Photoblog: Family Archive

Family Photography in Kensington W8 & W11

Posted in Family at 15:58 on 05/10/2017

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I first met Marina back in 2011 for a family photography session in Kensington, I can hardly believe that is six years ago and the family has now grown from one child to four children. It was so wonderful to see everyone again for this, our fourth photo shoot, and to record a wonderful day in this fun photo shoot in Kensington. As regular readers will know I’m the youngest of four children myself and so I love photographing big families. There is a great dynamic photographing a family with four children; it’s noisy, chaotic and so much fun. Growing up in a big family I’m not fazed at all but the dynamics of siblings, the mix of fierce protection, strong bonds of love, and often an element of competition as little ones know which buttons to press to wind each other up. This is all part of family life and you can be sure that I will always provide you with fantastic photos of your big family groups as well as all the story-telling images that show your family having fun together.

We had a fantastic morning together, after a few photographs at home while the final bits of breakfast were being eaten and everyone finished getting ready we headed out to the park. I like to start early and often end up with beautiful photographs as the last bits of preparation take place and the children get used to me before the main photo shoot starts. In this case Elijah and the twins had met me a number of times before but I was a new friend for baby David and he took to the camera immediately, enjoying the attention as he played with the musical instruments in the toy box.

We took a few family shots indoors too, the light in Marina’s Kensington home is fantastic and it seemed a great idea to utilise this for a couple of relaxed family groups. Then we headed out and walked the short distance to Kensington Gardens, one of London’s most beautiful parks and a fabulous spot for pictures. It was lovely having space for the four children to run around and beautiful weather was a bonus for this big family group portrait session.

I love the shots of the family together on the hillside, as always I make sure to take some group shots with everyone facing the camera as these shots are so important to have but, the shots I always love the most, and which my clients come back to me for again and again are the pictures that show the interactions and relationships between family members, pictures shot in a photojournalistic style, that record in a documentary fashion the fun of family life. Watching Marina and Stefan show the children how to make grass flutes and seeing how the boys all reacted, trying themselves, talking, laughing, creates such beautiful pictures as do the family football shots, each child showing their personality as everyone is photographed together, but not posing in this lovely example of family photojournalism.

We had such a great time, playing games, rolling down hills, telling jokes. We even ended up doing some boxing as the boys were so mesmerised by a personal training session going on and the coach was kind enough to let them have a go with the gloves, the boys loved it.

We had such a great time and I love how you can really see the personalities of all four boys in the pictures. We have images that show this big family with four children having a wonderful time on their family photo shoot in Kensington.

If you would like to arrange your own photo shoot for a big family or a small one, I love to photograph them all and it would be lovely to hear from you. I’m taking bookings up until Christmas and the autumn does get very booked up so let’s get you into the diary and create some fabulous pictures for your family.

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Storytelling Family Photography

Posted in Family at 18:07 on 29/09/2017

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I love story-telling family photographs, pictures that go beyond sitting still and looking at the camera, pictures that tell us about the families, about the children and about the fun that everyone has together.

Family portraits can tell stories in so many ways - they can tell us about how a child looks, their smile (or their grumpy face) how their hair was cut at a certain age and when their teeth fell out. But they can also tell us about the children’s personalities, are they boisterous or quiet for example. These story-telling pictures from Penny’s family photo shoot in London tell us so much about the family and for that reason will, I am sure, be treasured as the children grow up.

Our photo shoot started with Penny and baby Theodore, older brother Aristos needed a lie in as he had been up in the night. We had a lovely calm start to the morning, playing in the attic, which was an incredible space with fabulous light. Baby Theodore was so joyful, happily crawling around and playing with his shaking jar and then with his brothers toy plane, you get the feeling that it’s fun to play with the toys when he has the chance.

When older brother Arisots woke up then the photo shoot got a *lot* more energetic. He was fantastic, a photographers dream, not sitting still for a moment but full of fun and laughter. I love the pictures of him jumping on the bed, his baby brother sitting watching clearly thinking ‘I’m sure the photographer said we should both sit quietly’ while the photographer was enjoying getting much more interesting story-telling pictures. I love these shots and the insight they give into the children’s’ personalities.

I love how storytelling images can tell us so much about family pets too and the relationships between animals and children within the context of a family photo shoot. The dog clearly loved the children and really enjoyed running around with Aristos in the garden.

I love to see the joy on parent’s faces as they play with their children and the interactions between parent and child have so many stories to tell. Taking these photographs and providing them to my clients so they can enjoy looking back on them as the years pass is such a privilege. To be invited in to family homes and asked to photograph them, to tell their stories is something that I know I will continue to love until I’m too old to hold my camera.

If you like this approach, this idea of story-telling images and family portraits that capture everyone’s personalities shot in a really relaxed documentary fashion then do get in touch, we still have some availability in the run up to Christmas and I’d love to hear from you.

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Family Photographer London - at Kew

Posted in Family at 10:33 on 18/09/2017

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One of the most fantastic gifts you can give your children is photos of their childhood and, particularly, pictures with you in and this is where annual professional photo shoots come into their own. With the ubiquity of iPhones more and more of us take pictures each and every day. This is brilliant, I love how having a phone on me at all times means that I capture more moments, more memories. But I am sure I am not alone in only rarely printing those pictures. Also, for so many of us, there is one family member who takes the pictures and it’s lovely to make sure that everyone is in some of the photos. Many of my clients choose to have annual photo shoots to redress this balance, to ensure that everyone is in the pictures and, through albums and framed prints for the wall, make sure that the pictures are looked at every day and are preserved for the future.

