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A few weeks back I headed up to the beautiful area of Norfolk in which Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton nestle on the coast. I often photograph families at Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton with the beach at the latter being one of my favourite haunts. In fact I spend so much time there I’m sure I can say I’m a Hunstanton photographer 😉

I was invited to photograph a family get together the cause of which was the significant birthday of the family’s oldest member. Even better was the fact that the gentleman concerned owned a beach hut at Old Hunstanton: what could be better than a family session with a lovely beach hut as the base for a session? Sadly, events arise over which we don’t have control and not long before his 90th birthday a knee operation meant that the eldest member of the family couldn’t really head to the beach. As a substitute we utilised a communal park in Hunstanton for the photographs. The park was close to one of the family homes, easily accessed via wheelchair and a lovely spot for some family photographs, perfect to make sure that everyone could be pictured in the photographs. Great Grandad managed with his stick for some photographs kindly helped out by his family members and on other photographs in the absence of seats in the park with nice backdrops we used a chair from the family house beside the park so that he could sit comfortably.

There was plenty of time for the families to have some individual photographs, in addition to full family photographs, for partners and children, grandparents and couples. It was great fun, with the springtime leaves bursting out on the trees and a bit of brightness in the sky from a friendly sun.

A Hunstanton photographer obviously has access to the beach, to the walk along the cliff tops to the lighthouse and of course a short stones throw away is the great beach, beach huts and cliffs of Old Hunstanton. If you want to get the family together for a shoot then get in touch. I hope you like a few of the images from this session.

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I’m often convinced that I may become a naturalised Wells Next the Sea photographer. Wells is a great holiday destination, a great place to visit and always proves very popular particularly for its unique beach environment. The beach at Wells is a huge beach, not generally one where the sea is inviting, but when you have beautiful yellow sands, beach huts, and a gorgeous woodland behind the beach who necessarily needs a dip in the sea? Add to this a miniature railway connecting beach to town, and a beach cafe and toilet facilities and well it’s a great place for families, for couples and just to generally have lots of fun. No wonder I spend a great deal of time visiting Wells to photograph people.

On this occasion, there was a grandmother, with a significant birthday to celebrate and a lovely family who thought they’d surprise her in a way she’d appreciate-with photographs of her family of course! It was the day of the birthday party when I met the family at the beach, and I was asked to photograph the two families of the grandmothers’ sons, 4 parents, 4 children, no problem. Full of adventure the kids led the way in exploring the woods, three boys and one extraordinary girl whose tree climbing ability only led me to believe that she was part squirrel 😉 With mums and dads in tow the kids found fallen logs to sit on, little dens to hide in, a swing to swing from with the parents leading the way in this pursuit, trees to climb in abundance, suspended logs to shimmy along, logs to pick up, sunny glades to run through with mum and dad. I’m often asked how you keep children amused during a photo shoot and I’ve got to say the secret is in letting them be themselves, exploration, adventure and fun is the key to a child’s heart and as well as indulging the children it’s often great to see parents letting lose and enjoying themselves too during natural lifestyle sessions.

We finished in the woods and headed onto the beach with the vastness of the foreshore being even more impressive after spending some time in the woods. On the beach there were piggy backs, racing, jumping around in the sand, in addition to frisbee, and generally being spun around by dad’s. It was great fun, and that evening a very special grandmother got a preview of the photographs produced at her party.

I hope you like some of the photographs from the session, and if you would like a natural lifestyle portrait session feel free to get in touch?


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I had a lovely visit to a family home recently for a springtime family portrait photography session. The session involved three generations of the same family and started with some studio style images inside the family home and quickly moved onto some outdoor portraits. I used a portable studio background and studio lights to produce some images on a plain studio background for the family first, but with the sun shining the younger members of the family were keen to venture outdoors for some photographs.

It was a lovely spring day with bright sunshine. Although a little early to benefit from any shade from trees in full leaf which would’ve been welcomed, a great showing of daffodils meant that I quickly asked permission to use a bank of daffodils for some photographs of the family’s young ladies who obliged. An extra bonus was that the daffodils allowed me to photograph the girls with the sun to their backs or backlit as photographers would say, which was perfect as I didn’t need to worry about how bright the sun was shining in people’s eyes on this occasion.

We then utilised other areas of the garden and the outside aspects of the family home to take some more photographs often producing legacy images following on from previous family portrait locations cherished by the family concerned. It’s lovely to be able to take this type of photograph for a family as it charts the passage of time and the development of a family and gives the family photographs of a likeness separated by more than a little time on occasion. With a lovely large garden it was almost a slight shame that the sun was quite so strong, as it did mean that at this early point in the year that I had to work against it’s brightness but we were more than happy to be able to benefit from it’s warmth and great colour.

We had a great time, let little people explore and have some fun and produced some photographs that will hopefully be cherished for many years to come. A lovely family to meet and photograph, I hope you like a small sample of some of the photographs produced.FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY NORWICHFAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY NORWICHFAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY NORWICH

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Earlier this year a lovely lady won a family photography session in my “Great Bug Hunt Competition”. We then set a date for a shoot but unfortunately having planned a shoot at the beach the weather had other ideas and sent a day full of torrential rain our way. Luckily, although we couldn’t move the day of the session due to family members being only available on the one date, we did have recourse to the use of a community centre local to the lady’s home which could act as a portable studio base for a fun family photography session.

I’m quite lucky in that I have a wide gamut of photography gear to call upon should I need it, and on this occasion I needed my studio photography gear usually used for photographing local nursery/playgroups and such like. Out came a big white backdrop, four studio heads as we call our studio lights and other miscellaneous gear and up went an impromptu studio so that we could get some photographs of a lovely extended family together in spite of the heavy rain.

We had great fun with two very active children, and six adults, including mum, dad, grandad, grannie, and the kid’s uncle and his partner. We exhausted as many photographic possibilities as we could using a high key lighting set up to capture children and adults alike behaving as only you can on a white background with lots of light. We even revisited a favourite composite photograph of mine which involves photographing a whole family without the necessary bunching and scrummage that is normally required on even a large backdrop such as that one used. The photograph produced hopefully shows a relaxed family group and more than imitates the type of photograph that requires a large space such as a beach to achieve.

I hope you like some of the photographs from a fun family photography session, and hope to post more images of outdoor sessions soon.


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Sometimes the weather can play hard ball with the plans of a portrait photographer. On this occasion it was rather a gusty wind which threatened to slam unclosed doors and generally mess up hair of anyone attempting to go outdoors on what was an Easter Saturday. Combine the gusty wind with quite a cool and very grey day and it was decided that staying indoors in a spacious family home would be the best bet for some family photographs.

Staying indoors was not a bad idea. My clients wanted some photographs of their family in the house that had served as a family home through the childhood of several children who’d now left Norfolk to live and work in the capital. With Easter weekend being an ideal opportunity to get family together, parent’s, children and a daughter-in-law were all photographed together and individually with a little onus on the parent’s work too.

Using the natural light that enters the house even on a dull day we photographed the family in and around the house, not even leaving out the kitchen. I then whipped the family out for a rather blustery outdoor photo or two before returning indoors for some shots of the artist at work before heading to a very private shed for a couple more photographs.

It was great fun and hopefully an example of how even when the weather’s against us there are memories to be captured, I hope you like some of the photographs and if you’re in need of a portrait photographer please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


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