The Pros of Indoor Photography | Editorial Studio Shoot at Lux SF

We can play with natural light with indoor photography this Fall season too!

This editorial studio shoot, hosted by The Shootout Society, at Lux SF is a great example of all the positive possibilities of shooting indoors.

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing a stunning, real life husband and wife, Donta and Chantelle Nelson. They were just the right dose of inspiration, passion, and fun.

Tips for Shooting Indoors with Natural Light

In addition to choosing the right camera settings, it is always essential to consider the time of day, access to windows, and the color of walls for great natural lighting indoors.

Inside Lux SF, there were high ceilings, white walls, and large windows that faced West. This was perfect because light colored, white walls are ideal to bounce off light onto the subjects. If we had red walls, the subjects' skin tone would look more red.

Also, we were there a couple hours before the sunset West, so the windows allowed a lot of light into the room. There were options for direct light, indirect light, and playing with shadows.

If you already know you avoid taking photos outdoors during the colder Fall and Winter months, you will appreciate the positive alternative of shooting indoors. Check out the advantages below:

The Pros of Indoor Photography

  1. Indoor locations are convenient, controlled, and comfortable environments.

  2. In case there is an unexpected rainy day, we will be safe indoors. There is no need to worry about the weather and stress about constantly checking the weather app weeks before the shoot.

  3. When you need an outfit change or a makeup retouch, clean bathrooms, dressing rooms, and mirrors are easier to find indoors.

  4. Electric sockets for camera batteries and chargers are available. I will 100% have all my batteries charged ahead of time, but there will be some in case anyone needs them as back up.

  5. There will be privacy. You won't have to worry about random people walking around in the background, photo bombing, being nosy, or staring at you while you are in front of the camera.

Now that you have heard some tips for shooting indoors with natural light and some pros of indoor photography, do you think you will give it a try? Do you like photography indoors or outdoors better? Tell me in the comments below!

After this shoot, I got a happy surprise. Darling Media featured one of our photos on a great article called, "How the Pandemic Changed How I View Travel," written by @nadiaemma. And another photo on an article called, "How to Navigate Life as a newlywed," written by @vbardegA. To read the articles, you can visit

PHOTOGRAPHER: @valarieduran

DESIGNER: @theshootoutsociety

FLORIST: @twfloraldesignco

HMUA: @beautifuldaybrides

MODELS: @chantelleenelson @dontanelson


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