Friends forever!

Group photo sessions are so much fun!

We moved to Wales in January 2005 and apart from my sister in law and family, we didn't know anyone. When I was pregnant with my daughter we duly joined the local NCT group with great trepidation. My husband and I are fairly quiet (until you get to know us!), so group meetings with a bunch of strangers in a Church hall wasn't our idea of fun but boy, I'm glad we went. The friends that we met there are our great friends now (more like family if you ask me) and our children have grown up together. We've seen them on every birthday, every Christmas, countless sleepovers and more playdates than you can shake a stick at.

The NCT group were my first ever photography clients and I've been photographing them ever since. As they grow older I'm trying to capture the milestones, turning 10 in 2015, going up to comprehensive in 2017, becoming teenagers this year etc.

Have a look below and see how they have grown from babies to teenagers. I'd love to do some more group photo sessions like this!

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Gem x

First baby photo of my daughter with my brand new camera. 2005.

Blue eyed baby

One of my first ever photo sessions with NCT friends in 2005.

Baby and parents

Meeting up for a 10 year reunion picnic and trying to recreate a photo taken the first time!

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Some added siblings!

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Turning 10 photo shoot. 2015.

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Just about to go up to comprehensive school! Summer 2017.

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Gemma Griffiths is a family photographer, based in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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Great photography locations in the Vale of Glamorgan

In the words of Kirsty and Phil - Location Location Location! One of the first things that I chat about with clients when they book a family photo shoot is where they would like to meet for their session. Sometimes people have a firm idea about where they want their images captured and sometimes they ask for a little bit of direction. Living in a very beautiful part of the world we're spoilt with lots of options. From the gorgeous beaches, to forests, to walled gardens, to castles there's loads of local beauty spots that will provide stunning backdrops. So, here's some great photography locations in the Vale of Glamorgan!

I thought it might be useful to write a post with some examples of my regular haunts so that you can see what they all look like and maybe help you make a decision on where you'd like your shoot to take place.

Of course each season provides not only different weather but also changing landscapes. In the Winter you can wrap up in hats, scarves and gloves and go for a good old walk in the forest or on the beach. As Spring arrives, you'll then have the choice of fields full of daffodils, bluebells and rapeseed as well as some gorgeous blossom trees. Onto the Summer months and then you can pretty much choose anywhere you like, the beach is always a popular choice, (especially Southerndown and Ogmore) as well the formal gardens of places like Dyffryn Gardens and the Physic and Old Hall Gardens in Cowbridge. There's also loads of local meadows to romp through too. In the Autumn the countryside looks beautiful with a whole host of gorgeous Autumnal colours. Autumn shoots are great in places like Ogmore Castle, Hensol Forest, Cosmeston Lakes, Bute Park and the countryside around Castell Coch.

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Here's just a few examples of great photography locations in the Vale of Glamorgan...

Beaches

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Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Family photo shoot in Hensol Forest South Wales

Dyffryn Gardens

Family photo shoot in Dyffryn Gardens South Wales

Family photo shoot in Dyffryn Gardens South Wales

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Meadows and farmland

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Countryside photo shoot South Wales

Cowbridge Physic & Old Hall Gardens

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Around Castell Coch

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Family Photo Session at Dyffryn Gardens

Autumn is a gorgeous time for a family photo session. Not only because of the beautiful colours but because it's an opportunity to wear chunky knits! I'm a sucker for a chunky jumper. For this family photo session we had a lovely walk around Dyffryn Gardens and stopped each time we saw a gorgeous tree with stunning colours. There were lots of Japanese Acer trees with fabulous red leaves, so we made the most of those!

I've photographed this family a number of times over the years, from preschool photos to school photos to a studio shoot and now they're looking very grown up indeed. It's great to capture families as they grow and change. I love seeing the sibling interaction between them but also love the individual portraits from this session. They all did such a good job! I'm pretty sure that's Christmas presents sorted for Grandparents this year... :)

If you'd like to book your own family session in 2018, find out more here and get in touch. There's also special offer Christmas Gift Vouchers available in December to offer you great a discount on a family photo session for 2018. You can buy Gift Vouchers directly through the website.

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South Wales Family Photoshoot

I had a fabulous South Wales family photoshoot with these guys recently in Dyffryn Gardens. As you might be able to guess, one member of the family was very comfortable in front of the camera (great news for me) and she also just so happened to be especially gorgeous (also great news for me!).

I really enjoyed our afternoon stroll and spending time with this lovely family. It's so nice to see such a special bond in families and especially between brothers and sisters. I hope my two are this close when they are older. :)

Check out more of my family work in my family portfolio. For the latest updates, you can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook!

Gem x


Family Photo Shoot Cardiff

Meet the Reynolds Family! We had the most amazing family photo shoot in Cardiff.

The girls look stunning - gorgeous dresses, beautiful hair and even co-ordinated nails! We had such a fantastic location, with lots of different backgrounds to choose from and beautiful views everywhere you look. Lowri and Rhianna know their stuff when it come to posing, which makes me a very happy photographer indeed. It was a treat to work with twins for the first timeĀ  - they have such a fabulous bond together.

The weather was lovely and the gardens looked beautiful. The girls dresses went really well with the floral theme too. I always encourage families to bring a change of clothes if they like as well and the girls had another set of fabulous dresses to wear as well. You can see if them if you scroll down towards the end of the session. They had lots of fun twirling around and dancing together in the gardens.

Grab a cuppa and spend a while looking at this fab session. Memories to last a lifetime.

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Gem x

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