‘Be what you are; of this earth but a dreamer too.
We followed our hearts to the sea that day and let the wind carry us along and wake us up in the way that only windy beach can. The waves when they broke were the colour of thousand year tumbled sea glass and the light made the world look like a painting. He ran in and out of the sea until his fingers and face were pink with the salt and the wind. It was everything we both needed; the intensity of the last few days and weeks drifted away and we revelled in the freedom, the simplicity and the freshness.
The opportunity for an impromptu trip to the sea came at just the right time. Life had got full, busy and overwhelming, as life surely does. And when it does, tempers get tired and worn and the days can feel like a string of getting ready for school then getting ready for bed and it’s easy to get little bit lost in it all.
So yes, theres no doubt that a day by the sea was just what we needed. The beaches around us, in Devon are beautiful and charming, but there’s something about this corner of the world that’s very special. The cliffs here, in Cornwall, are rugged and dramatic and the whole coast seems to hum with a beautiful energy all the year around. Yet somehow, a keen breeze and a moody sky seems to set it off the best.
With each wave that rolled in and out, I felt my shoulders unwinding and my mind loosening. And the effect is clearly the same for him too. He is the most free here, by the sea and in the wild, which is undoubtedly why most of our favourite family photos are taken at the coast. I watch him run in and out, in and out, in and out, fuelled by the fresh air and the joy of it, despite the chill in the wind and the sea.
He will never get tired of this game, and I will never get tired of photographing it.
He tumbled through the dunes, with me following just behind snapping as I went, trying my best to capture as much as I can of this sweet day, in photos and photos and film, to preserve these family memories.
Then, with dry clothes and an extra layer we went up to the unique and characterful headland of Trevose Head and delighted at the view, and the waves that reached and crashed up the wildflower scattered cliffs.
When we left and headed for home, we were smiling; a deep and contented smile, that reached right down to warm our salty toes.
As a family photographer and also as a mum, these photos mean everything. I will always be at my happiest here, wrapping up these love filled days in photographs, yet somehow there’s something even extra special about bringing it to life with film. Video and film can catch a deep sense of feeling, capturing children’s unique movements and characteristics, those age and season specific idiosyncrasies that they grow out of all too soon. Film really can bottle them up and I know how valuable this is when we come to look back over the years. Making family films holds as much space in my heart as family photography and I’m so excited to have the summer of film making ahead, especially with the wild and beautiful landscapes of Devon and Cornwall as my backdrop.
This particular film was calling out to be entirely black and white, to create and capture the emotion of that day together, running barefoot by the sea.
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