We live in Missouri which means that it can be sunny and 80 degrees one day and 30 degrees and snowing the next. That's why it's a great idea to have an indoor location in your back pocket should the weather be less than ideal for an outdoor family session.
While an indoor location does not offer as much flexibility and freedom as an outdoor park or open field, I do love the convenience it offers to shoot inside no matter what is happening outside.
For this very reason, I decided to get my own studio. I like to think of it as a blank canvas to create a sweet setting for some sweet portraits. I usually have a little set up and ready for families with little ones so that we can easily pivot our session to indoors if we can't reschedule an outdoor shoot.
If you are looking for an indoor location that doesn't require artificial light, then I definitely recommend using Lightbox Studio in Springfield. They are located on historic C-Street and offers a large loft area full of furnishings that we can use to create a stylish set. This location does require an additional fee to use their space but it is well worth it. The space is perfect for families who like a little more room to move around.
This space is great for extended families who need an indoor space when the weather is just not accommodating. The gallery does require an additional fee but offers seating, tables and some natural light. Better yet, it's right next door to a coffee shop for those who need a quick snack or pick me up to get you through a photo shoot. It's also a great space for extended families to catch up and spend some time to visit in a relaxed space.
The gallery is also a great space to capture some natural candid moments like this one with a grandfather and his younger grandson.
More ideas to consider:
A home session is always an affordable option and makes the photo shoot extra special in the comfort of your own home.
If you are visiting from out of town, consider finding a spot in your hotel lobby or common area. Most hotels are accommodating to guests wanting photos done on their property. It's always a good idea to run it by the staff before we make a firm plan for that.
If you attend a local church, there are several in the area that have a great foyer space perfect for a little photo shoot. Just check with the staff on availability and requirements for doing a photo shoot there beforehand.
Some restaurants have meeting spaces that could also be an indoor photo shoot option. Just call ahead and inquire about reserving the space ahead of time and be sure to partake of their menu offerings after your shoot to say thank you for accommodating your group for your photos.
As always, I'd love to capture your family photos for you. You can check my upcoming availability here.