In the poppies
I am a Welwyn family photographer, and I’ve had an absolute blast photographing family portraits in the poppies in Welwyn over the past couple of weeks. I am often out scouting for beautiful new photography locations, so you can imagine my absolute delight when I came across this field (cue screeching brakes and dragging my children out for an immediate walk!)
Judging by the number of visitors to the field, I know I’m not the only one to get excited. I saw photos of the poppies’ vibrant colours begin to flood the local social media feeds, and on a sunny evening you could find hundreds of people, from mobile phone snappers to photographers with professional tripods, lighting stands and models.
Taking care of nature
As with any wildflower meadow (and crop) it is important not to trample all over the field. Not only do the plants suffer, but also nesting birds, such as larks, of which there were definitely a few. Luckily, I knew a ‘secret’ part of the field a short walk from the main area. Here, the light glowed in the early evening and so the trees provided a green contrast to the red poppies. I found a convenient path cut through, which seemed made for photos with its leading lines; and behind the poppies themselves, lush green ferns gave a bit of variety. Towards the end of the week, pink and yellow wildflowers sprung up in the hedgerows, too. Another path across the field meant that my models could look as though they were among the poppies.
Find out more
The Welwyn photo shoots in the poppies were all ‘mini sessions’, which are short 30 minute photo shoots. I find that these are perfect for a quick update of the family photos or for a first experience of having photos taken. ‘Minis’ are shorter sessions and are therefore geared more towards portraits and gentle posing. For a wider range of photos and a natural, playful, documentary style gallery, I suggest booking a full session.
The poppies are past their best now, and the beans sown between them are looking more ready for harvest, but…. Hitchin Lavender is now opening! This is just one of my other favourite locations! Imagine the scene: beautiful photos AND your children will sleep well after all that lavender! You can find out more and book a photo shoot with your Welwyn family photographer here. Or you can see more examples by visiting my Facebook page, because who doesn’t love a field of flowers?!