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 brilliantlyIt 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.