It's always lovely to receive referrals from my regular clients and I was thrilled when Natasha mentioned my name to her friend Rachel. Rachel invited me to visit her family in Oxford over the summer to take some family photographs to capture this time in their lives before their eldest daughter left for boarding school in London this autumn.
As one of four children myself, I am always thrilled to photograph big families - I love the family dynamic you get with lots of children and I found photographing Rachel's family a real pleasure and, at times, hilarious as I recognised myself in so many of the youngest daughters actions (yes, it is hard being the youngest in a family game of football!).
We had a wonderful day - a walk first where there was the most amazing bridge that has resulted in one of my favourite family shots of the year and then back to the house for some games in the garden - football, rugby, table tennis - you name it, we played it.
I am so pleased with the pictures and I hope you will enjoy looking at this selection from a family portrait session with teenagers in Oxford.
Sometimes I meet children, or teenagers in this case, who are so talented it is staggering. When Davina booked her family photography session and mentioned that they were a musical family I thought 'great, I used to play the piano'. I hadn't a clue what was in store.
We started our session with a walk in the woods - fabulous for me as it introduced me to a new place I can go running in Cambridge (which I am always on the look out for with another marathon looming). It was great to have a walk and a chat, and get everyone relaxed with the camera.
Then we headed back to Davina's home in Cambridge and the family started playing their numerous musical instruments. To say I was staggered is an understatement. Everyone played to exceptionally well - it was like having a concert at the end of the photo shoot. One of those mornings I will never forget...
As regular readers of the blog will know most of my work is with younger children so I was thrilled to be asked by Mark to photograph his family to celebrate his wife's 50th birthday. It is always so much fun to photograph older children and this was no exception. We met at the beautiful Clare College in Cambridge where Mark and his wife were married and spent a couple of hours walking around and taking pictures. It was great fun.
Here are a few of my favorites, I hope you like them
I always love it when I get to photograph older children, teenagers and young adults. It is nice to chat to people and find out what they are up to - what their plans are for life. I love the fact that teenagers are so open to all the possibilities life can bring and are so full of enthusiasm for everything.
I spent a lovely morning with Ute and her family, taking lots of group shots and pictures of the kids having fun together. Here are a few of my favorites
It was a great pleasure to visit Deborah and her family and take some photographs. Deborah was in charge of my accounts when I first started my business and was a huge help with setting up and getting the first few years worth of accounts sorted out.
I spent a great morning with her lovely family and Alex was a joy to photograph, such a fun and interesting young man, and a demon at pool and on the Wii!
Here are a few favorites