Dovestone Reservoir McAvoy Family Location Shoot

Dovestone reservoir is a truly beautiful location near Saddleworth. There’s a bit of everything. Heather covered hills in the background. Babbling brooks and streams. Giant rocks to climb on. Shady trees to shelter under. A massive reservoir with boats, decking and jetties. A photographer’s dream and the perfect location for a family location portrait shoot.

i met Nicole and her family there on a sunny Summer’s day. Her daughter, Evie, REALLY did not want to have her photo taken. At first, I therefore spent quite a bit of time just chatting and walking round with the family and taking photos of the boys, with Evie as my glamorous assistant, until she was happy to join in.

There is absolutely no point in trying to force a child to do something they don’t want to do. It will end in tears, which are generally not good on photos! That is why I offer 3-4 hour slots for a shoot, so there is plenty of time to get the very best images.

Dovestone Reservoir McAvoy Family Location Shoot

The kids had great fun throwing rocks into the water and by then they were very comfortable with me.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot brothers sister throwing rocks in water

We had a wander further afield and stopped for a family photo in the grass. Posed but relaxed.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot family grass

 Teenage boys can be very self conscious in front of a camera. I love to set an image up and then step back and let children interact naturally. With Evie, Sam and Lucas i was rewarded with photographic gold.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot brothers sister laughing under tree

This image makes me smile every time I see it.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot brothers sister laughing under tree

Textures and colours are so important to creating a great image. This stone wall made the perfect backdrop and gave the kids another excuse to sit down after a long walk.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot brothers sister stone wall

Finally, time for a funky family picture by the water, showing off that beautiful blue sky.

Dovestone Reservoir mcavoy Family Location Shoot family marina

If you would like to book a McAvoy Photography family location portrait shoot anywhere in the North West, please contact me today. I’d love to make some memories with you.