Here are three reasons why you might consider doing a combination session like Sophie did!
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My goal is to tell your story in these photos. That means highlighting your different angles, emotions, and style. You haven't lived your life all inside or all outside, so by doing both, you have an opportunity to bring a little range to the album you'll end up wanting at the end, not just the wall portrait for mom.
I can do bright pictures with a white background like you see in online clothing ads, or a white sofa, or dark backgrounds where we can play with shadow a bit more.
Sometimes the weather doesn't play nice. I literally just returned from a photography workshop where we were supposed to take pictures in the second largest canyon in the United States. But it was 36 degrees and raining in May in Texas!!! So we had to do all of our shooting in studio.
You can minimize your time in inclement weather by doing a combination session. If it's too hot and humid, or too cold and windy, do some inside first when you have more control over how your hair looks, then go outside to get some images in nature.
Portrait Photographers constantly talk about light, the quality of it, the softness and hardness, specularity, strength, direction, and flattering and non-flattering aspects of it. You may not think that is important if you are the subject, but it is because it affects how you look and the feel or emotion of the image. Having window light, off camera lighting through flash or constant light, golden hour light, back light and reflected light gives you a photographic story that is more rounded and flattering than just having one or two options.