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Reading Family Photographer
specialising in maternity, baby, children and family photography
Not all heroes wear capes. Indeed, sometimes they wear dungarees, mum jeans, work boots, pyjamas on the school run, scrubs or (just occasionally) Saturday night heels around Reading town. When it comes to parents, there’s no one-size-fits-all template but make no mistake, they’re all utterly heroic. Anyone feeling their way down the path of parenthood deserves hero status in my book.
No matter where you are in your personal parenthood journey, you’ll have heard this old adage before:
“They grow up so fast”
And it’s true. No getting around it, one minute they’re a tiny curled up ball kicking away in your belly, the next they’re packing up the car for Freshers’ Week. Childhood is precious and fleeting, so it’s a good idea to stockpile a few excellent family photographs before they fly the nest for good.
I specialise in fun, gorgeous family photography that snaps up those lovely, fleeting moments and captures them forever. Your kids might leave home, but you can hold on to a memory forever.
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I’m Anna a Reading photographer (but you’ll have guessed that from my website address) and I’d like to tell your story. My work has been featured in Vogue Italia and I’m a guest blogger for Berkshire Mummies. I photograph expecting mums, babies and families in a relaxed and natural style that makes for beautiful family heirlooms that will fast become the most treasured possessions in your home. Your milestones are exciting little chapters that make up one magnificent life story – let’s get them in film.
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You totally get the value of amazing photos that can be treated as an heirloom.
You want an easy and fun family photography experience even Dad will enjoy.
You don’t take life in Reading too seriously. The kids have feral days and that’s just fine.
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
The shallow edges of the lake at Loddon Nature Reserve are the perfect spot to head to when the kids are welly-ready and raring to go!
We spent a lovely couple of hours splashing in the lake, scaling logs and spotting birds. The flooded gravel pits that make up the lake and islands provide the perfect conditions for birds. Look out for gadwall, tufted duck, pochard and snipe. Although I think our noisy splashing scared them away (sorry birds).
The second half of this circular walk takes you past the railway bridge. Here we stood under the tunnels and screamed as the trains went past overhead. Highly recommend giving this a go right now to let off some steam!
There’s lot’s of great photo opportunities on this walk too so make sure to bring your camera. I especially loved the weeping willows as a background to the lake, the leading lines of the old rusty gate and the brightly coloured graffiti on the old railway bridge. And if you’re more into nature photography there’s a huge variety of wildlife.
Although there are boardwalks most of walk is on earth paths. In the winter it can get pretty muddy and wellies are a must. It can be slow going for little legs but as it’s only a short walk, with plenty of benches to stop at, it’s worth the slow squelching progress.
The best bit of this Twyford walk is that you can park at the Waggon & Horses pub and treat yourself to a drink and their famous Waggon Roast at the end. If you’re heading here when the weather is warmer they have a large child friendly beer garden. complete with a kids wendy house. Perfect to keep the kids busy while you enjoy a well earned drink!
Loddon Nature Reserve Photos
Did anyone else know there was a chalk pit in the middle of Wargrave and that Berkshire was underwater 85 million years ago? Nope not me!
After getting a tip off by the lovely owner of Totes Emosh we packed a picnic and went to explore the former quarry. The chalk pit has some of the youngest chalk preserved in Berkshire and is full of fossils. If you’re lucky, you may find sea urchins, oysters and corals in the debris at the bottom of the chalk face.
It takes about 15 minutes to walk the loop. But we spent lot’s of time writing our names on tree stumps with the fallen chalk and building a den. As well as the chalkface there’s also a pond to explore. Local volunteers are working hard to clear the overgrown bushes and improve the paths. And they’ve done a great job. However, there is still lot’s of nettles so you may want to wear long trousers!
For parking we found it easiest to park up on Braybrooke road and walk down to the chalk pit from there.
Oh and the best bit… The George and Dragon pub is only a 4 minute drive away! It’s located on the pretty banks of the River Thames with it’s own courtyard and garden. The perfect place to refuel after your walk.
Photos from our walk around Wargrave Chalk Pit
Chalk pits to visit in Berkshire
Wargrave chalk pit is one of 27 geological sites in Berkshire which the Berkshire Geoconservation Group is helping to protect for future generations. I’d love to know if you’ve visited any of these sites and which one you recommend we head to next.
Anna was amazing from start to finish! She went and scouted out the best spot, in our chosen location; she took all of our wants and needs into consideration; she made us feel at ease throughout the photo shoot, which resulted in some beautiful natural family photographs, with genuine smiles.
HAZEL – READING, BERKSHIRE MUM