A Family Shoot at Lakeside Country Park
As a family photographer in Eastleigh and surrounding areas, one of the first questions I ask families is where they would like to shoot at. The beauty of my family shoots is that they are up to 3 hours and at a location of the family’s choosing. I always recommend a location that is personal or special to the family, if and where possible. If there is nowhere suitable then I direct my clients to my location blog. This is a blog that I am always updating with new and fresh ideas of locations I have shot at, which hopefully will provide some inspiration.
Today I am showcasing Lakeside in Eastleigh. Lakeside is classified as a Country Park and within it’s 22 hectares of lake, wetland and woodlan, it has also has a cafe, a park, minature trains and a lot of space to run around in! It is almost directly opposite Southampton Airport Parkway and has ample (and free) parking.
What can we do at Lakeside?
If you are an outdoor family who likes walks then this is the location for you! It is segregated into dogs-on-leads areas and dogs-off-leads areas which is great, and means that our furry friends are welcome along too!
The mix of woodland, lake and grassy banks is a beautiful combination, made even more beautiful in Spring with the addition of blossom everywhere!
I have done 3 shoots here now – in Spring, Summer and Autumn, and the range of activities to do in each season is brilliant. I always encourage my families to bring along on any toys, games or anything that means something to them, which is why I loved it when Krishnu got changed into his cricketing gear for me (as seen below). Whether Krishnu is into cricketing for one season or his whole life, it is lovely for his family to be able to capture this snapshot in time!
Styles of Photos
Different photographers have different styles and ways of working, which is why it is so important to find a photographer who gets you! Personally, I like to offer very relaxed and natural shoots with a range of different poses. I always try and get some ‘bankers’ in first whilst the kids are still clean. After that it is fun time! And with such a range of different backgrounds at Lakeside, there is so much fun to be had. I have had kids in trees, catching bubbles, playing hide and seek, flying kites, making daisy chains…and the list goes on! This is why, as a family photographer in Eastleigh, Lakeside is such a brilliant location to shoot at!