Why Stockbridge Down?
As a family photographer in Hampshire, I am always on the lookout for beautiful new locations, both for my family photoshoots but also for me to be able to walk the dog. I am an outdoor photographer, which means the countryside is my studio, so I love to mix it up as often as possible!
I like to be able to recommend as many and as varied a list of locations as possible on my locations blog to my families, so that they can pick and choose the best locations to suit them!
So when somebody recommended Stockbridge Down to me as a possible new location for a family photoshoot location in Hampshire, I jumped at the chance to have a look. And I definitely was not disappointed! It is actually a National Trust location (belonging to part of the Mottisfont estate), but an open one that anybody can visit.
Situated just outside the quintessentally British town of Stockbridge, Stockbridge Down is the perfect spot to get back to nature. Breaktaking views as far as the eye can see are just some of the perks of this place, space, wildlife and fresh air are also up there.
If you have a dog, or are just after space and views on your family photoshoot, then this could be the place for you!
A Practise Photoshoot at Stockbridge Down
I always like to know the locations I am shooting at and, if possible, have a reccie there first just to get my head around the best spots and the nuances with the light!
Normally I drag my kids along, but I was so excited last sumer when not only did my kids retun to school, but I was also able to see other humans, that I roped in a good friend of mine to come and explore with me. Natalie is very good at styling, as you will be able to tell from her daughters dresses, which makes all the difference to the photos!
I always advise my clients that, first and foremost they are comfortable and happy in what they wear to my shoots. After that, I advise against big patterns or any motifs, as you want the focus of the image to be the people and not what is written on their t-shirt! I also send them a link to my seasonal pinterest boards, which are meant to inspire and help them with colours, styles and co-ordination of outfits!
As you can see from Mollie’s styling here – the yellow dress really picks out the colour of the yellow wild flowers which ties so beautifully together and coupled with dark and moody sky, makes for a really striking image!
Let’s Mix Things up a Bit
Something that I have noticed about shoots in the past 18 month or so, is that a lot of parents are mixing up their shots by changing the children’s outfits. This works particulary well if you are in a location such as Hilliers, which has such different scenery and backdrops as you walk around. I think a lot of my clients see their photoshoots with me as an investment, so want to make the most of it! And changing outfits halfway around certainly mixes things up and provides a different set of images to enjoy!
So this is what Mollie did. And it really did provide a lovely change! I would love to know what you think though – which makes for the more striking and interesting images do you think?