May seems to have been a month dominated by birthdays. Almost all my recent shoots have been secret birthday presents and so will hit the blog after the big days early in June. May is also the month of Honor's birthday and a fantastic party to photograph.
It was a fantastic day, both the party itself and then the afternoon when Honor's brother Arthur got home from school and then chilling out and falling asleep in front of Cbeebies in the early evening.
There are so many pictures I wanted to post and this is only about half of them, it is always so hard to choose favorites from a day like this. I hope you enjoy them
I spent a wonderful morning with Nils and his family. We went to the park and had a lovely play before a short nap was required. Then it was up and awake for more fun before heading home for some pictures back at the house.
It was a lovely way to spend the day and, as so often happens, reminded me that I really do have the best job in the world. Could there be a better way to spend the morning?
Here are some of my favorites, I hope you like them
I had the great pleasure of photographing Jeremy and Juliette's birthday party earlier this month. A family gathering had been arranged to get all the children and grandchildren together for a lunch and then some fantastic entertainment in the form of snakes, spiders and scorpions. It was a wonderful day and everyone had a lovely time. Here are a few of my favorite pictures
Last night I had the pleasure of speaking on the subject of Children's portraiture to the Bromley Camera Club.
It was a fantastic evening. I was talking about the development of portraiture from Roman times and how it is tied into contemporary views of childhood itself. It is a facinating subject and the more I read up on it as I prepared the talk the more I want to know.
We also looked at the link between photography and memory which is something I feel is integral to my work - the pictures that I take now capture those moments that the children will remember when they are older. For example, the next post down in the blog of a boy playing in the snow - when he sees those pictures as an adult he wont remember the photographer, just the fun he had playing in the snow with his family. This is the real power of children's portraiture.
It is facinating stuff and I might write more about this on the blog in the future.
For now, here is one shot of me in mid talk taken by the lovely Tom http://www.catchesides.co.uk