child walking into the waves on west wittering beach in west sussex

Yesterday we headed to West Sussex to escape the unbearable London heat.

It’s a funny thing about summer in London. We all wait, impatiently, for the summer to finally arrive, and when it hits us, good and proper, we moan about how horribly hot it is, and do our best to escape it.

We set out in the afternoon to get to West Wittering beach just after 3pm. For me, it’s a perfect time – the sea has warmed through, we’ve avoided the midday sun, and then as a bonus, we get glorious evening light that is so pretty and impossible to resist.

For this shot, I waded into the water with my big girl camera. I’m pretty sure the whole beach though I was crazy, but I knew what I was doing (well, here’s hoping anyway!). I initially started shooting from the other side, capturing the golden glow on my son’s face, but backlighting is something I love doing, and backlighting + water + silhouettes just made my heart sing.

I’m so incredibly pleased with this capture and I know it’ll be making it’s way onto our walls soon! I can’t wait to go through the rest of the set and share with you soon!

I’m Antonina Mamzenko – a natural light newborn, baby and family photographer based between London and Surrey. I specialize in creating candid, natural family photographs with zero cheese and no posing. I work all over London and Surrey, including Cobham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Richmond upon Thames, East Molesey, Walton upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Holland Park, Kensington, St John’s Wood and Hampstead. Find more information about my photography sessions or get in touch to check availability and book your family photoshoot.