6 Tips for your Family Photo Session

6 Tips for your Family Photo Session

6 Tips for your Family Photo Session

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Top Tips for your Lake District Family Photo Session

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, What can I do to make my Lake District family photo session more enjoyable?  Read on for some helpful tips. 

Now kids and partners are not usually bothered about a photo shoot, even one based outdoors in the beautiful Lake District and well, frankly, can be a little bit grumpy about doing something they would rather not do, so I thought i’d put together some hints and tips that will help ease the situation.

Tips for your Family Photo Shoot

1. Comfort Breaks

Before we start (especially at an outdoor location) make sure everyone has been to the loo.  I do try to make sure I know were the local facilities are however, this is the Lake District and they are often quite far away. 

I know going to the loo is really obvious however this can cause discomfort and embarrassment if you don’t.  There’s nothing worse than being miles from anywhere and needing the loo, if you catch my drift?  Wild wees are not for the fainthearted! 

2. Snack Time

 Again this might seem to be a no-brainer.  Kids, our partners and ourselves have all been known to get a little hangry when we need food so snacks (preferably ones which don’t stick in your teeth) are a must.  Ideally, make sure that there is minimal rubbish and that any waste can be carried to the nearest bin.  Our aim is to keep the countryside beautiful for everyone.

On a side note, chocolate covered faces can make for cute photos but baby wipes might be needed for the clean up!

3. Thirst Quenchers 

The same goes for drinks.  No-one functions at their best when they are dehydrated so drinks are a must.  Just be careful to balance this with the toilet situation!

Drinks, like food, can provide a useful distraction – see point 4 – when things aren’t quite going to plan.  They also act as a calming moment and can help to change the tempo of the photo shoot e.g. moving from fast paced action to more contemplative time. 

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4. Distractions

Young children can become upset or frustrated for a number of reasons and nothing is more stressful than your dearest being red-faced and tearful when you’re trying to get the perfect family photo.  I mean, you’re determined that everyone is happy and smiley, right?  Relax about this, things don’t always go to plan.  It’s a good idea to bring something small like a teddy or toy car which will distract them before behaviour takes a turn for the worst.  Likewise don’t ban your teenagers mobile phone.

5. Sporting Events

And finally, for the sports fans in our lives… If your other half or children love sport try not to book your Cumbria family photo session during important games/matches.  We’ve all been to those special occasions where the fans stand outside with the only signal they can get following the ins and outs of the FA Cup final on their phones!  True story!

6. Family Photography in the Lake District & Cumbria

It’s worth noting that for any outdoor family photo-shoot in the Lake District and Cumbria, waterproofs and appropriate footwear are essential.  You never know what the day could throw at you from becoming suddenly overcast with cold winds to boggy paths, jumping over stiles and kids that just want to splash in the water.  We recommend you bring these to your photo session regardless of the location or time of year.

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Askham Hall Wedding

Askham Hall Wedding

Askham Hall Wedding

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Winter Wedding photography at Askham Hall

A day of gorgeous wedding photography at Askham Hall in Cumbria is not something many Lake District wedding photographers would say no to! Particularly when it is a styled shoot set up by the amazing team at Aspire Photography Training and Tebbey and Co. 

Emma Tebbey of Tebbey & Co was inspired by the muted colours found inside Askham Hall.  Wanting to produce a scheme that is sympathetic to the colours of the house and the availability of flowers during the winter season she chose soft pastels with pops of blue. 

Emma’s defining mantra for this design was “Everything links to conditions, flowers and fruit available and at their peak at this time of year.”

The subdued tones and soft styling of the gorgeous Jesus Peiro wedding dress and vintage hair accessories together with gorgeous details, flowers, rings and champagne coupes all added to the laid-back vintage charm of a bye gone era.

 

 

Weddings at Askham Hall

Askham Hall is one of the premier wedding venues in the Eden Valley.  Next to the River Lowther, it is a cosy home from home with manicured lawns and it’s own kitchen garden.

The staff are very experienced at hosting weddings and can work with you to accommodate your needs whether you choose to get married at one of the local churches (there are two nearby)  or on site there are plenty of choices.

Within Askham Hall you can choose to get married in their Bank Barn, Medieval Hall, outdoor Garden Pavillion or if you are having a small and intimate affair or elopement you could choose the Hall for your mid-week wedding.

Wedding Photography at Askham Hall

So, you’re interested in getting married at Askham Hall which must mean you’re interested to know where are good places to have your photograph taken too right?  You’ll be pleased to know that Askham Hall has loads of places that will provide you with beautiful imagery. 

Imagine yourself walking down the grand staircase, the train of your wedding dress trailing romantically behind.  Stunning shots can be captured from above and below.  The staircase might even provide a great place for your group shot in case the weather is less than kind! 

