If you follow my Facebook Page, you’ll have already seen a sneak peak of these child portraits – the children in question being my own. I have wanted to blog this session for a while. So, I took a break from my client work for a short while to share these with you. I’m not sure how many of you have been watching the Starz series, Outlander. I absolutely love it not only because it features my homeland, but also because it is set during a period of Scottish history that I studied and love. I find the Jacobite Uprisings absolutely fascinating. Anyway, if you haven’t already gotten hooked on Outlander, I highly recommend you check it out!
While watching the series, I was inspired to do an Outlander themed photo session with my boys. It was all quite simple really – they already had the kilts, the sporrans and the ghillie shirts. All I needed was a castle. Now, were we living in Scotland (or England it could be argued), all that would be required would be a quick trip in the car up the A82. My choice of castles would be awaiting. However, we do not live in Scotland; we live in New Hampshire. Not one to let little details like that deter me, I performed an Internet search for New Hampshire Castles. I was already aware of Searles Castle, which is very close by in Windham, NH. My husband and I had considered it as our wedding venue. Searles wasn’t quite what I was looking for, though.
Next up for consideration was Winnekini Castle and I had pretty much settled on that. When mentioning my photo shoot plans in passing to my SOPHA friends just before a maternity studio shoot, they suggested Bancroft Castle in Groton, MA. This is just a small hike from Gibbet Hill Restaurant and well worth the trip.
When we reached the top of the hill, I was delighted to see the ruins of the castle. While they are not quite like Scottish castle ruins, they were going to fit the bill nicely. My sons are well-versed in being photographer’s kids. With little direction and plenty of ideas for poses of their own, I started to capture some fantastic shots of them in this great location.
We belong to Clan Anderson – that comes from my grandmother on my father’s side. My mother is from Clan Melville. My brother was given Melville as a middle name, so he wears that tartan. I was given Anderson as a middle name, as were my sons, and thus we wear the Anderson tartan. The Anderson tartan is unique among all Scottish tartans in that it contains seven colors – all other Scottish tartans contain six or less. I happen to love it!
The boys had fun pretending that this had been their ancestral home and that they were the Laird’s children. I remembered what fun I had had as a child exploring lots of ruined castles in the Scottish countryside. It was nice to see my boys being able to do the same here. While my mind was on capturing great child portraits of them, their minds were on climbing and jumping and checking out the ruins.
The fireplace in what would have been the main hall was huge! As you can see, the boys could easily stand inside. You can also see where the second floor would be.
My older son is quite the monkey and loves to climb – he got right up in this window and called down to me to take his photo – I happen to love this series of shots.
On the inside of that same window, I captured these shots – it was quite high up in the air and I had to put aside my mummy anxiety and trust they would be ok.
There are so many little nooks and crannies for great shots here – I could have shot in this location for ages. However, a setting sun, the arrival of the bugs, and two hungry boys all meant that we needed to bring things to a close soon.
Not before we had some fun with the bagpipes though! I mean, what Scottish themed photo shoot would be complete without them?
Can you imagine this setting to be the Scottish Highlands?
This was the last shot of the evening with the sun getting low in the sky. We thoroughly enjoyed our frolic at Bancroft Castle and I hope you enjoyed seeing the images I was able to capture.
To book your child portraits session with Laura, called (978) 571-6280 or contact me here. Fleur Foto Photography is based in Londonderry, NH serving the surrounding Southern NH and Northern MA area, including Nashua, Groton, Hollis, Brookline and Windham.