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Playtime Portraits

Even before the restrictions we are all currently living and working under, Yorkshire Schools Photography mainly operated outdoors. Photographing children in the play area provided by their school, whether a concrete playground or a grassy field or woodland, working outside allows them to be at ease and show their true personalities. Many schools have tunnels, fences, willow arches, climbing walls and steps, all useful for posing or framing a shot.




Some schools have amazing outdoor spaces like the garden at Ripley endowed Primary school, the nature area at Kirby Malzeard Primary school and the wide area of green field and trees at Kirk Hammerton Primary. Each child's gallery has a selection of shots including the school buildings as a backdrop as well as parts of the playground and where possible each child choses their favourite spot for a photo as a reminder of happy school days.




Providing a variety of shots to select from also gives the opportunity to show parents both close up, traditional head and shoulder shots as well as candid images and action shots of their children at play. In normal times Yorkshire Schools Photography also makes it into the classroom to capture children at their desks showing they do manage to fit some work in amongst the fun.




Each class group (working in bubbles) or family group has the chance to chose spots in the playground for photos as well as being directed to areas Yorkshire Schools Photography knows will show them in their best light. Taking a headshot of each child in the same spot at the start of the shoot enables us to provide school with a gallery of photos for their own use. And at some point in every photoshoot the children get a chance to jump, but only if they want to, not many can resist!




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