Portrait photoshoot around Torquay Harbour

Torquay has some really great spots for taking portrait sessions. In this case, I had a model and we went down to Torquay seafront and harbourside for some more active and energetic poses.

Paige is an incredible model and she mentioned if it was possible to have another session with more movement and energy. I was very happy to oblige.

We met by Pier Point in Torquay an hour before sunset. I knew I wanted to shoot through into blue hour so I had a huge diffuser for the sun shots, switching to a strobe light for the night shots.

Here are the photos. Below you’ll find a description of the photoshoot, the locations and the gear used.

Princess pier is the perfect place for sunset shoots and the hour before sunset. The whites and leading lines make it a really interesting location and the golden light can really compliment the scene.

I was keen to steer away from the typical snapshot photos you see of the marina. My favourite photo was by the ramp leading down to the section where people fish and catch ferries.

We then moved to Princess Gardens and shot a few photos in and around the gardens. A short walk from there is the footbridge over Torquay Harbour as well as Haldon Pier. Both these spots are good at sunset but at this time of year, Haldon Pier is the perfect place to catch the sun as it sets.

Both locations are near each other and the sun was quickly going down so I took my last few natural light shots before switching to strobe lighting.

Paige really wanted some shots by the clock tower. At this point, the sun was down so out came my strobe and attached this time was a small 7 inch round reflector that I’d just purchased from Amazon. I was quite surprised at just how soft the light was. The reflector that came with the AD600 pro was a lot harsher but almost the same size.

We took a few shots there before moving to the steps at Rock Walk that glow blue at night. I took a similar shot to this on my last shoot here but this time I wanted a portrait shot.

The final location was the restaurants by Torquay seafront. I just love the colours of the lights from these restaurants.


  • Sony A9
  • 70-200mm 2.8 GM
  • 85mm 1.4 GM
  • 24-70 2.8GM
  • AD600 Pro with 7-inch reflector
  • Large 5 in 1 (white diffuser used)

Simon Day

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