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Have you ever heard that saying ‘sandy toes and salty kisses’? Well that’s what was ringing through my mind as I put this beautiful family beach shoot together. All too often I think we’re guilty of assuming that professional photography is reserved for weddings. But this shoot proves that’s far from the case – it’s the little, ordinary moments in life that are often the most special, and the ones we’ll want to look back on and remember in years to come.

One of the subjects of today’s post is certainly aware of how important this is – Hannah McClune of Hannah McClune Photography is a modern wedding and family photographer based in Berkshire. Hannah sat down with B.LOVED to fill us in on her experience of being on ‘the wrong side of the camera’, sharing with us these stunning images from Asia Pimentel Photography.

Almost giving up I stumbled across Asia’s website, during one of my many searches to find our family photographer. As a photographer I was super fussy on the technical quality, but just as importantly the style too – everything Google was throwing up for me were traditional, staged and pretty dull looking shots.

But then Asia and her gorgeous pictures popped up on my screen, completely natural and fun looking

pictures that was exactly what I wanted for our family photo session. I expected to feel uncomfortable being on the other side of the lens; I am so used to being the one taking them. Initially I felt a little awkward, not quite sure what to do with myself or even how to interact with Neil and the boys… I know silly, right! But it was interesting to be put in that position to see what it is like from my client’s perspective too.

The whole shoot was natural, the first thing Asia said to us was “relax and have fun for the next couple of hours, we’re here to capture that happening”. So we did and we all had a blast.

The yummiest light to shoot in is a couple of hours before sunset, luckily Asia was completely keen to do this too, so after lunchtime naps we got the boys ready and tried to keep them clean. Before the shoot I heard myself back – all the tips and suggestions I give to my clients, how to pick the outfits – pick your favourites that your feel good in, then chuck them all on the beds to be sure they look good together – not too matchy-matchy, e.g all in white shirts, week! But rather have a bit of consistency, so we went for brights to suit the tropical setting, then creams, greys, blues which suit our lounge – where we now have a big family portrait hanging.

Time just went way too fast, and as you can see my plans to straighten my hair didn’t happen – so I may not have looked quite as polished as I hoped, but it was REAL!  These are a selection of my favourites, thank you so much Asia xxx


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One of our BLOVED interns for 2015, Leanne loves style in all its various forms and spends much of her free time (when she’s not busy writing!) researching the latest fashion, beauty and interior trends (mostly thanks to her Pinterest addiction!) and loves testing out new beauty products or shopping for quirky new additions to her home.

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