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Ardingly Bluebell Woods – A Photoshoot with a boy & his dog

Family photoshoots in the bluebells are always a favourite of mine. We chose the Ardingly bluebell woods very close to where I live for the shoot location. This family purchased a family photoshoot gift voucher after meeting me at a school fair. We were lucky enough to choose a beautiful spring day for the actual shoot. Bluebell opening times are hard to predict but we’ll pencil a date in the diary and keep and eye on their progress. I’ll always suggest we arrive at our shoot location as early as possible on shoot day to make the most of the soft (and more flattering!) light.

boy walking his dog along a path in the bluebells at Ardingly

This family wanted to bring their Golden Retriever Lottie along to the shoot too. Isn’t she gorgeous? As a dog lover myself I always encourage you to include dogs on your shoots – they always make a welcome addition.

Golden retriever dog jumping over a log in the bluebell woods in Ardingly, West Sussex

Lottie might have been the star of the show! She certainly provided plenty of entertainment on the shoot. She enjoyed jumping over fallen logs in the woods, being taken for a walk and sitting with the family for pictures.

I love the gentle backlight behind the family in these pictures. Definitely a bonus of an early morning start!

We finished our shoot by heading to the disused railway line nearby which provided a different backdrop for some more family pictures. I think we’d worn Lottie out!

I’d love to hear from you if you’re looking for a family photoshoot in the bluebell woods at Ardingly (or elsewhere in Sussex!). You can find all the contact information you need on my contact page. See you soon!