A simple spring-themed portrait of Nikki in the studio garden

Bring context to your outdoor portraits by including foreground and background details.

Sometimes you want your portraits to convey a sense of time and place. I was photographing our model, Nikki, in our beautiful studio gardens just as the spring colours (and daffodils – bleurgh) were starting to emerge among the flora.

I’ve included some of those colours as out-of-focus details in the foreground, while others surround Nikki in the background. As a result, the portrait conveys the garden surroundings and time of year while still ensuring Nikki is very much the star of the show.

Oh, and in the outtakes at the end I get cornered on why I hate daffodils so much