THE SMITH FAMILY | A PERFECT FAMILY DAY AT PRIORY PARK, SOUTHEND | SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.

Oh how wonderful it has been to do such a joyous family session with The Smith Family!

In the last weeks of August Faye contacted me regarding a family session for her handsome little boy who is just 19 months old. She wished for a mixture of portrait shots and then what I love the most, just to document and capture her little one being ‘the butter he is’ (Faye’s words, not mine).

We set a date for a couple of weeks on and Faye and her partner Terry were able to choose any location of their choice. A park they are familiar with, Priory Park in Southend was the location of their choice and I am so pleased they chose here too! I hadn’t ever been to Priory Park before my family session with The Smith Family, although I looked it up when Faye mentioned it and it looked absolutely beautiful.

Priory Park is situated in the centre of Southend-on-Sea in Essex. It has many different beautiful areas including grape vine arches, ponds, beautifully coloured flowers and amazing greenery, which I LOVE! Their little one loved it too.

On meeting Faye, Terry and their little boy we went on to explore the first of all areas throughout the park. On arrival I always tell my families to just have fun and be themselves. There is to be no pressure and I will photograph from the start and throughout, every little thing. Any wishes they have or ideas of a shot are always welcome as I love when they love to have an input and their wishes are fulfilled.

The Smith family session was very successful and the smallest member was a joy to photograph. He was very photogenic and loved taking a look at the back of the camera after having he’s photo taken. So cute! I am only showing a small selection of photographs from The Smith Family session as their wishes are to keep the majority of their photographs private for them to cherish forever.

I would love to shoot this location again as it had so much character and was just beautiful.

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