With all this crazy weather we have been having lately, I was really worrying on how this family get together was going to go. This concern was of course only for my selfish benefit with wanting some good light and favourable conditions within which to work!
Well, what luck – the weather decided to grace us with clear blue skies and this family portrait photographer was in his element with having the rich back drop of The Fleet and great light within which to work. With her children and grandchildren all sharing in the celebrations and enjoying a long weekend at the luxury hotel, I arrived at Moonflett Manor Hotel to capture some special family portraits celebrating Dodo’s 85th birthday.
Moonfleet Manor is a really lovely, quiet hotel that really is a luxury home from home & certainly a great choice for a weekend getaway. The staff were great, even allowing me to pinch one of their employees as a lighting assistant! As for my subjects, they too were wonderful, warm & friendly people that were a delight to meet and work for. We worked very quickly and got a great selection of images as a momento of the day, even throwing in some relaxed fun shots at the end to add variety into the set.
As it was such a special family occasion there was one final touch from me. I edited & processed the images quickly so that everyone had the chance to see the finished images over breakfast on the Sunday morning. This was very much appreciated, and likewise I am very happy that the weekend was a success for the birthday girl, the weather and their great choice in photographer!
Would you believe that within 2 hours of this photo session, the heavens opened and the rain tumbled down for the rest of the weekend? Such is the weather system here in Dorset. We really were lucky that day and thats the way I intend to stay!