Jennifer has arranged regular photo shoots for her family since Stella was three months old and I’m so pleased that I have been the family photographer for so long. After fifteen shoots I really feel I am part of the family and it’s always such great fun to visit the family, to have adventures together and to take pictures that everyone enjoys - the children particularly enjoy looking at their albums and Jennifer and Carlos always an album out on the coffee table for friends and family to look through.

In this session we visited beautiful Kew Gardens and spent a wonderful morning with the children, exploring the amazing gardens and taking pictures while everyone enjoyed themselves. We had amazing low light which made for such dramatic pictures. Using dramatic light takes experience and after fourteen years as a professional family photographer you can be sure that I can work with whatever the weather throws at us.

Annual photo shoots give us the opportunity to track year on year how children have grown and changed. I love looking back over a selection of images taken over the years and see what has changed and what remains the same - which expressions are there from the very beginning, a child’s smile, their laugh, and which poses and mannerisms are picked up over time, a mixture of home, friends, family and school and can lead to much hilarity for the adults. I know that, as the years pass these pictures become more and more important, looking back on the older shots is so interesting. I could, and do, spend hours enjoying photographs of my family that are framed all over my house and in the family albums that we all treasure, giving this gift to my clients is something I feel so lucky to do.

If you are thinking of starting to document your children’s lives in this way then today is a great time to start, there is no time like the present with the beautiful autumn weather it’s a lovely time to get out and about.

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Chelsea and Battersea Family Photographer

Posted in Family at 14:43 on 12/09/2017

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I love how my job as a family photographer takes me all over London, in the past fourteen years I must have visited every park and Battersea remains a firm favourite, there is so much to do there. I was thrilled when Maria booked a family photo shoot at their Chelsea home that was to include a trip to Battersea Park.

Starting early as I always do - to get the best of the weather and also to photograph the children when they are well rested and at their best and brightest. We were up with the larks and among the first people in Battersea Park. It was a great day and we had such a good time. Svante loved exploring and, as he was just at that stage of able to pull himself up but not yet walking, I spent much of my time lying on the floor so I could get a perfect angle. One of my favourite shots is the picture of him on the steps of the bandstand, a perfectly symmetrical image (and with an adult just out of shot for safety, of course). I love the balance and harmony to this child portrait photograph and I think the use of black and white adds to its impact and power.

Svante loved playing with his parents, peek-a-boo and flying in the air being particular favourites. I loved incorporating the fantastic fountain in battersea into these pictures, London landmarks are such great elements to bring into family portrait photographs and Chelsea and Battersea have so many great locations.

While Svante had a nap in his buggy we headed home to the incredible flat in Chelsea wharf for some indoor pictures. I love to mix up indoor and outdoor photographs when I do family portrait sessions, having pictures taken in your own home is so important as these images will have so many memories attached to them. We had a lovely time doing all his favourite things, and the resulting set of images is a wonderful document of this time in his young life.

I hope you like this set of images from our family photo shoot in Chelsea and Battersea Park, if you would like to arrange your own session then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

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Family Photographs While on Vacation in London

Posted in Family at 14:40 on 18/08/2017

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Hajer visits London every year from her home in Saudi Arabia and I look forward to our annual family photography session where we record the children’s holiday in a set of beautiful portrait photographs. Hajer and I first met last year when the concierge at the Ritz hotel had booked my services and, after a fantastic photo shoot in Green Park, I created a beautiful album and a lovely selection of framed wall portraits for the family to enjoy back at home. I was so pleased to see everyone again this year when the family vacation bought them back to central London and we arranged another photo shoot to record their holiday.

Hajer loves London’s beautiful parks, parks she enjoyed when she visited as a child and which her children now enjoy in their turn. The lush greenery, the beautiful flowers, and being able to run around and explore all make the parks special. She’s always keen to have pictures that really capture the feeling of London in the summer. I’m always happy to oblige and the beautiful family portrait photographs create a timeless record that the children will love as they get older and which will always remind them of the holidays in London.

For this year’s photo shoot we went to stunning St Jame’s Park, a short walk from Hajer’s central London hotel and a lovely spot for family portrait photographs. The weather was stunning and the girls loved exploring the park and playing games together. Peek-a-boo was a favourite and I love the pictures of the girls enjoying their game together. Leah was keen to bring her toy rabbit with her and we had a great time playing with it, I don’t think rabbits normally climb trees or enjoy flying so much but clearly Leah’s toy is an adventurous rabbit and it was so fun to see which games she thought up for it. Manon was keen to crawl around and enjoyed giggling at her mother and grandmother as they made her laugh, the resulting portraits are some of my favourites.

It was a fantastic morning and the pictures are so beautiful. Building on the wall display we created last year I’m really excited to be adding fourteen more framed prints to the collection, as it grows over the years the girls will be able to see family portrait photographs each day that remind them of their holidays in London and also, most importantly, of their wonderful loving family and the fun they have together.

If you are visiting London for your holiday, if you are vacationing in the centre of town and want to explore some of Lodnon’s best parks or if you would like to take pictures around the stunning landmarks that make up so many of London’s most iconic views, then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you and together we can plan the best photo shoot for your family that will bring back memories of your London holiday for years to come.

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