Natasha & Dan Birch

We love the coastline, which is great as many people choose to be portrayed on the beach

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015

This month’s Picture Perfect photographers are Natasha (32) and Dan (33) Birch. While Dan was born and raised in the Algarve, Natasha originally came from London. The married couple now lives together near Boliqueime, where they specialise in weddings, real estate, rentals, portraits, advertising and commissions. Natasha is a self-taught photographer whereas Dan has a BA Photography Degree.

Their style is best described as laidback and candid. “We both love meeting new people. A lot of families are on holiday here, so we just let them have a good time and capture those fun moments. Usually, we first meet up without our cameras and just have a chat. Every photographer has his own style and it’s important that people know what to expect from the shoot.”

Natasha and Dan on photography in the Algarve: “As we’re natural light photographers and don’t like to use flash, good light is important. The Algarve is the perfect place for this; the light here is fantastic, especially in the late afternoon. The weather is good too, which is important when you want nice holiday pictures. We love the coastline, which is great as many people choose to be portrayed on the beach.”

Children / family photography

This month’s Picture Perfect shows Amelia enjoying the summer on the beach near Albufeira’s old town. It was taken on a Canon EOS 5DMKII – EF24-70L @f2.8 – ISO 100. Like this pic? See more on: www.birchphotography.com
Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are Natasha and Dan’s top three tips on photographing kids and their families:

  1. Make sure you have good light; when possible, take your pictures in the late afternoon or the early evening.
  2. Always take something to keep the children happy and entertained, for example their favourite toy. You could also reward them with ice-cream, those words alone are enough to make most children smile.
  3. Be yourself and be friendly. Some children can be a bit camera shy at first, so be patient and not too obtrusive. Taking the time to get to know the people you’re photographing makes for a nicer atmosphere and better pictures.

Amelia enjoying the summer by Natasha & Dan Birch

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015

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