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Being a Norwich portrait photographer is great fun, particularly when I work with young families. As a father of two young girls myself, I love to talk about the joys of parenting to other parents and to laugh about the less joyful bits. On this occasion I was photographing a family with two young boys. I was originally contacted so that the couple concerned could obtain a photograph of their eldest son that would emulate one taken of his father many years earlier.  The original had been produced in a studio, so to reproduce something similar I took my portable studio gear to the family’s home, set this up and shot some studio style photographs. After these images were captured we moved on to a small natural session with the family, taking a small walk around a local pathway open to the public.

It was a lovely session with a great family, with baby and elder brother both enjoying themselves. It was interesting though to see how much more comfortable the elder brother found the outdoor session. He could run around, be himself, explore, have more fun and generally expend the masses of energy young children have available to them. I still think there is a place for studio shoots and sessions, they allow you to focus solely on the sitter, fine tune lighting etc etc, but there aren’t slugs in a studio, or autumn leaves to throw around, or sticks to find and use as whatever the imagination wants. It was really interesting to see quite a contrast in two photographic styles, and how they might befit different age groups. Conversely, the younger brother was probably a bit more comfortable in the studio style environment. As it was autumn, he needed to be bundled up a little in a big coat, couldn’t really sit around too much on the ground outside and couldn’t yet walk. So whether the younger brother preferred studio or outdoors is still up for debate?

Nevertheless, I cherished time spent with a lovely family, photographing them enjoying themselves both indoors and outdoors. It was nice to be able to present a legacy of formal photographs of the boys in the family and to see the family resemblances, and to photograph the family taking in some fresh autumn air. I hope you like a small sample of the images from the session.

 

 

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A great many of my family shoots are based in and around the beaches and holiday destinations in the north of my home county. North Norfolk photography has many plus points not least the amount of lovely places there are to visit, explore and produce natural photographs. The beauty of outdoor locations provides both the great backdrops to shoots and food for the imagination of young people that keeps them entertained during a session. It’s a win, win place to go for great natural portraits of you and your family and whether you’re a resident of the county, or one of it’s neighbours or simply visiting on holiday, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to utilise this great photographic resource.

This shoot from last year took place on the North Norfolk coast. Took in both the woods and the beach that characterise a large part of the coast and allowed for a mini family adventure and shoot. With woods to explore and a beach to enjoy the only thing that you really need to worry about is keeping children fuelled up for the fun. On this occasion, logs were walked, hands were held, the children ran around, found sticks and pine cones to play with, found the beach, splashed through tidal pools, discovered shellfish on the fore-shore, and eventually had a dig in the sand in front of a row of beach huts. In short it was great fun, and a great way to enjoy family time and a lifestyle portrait session.

I hope you enjoy a few photographs from the session.

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Suffolk Portrait Photography doesn’t get much better than when visiting the wonderful village of Walberswick adjacent to Southwold on the Suffolk Coast. Walberswick is a beautiful village that grew up on the opposite side of the River Blyth from the popular town of Southwold where this wonderful river meets the sea. As a result Walberswick has a great riverside walk which takes you past boat moorings, is famous for it’s crabbing opportunities on the bridges that straddle inlets, has a lovely stretch of beach backed by sand dunes, a small boat launching area, beach huts and a village green around which great pubs and tea rooms nestle. It’s gorgeous and as this family found out, despite the cold it can also be a brilliant place for a family portrait session in winter!

I met up with the family at one of the ample car parks serving the village, headed off for a bit of walk both to warm us up and to find some picturesque spots to shoot some portraits. The aim of the shoot was to supply some lovely family photographs to one lucky guy as a birthday surprise. He was at work, the rest of the family were modelling brilliantly:-)It was winter, I had more layers on than I normally need for a session. I try and move quite quickly from one opportunity to photograph people as naturally as possible to the next. This normally helps children to stay attentive to the session, prevents them getting bored and makes it enjoyable. On this occasion it also served to keep us all warm, to stop noses becoming too red, to keep bums from getting too chilly. The sky was a big grey duvet, which is a bit of a shame because winter blue skies are hard to beat what with a lovely low sun. For this reason we concentrated on slightly tighter framing of the subjects than is normally my style, concentrating on obtaining some subtle winter colours and enjoying the shoot. To this end there was a little bit of unashamed jumping from the sand dunes, normally cold weather makes people wrap themselves up and almost hug themselves for warmth so it was great to have the contrast of some seriously athletic jumps:-)

A great session with a great family in the heart of winter. I hope you enjoy a few of the photographs.

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When family members live both in various corners of the country and also the world it’s a big deal getting everyone together. A family portrait session last year united family members from both the North East and East Anglia in the UK with those based in Canada. Family reunions, get togethers, holidays are a common reason for a photographer to be called upon to take some photographs. Often I’m asked to attend a large holiday home to photograph everyone but on this occasion the family ventured out to a beautiful bit of parkland for some natural photographs together.

The bonus of heading out and about if you can for a family reunion session, is that often people relax more in front of a camera when they have a chance to move and explore and see new things. In this case one of the family’s brought their Cockapoo along for the walk. Great fun for the younger family members and of course a willing poseur when required:-)We walked through park land, amongst some great deciduous woods, along tracks and trails exploring, photographing. The family had fun, the kids had a bit of adventure and even managed to find a toad, and we all returned to the car park having had a great time and some exercise to boot.

I hope you like a small selection of the photographs from this session. A big thanks to the family concerned who were wonderfully accommodating and great fun to be with.

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Fun, adventure and excitement are key to great natural portraits of a family enjoying time together. These elements make everyone remember the joy of childhood, helps parents forget about forced poses, makes everyone smile! In reviewing the photographs from this natural portrait photography session at West Runton near Cromer in Norfolk last year, I was struck by the number of smiles, more than the normal, happy, relaxed, family having great fun on an evening at the beach.

The sun was out when we arrived, the beach almost deserted as it was almost dinner time: or tea-time as we’d call it in the Midlands where I grew up. There was a cloud bank rolling in and with it a bit of cold weather so we set off up the beach, enjoying the sun, surf, and lovely groins at West Runton which are now almost relics of a once effective sea-defence, whilst we still could.

Jumping in and out of the waves, walking along in the reflections of water polished sand, examining sea weed covered groins, racing, running, and hugging-great fun. Time for pauses, for snacks and for chats before heading back to the beach car park before it got too cold as the evening drew in.

I hope you like a small selection of the images, and I thank this wonderful family who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and photographing for a few years now, for all the natural smiles:-)

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