April saw some sunshine, blossom, mother earth begin to wake up and the opportunity for me to get in some family time along with capturing memories for other families before the start of full wedding season in May. This month was slow but full, mindful but busy and really the perfect balance!
I loved this month, there was so much variety and I am so pleased that I kept space in my diary for more family shoots as April saw me being able to balance time with my family as well as time with your families to capture you too. I had a few family shoots rained off and as a result re-arranged but on the whole the weather was surprisingly kind to us, rewarding us with milky skies, soft sunshine and even a rainbow! My beautiful, varied and balanced April ….
Windsor & Kew Gardens
Its been a long time since myself and Mr G got any time on our own. With our son swimming competitively we spend much of our spare time driving him around East Anglia or each other giving the other time off or the chance to get work done. However over the Easter weekend, my mum had him come to stay for a couple of days and we took ourselves away from all the day to day routines and explored Windsor castle and Kew Gardens. Even though it rained the entire time at kew Gardens, I just fell in love with it there. Anyone who knows me, knows I love plants, nature and generally being outside so this was a real treat. The palm house took me right back to Costa Rica (you can see my travel post here – HERE) and the mediterranean glass houses restored my dream of one day having a life living in Spain.
Wolferton Family Shoot
This piece of woodland is a gem of a place to have your family shoot. With the boardwalk, the big open views, the heather (especially in the summer when the whole space is ablaze with purple) and the forest. I adore it here and Im always surprised that I don’t bump in to other photographers here. It was just a joy to photograph these grandchildren all together.
Cromer Beach Family Shoot
So many of North Norfolks beaches are private and as a result, its become really difficult to find a North Norfolk beach to photograph families at. Brancaster, Holkham and Wells are all privately owned and as a result you have to request a Licence to photograph there, which is such a shame as no harm is done, no litter is dropped and they are stunning locations for families to enjoy a day at while incorporating a shoot. But if you drive a little further round Cromer Pier and Beach offers sandy beaches, the pier, pebbles to find treasures, fishing boats and even little beach huts if you take a bit of a walk. we worked out that this was the 6th time, I have photographed this family. Two Christenings and four family shoots. I am honoured every time and it has been incredible to see the family grow, the children create a special bond with each other and to be able to see their characters develop.
A Family Holiday
I had a free weekend int he middle of the school holidays, which is a rarity, so we took advantage of it and booked a 3 day break in the Peak District. We often book last minute breaks like this and keep the price down by staying in a Premier Inn. They are not ideal, nor the most comfortable experience but with prices of self catered cottages going up so much during school holidays, its the only way we can afford these UK breaks. It also gives the chance to have time away together, which is really needed with such busy lifestyles. We have this goal of walking up Mount Snowden in September so we thought we would get some practise in all together in the peak District. What an amazing weekend – there was so much air to breath in!
Family Shoots & a Party
Coming home, I had some more family shoots and a party to cover. Again the shoots were families I had photographed before. Its so nice to catch up with them and see where life is at. New babies, a big birthday, children growing up. Its makes it such a joy to have the repeat clients and Im always so thankful for that in my business. It makes me want to do better each time for them and ensure their experience with me remains friendly, relaxed and easy to navigate from start to finish.
Then of course with it being the school holidays, my beautiful little Gracie-May came to stay a couple of times. If you ever need to learn how to be mindful, time with young children do it every time. Each walk takes twice as long as they notice every single ant, new flower, new smell. Days out are filled with wonder and magic at every turn. If I ever need to slow down, giving Gracie my undivided attention for even just a few hours offers me this. I’m always grateful for Gracie time!
That was April … A perfect balance and a beautiful month. I would love to hear about yours and how you found balance and mindfulness in your day to day.