Family Photographer Surrey -A sunshine filled photo session in Chipstead

I am so excited to share this beautiful family photography shoot with Naimh and her family.  They came here to the farm earlier this summer.  It was early evening as you can see from the beautiful golden glow- the golden hour.  And we took full advantage of the colourful woods and fields around us here.  Naimh was just finishing year 6 when I photographed this family session and it was the perfect time to capture her before she starts that big transition to senior school. (Note to parents- the difference between your child on the first day of Year 7 and the last day of year 7 is extraordinary!).

There were some really lovely moments during this shoot- my favourite is when her mum started telling Naimh all the special things she loved about her.  Not a dry eye anywhere!

Naimh was totally chilled throughout and you can see from the smiles and laughter that they were all so relaxed and had a great time.

I hope with all my heart that in many years time, Naimh will look at these photos and relive those magical moments, enjoying those wonderful words and the incredible bond that she clearly she feels with her parents.


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Our summer holiday to New England

Surrey Family Photographer holiday in New England

One of the things I really love is seeing people’s holiday photographs. A number of the blogs I enjoy reading have posted their holiday images and I love it. Maybe it’s the snapshot into their lives or maybe it’s the chance to see places I have never been to.

So in the spirit of reciprocity, here are a few of our holiday snaps from our recent adventures to New England.

This is our third family summer trip to this part of the world, and each time we go we try and see different places. So we based ourselves just north of Boston and then moved upto New Hampshire for a few days and then further south down to Cape Cod.

The Boston area is HOT in the summer and the humidity can be overpowering, but this is balanced by gorgeous sea breezes, cool forested towns and villages and wonderful beaches. Compared to the busy area we live in here in the South East, New England is sparsely populated with fabulous outdoor facilities and picture postcard architecture and beaches.

People always ask me what camera I take on holiday.  I take 2.

The first is a very old Nikon D80, which I used when I did my photography degree, that I bought in 2007.  It has a basic zoom lens on it.  As we go to the beach and do lots of active things, I don't want to be worrying about damaging expensive kit, so whilst I love this camera, I'm not concerned if it gets broken or gets sand in the body.  However, this time I left it in my luggage most of the time because I want to enjoy my holiday not lug a heavy camera around.

The other camera I take is my iPhone, and I'm using this more and more to snap on the go photos.  In fact most of the images below are from my iPhone.

So enjoy our family photographs…

Family Photographer Surrey Amanda Darling Holiday blog

The coast along the North Shore is fantastic- and we spent plenty of time enjoying the beaches around Gloucester and Plum Island.

Amanda Darling Family Photographer SurreyThe sand was so hot that it was difficult to walk on, but the water was cold.  Enjoy the expression!

Family Photographer Surrey Amanda Darling blogWe went  kayaking down the river at Essex and across to Crane Beach.  As the tide was high we were able to weave in and out of the grassy banks through little rivulets to the sea.  How beautiful is this?  Luckily it was a beautiful warm (rather than hot) day and the water was very warm too.

amanda-darling-photography-capitol-building-providence-riWe went to a Lindsey Sterling concert in Providence Rhode Island.  Here is the Capitol Building in Providence. This was my first trip to RI and marked my 11th State.  I hope to do all of them at some stage.

amanda-darling-mountain-grand-view-resort-nh amanda-darling-4We booked a few days in New Hampshire.  This State is all about big skies and outdoor sports.  We went riding and river floating.

Our hotel was straight out of a storybook and the views were sensational.

amanda-darling-2                             There were mountains, waterfalls and forest all around.  You could travel all day and not see anyone else if you kept off the beaten track.

amanda-darling-3                                                      This is a motorway.  For someone who lives near the M25, this is an amazing sight! Where's the traffic?????


      The views go on for ever.

amanda-darling-photography-rockport-ma-2 This charming town is called Rockport and it weaves right out into the sea.  It's pleasantly touristy and if you walk to the end of the road,

you are rewarded with a classic New England sea view....amanda-darling-photography-rockport-ma-lighthouse                        ......a lighthouseamanda-darling-photography-rockport-ma-sea-views amanda-darling-photography-rockport-ma-canoes amanda-darling-photography-regatta-rockport-ma amanda-darling-photography-rockport-houses

Then it was down to Cape Cod.  Here's a very pretty church in Hyannis.amanda-darling-photography-hyannisport-cape-cod

It's been wonderful reliving the holidays!  Seems a long time ago now. Another time I'll fill you in on why we were in Hyannis.

In the meantime have a lovely week.