Cosy Woodland Extended Family Session | The Dow's | Grace Elizabeth, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, Colchester, Essex


Oh the Dow family, how I love you so!

I first met the Dow’s in 2016, when I met Joe and Tiffany, who had just had their baby girl, Violet and had asked me to pop round to do their cosy at-home newborn photos. They are still some of my favourite newborn photos to this date (although I don’t think I ever blogged them!) Fast forward a year, and this September I had the pleasure of photographing Joe and Tiff’s wedding day at Colchester Castle which was just absolutely lovely, you might remember it as the rainbow coloured day - it was just beautiful. From that day forward, I think they adopted me as their family photographer, because a few weeks ago, Joe’s sister Emily asked me to document them altogether, which was so much fun! It was a great chance to get all of the family photos we didn’t have time for on the wedding day (I am sure anyone who has married will know the feeling of how rushed the day can be!) and also to create some more relaxed, candid photos.

After heading to take a few photos with Joe and Emily’s grandmother at her home, we all drove a short distance to Donyland Woods on a chilly but sunny November morning, somewhere that Joe and Emily spent many hours exploring as kids with their parents and grandparents. I am always happy to suggest photo locations but more often than not, it’s lovely when you take the lead because it lets us make memories in a place which is probably already packed full to the brim of memories from years gone past!

I absolutely loved photographing the Dow family again because it really re-instilled how important photography is in this day and age. In a time when everything is instant photos and phone photos, sometimes it’s lovely to create actual memories, and be present in the moment whilst someone else can worry about the photo taking (i.e. me!). It’s so heart warming to be asked to come back and photograph a family again too, for whichever chapter they’d like to document next. It really honestly does mean the world to me when I get to see and photograph you all again!

There are so many lovely moments I could share, but here are just a few of my very favourites. I hope you will love them!

Please also don’t forget, I am currently offering £50 off of all two hour lifestyle sessions until December 1st, so do get in touch if you’d like to book one and we can create memories just like these!

Love always,

Grace xo

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