The rest of the house is equally full of beautiful old details such as the library where our bridal portraits have been shot.  There are plenty of outdoor places in gardens, including the old gypsy caravan on the lawns and the gorgeous kitchen gardens we’ve used in this shoot.

 

Wedding Suppliers used in the Askham Hall Wedding Photoshoot

To be able to bring you all the wonderful inspiration you see here I work closely with the wedding suppliers photographing their amazing work.  Many of these suppliers used in this shoot are local to the Lake District and Cumbria providing many happy couples with their wedding day wishes.  For information and links to all suppliers involved please see below.

Gorgeous Supplier Info

Photography

Venue

Models

Design & Styling

Flowers

Table Stationery

Invitation Suite

Calligraphy & Custom Monogram

Wedding Dress 1

Wedding Dress 2

Wedding Dress Supplier

Rings

HMUA

Hair Accessories

Shoes

Wool Wrap

Grooms Suit

Radiance Photography

Askham Hall, Cumbria

Leigh Ann Newburn & Simon Tebbey

Tebbey & Co

Made in Flowers

Jill Liley

Gee Brother Sprinters

Moon & Tide

Jesus Peiro (worn by model)

Watters (hanging)

Mia Bridal

Arabelle Brusan

Lucy Pearson

Vintage

Stylists own

Oubas Knitwear

Vintage

Tablescape, Drinks Reception and Cake Station Details

Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware

Champagne Coupes

Candlesticks & Tealight Holders

Candles

 

Askham Hall

Narrative Hire

Narrative Hire & Askham Hall

Goods For Gatherings

Photography | Radiance Photography

Venue | Askham Hall

Models | Leigh Ann Newburn & Simon Tebbey

Design & Styling | Tebbey & Co

Flowers | Make in Flowers

Table Statonery | Jill Liley

Invitation Suite | Gee Brother Sprinters

Calligraphy & Custom Monogram | Moon & Tide

Wedding Dress 1 | Jesus Peiro (worn by model)

Wedding Dress 2 | Watters (hanging)

Wedding Dress Supplier | Mia Bridal

Rings | Arabelle Brusan

HMUA | Lucy Pearson

Hair Accessories | Vintage

Shoes | Stylist’s own

Wool Wrap | Oubas Knitwear

Grooms Suit | Vintage

Tablescape, Drinks Reception & Cake Station details:

Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware | Askham Hall

Champagne Coupes | Narrative Hire

Candlesticks & Tealight Holders | Narrative Hire & Askham Hall

Candles | Goods For Gatherings

 

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Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability in Radiance Photography

Sustainability as a business and a way of life has been coming to the forefront of the wedding industry for a while and has been important to us as a family for even longer.

 

Sustainability is an issue that is hot right now, particularly within the wedding industry, and I intend to share all the things we do here at Radiance Photography to increase sustainability.

Ways in which we are sustainable

1. Choose wisely, Recycle Everything

The biggest difference we can make to help our planet is reducing our use of our precious resources and generally making the world a better place is in our personal lives.

This means in practice we avoid excess packaging and choose natural, bio-degradable materials where possible for instance I recently swapped cotton wool pads for reusable bamboo ones. 

We recycle everything we can from paper and plastic to glass and electricals. 

One of the most precious resources we have is food.  This is something we try really hard not to waste as there are so many people both in the UK and across the world who are hungry.  We’re currently investigating composting to make the best use of our food waste.

We also work to reduce our energy consumption at home and car share to get to work.

2. Radiance Photography

Within Radiance Photography, we use as little paper as possible and are currently looking into ways to go paperless through the use of online contract signing and all email communication.

We deliver galleries using an online system instead of using prints and USBs.  Doing this we avoid unnecessary paper and printing and also the use of plastics and resources in the USBs. 

We’re aware the use of the internet and the vast storage networks needed have an impact on the environment and use companies with great sustainability policies where possible.

We use public transport when we can although this is sometimes tricky in the Lake District.  If we can, car sharing is always a preferred option.

3. Supporting our local economy

Wedding photography within the UK has changed over recent years with local areas being widened.  In particular by photographers who want photos with epic backdrops in their portfolios and who are prepared to travel the length of the country or fly abroad to get them.  

Travelling the length and bredth of the UK and the world causes significant land and air miles to be accumulated when a local photographer could have done a similar job.  Remember there are lots of photographers in each area who are producing work in a variety of styles so you’re sure to find something you like.

You could argue that you will get a better service from a local photographer as they have connections with other local suppliers and invaluable local knowledge for that perfect picture. 

I’ve been booked to second shoot for a photographer from across the country purely on the basis that I have knowledge of the local area.  When travelling from outside the area photographers don’t always have the time to come and checkout your venue beforehand as they are just too busy or it’s too far.

  

We PRIORITIZE our photography work within our local area of Cumbria and the Lake District which keeps our mileage to a minimum.

