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Bluebell Photoshoot

Sunday 21st April 2024

Sunday 28th April 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebell Photoshoot in Winchester – Information

Mum and daughter cuddle during bluebell photoshoot in Winchester
girl plays with flowers during bluebell photoshoot in Winchester

How do Bluebell Photoshoots work?

Bluebell photoshoots in Winchester work for different families for many different reasons – the main one being they are shorter than family shoots! So if you have young children or children who have the attention span of a gnat, then these 30 minute sessions will be perfect for you!

Once I have decided on the shoot date, I will set up a booking link. This means that you have complete control over the time slot you choose to have your bluebell photoshoot at. This is great if you have small children who need naps or if you have other places to be that day!

I always shoot my Bluebells in Micheldever Woods, just outside Winchester. I set up an area in the depths of the woods (you need to walk quite far in to get the full effect of the blanket of bluebells) so we are undisturbed.  I will meet you in the car park so that you’re not left wandering the woods alone looking for me!

As I allow 60 minutes per session, this allows us to walk further into the woods to get to the best of the bluebells. Please note that there are quite often brambles around so you may want to bring wellies for little people to save their legs getting scratched up!.

Clothing

A lot of people struggle to know what to wear for bluebell shoots as the colours are so powerful and the last thing you want to do is clash with the flowers.

Neutral colours are advisable with as little to no patterns or motifs as possible. A common thread of colours among all family members looks great and really knits everybody together.

I have attached a link to my bluebells pinterest board which hopefully might provide some clarity and inspiration. It is not a complete guide by any means, but hopefully might help guide you!

girl holds wicker basket during a bluebell photoshoot in Winchester
girl walks through the flowers during a bluebell photoshoot in Winchester

Location

The location for my bluebell photoshoots in Winchester will be at Micheldever Woods in Winchester. This location is know far and wide for the blanket of bluebells so it can get very busy.

If you head up the M3 come off at the Winnall roundabout and take the A34. Keep in the right-hand lane and then stay on the A33 past Kingsworthy. As the road becomes a dual carriageway, take the right hand lane and then immediately turn right onto Chillandham Lane (signposted to The Candovers and Northington). Go under the motorway bridge and then on your left will be the ‘official’ Micheldever Woods forestry commission car park. This will be overrun and crazy busy so I park further up the road on the right. It is a much smaller car park but the bluebells are just as stunning this side of the road, and far less busy (shh don’t tell everybody though – it’s a secret)! I will meet you here.

I will pass on my phone number in case you need me, but please be aware that I get limited to no reception over in the woods so it is worth familiarising yourself with Google maps first. please be aware though – if you type Micheldever Woods into your sat nav, it will take you to a completely different part of the woods!

How do I book?

If you want to book a bluebell photoshoot in Winchester then you’ll be pleased to hear that the booking process is simple. Click the link below and you will be taken to my booking form where you will be able to select the time that is best for you and your family. As I mentioned earlier, I am allowing 60 minutes per family so that we have enough time to walk to and from the car park and so we are not rushing.

Once you have booked, you will receive a confimation email of the date and time you have booked (these can be changed if there is still availability). I will then invoice you for £85 which will cover the cost of the shoot plus 3 images (this is the Autumn minishoot package which is also the basic package).

A week after the shoot you will receive a link to your private and protected gallery. You can then choose to upgrade to the Sunflower or Bluebell packages should you wish.

The product credit can go towards any of the products listen on my products page or against some other items that are available to look at in the online shop that is linked to the gallery.

girl cuddles dog during bluebell photoshoot in Winchester

See my Bluebell Portfolio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minishoot Packages

Mum and daughter during bluebell photoshoots in Winchester

We did a mini shoot with Caroline near Winchester last year! Caroline was fantastic with my daughter who is a cheeky 3 year old, we had so many beautiful pictures that I decided to get all of them. Its lovely to have the option of colour and black and white too! I was over the mood with the pictures and can’t recommend Caroline’s services enough! Thanks so much, Becks and Lily x

Becks and Lily

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if the forecast is wet?
I will keep an eye on the weather forecasts in the days leading up to our shoot. If it looks like it’ll just been patchy rain, then I suggest we go ahead. However if it looks really horrible then I suggest we rearrange to a different date or time and keep everything crossed that the Great British Weather is on our side!
What should we wear?
I always advise my families that the most important thing in family shoots is that everybody feels comfortable. There is no point getting the children to wear their best clothes if they feel really awkward, because this will be written all over their faces.

If you really want to make the most from your shoot though, I always suggest that a similar theme of colours works brilliantly to tie you all together. I will send you links to my Pinterest boards once you have booked, and hopefully this will help inspire you with colours and styling.

Something that I strongly advise against however, is anybody wearing any clothes with motiffs or patterns on, as all this does is draw attention away from all of the beautiful faces!

What should we do if one of us gets poorly?
I am a Mum, so I totally get how children can be fine one day and then come down with something the next day. All I ask is you give me as much notice as possible and then we can rearrange for another day.
Can we change outfits during the shoot?
This is becoming an increasingly popular thing to do as people want to vary the images as much as possible. People view family photo shoots as an investment (both in terms of time and money) so they want to make the most of it. Changing outfits is fine with me, but you will need to bear in mind that we will all be outside in public places. Plus we will only have 30 minutes so it’ll need to be quick!
What time is it best to have a shoot?
Here’s the thing – if I were to advise you as a parent then I would always say to book one in so there’s no overlap with nap times or meal times, as this is when children can be more ‘fraught’ shall we say! As a photographer wanting to get the most of your images however, I would suggest that we avoid shooting anywhere between 11am and 3pm due to the strength of the sun and harsh lighting conditions. I appreciate though that this is a very difficult situation for you however to find that happy medium.

Ultimately, the most important thing is that you’re all happy and up for it, and if we have to shoot in harsh sunlight, then we all just need to bear in mind that we will be spending all of our time in the shade!

Please feel free to contact me and ask any questions – I would love to hear from you!

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