WHY THIS IS MY FAVOURITE NORFOLK BEACH FOR A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT

 

For children, there is something magical about the instant connection they have to being in nature, and particularly on a beach – where creative play has no limitations. Old Hunstanton beach has fast become my favourite spot in Norfolk from which to photograph families, mainly because of the amazing sunsets and the variety that the mixture of colourful beach huts and sand dunes beach provide. On a practical level the family friendly facilities and parking with easy access to the beach is also a huge plus.

Opportunities for creative play on this beach are limitless – and from the minute you step away from the carpark the dunes invite you in, becoming the perfect hide and seek play area – as well as an irresistable springboard for children to launch themselves off.   The scattering of vibrant beach huts provide an interesting contrast to the dunes, offering a fresh and colourful backdrop and a sheltered space for soulful portraits.

Further out along the beach, shallow pools give interesting reflections and provide endless opportunities for children to splash and have fun. I strongly recommend a kite on this beach,  especially for a sunset shoot where the opportunity for capturing silhouettes can be maximised. This beach is unique in that it is one of the only beaches in Norfolk situated on the West facing coast – giving both shelter and the ideal location to take in a sunset.

BEAUTIFUL BEACH LIFE - TOP HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Reduces stress levels
  • Improves mood
  • Encourages creative play
  • Releases toxins
  • Increases fitness

FIVE FAB FACTS ABOUT OLD HUNSTANTON BEACH

  • Wide sandy beach backed with dunes
  • Beach cafe that serves amazing hot chocolate
  • Easy parking next to Le Strange Arms hotel
  • West facing – great for sunsets
  • Home to Hunstanton lifeboat station 

Timing your  session towards either sunrise or sunset gives more freedom of movement (as top shade is not as critical) and is ideal in terms of capturing beautiful light. Just after sunrise there are fewer people on the beach and opportunities to capture shadows and reflections in the shallow pools of water; while just before sunset the light takes on a magical golden quality, and silhouettes can be achived with the sunset behind.

When the sun is high I will look for shade to avoid unflattering shadows (cloudy days are a photographers friend). Beach huts, big floppy hats and umbrellas are great ways to find shade and enhance the lighting conditions so as to produce the best quality end result.

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