A breath of fresh air…

By total chance we picked the week with the most amazing weather to have a break with our boys down in Dorset in March. You wouldn’t believe it now, but we got to spend some great time out and about with the boys, on the beach, and yes, even in the sea. As you can see below, Kat went slightly mad with the Instragram app on her phone.

Some research commissioned by the National Trust hit the news last week because it stated that “UK children are losing contact with nature at a dramatic rate and their health and education are suffering”. When our boys are going crazy, it is usually because they are penned in indoors and the change when we are out in the fresh air is incredible. We are really lucky in this country, and in the Midlands in particular, to have some fantastic green open spaces and we use those to their fullest potential when we are on shoots with clients – especially for family portraits. Woods, Parks, National Trust properties and client’s gardens, the variety is what makes it interesting.

Children are naturally more relaxed and happy to be snapped if they are having fun, and we have never regretted our decision to focus on that style rather than on studio based photography. It enables us to be more creative, and is the reason we also don’t set a specific time limit on our sessions – as a result our clients love their photos even more. Even the lack of a hot sunny day does not deter us, and a bit of cloud cover can be handy to stop you squinting into the lens. In celebration of the coming (yes, hopefully we have not already had it) Spring, here are some of our favourites, both Kat’s from our holiday, and some from our family portrait collection…

To find out more about our family portrait sessions, take a look here  and give us a call on 0121 680 0110 or email kat@jamescrockford.com to book.

Have a great Easter Holiday everyone.

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Fun in Dorset

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Written by James Crockford

James Crockford

As a photographer, I genuinely enjoy the process of taking photos – the interaction, creativity and happy clients keep me enthusiastic and innovative. Many people find it awkward having their photograph taken – I use my experience to put people at ease so that I can get the most out of them, often in a short period of time.

Over the years I have been a professional photograph, I have won both regional and national awards, and I have been awarded an LMPA from the Master Photographers Association.

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