Melanie Grace | Newborn Photographer covering Motherhood & Family
Simple, natural and relaxed lifestyle motherhood, family and newborn photographer in Cornwall but covering Devon and the rest of the UK. My Mission is simple: giving the gift of beautiful family photographs. Because the days are long but the years are so short.
I love the beach, no surprises there. But it really does make for the prettiest setting for a Motherhood or Family photography session. There’s something so magical about the golden evening light, the salty breeze and the sound of the waves. Haven.
This session was just perfect, the setting, the outfits, the light and the love this mum has for her two girls. I could not have asked for more.
What I love to do is capture all those tiny moments of connection that make you really FEEL. Holding their little hands, arms reaching out and holding tightly onto you, the snuggles and the nose kisses. All these fleeting moments captured.
I’m now taking bookings for summer beach sessions in May – September 2019. These sessions take place about an hour before sunset at the most beautiful beaches on the Devon and Cornwall coast, and include you and your family enjoying a sun-soaked evening totally unplugged and, together.
These are a favourite of mine and were my most popular this year, so if you’re umming and ahhing…do it now!
The Clark Family | Family Session | Devon & Cornwall Lifestyle Photographer | Melanie Grace Photographer
Location: Tregantle Bay, Cornwall
I was so thrilled when Tessa contacted me earlier this year and told me in that their family would be coming to Cornwall for a family holiday and wanted to document it with a family photography session. I had met these guys before when they became parents the first time around and couldn’t be happier to meet up with them again as a family of four.
We decided on a sunset session at one of my favourite beaches on Cornwall’s south coast, Tregantle bay. It was the perfect spot for our photo shoot and man the weather did not disappoint either.
The beach is such a wonderful location for a family shoot. Somewhere you can just be yourselves and enjoy some beautiful unplugged time together. Splashing in the sea, snuggles in the sunset, there’s nothing better? Just look at the connection between this mother and her boys. This is what a session with me is all about.
If you would like to combine a family holiday in Cornwall with a family shoot please get in touch here.
Something you should know about me… I’m the photographer who will become your friend.
I want to get to know your family and what makes you, well you.
All I need you to do is, trust me.
Before your session, I’ll send you a questionnaire where you can tell me about what’s special about your family and what you’re envisioning for your session, I’ll send you some helpful information about what to expect and don’t worry, I’ll cover my most asked question…”What shall we wear?”
On the day of the session I’ll turn up with my camera, I’ll ask for a little tour of the house to check out the light. We’ll chat, probably over a cuppa, (tea please) I’ll play with your children and we’ll laugh and swap stories about our family lives.
I give you space to simply be yourselves and all you need to do is love each other, lot’s of snuggles, kisses and tickles. I promise you it won’t feel like a photo shoot at all, trust me.
What I look for is real connection and genuine emotions, it’s my job to capture the little moments that are all yours so you can keep and remember them for years to come.
Here is Ottilie’s beautiful newborn session. This gorgeous family did everything I needed them to, they became my friends, they were simply themselves and just loved each other and they trusted me to do what I do.
Nine months ago I shot these photos of my girls, I’m so glad I did because looking at their faces I can see how much they have changed already this year.
Another gut-punching reminder of time and how it’s so fleeting, followed by a pang of regret for all those moments that have gone uncaptured, forever in the back of my mind, so why don’t I pick my camera up more? I know the answer…a fear of imperfection…
It’s taken me nine months before looking at these photos because I know they’re less than perfect…I shot these on a whim during the last moments of light on a chilly January day, my ISO was cranked right up, my bedroom a mess and they had been in their pj’s all day, but I shot anyway and I’m so glad I did.
Now I look at their faces, I can almost hear them as they roll around, tickling each other and laughing uncontrollably. It makes my heart so happy to see my increasingly self-aware, shy 10-year-old letting go and being silly with her sister, I’m filled with gratitude for their beautiful sister bond and I make a mental note to soak up these moments of their childhood before we reach the dreaded teen stage where I’m sure this relationship will continue to evolve into something that feels a little different.
Does anyone really care that the bed was unmade, that there’s a random collection of crap on the side tables…that there’s definitely one of those annoying singing Elsa dolls lying on the floor….does it matter, no, does it take away from these wild girls and their beautiful relationship…no, not at all.
Yet another penny drop moment of my true passion screaming at me in my realisation that a photo of my girls sat nicely smiling into the camera will be pretty but it won’t show you this crazy fun-loving side of their personalities, it won’t really mean anything at all.
This is my personal journey to embracing the imperfect because it real moments are what sets my heart on fire.
Welcome to my perfectly imperfect, sometimes messy, chaotic life.