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MY TOP TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF BLUEBELL SEASON
A few weeks ago, despite having snow in APRIL, I managed to find some beautiful bluebell woods in Bookham, Surrey.
Whether you stumbled upon this page with the intention of booking a family photoshoot with me, or maybe you're thinking about taking some photos yourself, either way... I wanted to create this blog post with a few of my "top tips on how to get the best out of bluebell season!"
Each Spring, we are blessed with a sea of amethyst carpeted forest floors, which makes for some truly stunning photoshoot Settings!
My Top Tips
When - Bluebells have a rather short life span, which usually lasts for a few weeks, although this time varies slightly from Year to Year. I tend to hold my shoots between the last two weekends in April & the first two weekends in May. I always make sure the blooms are looking beautiful before choosing multiple shoot dates, so that everyone who wants to book a slot, can!
Know your type - Our native bluebell, "Hyacinthoides non-scripta", otherwise known as "common bluebells", is a flowering plant that naturally occurs in the U.K. The Spanish bluebell, "Hyacinthoides hispanica", was introduced into the U.K. by the victorians as a garden plant, but escaped into the wild in 1909. But how can I tell the difference... I hear you say?! Both flowers are extremely beautiful of course, but the main differences are that The English bluebell has narrow leaves, droops and smells sweet, whilst The Spanish bluebell has broad leaves, is upright and doesn't smell. Hybrids have also been identified!
Take care - The English bluebell is actually protected by British law, and it's a criminal offence to remove/pick them. When organising these Shoots, I always scout the area out for tree stumps/logs and paths that have bluebells surrounding them beforehand, in order to avoid interfering with the bluebells as much as possible! Woodlands where these flowers grow have sometimes had bluebell seasons for hundreds of years, so it is extremely important that we continue to protect them, allowing for them to grow for many years to come! It should also be noted that bluebells are poisonous, so please keep an eye on little hands going for them/them going in little mouths!
Outfits - If you've read any of my previous blog posts, see here, you'll know that I always encourage my clients to wear clothes that they feel comfortable and relaxed in. This being said, it is definitely worth giving a little thought to your families' outfits to really make the best of the beautiful setting you will find yourselves in. Blues, pinks and of course whites... all really compliment the colour of the bluebells but if you do want to add a bit of drama, yellow can really "nicely clash" with the violent blue!
The photos themselves - I definitely found the bluebells to look most blue and beautiful on an overcast day/late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky, so keep your eye on the weather! I like to get down low, encourage the children to gently play (on nearby stumps/trees and paths!) and to generally be playful and enjoy it! I have a specific blog post on "Posing Advice" here for those who may be interested!
The bluebell mini sessions were such a success this year, I definitely want to do them again, come Spring 2022!
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