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?