Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Highgate Baby and Family Photography N6


I was pleased to travel to Highgate in North London, close to my Crouch End home, for Malek’s baby and family photography session recently. Malek had been given my name by another happy client and I was really excited to meet her – I love photo shoots that come via recommendation, as I know I will meet really lovely people.

When I arrived I was greeted by Lea who was keen to start to play straight away and so I got out my camera and joined her for a puzzle while coffee was being made and baby Manon was finishing her breakfast. I love how friendly toddlers are, how keen they are to be friends the moment I walk through the door.

We had a great time playing by the window on the living room floor, Malek explained how this is the spot where the children always play and so she was really keen to have some pictures to record that. Lovely natural photographs which record everyday activities are so important. The living room also had stunning light which made me very happy and it was fun working with it in different ways to achieve different feels to the pictures – I love how light wraps around the children when shooting towards the window.

Then we did some shots upstairs on Malek’s bed. I’ll often do some family shots on the parent’s bed if I’m photographing younger children and babies as it’s a place that children always feel really happy and secure. Babies can roll around and I’m thrilled with the pictures we took and the lovely light feel that they have.

Then it was off to Waterlow Park in Highgate, a fabulous place for family photographs and one that I have only really recently discovered. There’s loads to do and the children love feeding the ducks and playing on the swings. We had such a good time throwing leaves in the air and enjoying a family game of hide and seek.

And then back home for a few last pictures while lunch was cooking. It was such a fun morning, we all had a brilliant time and I’m thrilled with the pictures. I hope you enjoy looking at them and do get in touch if you would like to arrange your own session in North London or elsewhere in the capital, I’d love to hear from you.

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