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.
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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Holidays in Norfolk provide great family time, fun in the sun and relaxation. I’m always really fortunate to be asked to photograph family’s who holiday in the county whilst they’re enjoying kicking back and being together. As an Old Hunstanton Family Photographer I often get to enjoy spending time on the wonderful beach there photographing a family enjoying the back drop of amazing cliffs, a beautiful bay and the multi-coloured beach huts, it’s a bit of traditional seaside to enjoy.
The family I photographed on this occasion were enjoying such a holiday, away from the stresses of work life, in beautiful sunshine, relaxing and enjoying life. My lifestyle sessions are unhurried, relaxed and fun. We explored the beach, looked at the beach huts, hid among them a little, walked and jumped around a bit in the dunes and then headed out a beautiful stretch of sand for some more photographs. Finally we headed to the sea for some special photographs of a little lady who was enjoying the chance to dress up as her favourite Disney character Ariel in the suitable setting of the beach front. It was great fun, lovely to meet such a lovely family and lovely to be able to help create and maintain memories of a Norfolk holiday for their future.
Here’s a few photographs from the afternoon:
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