Muddy Reviews: The Family Postcard
Looking for a way to document your family stay-cation in Cornwall this year? We met Adj Brown, founder of The Family Postcard, for a family photoshoot in one of our favourite places.
Summer 2021 is set to be the summer of the great stay-cation, with many families heading to Cornwall – or, making the most of the glorious scenery that we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps (such as Rock, above, which regular readers will know is one of my local walks).
Come May, we should also finally have the chance to reconnect with loved ones somewhere other than home, exploring the great outdoors and enjoy easier living with a summer escape.
To preserve these special memories, The Family Postcard is on hand to document these momentous times, to capture those pivotal first holidays and meeting up with family and friends again – and we headed over to Rock to make the most of the Easter sunshine and meet founder, Adj Brown.
A professional portrait and lifestyle photographer, Adj Brown created The Family Postcard to help holidaymakers with quality images to match their memories. With no posing or set up shots, the documentary style images are effortlessly captured whilst the couple, family or group of friends are simply enjoying their holiday.
We went for one of our usual dune / beach walks, along the coast path and then down onto the beach. The kids know this stretch of coastline like the back of their hands and they set off so fast I wondered if Adj would be able to capture them at all, but he did!
The resulting gallery that he sent me came over quickly, the idea being that you can literally upload them to a service that sends actual postcards, or share them to your social media channels, or email them to friends. The resulting mix was perfect: some, like the ones above, that I could share publicly, and other more personal ones that I plan to have framed, and add to the children’s annual photo books.
Particularly when one party is the person that always takes the photos, often you can look back through holiday snaps and find that you’re not in any of the photos, or when you are, it’s all weird angle selfies, or out of focus ones taken by the kids. These photos are special because they aren’t posed, or formal, but they have us all in, doing things that we enjoy doing together.
“You pick the time and place and just hang out whilst we capture the essence and energy of this precious time together. We love how quickly families relax into these shoots, and it is always such an honour to record these precious life moments -with everyone in the shot. We pride ourselves at making everyone at ease then melting into the background as they get on with their holiday together.” Adj told me.
“The idea for The Family Postcard came from my travels with my own family and making it my mission to save these moments as images, so my daughter will have them when she is older, like the albums I have from when I was growing up. We all have phones filled with disposable, throw-away shots – this is the antithesis to this. These are the shots you make a photo book, hang on your wall or display on your mantlepiece”.
And in the case of these ones, literally a postcard shot, except even better – we are in it too!