Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Hampstead Baby and Family Photographer


I spent a wonderful day in Hampstead with Chris and his family taking photographs of the children and of everyone having a lovely time together. The portrait session was booked in as a surprise for Chris’s wife’s birthday and he had managed the whole thing brilliantly. I arrived bright and early at 8am for some family pictures at the house, and then, another surprise, both sets of grandparents joined us mid-morning for an extended family photo shoot. What an amazing birthday present!

We has the most brilliant time, both the children were so much fun to photograph and it was hilarious starting indoors for some pictures of the children rolling around on their parent’s bed. There was so much laughter. The children were both so happy to be playing together and I love how their personalities shine through. My favourite picture from this first part of the morning is the family photograph with Thekla leaping in the air – these are the pictures that really tell you about a child’s personality and that will make everyone smile as the years go by.

When the grandparents arrived Chris suggested a short walk to Hampstead Heath and I was delighted. Hampstead Heath is one of my favourite spots in London for family photographs, it’s so beautiful and because it’s so big it’s always possible to find a spot that is nice and quiet. We were lucky with perfect light and also with it being incredibly warm for the time of year, it made for such a fun photo shoot.

I made sure to take some family group shots at the beginning and then we let the children play. They had a brilliant time playing together, playing with their parents and with their grandparents as I took documentary style family portrait photographs. These pictures, particularly those with their grandparents are sure to be some that will be treasured by the children as they grow up, reminding them of all the fun they had together as a family.

It was a brilliant day and I’m so thrilled with the pictures. I do hope you like them too, this selection from our baby, children and family photography session in Hampstead in North London.

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