoot day. If your family perspire easily, outdoor shoots might be prohibitive, even with multiple changes of clothing (which, I will always recommend). Once the sweat beads start, there is no stopping them. I can retouch sweaty patches within reason, so if you aren't a fan of the sweaty look, steer away from outdoors.

Outdoor shoots usually start at around 7.30-8am to beat the heat which also doesn't necessarily work for all schedules, plus the light is best then too!


Your home exudes your personality and tells your personal story. Families tend to be at their most relaxed in their own home environment, surrounded by the places and things they love the most. Especially at home, props such as favourite teddies for little ones, favourite chairs or particular areas of your home can instantly put even the most camera-shy at ease. I love shooting in the home (and would usually recommend it), as for many clients capturing the home is a big part of ensuring childhood memories are in the memory bank in years to come. Take the needs of everyone on the shoot into consideration, especially if you have little ones. Snacks on demand and some quiet time is readily available, if necessary.


Here in Singapore, we are blessed to live in one of the most photogenic cities on the planet, so there are plenty of locations to choose as a backdrop, especially for those who want to mark their time on the little red dot. From the Botanic Gardens, or Bukit Brown Cemetary to Little India, we can find the perfect location to capture the beauty of your favourite places and where you spend time as a family.


I will guide you on outdoor locations I am familiar with. If you are worried about doing it at home, but you have a small space, or concerned that it isn't like the houses you see on my gallery? Don't fear, all I need is lots of lovely natural light! No matter how big or small your house may be, all I am concerned about is how MUCH light you get. You don't need loads of space. I will provide you with some tips on how to tidy away those knick-knacks and focus on lovely pockets of cosiness, that make your home, a home.

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