recommended outdoor locations
If you have a favourite spot or there's a location with particular family memories I'm always happy to travel to outdoor venues within my catchment area. However, please note that professional photography is prohibited at certain venues (including all National Trust properties) and other locations may attract an admission fee which will be an additional charge on top of your session price.
If you'd prefer some guidance and suggestions on where to go, take a look at some of my favourite places below.
Studio Green :
If changeable weather is making it difficult to decide between a studio session or an outdoors photoshoot, this conveniently placed green is right outside my studio space. Although it doesn't offer the same range of beautiful scenery as other venues, it does mean that we can switch quickly from indoors to outdoors with the weather or deliberately plan for a mixture of studio and outdoor shots from your session.
Fourteen Locks Canal Centre :
Close enough to the studio so that we can abandon an outdoor shoot and relocate if the weather changes, Fourteen Locks Canal Centre also has a lot to offer as a venue.
Just off junction 27 of the M4, there's a fantastic variety of photo locations right next to the free carpark. If you have to struggle with a buggy or if you have limited mobility, this is a perfect choice for you - and even if you don't it's still high on my list of recommended locations. It really does have something for everyone. Open grassy areas, woodland paths, a picturesque wooden bridge and rustic benches. There's even the opportunity to finish up with some action shots feeding the ducks.
Llandaff Fields (Cardiff) :
If mature trees and rolling grassland are on the wishlist for your photoshoot, then you won't find a better spot than Llandaff Fields. It's an absolutely stunning location for this type of scenery.
The most picturesque spot for photography is alongside Mill Lane so I usually arrange to meet at the Western Avenue entrance. This means that you'll need to walk from wherever you park but it really is worth it! This end of Llandaff Fields is also just a short walk from the banks of the Taff, where we'll find tree-lined avenues and an abundance of Daffodils in the Spring.
Cwmbran Boating Lake :
Another location that has a lot of variety to offer.
Starting with wildflowers and an area of open grass near the entrance, the path around the lake is then edged with mature Willows and decked viewing areas, while just off the main footpath we’ll find wooden walkways and woodland tracks. The children's play area and duck pond offer the potential for more casual shots, but if you’re looking for a backdrop of either Summer greenery or Autumn leaves, this is definitely my most recommended venue.
Car parking is free and although there’s a bit of a walk to reach the lake, all footpaths are well maintained and buggy / wheelchair friendly.
Usk Castle :
A truly magical venue for your photoshoot, Usk Castle offers a mix of ancient stonework, grassy areas, woodland and much more! It's quite possibly my favourite location simply for the range of available settings and the fact that every single spot has a fairytale feel.
Free parking is available in the visitors' carpark, however, please note that access to the grounds does involve steep uneven footpaths and a short but extremely steep slope up to the castle which can't be negotiated with a buggy.
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