So many families in Cheshire take their holidays in North Wales and particularly in Anglesey. When we were planning this shoot before the first lockdown in 2020 we were going do the shoot at home in Knutsford in Mid April. As a portrait photographer based in Lymm, near Warrington Knutsford is a really good location. It’s local and there are some great locations in and around Knutsford. Anyway, the pandemic put all our plans on hold and it was late August before we had another opportunity and as luck would have it I had some projects in Anglesey whilst Sally and her family were on holiday there and the chance to do a beach portrait shoot was too good to miss. The weather forecast looked good too and the day before was warm and sunny with calms seas. Perfect for making sand castles and paddling in the sea! My mind was filled with loads of these type of gorgeous family pictures on a sunny summer holiday.
On the day of the shoot the weather had suddenly changed and we couldn’t delay 24 hours due to other bookings that coming weekend. So we just had to go for it. The weather was terrible – strong winds, big waves and rain coming sideways as it often does in Anglesey! Perfect for kite surfing but not great for those summer beach portraits. We met up as planned and had a coffee and waited for a lull in the rain. It soon eased off a bit and we wrapped up and headed down to the beach at Silver Bay in Rhoscolyn. In any weather it’s a beautiful beach with, on a clear day, views across to Rhosneigr and the majestic mountains of Snowdonia beyond. With sideways rain it was really important to protect my cameras and lenses from the rain and windblown sand so I chose to use one camera and lens for the whole shoot. My choice was my trusty Canon 5d4 and 135mm f2 lens. It’s perfect for portraits of one person and brilliant for headshots but for a lifestyle family portrait shoot where you want to include several people and some background it means you need to be a long way from the subjects which is perfect for social distancing.
Now, that’s great for social distancing but presented a few other challenges. After less than half an hour on the beach we had a fantastic set of portraits fo the full family, the children together, everyone as individuals and some mini groups. To keep the lens free from rain I had to shoot everything with my back to the rain and use a lens hood (which I always do).
This photograph my favourite of the family together on the beach and sums up a typical beach day at any time of the year in the UK. It’s framed in a beautiful off-white distressed solid wood frame which is 40″ wide and looks amazing hanging in the client’s home in Knutsford.
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