Demi wanted some family photos of her and her 2 boys.
The problem, she said, was her boys were not easy to photograph. One would be continually pulling faces, while the other would instantly fall into the only muddy puddle in a 20 mile radius. Formal shots seemed out of the question.
We met up for a hot chocolate and decided an afternoon on the beach would be a way to go about it. We would attempt a few family shots together on the rocks and then I would just follow them with the camera and catch them charging about, being themselves.
This required finding the right combination of availability and dry weather, which meant it was postponed several times. What had started off as a late August possibility eventually took place at the end of October. However, we were blessed with a sunny day and a deserted beach.
As expected, the boys found it near impossible to sit still in front of the camera, but it didn't really matter. Instead, the focus was on capturing personalities and interactions, which meant we ended up with a disc full of relaxed, fun and natural shots.
The beach we went to, not coincidentally, was only a few minutes drive from Cream of Galloway, so after a lot of throwing stones in the sea, clambering over rocks and attempting to fly a kite, we headed off for ice cream
However, it doesn't matter how beautiful the setting, or how skilled the photographer, in the end the family favourite was of them sticking their heads through the painted board...