Cudmore Grove Relaxed Beach Family Session | Mother's Day | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer


It might have just been Father’s Day, but I’m throwing us back to Mother’s Day for this lovely family session!

The Penny family have been such avid supporters of my work ever since day dot, and for that I am really truly grateful. I first met Joanne’s daughter Katie when she reached out to me last February about covering a charity ball she was organising. She had put the ball together completely herself at Braxted Park to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness, which was a charity close to her heart as her grandmother has Alzheimers. As my Grandad has dementia, it only made sense to support her by photographing the ball. I am so glad I did, because it was incredible. It was also really lovely because she invited my boyfriend along as my plus one, and I got to see a bunch of school friends. As it turned out, the two of us had lots of mutual friends from school, but had never met!

After the ball, her sister Abi got in touch with me about photographing the Zero Mkt, a one day vegan market she had put together in London (these ladies are #girlbosses!), and the first of it’s kind! It was such a lovely thing to be a part of, and since I am also vegan, something I was a massive supporter of! I have followed Abi’s active activism ever since, and I am so proud of what she is doing!

I’ve also kept in touch with their mum, Jo, since she runs both Eden.Living, a vegan food stall which often pops up in the local area at food markets (and my goodness, try the sausage rolls, and thank me later!) and also Tea By The Sea Beach Huts.

So really, ever since then, we have become good friends and they’ve always come to me for photography (which is so lovely!) When Mother’s Day rolled around, Katie had the brilliant idea of surprising Jo with a mini session to celebrate just how amazing she is, and so we headed to Cudmore Grove as part of my Mother’s Day Mini Sessions, along with their black labrador puppy, who was such a diva (and Sassy was also aptly her name!)

I loved this session so much, and we got some wonderful photos for their family album! Thank you so much to the Penny family for coming back to see me, you’re amazing!

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Love always,

Grace xo

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