Dersingham Bog Portrait Photo Shoot

Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve - Are you looking for information about Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve walks, wildelife, history or the habitat of Dersingham Bog? Looking for photography locations?Find out what goes on behind the scenes at a Norfolk Portrait Photo Shoot? Discover this Norfolk hidden gem!

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Sarah

11/16/202113 min read

Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn

Dersingham bog is a part of the Sandringham Royal Estate. It's now one of my favourite places for portrait or family photo shoot due to the extreme beauty that this nature reserve holds! It's great at most times of the year, but it really flourishes in the summer when the sweeping heather flowers are in bloom. For more information about this location, scroll to the bottom of this page for a feature about Dersingham Bog.

Nataliya got in touch with me in the summer of 2021 to discuss shooting a socially distanced portrait photo shoot at the stunning nature reserve of Dersingham Bog, a part of the Sandringham Royal Estate in Norfolk. By the time she had finished telling me how beautiful this location was, I had already opened it in google and I had started looking through the photos for good spots for us to take photos at! I instantly saw that this National Nature Reserve was one of the more unusual spots that I'd been asked to do a photo shoot at and that the large swarms of heather plants made this an instantly lovable location! I was sold and the date was booked!

After extensive research and chatting about creative ideas, the day of the photo shoot came and thankfully the weather was perfect. I packed my car and I left my house to head for Kings Lynn. I arrived at the Wolferton car park and I just sat there for a moment, looking around! I slipped out of my car amazed at the beauty around this hidden gem. I spent a moment just taking it all in before Nataliya arrived.

I started getting my camera out of the protective case it's kept in and I heard a voice calling my name - she had arrived! We instantly hit it off and were chatting about the nature reserve when she told me that she was a local and that this was practically in her back yard - how amazing! I was instantly excited as I knew that she would be able to show me all the great spots around the reserve and that we'd find some real gems here to feature as our backdrop during our portrait photo shoot. Despite scouting out the location and seeing all the beautiful spots, I knew that nothing trumps local knowledge and that she'd know where all the good spots where that I may have missed on my first scouting of Dersingham Bog.

Nataliya was a little nervous when I first turned my camera on, she told me how she'd never done this before and that she didn't feel too confident on camera. After a few minutes warming her up with some "test" shots, she was posing like a pro and her face had relaxed to a point where she was giving me her raw authentic self. Before long, we were laughing and having fun. She told me that she was surprised that she felt so comfortable around me and that she was having way more fun than she had expected. She really thought that she would hate the photo shoot and that she'd have a horrible time - the poor girl! I was so happy to prove her wrong and I was delighted that she had changed her mind about having her photo taken! I can't take all the credit for this - she was such a lovely and fun person that of course we were having fun, it was all too easy with her!

She told me that she was so happy with how it was going and I smiled from ear to ear - this is exactly how I want my clients to feel as this is how I consistently produce such great results during my photo shoot sessions. Being relaxed and having fun makes pure gold within the camera.

Before long, Nataliya was so confident around the camera that she needed very little prompting or directions from myself which was a stark contrast to when we started the photo shoot. At the start, she was stiff and nervous and she needed constant directions on how to pose, how to hold her hands, where to look, how to hold her head etcetera, but now, she was relaxed, laughing and enjoying herself - and it really showed in the images! I showed her a few of the gems on the back of my DSLR screen and she was stunned. She told me that she never looks that good when taking her own pictures and I laughed, knowing the struggle only too well!

Although I am always happy to offer complete guidance on posing and I've spent the last seven years doing it for nervous clients, when you get truly confident around your portrait photographer, the constant directions aren't always needed unless the photographer is trying to capture a certain creative moment. This way, you get a much more natural look and feel to the images as the subject is relaxed and open to you and your camera.

Almost all of my past or regular clients have got to this point, some faster than others. Nataliya thought she would never get to this point in front of a camera but within ten minutes of our shoot, she was confident and glowing on camera with very little direction!

It's easy to get great photos when you click with your clients and you're genuinely enjoying yourselves!

Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton  Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn

Shooting: To shoot this session I used a mirrored DSLR with a professional grade full Nikon system

Lens: For this location, I used a 24-120mm Nikon Pro Lens without switching during the photo shoot

Editing: To edit this session, I used a combination of professionally licensed software including Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and ON1 Photo Raw

Editing Style: The style of the editing for this session is natural warm with a mild matte look in the blacks

Colour Correction: The images have been corrected to reduce yellows, to subdue greens to a more natural tone and to ensure that the image remains colourful without looking overly saturated. Blues were left slightly higher than normal to highlight the jeans and red was turned down a little to ensure that the beautiful red tones of Nataliya's hair didn't end up looking unnatural. This process was repeated for every image within the album so that they all match regardless of where the shot was taken within the nature reserve

Beauty Retouching: Gentle and natural looking beauty retouching was performed where needed to enhance skin and hair, and to whiten teeth and brighten eyes

Sharpening: The images were sharpened using the monthly subscription service software Adobe Lightroom and spot sharpened by hand by using brush adjustments

Processing: The images were processed into super resolution and exported using Adobe Lightroom which currently sits at around £20 per month for the basic cheaper package

Quality: A full 300dpi print quality album was delivered to the client with average file sizes of 15,000k but the images uploaded here are reduced to 1500k to ensure fast loading times with minimal quality reduction

Clothing: For this photo shoot and the subsequent walk around the forest, I wore comfy trainers and trousers that covered my legs to allow me to get into bushes and scrub to get the best angles without getting stung, which was a good idea as I ended up shooting from within shrubbery a good few times! Some of the shots taken from down low were with me fully in a bush to the extent that people walking past couldn't even see me until I got up!

Time: We were at this location for a total of 90 minutes, allowing us plenty of time to walk around the beauty spots and to find all the hidden gems.

Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn

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Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn
Dersingham bog nature reserve photographer portrait photo shoot Wolferton Kings Lynn