Today’s wonderful family photo shoot took place a bit off the beaten track for me – instead of my usual journey into London to capture photographs in one of the parks, I was off to Nantwich in Cheshire to photograph my dear friend and fellow photographer, Jill Thorning-Jensen and her beautiful family.
It was great to explore a new part of the country and I felt rewarded by one of the first days of decent weather this year. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, it has been such a long winter!
We ummed and ahhed as to where to go for our portrait session before deciding on a local National Trust property as an ideal spot for our children's and family photo shoot. The family really enjoy making the very best use of their National Trust membership and big gardens always make for great locations for fine art photo shoots.
It was a great location with so much variety and it was lovely to explore the grounds. The playground was wonderful – recently refurbished with lots of different elements, all tastefully done using wood and natural materials (which always looks just that bit nicer than the metal playgrounds of my youth). It was funny to note that the apparatus we spent longest on though was a balance log – a more sophisticated version of the fallen tree. The simplest games really are often the best.
We had a picnic (complete with a nice cup of tea) and then decided that it was perfect weather to fly kites – the shop must have done a roaring trade that day, every child seemed to be wielding a small kit but, unlike the kit kites of my childhood, these ones actually flew. Brilliant! It was so much fun and a lovely activity for pictures - there's so much enjoyment and satisfaction to be had from such a traditional toy.
We finished our day with some more family pictures in the reeds down by the lake, a lovely lovely spot that was complemented by the spring sunlight. Magic!
I hope you enjoy this selection of my favourites pictures from our children's and family portrait session taken on location in Nantwich, Cheshire. If you would like me to visit and capture some pictures of your own family, please contact us - we would be delighted to hear from you.
Today's blog post features pictures from the second half of my friend Ed's fortieth birthday celebrations during the Easter weekend in Lyme Regis, Dorset. (For the first part, please take a look at the post from earlier in the week here.)
As so many of Ed's friends now have children, the weekend was arranged around a number of great activities - playing on the beach, fossil hunting, drinks at his parents' cottage, crazy golf and, of course, a re-enactment of the famous scene from Jane Austen's Persuasion on the Cobb in Lyme Regis!
It was such a fun weekend and everyone was very relaxed. As you can imagine, there were plenty of opportunities for children's and family photography as everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. We even briefly saw the sun!
Here are a few favourites from the weekend, mostly featuring the children because, well, they are just so much fun to photograph! I hope you enjoy this selection of pictures from the weekend.
Having lived there for eight years, I am always thrilled to be invited back to Cambridge to capture some family pictures. It is one of my favourite places and I was delighted when Laura got in touch to ask if I would spend a morning with her family capturing some natural pictures of the children, and also some family portraits.
We had an amazing - if very cold - morning. It was freezing! We started at the beautiful St John's College in Cambridge where Laura had arranged for us to take pictures. I've photographed weddings at St John's before - back in the days when I used to photograph weddings - and it was lovely to visit again, and much more fun to take pictures of children running around! It is one of the most beautiful colleges in Cambridge and the Bridge of Sighs was a fabulous location for some shots.
Once we began to go blue with cold, we headed home for hot chocolate and some additional layers, and then headed out into the woods nearby to capture some more pictures as the children played. It was a wonderful way to spend a morning.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from our children's and family photo shoot in Cambridge, I do hope you enjoy them.
I have been lucky enough to photograph Kristina and her beautiful family at their spectacular Wimbledon home since 2007. It’s one of my great pleasures to visit year-on-year to see how the children have grown and chat to them about all the new and exciting things they are up to, and this is a portrait session that I look forward to every year.
We had great weather for our photo shoot (which took place before Christmas - I’m still catching-up on the blog as we were so busy before Christmas) - it was a cold and crisp day, with some of the most amazing low Winter light we could have hoped for.
I met Kristina and her family at the beautiful Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon for our session - it was fun to use a new location, as we had been to Richmond Park for our family photo shoot last year. Cannizaro Park is an amazing location and one that I love for children's and family portrait photography shoots. We had a great time exploring, climbing trees, feeding the ducks, kicking the football and playing with the dogs, and I am thrilled with the pictures.
Here are some of my favorite children and family portrait photographs from our wintery session taken on-location in Wimbledon, South West London.
If you would like me to visit and capture some pictures of your own family, please get in touch - it would be lovely to hear from you.
I've been capturing family photographs for Linda at her beautiful Kensington home and in the neighbouring London parks annually since 2006, and it's a photo shoot that I look forward to each year. The family dynamic is a real joy - three boys and a girl is such a wonderful sibling ratio. Yes, I am also the youngest girl with three older brothers so I am definitely biased, but seriously, having three older brothers is the best thing ever!
We had a wonderful time - it was a drizzly day when I arrived at Linda's home for our family photography session, but we headed out anyway, armed with wet weather gear and went to Holland Park where the weather seemed to be on our side and dried out considerably.
It was a lovely morning capturing family photographs and individual portraits of the children, before heading home for hot chocolate and a few more pictures taken indoors at home, particularly as Charlotte had a fairy outfit she wanted to show me
I hope you like the pictures and enjoy this selection of favourite images from our family portrait photography session in Kensington in London. If you would like me to visit to capture some pictures of your own family, please contact us - it would be great to hear from you.