CHILD PORTRAIT SESSION IN THE BLUEBELLS
There is something magical about woods covered in bluebells. The carpet of blue is at the same time striking and calming. They appear from nowhere and coat the woodland floor only to disappear two or three weeks later leaving no trace of having been there.
I made it a mission this month to discover some really good bluebell woods in Kent that would be ideal for future photoshoots. I found a few possible locations, but it was a good friend in the end who took me to this hidden treasure of a wood, coated in bluebells. Like any magic place, it was at the end of a footpath I would never have found, just by driving around. We walked a short way through a couple of beautiful fields and after going through a kissing gate arrived at this sea of purple, surrounding big ancient trees and silver birches. A path wove it’s way through the wood like something out of red riding hood, and the place had a friendly aura about it that made you want to stay there. The boys ran off to play, while I photographed my niece Jasmine, who had very kindly offered to model for me. I wanted to create some portfolio images, that would evoke the sense of magic and calm I felt in these woods, and of course to create images that would act as examples of the approach I would take to photographing a child in a bluebell portrait session. As a photographer who enjoys faces and who often goes in quite close to my subject, I found that this shoot caused me to step back more and include the landscape, seeing the child as part of a bigger environment, which they were exploring. I also wanted to capture the light that was making it’s way through the trees onto the forest floor.
Going to this wood was like walking into the stuff of childhood, with big logs to climb on and even a makeshift swing hanging by a rope from a tree large tree and I look forward to next year when I will offer child portrait sessions in the bluebells, and introduce some more people to this magic place.