Our family break by the sea

We got back yesterday from a lovely family break to Whitstable, Kent. It was so great to get away for a week and spend some quality time together as a family. 

As you may remember from our last holiday to Corfe, I don’t normally take my professional kit with me as I always worry about something happening to it, but this time I was doing a shoot with my whole family for my parents Ruby wedding anniversary next month (I will share the results soon), so it was a real treat to have my favourite lenses and camera with me! 

We stayed in a lovely beach house in Seasalter; it was a bit further out of Whitstable than we had hoped but I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere nice to stay in that area. 

I’ve never experimented with photographing silhouettes before, but as I had my kit with me I thought I’d have a go. It’s more of a challenge than I thought! 

Not only do you have to get your settings spot on, you also have to make sure that what you are photographing works as a silhouette. So ideally you want people in profile. Unfortunately most 3 year old boys (mine included!) don’t take much direction, you just have to shoot what they give you. So I was very excited when I had this shot above all set up, with H perfectly in profile, then I was shouting at Karl ‘I need you in profile’. He then just kept looking at me confused while I tried to desperately signal and shout that I need him to look to the side. By the time he did H had moved, the light had changed and the moment had gone. Sigh. But it made me realise that when taking photos of my own family, I really must stop being such a perfectionist and just capture the moment rather than trying to get the perfect shot. I’m going to have to make myself look at the above photo and remember the moment, instead of thinking how great it would have been had Karl had just looked up at H! 

The week before I went on holiday I had one of my favourite ever shoots. I have so many photos I want to share from it that I think I’m going to post it in 4 parts over the next week. So come back soon to see 4 gorgeous little girls in a beautiful location. 


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Vicki Knights is one of the leading family photographers in the UK and started running her popular 'Photography for Parents' workshops in 2010 (the first of its kind in the UK!)  

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