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I’m lucky to have clients who regularly ask me to photograph their family, as new additions have arrived, birthdays have come and gone and toddlers have turned into schoolchildren. It’s great as not only do you get to know your clients well but I have the pleasure of people who are quite used to the camera from the very beginning of each shoot, no nerves just natural behaviour and fun, outdoor portrait photography as it should be.

It was good to take one such set of clients somewhere new for a shoot this year, to the woods in full leaf to have a meander along the paths, a bit of hide and seek, a little exploration, even finding some small frogs on this occasion which mum was an expert at catching to show the kids, and some fun throwing some dried leaves around before climbing some fences for photographs with mum and dad.

Whats more we were only about 20 minutes from Norwich but as is usual with Norfolk we were out in the countryside and able to take advantage of the county’s beautiful scenery. Woodland portrait sessions are great fun, particularly in spring when bluebells start emerging and again in Autumn when deciduous leaves change colour and give you a great array of golds and browns to use as a backdrop to shoots combined with superb low angled sunshine. What’s more particularly for the autumnal shoots its a great excuse to get out the wooly jumpers and scarfs for the first time and plan a shoot so that you can take in a Sunday lunch as a family too.

Great fun, I hope you enjoy the photographs.

 

THROUGH THE LEAVES LIFESTYLE PORTRAITKIDS SITTING ON A LOG PORTRAIT IN WOODLANDSISTER AND BROTHER PHOTOGRAPHNATURAL PORTRAIT IN THE WOODSKIDS PLAYING PHOTOGRAPH NORWICH WOODLANDView full post »

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Clients are often a little reluctant to head out to have photographs taken, there’s the fear that you’ll look a bit silly with a photographer tagging along. As an alternative I’m often asked to photograph family’s at their homes but I’m always cautious of doing so for two reasons.

The first reason is that going somewhere unfamiliar particularly when you go for a walk often acts as a great stimulus for adventure and activity and then of course smiles and fun particularly for children. The second is that the home and garden environment sometimes isn’t particularly suitable for portraits. Even when you do have a very beautiful garden as was the case with the following shoot, you sometimes don’t quite have the variety of landscape to keep children entertained for quite long enough and often you might be limited in the number of different backgrounds that can be used for photographs particularly if a bit of bright sun limits the suitable angles at which subjects can be photographed in a natural way.

We started this shoot at the very beautiful garden of the children’s grandparents but soon discovered that we had exhausted the photographic potential of the garden. No worry though as the family knew a great little woodland only a stones throw away that was full of bluebells in flower. Cue a quick car journey and a bit of an adventure for the girls with Grandad and mum through the woods. Our additional little foray added more variety to the photographs provided to the family and I discovered a brand new beautiful place to take families interested in using the beautiful Norfolk scenery as a backdrop.

I hope you like a few of the photographs from the session.

BLUEBELL WOODLAND PORTRAITSSWINGING FROM TREES IN WOODS NORWICHCHASING BUBBLES IN BLUEBELL WOODLANDPORTRAIT IN GARDEN OF HOMEView full post »

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Often people forget that it doesn’t have to be summertime to have fun at the beach. In fact the colours at the beach don’t fade like they do inland. The sea, the sand, the Marram grass stay the same, as do the pine trees. It’s the perfect place for photography year round.

Winter portrait shoots benefit from beautiful low sunlight which is an absolute joy to photograph people in, it’s low and makes peoples eyes shine brightly, it’s warm in colour and it’s best closer to midday than it is during summer so it’s perfectly timed for younger children who get a bit cranky later in the afternoon.

Of course the amount of wonderful coastline that Norfolk has lends itself to it being a great place for family portraits and I was glad to be able to visit one of my favourite beaches at Old Hunstanton in March to photograph some lovely children all belonging to one extended family. The aim was to provide a very lucky Grandmother with some photographs for her grandchildren for her birthday and I hope that we didn’t disappoint. A big part of heading out and about for a lifestyle portrait shoot instead of staying local to your home is that it provides children with entertainment in the form of adventure and exploration. Hopefully in these photographs you’ll be able to see some of the adventure the children had whilst their parents watched. The only downside to the afternoon was that unfortunately we had so much fun that by the time we had finished the beach cafe was closed and there was no chance of ice creams.

I hope you enjoy looking at some of the photographs and please drop me a line if you would like a winter portrait shoot.

 

COUSINS PORTRAIT ON BEACH HUT VERANDA NORFOLKGIRL IN WINTER SUN PORTRAITRUNNING THROUGH THE DUNESPIGGY BACK RACING NORFOLK BEACHView full post »

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Perhaps one of the sweetest requests I’ve had this year came from a lady, and was to photograph her and her two daughters in order to fulfil her husband’s wish to have some photographs of all his girls together. In secret a lifestyle portrait session was planned so that the husband’s wish could be fulfilled and just in time for the couple’s anniversary.

The fact that the lady herself was shy of being photographed had not only caused her husband to wish for photographs of his wife with their girls, but also made it all the more difficult to fulfil. So it was rather reluctantly that I took the lady and her girls to the grounds of the University of East Anglia for their shoot which had to be completed between the end of the girl’s school day and dad’s arrival home.

It was a lovely evening for the session and I was glad to say that despite initial reservations and mum’s obvious slight discomfort at being on the wrong side of a camera we soon were having fun photographing mum and daughter’s together.

With a daughter myself I can’t help thinking that one day as a photographer my wife will no doubt wish for a similar anniversary present and to be quite honest it might be nice to swap sides of the camera for a change.

I hope you like some of the photographs, I’m glad to say they did the trick for one brave mum, and I do believe dad might have shed a tear or two on receiving his anniversary present:)

 

BUTTERCUP MEADOW WALKING PHOTOGRAPHBUTTERCUP MEADOW PHOTOGRAPHSISTERS SITTING BESIDE LAKEView full post »

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Norfolk is a favourite holiday location for families and there’s no disguising why, nice beaches, lovely food, friendly locals and beautiful countryside there’s no room for complaint particularly when the weather is good which it is practically always:)

The Isle of Sky was just one of the locations this family journeyed from for their get together and holiday. For the children there was the opportunity to meet their new cousin and it looked to me as though they were all a little happy to meet her and generally make a fuss of her. For the grandparents there was a chance to mess about with the whole family, reminisce a little (I’m afraid I asked which of their children had proven the most difficult), and enjoy a little time together under Norfolk’s huge sky.

The beach was busy so we headed into some pine woodlands for shade and cool and playing about taking some lovely portraits of the children with their parents and grandparents. It wasn’t long before we visited the beach and sought a little shade beside some beach huts, and also looked for some beach hut chic locations for a few more portraits.

Particularly memorable parts of this lifestyle portrait session included the joy of one young man when he was asked to hold his young baby cousin for a photograph, and a rather ‘full on’ kiss between grandparents that had what I think was the desired effect in making their grown up daughter run away down the beach leading to much mirth on the behalf of the mischievous grandparents.

Great times and I hope you enjoy some photographs from a sunny day on a Norfolk beach.

 

COUSINS TOGETHER PORTRAITGRANDPARENTS WITH THEIR GRANDCHILDRENYOUNG GIRL IN SUNGLASSES WITH HAT PORTRAIT NORTH NORFOLKView full post »

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