Norfolk Beach Photo Shoot

Norfolk Beach Photo Shoot

Back in May 2018 I took part in a beautiful photo shoot on Old Hunstanton beach in Norfolk.  It was so much fun as the windy weather gave us all some stressful challenges (but plenty of laughs too) as it conspired to ruin our day.  I thought I’d share the details with you and give you an insight into what goes on to get those perfect, magazine-ready shots. 

I try to do several photo shoots a year but I work especially well with a small group of talented wedding suppliers who have become friends and who all share similar styles and ideas.  By choosing the beach, we were trying something not often seen in UK photo shoots…perhaps we were all pretending in our heads that we lived in California!  During our planning meetings, we agreed on a dreamy, ethereal look with light tones of greys, lavender and palest coral.  We wanted loose floral arrangements, flowing fabrics and relaxed bridal styling.  The aim was to recreate a romantic beach elopement wedding with the beautiful backdrop of the sand dunes.  We also chose to use a real couple as models on the day, because we really wanted to capture their genuine romance and hope that this translated into the intimate feel of the finished images.

I had a few designs floating around my head and had wanted to make a wafer paper covered cake for so long.  It’s an unstructured technique that’s perfectly suited to the styling I needed here.  I had actually picked up a stone while walking down a beach on holiday earlier in the year.  (I had this photo shoot in mind at the time and I’m always keeping my eyes open for ideas.)  It was the perfect soft white and peach colours and became the inspiration for the end result.  Helen from Bradgate Flowers provided the perfect lavender and grey mini bouquet for the cake. 

For everyone other than the photographer, most of the work goes into the hours spent planning and making what’s needed before the actual shoot.  On the day itself, Sophie (of Sophie May Photo) definitely made up for that and was challenged from the start.  After lugging all the heavy props to a spot near the cliffs, we had to pack up when literally everything started blowing away in the gusts.  (Note to self…don’t forget how windy it is at the beach!)  Hoping this wouldn’t mean the day was over before it began, we had to quickly find an alternative location and eventually started all over again in a slightly calmer hollow amongst the sand dunes.  With time ticking, Charlotte (of Princess Occasions) set up the beautiful sweetheart table at record speed and Sophie kept snapping away, directing us all to get hundreds of shots from all angles.  Quickest photo shoot ever.  And most exhausting!  The team work and experience of everyone involved made it both fun and rewarding and I absolutely love the end results.  I’m doing my next shoot indoors, by the way…

List of suppliers:

Photos:  Sophie May Photo

Cake:  Cottonwood Bakery

Flowers:  Bradgate Flowers

Styling & decor:  Princess Occasions

Stationery:  Rose Press 

Hair & make-up:  Hair & Make-up by Saskia

Bridal:  Frances Day/ Noble & Wright