So I wasn't planning to take a camera...
It was my Uncle and Aunt's 40th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and I had been looking forward to a day-off with the family for ages. I am the youngest of four and close to my cousins and their children, so it was a rare chance for us all to get together as everyone is so busy nowadays.
I hadn't planned to take a camera as I had a day of feasting on hog roast and champagne planned and yet, when the day dawned, I found myself throwing the camera bag into the car, just in case...
Of course, as soon as I arrived, I know I would be taking pictures. It's what I love to do best and who better to take pictures of than the people that I love the most?
It was a wonderful afternoon - the sun shone, the hog roast was fabulous, the champagne flowed and an inspired second cousin had brought along a Segway - one of the best party entertainments I have come across.
Here are a few favourites from the day. I hope you enjoy them and to my wonderful Aunt Hilary and Uncle Podge - truly the best uncle and aunt a girl could wish for - I wish you a very, very happy anniversary and lots more happy years to come!
I am delighted to announce that I shall be spending a week in Rock in Cornwall this August, photographing families and children on-location whilst they enjoy their summer holidays.
I have wonderful memories of Rock - hilarious attempts at body-boarding as a child and even worse attempts at water skiing as a teenager, along with countless barbecues, running around with my cousins and reading Beano comics under the trees in the garden. They are memories full of sunny days, ginger beer at the sailing club and the scent of summer. I'm so excited to be going back and even more excited that I shall be recording some of these wonderful summer days for my clients. It will be such a fabulous opportunity for family photographs.
I shall be on-location over the bank holiday weekend from Friday 24th August through to Tuesday 28th August (although I can extend this a bit if there is a lot of demand). Portrait sessions will take place each morning and will be booked in advance on a first-come, first-served basis, so do please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested. I would love to hear from you.
I truly cannot wait and I hope to see lots of you for some children and family photo shoots in Rock in Cornwall.
To me, this picture is about the father and son relationship. It is about growing up in Oxford, rainy afternoons at the Ashmoleon museum, about science homework, about the joy of discovery and shared experiences. It isn’t – to me anyway – about having a family photo shoot, and I love it when my pictures rise above the circumstances in which they were taken, above ‘having Helen round to take pictures’ and all that is left are memories of a moment in time pure and simple.
As many of you know, I love photographing in new places and so I was thrilled when my clients suggested going to the museum (although we did take the risk that we would be thrown out, of course). We arrived early and didn’t stay long but it was great fun seeing what the children’s favourite objects were in a museum that they clearly love.
This shot is a particular favourite. I love the composition with father and son looking at the structure of DNA, while the younger brother plays in the background – how quickly children grow up! I love the interest on their faces and the closeness as DNA is explained.
I also love the receding pillars and light in the background suggesting new things to explore, new wonders to see and a future of learning that lies ahead.
I can only hope that Max becomes a famous scientist in the future so he can use this picture on the dust jacket of his thesis.
I love photographing happy, little babies so much - it makes for such a wonderful morning, and I was thrilled to spend such a morning with Belen and her beautiful family in Greenwich in South London.
We started bright and early so that we could work around baby Henry's nap routine - I always find that first thing works best for children's portraits. We headed out to Greenwich Park to take some photographs before it got busy - this is particularly important now as so much of the park is covered in the wonderful looking equestrian arena for the forthcoming Olympics.
We captured some family portraits with the beautiful park background and then, via an all important cup of tea, into the Maritime Museum to take advantage of the wonderful, dramatic surroundings of the colonnades, a perfect spot for family photographs.
We then returned home for some indoor photographs - it's always my preference to also take some shots indoors on a baby shoot, as they have such a different feel to the outdoor pictures and variety is the spice of life.
I'm thrilled with the shots and hope you will agree that this is a lovely selection of baby and family portrait photographs from Greenwich in South London.
I recently spent a wonderful morning with Emma and her family at Chiswick House in London, capturing family and children's portrait photographs and having a great time.
We arrived early before park was busy, and explored the beautiful walled garden, the sundial and the children's playground (with its wonderful swing) before heading over to the other side of the park for some tree climbing.
The girls were such a pleasure to photograph and we had a really fun time before heading home, where I managed to sneak a few last pictures in before lunch. I just love the shot of Ciara looking through the toy washing machine door!
I hope you enjoy this selection of children and family portrait photographs taken on-location in Chiswick in London.