The sun was shining and the world looked bright and new when I arrived in Richmond for Caroline and Lottie’s springtime children's and family portrait photo shoot. As a London-based children and family portrait photographer, I travel all over the capital but Richmond Park holds a special place in my affections. I have been photographing here over the past ten years and I honestly don’t think I have been to the same area twice – it’s just so diverse. Everywhere you look are fabulous backdrops for family portrait photographs and great activities for the children to do so that they enjoy themselves and have a wonderful time while I take pictures.
It’s always a pleasure to see Lottie and this was our third children and family portrait photography session. Lottie is an absolute joy to photograph and one of the happiest children I’ve ever met, always smiling.
As always I arrived nice and early and was greated with a smile and a cup of coffee (always so important first thing in the morning I find). Lottie played while Caroline and I caught up and worked out a plan for the day, being sure to pack the essentials for the park – drinks, snacks and wipes, always wipes!
And then we headed out to the park, taking advantage of a wonderful morning light before too many other people were around. There is something so magical about an early morning in a London park with the dog walkers, runners and - in Richmond Park especially - the many, many cyclists. Everyone has a smile for the other intrepid souls who have got up and out before 9am on a Saturday.
As soon as we arrived at Richmond Park, Lottie was off climbing on a pile of logs and I was straight after her, snapping away, looking for the best angles and the interesting light. Bright sunny days can create tricky lighting conditions and I’m always looking for light that will flatter and add to the picture.
We climbed on trees, climbed in trees, over trees and hid behind them (the hide and seek picture which was the Just One preview image from this shoot is a definite favorite of mine). We had an amazing time and I’m so pleased with the pictures from our children and family portrait photography shoot taken on location in Richmond Park, London.
I've known Ben since he was born, and his mum Lucy since we were at University - together back in the mists of time - and so I was thrilled to visit Cambridge recently, camera in hand, to capture some portraits of Ben and update the family's pictures.
Here are a few of my favourites from our day together in Cambridge, I hope you enjoy them.
Having photographed children and families throughout London, I would say that Highgate Woods is one of my favourite locations for family photography. It’s such a beautiful spot, and I was thrilled when we visited the woods as part of my portrait session with Liz. I first met Liz back in 2008 and so it was wonderful to see her again, and to see how the boys have grown.
Our last photo shoot took place in Islington and it stuck in my memory as Liz's children were so incredibly well behaved, and so I had high hopes for our next meeting. They were exceeded – the boys were an absolute joy to photograph.
We explored the woods, climbing trees, jumping off logs and discussing the relative merits of different children’s books – I definitely need to re-read the Redwall series, as there seem to be a lot more books since my childhood. We laughed, we ran around, we told jokes and I was able to capture lots of fantastic photographs of the boys having fun and enjoying themselves.
At the end of the session, we went home for a snack and a few final pictures of the boys building their Lego – a favorite hobby, and so one which I was very keen to capture in pictures to remind them of their skills in later years.
All in all, we had a really wonderful children’s portrait photography session in Highgate in North London and I hope you will enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Today's blog post is rather different for me today. This family shoot took place in Maida Vale and Kensington - which in itself isn’t such a break from the norm - but for this shoot, we also visited the National History Museum.
This was my second photo shoot with Elke and her lovely family (you can take a peek at last year's pictures here), and I was looking forward to it no end. It’s always such a pleasure to see my regular clients and I was thrilled to be visiting their home in Maida Vale for our family portrait shoot.
After a quick cup of coffee, we headed out to one of Maida Vale’s great parks but as soon as we arrived, the heavens opened and it absolutely poured with rain. Not to be daunted, we sought shelter in the bandstand but after ten minutes of photos (avoiding the three sets of people doing their personal training in the same very small space), we thought we would abandon the park - it really was too wet.
We contemplated heading home to continue our shoot there but then thought, let's go to one of the Kensington museums and take some pictures there instead. It was fantastic fun and lovely to do something a bit different, exploring the museum with its fantastic exhibits and architecture.
I really enjoyed the session and am thrilled with the pictures. I hope you will enjoy looking at this selection of children’s and family portrait photography pictures taken on-location in Maida Vale and the Natural History Museum in London. Do get in touch if you would like me to capture some pictures of your own family - it would be great to hear from you.
I first met Melanie a number of years ago when I met her family at their Maida Vale home in London for some family portraits. I was so pleased to be invited back to see them at their new home in Buckinghamshire to update their family photographs.
We had a wonderful morning - I always really enjoy photo shoots outside London where there is so much greenery, and we visited a fabulous wood for our portrait photography session.
I also captured some pictures at home of all three children on the same sofa which we had photographed the older children on years before - I really like the continuity you can achieve photographing in people's homes, as items of furniture are used again and again in different ways as the children grow up.
Here are some of my favourites from our portrait session, I do hope you enjoy them.