I was so pleased to visit Clare and Sebastian to photograph their lovely family in Battersea Park in London. I first met Clare and Sebastian almost nine years ago when I had just started my portrait photography business and I photographed Harry when he was about four months old, golly how he has grown (as has the family)!
We were lucky to have a beautiful day for our family photo shoot in Battersea park in London, and we headed out early to avoid the rush. Arriving at Battersea Park bright and early meant that we started the day with the playground to ourselves, always a bonus for children’s photography and great fun for the kids as there are no queues for the swings.
We spend some time sailing the pirate ship and driving the train before heading out into the rest of Battersea Park in London for some family photographs and portraits of the children in a less ‘concrete’ setting (while I love a good playground shot as much as the next photographer you don’t want to spend all morning there).
We found the garden in the centre of Battersea Park to be perfect – enclosed so you can’t loose the children in a game of hide and seek while big enough for some serious running around (and some sneaky places to hide of course). I did wonder what passers by must have thought as I stood, cameras hanging by my side, hands over my face shouting ’38, 39, 40. Coming ready or not…’. We had such a good time and it made for beautiful portrait photographs of the children, both on their own and together as we took it in turns to hide and seek.
After that we found some open space – one of the things that makes Battersea Park in London such a great location for children and family photography is the different areas within the park – for a game of football and a few final photographs before home for lunch and a nap.
A wonderful time was had by all and I am thrilled with the results. I hope you like these children and family portrait photographs from Battersea Park in London as much as I do.
This Spring-time children’s photo shoot took place on Wimbledon Common, one of my all-time favourite locations for portrait photography.
Caroline, Lottie and I spent a wonderful morning at the Common exploring some of the different areas to see what we could find. Mostly we concentrated on log-walking and den-sitting, before an extended game of Humpty Dumpty complete with new verses I had never heard before - ‘all the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn’t put Humpty together again… Because. He was. An Egg.’ All very deadpan and absolutely hilarious! Apparently Lottie had picked it up from a CD and I loved these new additions to the classic nursery rhyme.
As well as having its famous Womble inhabitants, Wimbledon Common is a fantastic location in London for children’s portrait photography as it is so large and so varied. Also, because it is used so much by lots of families, each time I visit I know that things will be completely different – dens will have been built and dismantled, and tree trunks seem to appear and disappear, which makes Wimbledon ideal for lovely, and unique, children’s portrait photographs.
I hope you will enjoy looking at these family photos from our day on Wimbledon Common in London.
There are days when I love my job and days when I LOVE my job. Today was in the second camp.
I have been lucky enough to know Mary for twenty two years since we met performing in Thomas Tallis School's fine drama production of Hiawatha (we wore brown sacks, fake plaits made out of wool and did a lot of chanting if memory serves). We have been friends ever since and I am so very lucky to have such a wonderful friend.
I was thrilled when Mary and Joe announced they were having a baby and quick to get myself in the diary for a newborn shoot when little Luke arrived. Just four days out of hospital he is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen and the sheer amount of love in the room was incredible. I felt like one of the luckiest people alive today - it's great seeing friends so happy and a real privilege to be able to capture these moments for them in pictures they can keep for ever.
So here are a few favorites from today, I do hope you like them..
I love photographing children’s birthday parties and have been lucky enough to photograph a number of events in Holland Park, which is one of my favorite stomping grounds in London.
These pictures are from Ivo’s Sixth birthday with the amazing Magic Mikey entertaining the children with customary style. The floating table was really quite something!
I had a great time taking photographs as the children enjoyed themselves, playing games, dancing to the disco music and enjoying the wonderful magic show. It was the kind of birthday party that the children will remember forever.
Here are some of my favorite children's portrait photographs from Ivo’s Sixth birthday party in Holland Park, London. I hope you enjoy them.
I was thrilled to visit Helen recently to take some children's portrait photographs of her beautiful son Alexander at her home in Beckenham in London and also at Crystal Palace park.
Helen has been a long-time reader of the blog and I was thrilled to hear how she loved my work (yes, I’m always happy to receive compliments - it makes for a warm, happy glow). I knew I wanted to make sure we got something really special.
Alexander was a real joy to photograph, such a happy little chap. We started taking family pictures at their home in Beckenham before heading to Crystal Palace park for a run around in the Spring sunshine.
I’ve always loved Crystal Palace since we used to visit when I was a child (I grew up in Blackheath, which is nearby). I don’t know the park well though, so it was great fun to explore with the family as there are so many wonderful locations for photographs in the park.
Here are some of my favorite images from our day of child and family photographs in Beckenham and Crystal Palace. I hope you like them – I think the pictures of Alexander with his tambourine are particularly lovely!