I first met Victoria a couple of years ago when we spent a wonderful morning taking photographs in Richmond. I was thrilled when she contacted me again to say that they have moved to Sevenoaks and to ask if I would visit again to update the portraits of the children and their family photographs.
We spent such a fun morning - we started off by heading out to a beautiful park nearby in Sevenoaks, but our adventure was soon cut short by torrential rain and so we headed back home for some indoor play.
Like so many children, Kitty and Archie couldn't be contained indoors for long and soon, disregarding the rain, we were out in the garden playing in the playhouse and driving the car. The session finished with everyone collapsed in front of CBeebies while lunch was prepared, a perfect end to a wonderful morning.
I hope you enjoy this selection of pictures from our children and family photo shoot in Sevenoaks in Kent.
I'm really enjoying choosing pictures for this series as it's really making me think about what it is in pictures that makes me really love them. Often it is down to a few simple elements - compositions, light and expression/emotion.
These elements are the building blocks of a great image. They can be used simply or in a more complex fashion.
I love this image of Harry and Russel because it is a simple picture that uses all the elements well to produce an image that I feel is greater than the sum of its parts. I absolutely love it and yet it isn't a complex image, there are no clever tricks.
I love the composition, with Harry in the foreground and Russel behind. Their expressions are similar, joy and laughter and the fact that they are both laughing, this repetition enhances the image. I can feel the fun and also the love as Russel laughs with his eldest son.
The light is perfect, giving interesting modeling to their faces while allowing the background to face out and not distract the eye.
It is one of my favorite images from 2011, nothing complicated but simple ingredients used well.
It was a funny joke too, if memory serves...
I'm often being asked what happens when it rains during portrait session and my answer is always the same - we shoot indoors, we maybe go out for a bit of jumping in puddles wearing wellies, and we do lots of other fun activities. Rainy shoots are often very varied and always result in lovely pictures.
This shoot was no exception - Lucy has the most beautiful house but little Emily just wanted to be outdoors, running around even though it went from drizzle to downpour over the course of the morning.
We played both indoors and outdoors over the course of the morning, and captured some lovely fun outdoor pictures as well as lovely shots indoors, the tunnel pictures are particular favourites of mine. Emily was such a delight to photograph, so full of fun and laughter.
I have to admit though, it's the last picture that is my favourite - one of my favourites of the year in fact as it seems to sum up spring and summer of 2012 so well. I call it 'drought'!
I hope you enjoy it and the rest of these photographs from our children's portrait shoot in Woodford Green in Essex.
I was lucky enough to meet Victoria and Matthew a number of years ago when Victoria was bridesmaid and Matthew was best man at the wedding of some of my favourite clients, Stuart and Susie. I was so pleased when they got in touch to ask if I would travel to visit them in West Mersea in Suffolk to photograph their baby son William.
I'm always happy to get out and about around the UK, and so I was thrilled to visit Mersea. It's such a beautiful place - I'm certainly planning to take Tom there for a visit over the summer.
We had a wonderful morning together - we met early and headed out onto the beach for some shots before William's early morning nap, then home for some more pictures, before heading out and about again to take the dogs for a walk and to explore the beach huts further along the beach, which I had discovered on my exploratory run the night before.
What a wonderful day and I am over the moon with the pictures. I do hope you enjoy this selection of baby photographs from Mersea Island in Suffolk.
I love visiting clients and seeing my pictures on the wall. It is a feeling that is hard to describe - pride in the images, happiness in seeing them enjoyed on a daily basis, and a definite warm happy glow.
I was thrilled to see how Radegund had displayed her three 24" x 16" canvas wraps in the hallway of their home from our previous portrait session at Chiswick House, don't they look fantastic?