Woodland adventures | contemporary family photography

27th January 2016
We love a good family shoot! In fact we sometimes offer a family shoot instead of an engagement shoot in our wedding photography because its a great way to celebrate both the joys of family life and an upcoming wedding.

However Julia and Simon are already married so this was all about the family and having a marvellous walk around a local nature reserve. There were adventures in the woods, sticks all round, bubbles and of course hot chocolate to warm us up on a chilly spring morning.

Contemporary family photo-shoots are so much more that being sat in a studio. We like to think theres a balance and as much as we like doing a studio shoot at someone's home we LOVE getting out and letting the family and surroundings be the main feature. Of course its not easy 'acting naturally' in front of the camera and thats why we don't ask people to do this. Instead we've found the best way is to get involved with the fun, let families and children enjoy the adventure and at no time say those words, that so many people dread, “just act naturally”! These three simple words are guaranteed to cause the exact opposite reaction and ruin any photo-shoot.

Of course achieving a place where children and parents are at ease with us as photographers isn't simple and it takes a couple of meetings and a family who love an adventure. Julia and Simon are these kind of parents and were brilliant on the day. Not only did they bring along things to do, like the bubbles, but they were also very relaxed which in turn ensured their girls were too. They considered the clothes and colours they wanted to be photographed in and brought along much needed supplies in the form of hot chocolate and crackers essential for a chilly spring woodland walk.

A Big Neon Glitter photography are professional contemporary family photographers based in Nottingham, East Midlands.

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