The summer may be coming to an end here in the UK, but we’re not ready to let it go. In fact, with a bit of luck it is still definitely warm enough to visit the beach – so this is what we did on this family photo session last weekend.

I have photographed the A family many times, including their two beautiful children as newborns. They are so much bigger now, and when Louisa got in touch to book a new family photoshoot, we were both in complete agreement: we needed to do this outside to take advantage of the last of the good weather, and a trip to the beach would be well worth it.

We chose West Wittering for our location. There is something very special about its silky sand and turquoise waves. We made sure to get there nice and early, before it got busier, to take advantage of the open spaces and morning sunshine. We were also blessed with some very scenic skies. What a backdrop!

The children just loved being able to roll around in the sand and splash in the water. It wasn’t long before they both needed a change of clothes! Two hours later, tired but happy, we brought the session to a close and my word, did we have a mountain of gorgeous images to show for our time. Images full of fun, love and quietude which encapsulate this family’s personality perfectly.

I am still deep in editing and there will be more to come very soon, but I just have to share a couple of images of mother and daughter that just made me stop in my tracks. From the scenery and Louisa’s impeccable styling, to their silent  rapport, I love everything about these images.

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Maria Cristina Licata is a specialist family photographer, covering Hampshire and neighbouring counties. Her studio is based in Basingstoke, but she travels all around Winchester, Southampton, Reading, Newbury, Guildford, Farnham, London and cities and towns inbetween. The building blocks of her work are love, connection and simplicity. Cristina phototographs families and children at homein the studio or at a beautiful outdoor location near you; including West Wittering, the stunning West Sussex beach featured in this post. To book your bespoke beach family photography experience, simply contact Cristina now.









Trenchmead Gardens
Basingstoke, Hampshire
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