4. Giving back

We truly believe that the Lake District is one of the most precious areas in Britian and we are grateful that we live next door to such a beautiful place.

Rather than choose a carbon offsetting scheme which, while benefitting our planet, doesn’t impact directly on our local area, our intention in 2020 is to get outdoors and volunteer for the Lake District National Park Authority.

The National Park Authority do lots of wonderful work repairing trails, maintaining the landscape, helping nature and other projects which help conserve and keep the beautiful area we live in that way for others to enjoy.

If this is something you’d be interested in too you can find more information here.

5. Suppliers we work with

The suppliers we use for our equipment, products and printing all have their own sustainability policies and work in ways to use our planets resources in an ethical way.  Many have carbon offsetting schemes.

 

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Buttermere Engagement

Buttermere Engagement

Buttermere Engagement

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Buttermere Engagement Portraits

Claire and Ollie chose a beautiful Buttermere engagement photoshoot as the perfect place for them.  Giving their dog, Ruby, plenty of room to run, spash in the water and let off steam.  Having images of themselves in the Lake District was really important to Claire and Ollie as their chosen wedding venue was too far away for wedding day images.

The walking route around Buttermere just happens to be one of the most popular low level walks in the Lake District.  You can walk the entire way round with spectacular views the entire time.  Why not check out the iconic and much photographed ‘Lone Tree’? And admire one of Wainwright’s favourite fells – Haystacks.

Crummock Water is also stunning and a great place for an engagement or wedding portrait session.  There are waterfalls and shingle shores to walk along.  Beautiful rocky outcrops provide the perfect vantage points and will show off your wedding dress to perfection.  The beautiful Rannerdale Bluebells are gorgeous and are just a short walk from the road.

Low Hall The Lakes Wedding Photos

Engagement Photographs near Buttermere and Crummock Water

Ensuring your lake district wedding photographer has plenty of local knowledge is key.  There is lots to be said for choosing a photographer based in the lake district when considering your options.  These include knowledge of the best spots for your images, where to park and how busy the area is.

 

How else would you know, for example, that in May nesting birds mean that the area you had your heart set on is out of bounds or that the floods a few years ago took out the access bridge and the only way across the water is to wade?

Wedding Venues near Buttermere

There are always interesting views to be had around Buttermere and Crummock and if you’re getting married in Cockermouth or Lorton and have time in your wedding day this area is definately worth a visit.  You’ll come away with images from one of the most famous views in the Lake District!  If you don’t have time on your wedding day itself how about getting your gladrags back on the following day for gorgeous images.

Loweswater, Crummock water and Buttermere are in the North Western Lakes and are in easy reach of the following venues:  New House Farm, Low Hall The Lakes, Hundith Hill, Wordsworth House, The Trout Hotel, and Cockermouth Town Hall if you’re looking for those beautiful lakeside photographs.

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My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

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Epic Lake District Wedding Photos

To be able to view these epic Lake District wedding photos at their best be sure to turn your mobile phone on it’s side!

Congratulations! You’re engaged.  All your dreams are coming true and you’re planning the wedding of the century.  You’ve picked the date and the next part of the puzzle is choosing where to get married.  You’ve chatted with your intended, looked around your local venues and drawn a big, fat blank.  And, lets be honest, its the landscape that is not really grabbing you.  You know you’re not really the outdoorsy type, much happier snuggled up warm and close to all your creature comforts but your holiday in the Lake District is something you look back to fondly.  And you wonder…

What could a wedding in the Lake District look like?

So, to help you, i’ve compiled my favourite Lake District and Cumbira wedding photographs for you  to enjoy.  All you need to do is sit back, flip your phone to landscape, grab a cup of tea or something more decadent and imagine yourself in each and everyone of our images.

The only question that remains is which photo makes you swoon and dream of having hung on your wall?

Beautiful autumnal light, taken near Kendal.

Late summer on the shores of Rydal Water looking towards Grasmere.

Bouquet toss on Derwent Water looking back towards Keswick piers.

Not quite the Lake District but most definately Cumbria, Photograph taken on Grange coastline at sunset, overlooking the estury.  Taken in November.

From the pier on Derwent Water, Keswick.  Venues near here include the Lodore Falls, Skiddaw Hotel, Derwent Water Hotel, Bristow Hill, The Lingholm Estate, Latheshead Country House Hotel, Scafell Hotel, Glaramara House and the Langstrath Country Inn.

Nestled somewhere between Wrynose and Ling fells on a hot summers day.  The closest registered wedding venues are the New Dungeon Ghyll and the Langdale Hotel.

Alternative Blea Tarn elopement.  This location is a true favourite amougst Lake District photographers with the tarn, lush greenery and the majestic Langdales in the Distance.  You’d never know this was a mid-summer wedding looking at the moody clouds in the sky!

The small tarn on the land of the Wild Boar near Windermere. Taken in Winter.

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