In July I went over to the Ribble Valley to do some family portraits in Clitheroe for Lisa and Tim, and their two children. Although it was high summer it was a bit cold and overcast and more like Autumn really. Steel grey skies and a strong wind, but that didn’t stop us. I’d met Lisa at an event for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at The Mere Resort near Knutsford in the spring.
I love Clitheroe. It’s a great place for an afternoon out with an amazing wine shop and Clitheroe Castle, where I did one of my very first family portrait sessions back in 2009, and weddings at Eaves Hall for Michelle and Andrew and Mitton Hall For Collette and Gary, so it was lovely to be up there photographing again.
As their two children were growing up fast it was a good time to capture them. We spent a couple of hours taking photos with the usual tea break (for people who don’t know me, my portrait sessions tend to be fairly relaxed affairs with stops for a cuppa and cake!). Thats keeps the pressure off and keeps the momentum going. We did a warm up at home where we had fantastic natural light inside with amazing views across the Ribble Valley. Then we ventured out and found shelter from the wind in their garden, followed by a quick trip to Stonyhurst College which is a marvel. It made a fantastic backdrop for the second part of the session.
Here’s a selection from the day.