Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in Children, Family, Lifestyle, Northumberland, Portrait

“You must take lots of pictures of your children”. As a family and children’s photographer, I hear this statement quite a lot! And yes, I guess I do take lots of pictures of them, but sadly these days, it seems to be mainly on my phone. However, a family day out at Druridge Bay Country Park and beach in Northumberland was a perfect opportunity to take my camera and capture some wonderful moments in the winter sunshine.

We’re so fortunate to have this stunning coastline so close to our home – long stretches of golden sand and grass-tufted dunes, crystal clear (but very cold!) water – and practically all to ourselves, what more could you ask for? So with wellies on, and armed with buckets and spades, a football and frisbee, we hit the beach…

The tide was far out when we arrived, so the boys played frisbee and had a kick about, whilst the girls set about the important task of building sandcastles. And we built lots! I remembered that I had a large bubble wand, so we had a lot of fun as the children ran about chasing the big clear baubles as they bounced across the sand and then across the waves out to sea. We were really surprised how far out some of them actually got.

My little boy decided that he wanted to go paddling, so I followed him down to the water’s edge and watched as he shrieked in delight as the waves got ever higher up his wellington boots, before he ran off splashing through the water. As the tide came up the beach, we discovered tiny jelly-like creatures on the shoreline, which we carefully popped into our bucket so we could take a closer look. Looking them up on the internet later, it seems that they were a type of “sea gooseberry” and are apparently safe to handle – so a natural history lesson thrown in for good measure!

As the light started to turn more golden, my little boy and I headed off up to the top of a sandhill where I handed him my camera. He fired off some great shots of the dunes and the fun going on down on the beach, and even took a sneaky shot of me. I’m rather pleased with it, and delighted that he’s showing an interest in photography – I may well have found myself an assistant!

It was a fantastic day, and after all that sea air, we certainly slept well! But more importantly, I’ve got some gorgeous new photographs of our munchkins to get framed for our gallery.

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4 Comments

  1. Alison
    March 2, 2015

    Gorgeous photographs and beautiful beach. I must stop next time I pass by

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    • Joanne McNeil
      March 2, 2015

      Thank you Alison. It really is a wonderful part of the world!

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  2. North East Family Fun
    March 3, 2015

    Gorgeous photographs – I love taking my camera to the beach. The kids are always so natural and it’s much easier to get some nice shots without it feeling forced. Love Druridge Bay – one of my fave beaches x

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    • Joanne McNeil
      March 9, 2015

      Thank you Samantha! It’s so true, when children in a natural and engaging environment, and are just “being” themselves, it definitely makes for better photos. I love your blog too by the way! x

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