The day of our meeting was a particularly cold one. We decided against the beach front (in the interests of keeping all our extremities intact!) and instead set up in the shelter of the sand dunes. This allowed me to make use of the grasses – their muted tones created a soft, blurred background along with some pleasing foreground texture.
Bella told me that Jilly is a keen photographer herself, with a unique eye for an unusual image. Bella said that throughout their childhood, Jilly was rarely without a camera. She liked to take close-ups of the little details – like eyes and hands – of her growing children.
This was music to my ears! I love it when clients are drawn to something quirky and a little bit different. With this in mind, I took some close-ups and used the more unusual angles of their faces (as you’ll see).
Leaving the sand dunes behind, we sought out the beach huts. These provided a beautifully calm backdrop. Bella and Will felt that the pale duck egg colors would sit well with the decor of their home.
The beach huts provided some shade, creating soft lighting that was perfect for the portraits. I also used the low sideways light for creative effect, which can be seen in the more moody portraits of both Bella and Will individually.
As we approached the end of the session, the sun put in a welcome appearance. So, having warmed up a little, we decided to venture out onto the beach for a few action shots. Bella and Will strolled happily along the sandy beach with the beautiful winter light behind them. We captured some really special moments during this photoshoot, ones that I’m sure Jilly will treasure.
If you’re looking for a photographer in Chichester and there’s a special birthday coming up for someone you love, do get in touch! I’d be delighted to help you create something truly personal and unique for them.