Lake District Photography Road Trip

Cumbrian meadows, always a good start for portraits.

Hello, another short blog today after a day out in the Cumbrian wilderness scouting out locations for future engagement, family or portrait sessions. Instead of heading out to the Cumbrian coast we headed east from Workington into the Lake District National Park. After Deana did a great job modelling last week down on the coast I asked if she wouldn’t mind coming along to test out some suitable locations, and what better way than to take some portraits as we go.

It was early afternoon, as we were hoping to capture the early evening light later on in the day. We basically planned a short Lake District road trip from Workington to Keswick in the heart of the National Park. We ended up leaving High Harrington onto the A66 heading to Cockermouth, with a loose plan to eventually end up in Keswick, but how we got there really didn’t matter.

On this shoot I brought along my 14-24 lens in case we had some incredible landscapes to capture, but really only as a backup. I mainly stuck to the normal set up for my own personal work.

 Camera: Nikon D850

Lenses: Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 14-24 2.8, Tamron 24-70mm 2.8.

Possible engagement or family portrait location just outside Workington, Cumbria.

It didn’t take long to find our first spot right along the road at Lillyhall, Workington. There was a number of meadows or grasslands with relatively high wild flowers and heathers. First location here we go… Straight away I wanted to approach this with a candid natural feel to it, with the tall grass perfect to create foreground interest and depth to an image. Again, no awkward posing, just natural, unposed and impromptu images.

After a few minutes I was happy I had a few in the bag, and it was time to head on. Once we turned off at Brigham, just before Cockermouth, we were spoilt with open fields, rivers, forests and views over the open fells. Again, no strict plan or approach, just head out on the road and see what we find. We were in and out the van every two minutes, whilst the dogs thought it was their turn for a run every time we pulled over.

Plenty of fields to choose from for portraits within the Lake District, Cumbria.

It was really valuable not to invest too much time and energy into a single location, which helped to keep the sessions fun and relaxed, resulting in better images. This is a great approach with clients, resulting in a range of images from varied locations. This route turned out to be a perfect trip to take a couple or family for a number of mini portrait sessions.

Keeping in the shade to maintain a soft light from the bright sun.

I got lucky with the weather, as the sun was in and out of the clouds throughout the day. When the sun was out there were plenty of opportunity to shoot under the trees, acting as a natural diffuse box, helping to avoid the harsh light and shadows on Deana’s face. After a few stops in some fields and by the river running through Southwaite, Cockermouth, we turned south heading to Lorton and deeper into the Lake District National Park.

Once through Lorton there were signs showing that Whinlatter Pass was closed with no through road to Keswick. We thought we would just head as far as it would take us, scouting out further photography spots as we go. As we headed towards the Whinlatter Visitors Centre the sun was out of the clouds creating some dramatic colours, patterns and shadows beneath the trees of the Whinlatter Forests. 

Heading along Whinlatter Pass with the afternoon sun shining through the trees.

Captured some great light beneath the Whinlatter Forest.

We jumped in and out of the van to see how a number of locations would work, with some good results. The light was warm and soft as we were in the shadows of the forest and the fells looking over to Keswick and the Newlands Valley. 

We eventually hit the road closed signs just before Braithwaite, and with a wife growing ever so hungry we decided to turn around and head home. Today was a totally different vibe to the shoot last week down in Harrington by the coast, but with some results I am overall super happy with.

If you have any questions about my approach or what I offer please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I found some great locations on our road trip through the lakes, which would be perfect for an engagement or family shoot, so get in touch if this is something you might be interested in, or check out the other sections on my website for more information.

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 Hope to hear from you soon.