Every so often an opportunity comes along that is absolutely inspiring in every way. When Letty, a friend since Primary School, asked me if I could take some photographs for a charity she works for, I was intrigued and even more so when I heard about the project.
Ebony Horse Club is a charity based in Brixton that provides a community riding centre for local children.
It has eight ponies and horses and an amazing stable yard, paddock and arena as well as a classroom and other facilities. Children from the local community come and learn to ride, and also to care for the horses providing an amazing sense of pride and responsibility.
It was an inspiring day seeing these children and young people care for the horses and learn a new skill, and to see the amazing work of the staff and volunteers who run the centre.
I was lucky enough to spend a day during half term at the centre and so got to see children learning stable craft as well as riding and then all the fun of some gymkhana games. Simply Wonderful!
I had such a great time and I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.
I had an amazing time this week with Katie and Steve taking some relaxed portrait photographs of their newborn baby Samuel and and his older brother Aidan at their home in Putney, South London.
Aidan was incredibly entertaining, as he has learnt to copy each word you say. Obviously I tried to teach him some really good new words: "say Velociraptor, Aidan..."
We started the morning with some relaxed family pictures before Aidan had to leave us to go to nursery - it's such a busy life being a small person! We then continued with some individual portraits of Samuel by himself, and also with Katie and Steve to record this amazing time.
I hope you enjoy this selection of photographs from our newborn and family photo shoot in Putney, South London.
There are days when everything seems to come together - the light, the location, the games, the delightful families and the large supplies of panettone and fig rolls to be snacked upon during the shoot.
As a London-based children and family photographer, I love getting out and about around London to capture natural and relaxed family portraits. Richmond is one of my favourite locations, and Richmond Park in particular is such an amazing place - the environment is perfect for children's photography with so much to do, so many places to explore and the wonderful, wonderful dens to play in. I was thrilled when Nina suggested that we go there for the morning, as the children like to build fairy houses.
Once at Richmond Park and suitably adorned with stray feathers and carrying numerous leaves, we set-up camp at a spectacular den as a good starting place for some family portrait photographs. We played, we explored and I took lots of photographs, taking advantage of the beautiful spring light that morning.
I'm thrilled with the pictures and do hope that you enjoy this selection of children and family portrait photographs from Richmond in South West London .
It's been such a busy few weeks that the blog has been a little neglected, I do apologise. After an exciting week in Guernsey at the MYVISION photographic workshop (some of my images from the workshop will follow on this blog shortly), Tom and I spent a week in Berlin on holiday and then we have been in Birmingham at the big photographic trade show, Focus on Imaging. My feet have hardly touched the ground!
Today's blog post is from Hilary's graduation party in Cambridge. Hilary has recently got her PhD - an achievement I look on with awe - and her family and friends gathered to celebrate at her sister Annie's house. Hilary's PhD explored aspects of carnival, and so this was the inspiration for the party and the guests' wonderful masks. And it was also Annie's birthday, so a perfect double celebration.
The house was full of joy and laughter, and some of the most amazing food I've seen on a buffet for a long time (thank you so much for letting me try the pork wraps, delicious!). I had a great time photographing the celebration and I do hope you all enjoy the pictures from this family party photography shoot in Cambridge.
I love movement in pictures and so I am always happy with a short session of jumping on the bed as an activity as part of a portrait session – albeit always supervised by parents and not for too long (there's a fine line between forbidden joy and giddy exuberance, and bumped heads, bruised knees and the liberal application of chocolate biscuits!).
When I arranged Loren’s photo shoot, I discovered that the family were visiting the UK for a couple of weeks from their home in Switzerland and had booked a hotel suite to stay in. I have to say it was a fine location for a shoot, and the boys and I rearranged the beds and mattresses for a game of Billy Goats Gruff. I’m sure you remember the story – lots of ‘whose that going over MY bridge?’ ensued by excited squealing and jumping up and down.
This picture was one of my favourites - Kian jumping high in the air to escape his older brother, ‘the troll’. I love the fact that Kian has jumped out of the frame and the ‘monsters’ t-sirt which seemed to sum-up the day. I love it!