Is black and white family photography better?
I’m a family photographer working in Richmond-upon-Thames in South West London and I can’t help but think that black and white photographs are more dramatic and more emotional. Don’t get me wrong, I think photographs in colour are great, particularly when the surroundings are bursting with colour – like spring or autumn photo shoots. But sometimes removing colour makes the photo better by making it more simple.
I recently did a lovely photo shoot in Hampton, not far from Richmond
Even though the family was photographed in a colourful park, when I was going through the photos, I thought the black and white photos were my favourites. Here’s a small selection from the family photo session. The mum was keen on getting some lovely photos of her daughter – who was absolutely wonderful to photograph. She was such a delight and so relaxed in front of the camera.
I’ve had several families tell me they prefer black and white photos
I’m not surprised by this as I think that sometimes with family photographs, particularly those of young children, making them black & white gives them a timeless quality that enhances their power to evoke emotions.
I’d love to know if you agree!