Mini Beach Shoot in South Wales

A mini beach shoot to blow away the cobwebs.

My girl and I got struck down with a horrible virus on Boxing Day and spent 2 weeks on the sofa sniffing and coughing. Each day we'd say to each other 'we'll be better tomorrow' and each day we woke up feeling rough. On the Sunday before school started in January, we decided that it was time we left the house and got some fresh air. I grabbed my camera and we headed down to our favourite place - the beach.

The beach looks great all year round. I love the pale tones of the sea and sky in contrast with the dark rocks and sand. The whole scene looked like Winter but was soothing and calming to look at. The rock pools at the beach provided a gorgeous reflective surface.

I discovered that my welly boot had a hole in it after standing in the water but I suffered with one wet sock so I could capture these images. What a brave solider I am!

I was super pleased with this set of images, taken in around 20 minutes and it got me thinking that I should offer mini beach shoots to clients, that want to update their family photos but don't want a full family session.

So, the Mini Beach Shoot was created! I've decided to offer a limited number of beach shoots between April and July this year. Each session includes:

A 30 minute beach photo shoot

3 prints and matching digital images.

There's also the opportunity to buy additional prints and create a collage or wall art with the images.

If you're interested in booking a slot, please get in touch to find out more, or book directly through the website.

In the meantime, enjoy having a look at these images of my girl. Gem x

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Outdoor South Wales Photo Shoot

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had an amazing time over the festive period. This shoot had to be kept secret before Christmas but now it's all out in the open I can share it with you!

I met this lovely family last year on a sunny Autumnal day back in September. Their little one is super cute. We had a lovely walk around the coast, finishing with a trip to the beach.

If you have a little one that isn't walking yet, don't worry, there's still plenty of opportunities for great photos on an outdoor photo shoot like this one. Make the most of being able to throw them in air and give them big squishy hugs!

If you want to see more of my family photography work - have a look at my family portfolio. There's lots of great locations all over South Wales for family photo shoots - find out more about great locations in my location photo shoot blog post!

Get a date booked for your 2019 shoot! Drop me a line for more info. Gem x

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South Wales Family Photo Shoot

My last blog post of 2018 and what a way to finish up a fantastic year! My aim at the start of the year was to do more beach shoots as I'm in love with the South Wales coast and I think it's safe to say I achieved my goal.

I absolutely love the images from this shoot with the super talented lady behind Skratch Ceramics and her family. Check out her amazing work on Instagram! This shoot was wonderful - full of life and cheeky smiles, plus we had the most amazing pink sunset at the end of the shoot which lit up the beach in a peachy haze.

If you have a family shoot on your list of new year's resolutions, then it's not too late to buy a gift voucher for a family photo session. Pop over to my gift voucher page to find out more or send me a message for more info.

There are lots of great loactions for your family photo shoot in South Wales - check out my blog post about location photo shoots and also find out the best time of year for your photo session. If you have questions - maybe my FAQ's page can help! 

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Autumn Photo Shoot South Wales

As a family photographer, you might think that I'm taking photos of my own family all the time, but that's not necessarily true. Yes, I've got loads of rubbish phone photos (my phone is awful!) but it takes a bit of effort for me to get my kids scrubbed up and ready for a shoot. I like to take them out at least once a year and capture them together with my 'proper camera'. This year it was the turn of the Autumn photo shoot...

So, I nipped out to the shops to get some new clothes for them - taking my own advice and buying a chunky mustard knit for my daughter. I knew I had a few family shoots coming up in the same location in the Autumn, so I used my kids and their friends as guinea pigs to test out the location. Turns out it was a winner!

There's so many great locations in South Wales. Depending on the time of year, you can find me shooting in a forest or on the beach. If you want to find out more about locations that I use for my family shoots, then check out my locations blog post.

I was very pleased to get my son to wear a pair of jeans for this shoot (small victories) as he normally prefers shorts or tracksuit bottoms and sliders. I've already printed a calendar for Grandma and a set of prints Nain and Taid from this shoot, as well as printing a set to frame for myself at home. Perks of the job! Gem x 

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What's the best time of year for a family photo shoot in South Wales?

This happens a lot. I'll be walking around Tesco or dropping my son at school and I'll get stopped by someone - 'Ah Gemma! I've been meaning to get in touch to book a shoot with you! When is the best time for a family photo shoot? How long does it take? Where are the best locations?' etc.

So, I thought I'd write a little blog post to answer all those questions and let you know that I have a waiting list for Spring shoots 2019 and I can add your name to it if you like!

Let's talk about the best time of year for family shoots. Honestly, family shoots can take place all year round, but there are certain times when nature will provide some stunning backdrops. Spring is always a fantastic choice because you have so many different options - there's crops of wild bluebells, fluffy blossom trees, blooming rapeseed meadows and life bursting at the seams. I have a whole host of favourite locations for each season, so I can recommend plenty of places to choose from. Have a look at some gorgeous Spring images below and the scroll down to see how the other seasons look....

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Next up is Summer. Now I'm a real beach lover, so I opted for my own family shoot take place at the beach in the Summer. It's where I feel most at home and so couldn't imagine my family photos being taken anywhere else. Summer means beaches, sandy toes, playing in the surf, long grassy meadows, picnics, flip flops - you get the idea. Each family photo session is unique and there's plenty of time for a walk and even a snack break. All of my clients will tell you that I'm pretty chilled out during the shoot and I'm in no hurry to wrap things up - most of the time I have to be gently directed my back to my car or I'd keep on shooting! If Summer is your favourite season, then maybe that's the right time of year for you?

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And on to Autumn. The time of crisp mornings, log fires and chunky knits. The colours that nature provides in the Autumn are just incredible. A whole range of yellows, oranges, reds and greens can literally light up the backdrop of your family shoot. This year, I've had some of my favourite Autumn shoots ever. Check out this lot...

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Finally we've reached the Winter. It is probably my quietest time as an outdoor photographer in Wales but that's not to say there aren't opportunities out there for the more hardy amongst you.  I wouldn't recommend taking VERY young children out for a photo shoot at this time of year, because they need to be bundled up in coats and hats etc and it makes it harder for them to move around and for me to see them properly. Older kids and adults though can still make the most of what Winter has to offer. I love a good snow shoot but the problem then is getting out of the village!

Here's some Winter fave's from me...

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boy snowboardingboy walking in the snowSo there you have it. We're really lucky in the UK to have such a variety of beautiful natural backdrops throughout the year. There isn't one particular time of year to choose or avoid (oh alright, maybe January!). It all comes down to how you feel. If you're a beach bum like me, then you're going to feel more at home in the warmer months. If Autumn makes you feel all warm and cosy, then start shopping for chunky knits and get booking for September/October. If you love the verve and joy of Spring, then it's time to drop me a line and get your name down on my Spring shoots waiting list for 2019. There's no obligation to book, it's just a reminder for me to contact you in the new year and have a chat about dates and locations.

What are you waiting for?  See you soon! Gem x

Got more questions? Have a look at my FAQ's and see if the answer is there...