My work isn’t always with extended families, young children and babies. On a shoot earlier this year, I got to meet a wonderful couple celebrating their life with their three lovely Dalmatians. We headed down to Beccles common for the session. The common itself doubles as a golf course and generally great area for a walk, being particularly popular with dog walkers of whom we met many during our own walk around the common. It was a first for me visiting Beccles itself to photograph a couple, I think in the dim and distant past I photographed a wedding at the church in the town, but I’d be glad to be considered a Beccles Portrait Photographer. For the uninitiated the previous line of text may seem bewildering but rest assured it’s an SEO necessity, or a way of making sure that my website gets seen by Google and other search engines 🙂
Anyhow, we met up in the carpark to the common and quickly discussed the couple’s usual walk around the common with the dogs. It’s quite often nice as a portrait photographer to know the locations in which you photograph people but on this occasion I was flying blind so quizzed my guides a little as to the terrain and topography of the common prior to our walk. This is essential from the photographers point of view so as not to miss photographic opportunities that only present themselves in certain environs. An example of this would be the photographs below that show the couple sitting on a bank with their dogs. The bank in question was the back edge of a golfing green which happened to have a lovely set of oak trees behind it which created a nice place to sit in the open with a solid background of colour. There weren’t that many similar locations throughout our walk so it was great to spend a bit more time at this location to allow the dogs to relax and the owners to general be fussed over.
We met open tracks, gorse bush mazes, pillboxes, woodland, banks, horses, open golf course and even the golf courses HQ on our walk, utilised each opportunity for a photograph and carried on. It was great to get to know this lovely couple more and to see the wonderful relationship they have with their family of dalmatians.