Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Baby Photography in Notting Hill and Holland Park W11


Today on the blog I’m thrilled to share some pictures from my recent baby and family photography session in Notting Hill and Holland Park with the wonderful Prerna and her beautiful family.

Prerna had got in touch to arrange a session while her family were on holiday in London – their first holiday together as a family. They were very keen to record this special time in a selection of photographs they could look back on. Prerna and her husband were particularly keen on my relaxed documentary style of family photography – photographing in their own home (or in this case the lovely AirBnB in Notting Hill) and also out at Holland Park. It was important to take pictures that reflected their personalities, which would really focus on their relationships, and the love in their family.

We started nice and early and decided to spend the early part of the morning at home. Our window of opportunity between breakfast and Nirantara’s nap was relatively short and so it didn’t make sense to go out first thing. I will always take children’s routines into account when deciding on the plan for a session as well rested babies who are sticking to their normal schedule are definitely happiest in front of the camera.

The Notting Hill town house made a brilliant location. It was decorated so beautifully and had lovely light in all the rooms. We started off in the parent’s bedroom – a nice big double bed is a great place for photographing little ones as they are safe and snug and can roll around happily. Nirantara was fantastic to photograph, happily beaming at the camera as she played with her toys and enjoyed her favourite books – particularly Peek a Who which had featured in her just one. We also took some lovey relaxed family photographs which I am very pleased with.

Then, after Nirantara’s nap and some treats of incredible Indian snacks for me (I’m still dreaming of the spicy roti breads!) we headed out to take some family and baby photographs in Holland Park. It was a beautiful morning, warm and with lovely light. We had a fantastic time at the park. I enjoyed finding interesting backdrops for some family photographs and watching how the day unfolded with Nirantara’s own interests. I love this about lifestyle location photography – I can go to the same places again and again but I never take the same pictures, each family always brings something new to the table. Nirantara was particularly interested in the pigeons and she had great fun chasing them.

Nine months is, I think, one of the best times for photographing babies, it’s such a delightful age. Nirantara was completely happy sitting on the ground giving us a lot of options for really interesting baby portrait photographs that really made the most of the environment that that Holland Park has to offer. I particularly loved being able to get down to her level and use the leading lines of the flowerbeds in to dramatic effect.

We had a brilliant time and I’m so thrilled with the pictures, I hope you will enjoy them too, this selection of baby and family portrait photographs from our photo shoot in Notting Hill and Holland Park, London, W11

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