The Best Spot In Essex For Family Photography: Tollesbury

I. Introduction: Tollesbury, my new favourite spot for Family Photos

This spring, I photographed the gorgeous Gosling Family in Tollesbury, Maldon. This beautiful location is only 1.5 hours away and we shot there with a beautiful sunset. The place was completely empty and it was so peaceful we had an amazing time playing in the mud, hugging to keep warm and exploring the marshes.

A. Explanation of the importance of family photography 

Family photography is of utmost importance as it captures the precious moments shared between family members. These photographs serve as a timeless reminder of the love, joy, and memories shared with loved ones, and are treasured for generations to come. They allow us to cherish and reflect on special moments, milestones and achievements, and also to remember and honour those who are no longer with us. Family photographs are also a powerful tool for creating and strengthening bonds between family members by providing a sense of connection and belonging. They can be used to share and pass on family values, traditions, and stories, and to introduce future generations to their family history. Moreover, family photography can also be used to celebrate and honour unique family dynamics such as mixed families, single-parent homes, and same-sex partnerships. In short, family photography is an investment in creating and strengthening the lasting legacies that families leave behind. 

B. Brief overview of the blog post 

In this blog post, I will take you with me to my latest photoshoot done in Tollesbury, Essex. I will explain to you why this location is great for family photos and give you some tips and tricks to make the best out of your photo shoot. Buckle up!

II. Why Tollesbury in Maldon is the Perfect Spot for Family Photography 

A. Beautiful scenery and landscape

Oh my gosh, you have got to check out the scenery in Tollesbury! I found this place while watching a drama TV show called Liar on Netflix. I had to pause it and check out how far it was from me. And the good news is that it’s only 1.5 hours drive from London. I love shooting in nature and this place just reminded me of home. I always had marshes and a marina near where I lived in France. But Tollesbury definitely has more of a British vibe.

Located in the Maldon area, in Essex, Tollesbury’s colours are so beautiful and vibrant, it’s like you’re living in a painting. The marshes are just incredible – all the beautiful plants and creatures you can see there. And the best part? The stunning sunsets light up the sky in all sorts of amazing colours. This place is just so peaceful and unspoiled, it’s like you’re in your very own secret paradise, which makes it the perfect place for family photography.

B. Variety of locations for different styles of photographs

If you’re looking for a unique and varied location for some family photos, then Tollesbury is the place for you! Firstly, there’s the old boat house which makes a great backdrop for some rustic-style photos. Secondly, there’s the stunning red lighthouse boat which gives a wow effect in the background. If you fancy something a bit more nature-oriented, then the nearby marshes offer the perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful scenic views, and open spaces create a beautiful depth of fields. Lastly, if you’re willing to time your photoshoot just right, then the low tide is worth checking out as it reveals interesting textures and patterns on the sand and rocks. Don’t forget to bring your boots so we can explore together.

C. Helpful and friendly locals

Tollesbury is a small village in England where the locals are super helpful and friendly. Whenever I have trouble finding something, I can always count on them to guide me in the right direction. It’s nice to know that there are people willing to lend a hand without being asked. It’s refreshing to live in a place where people smile at each other and take the time to say hello. 

III. Tips for a Successful Family Photography Session in Tollesbury, Essex

A. Time of day and lighting

So you’re thinking of booking a family photography session in Tollesbury with me? Woohoo! Now it’s time to think about the perfect time of day and lighting to make sure your pics turn out lit! First things first, early mornings or late afternoons are ideal since the sun is softer and the light is more flattering. If you’re more of a night owl, then the golden hour right before sunset is your friend. Just make sure to avoid harsh midday sun, unless you want to rock a harsh shadow look and if you’re unsure about the perfect time, just ask me for some advice, we’re the pros after all. I will guide you on what time and where to meet for perfect lighting. 

B. Clothing recommendations: What should I wear?

Baby fell in the mud

I’m glad you asked! I like mum wearing a long flowy dress and the kids wearing over-the-knee shorts or dresses, with high socks or boots. Remember it can get really muddy so bring another change of shoes, one pair of wellies and one pretty pair for a smarter look. Dad can wear smart casual with trousers and a crisp white T-shirt and opened overshirt. I also love when mum wears a hat or kids wear cute beanies.

To make things easier, follow my guide on my website for general tips and outfit ideas. But keep in mind that fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself, so don’t be afraid to mix things up or add your own personal touch. And if you’re unsure about anything, just ask! Confidence is key, so wear what makes you feel great and own it. 

C. Preparing children for the session

Listen, parents, preparing your little ones for a photo session can be as crazy as a circus. First things first, the golden rule is to be on time. Scratch that, and BE EARLY – like 15 minutes early. Because trust me, even if the start time is set in stone, there will be delays – like the toddler who was all clean just an hour ago but now, five minutes before the shoot, looks like she rolled in the mud! So bring a change of outfit in case of an accident. But hey, we’re flexible, just make sure the new clothes are clean, ironed and ready to go. And if all else fails, just remember – I can always Photoshop out that dirty face later on – but I rather not so I’m always prepared and can whip a pack of wet wipes faster than a cowboy in a standoff.

V. Conclusion: trust the photographer

A. Recap of the benefits of Tollesbury for family photography

So, let’s take a sweet moment to savour the awesomeness Tollesbury brings to the table for family photography. First of all, forget about those busy and crowded places where everyone wants to take their Instagram-worthy pics. Tollesbury offers a gorgeous countryside view that would make any family smile ear to ear on their holiday card. Plus, the quaint architecture and picturesque harbour make for the perfect background. Let’s not forget about the stunning sunset that would just take your breath away! Don’t even think about bringing those cheesy props and let Tollesbury’s natural beauty do the work. And if you’re lucky, maybe a curious cow or sheep might photobomb your shot. Now, that’s what I call a family masterpiece!  

B. Encouragement to schedule a session and create lasting memories with a professional Family Photographer

If you’re looking to create some amazing memories with your loved ones, why not schedule a photo session with me in Tollesbury? It’s definitely worth the drive. I am a professional family photographer and I can help capture some incredible shots of you and your family. Trust me, you’ll want to remember these moments for years to come. Don’t wait until it’s too late and crappy weather again – reach out and let’s plan something awesome together! I promise you won’t regret it. 

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If you’re after a candid, relaxed and intimate photography experience, you’ve come to the right place. 
My work focus on emotions, no stiff poses and forced smile; only gentle love and embraces. I offer a very hands-on experience, connecting over a video consultation with each family beforehand ; we explore their stories of love, loss and wins and turn it into a beautiful, meaningful session. Each family and session are unique and crafted with patience, love and understanding. 

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