Photoblog: Parties and Occasions Archive

Super Heroes, Water Fun, and Family Photos in Kensington W14

Posted in Parties and Occasions at 17:54 on 02/06/2017

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This was my third session with Martyn and his lovely family and it was wonderful to visit them again in Kensington for an extended family session. Our photo shoot was to mark Theo’s third birthday and everyone had gathered together including Martyn’s sister and mother who had made the journey from Wales. It was so lovely to see everyone again as we had last met at Theo’s first birthday party that had taken place in Holland Park.

I find it so interesting to watch children grow up into such incredible young people and Caitlin and Guy were so interesting to talk to. I loved hearing all about their what they were getting up to – A-levels, gap years and university – such an incredibly exciting time in their lives. The younger two Zak and Rhianna are always so much fun, I can always rely on Zak to enjoy whatever activity we are involved with and to light up a room with his infectious grin and I have a soft spot for Rhianna in her place as number 4 in the family, the same spot as me, I loved hearing about how much she is enjoying sports at the moment. And then little Theo, on his birthday, dressed as a super hero and clearly the centre of attention for everyone. Perfect!

It was a brilliant morning with a combination of formal group shots, individual portraits and pictures as everyone played together and enjoyed themselves. The only slight flaw in my idea of a game of hide and seek was just how competitive the children are and I soon realized that with that game we might never see any of them for the rest of the day.

We finished this fabulous morning with a water fight; some new water canons had recently been purchased and were Theo’s favourite thing. It was brilliant to see everyone enjoying the game together as hair was let down and the competitive spirit rose to the fore again – accompanied, as always, by love and laughter. It was the perfect way to end a perfect morning and I left the family tired, happy and in need of dry clothes. What a wonderful photo time we had and I can’t wait to see them again soon for another family photography session in Kensington.

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Christening photography in Buckinghamshire

Posted in Parties and Occasions at 16:00 on 13/11/2014

I love photographing christenings and so I was thrilled to set off from London bright and early for Jessica and Harriet’s christening in Buckinghamshire recently. I was lucky enough to meet twins Jessica and Harriet a year ago, when their mother Liz invited me to photograph the girls when they were ten months old. We spent a wonderful morning taking portraits at Liz's parents' home and out in the nearby woods with the girls wrapped up warm in the snuggest snow suits I've ever seen - you can see some of the pictures in our previous blog post here.

This year, we had much warmer weather and it was a beautiful day for the christening, with lovely soft light that was just wonderful for photographs.

I met the family before the service to capture some photographs at the wonderful Danesfield House, where Liz and Thilo had been married. It's an incredible venue and the girls had such a great time exploring the gardens as we took family photographs, collecting stones was a particular favourite activity.

We then headed off to the church in the beautiful village of Medmenham for a lovely service. Combining the girls' blessing and naming ceremony with the harvest festival worked brilliantly, and the vicar kept all the children entertained with his brilliant (and very visual) sermon.

After the ceremony, we travelled to the local Stag and Huntsman pub for a delicious lunch and a chance for everyone to relax, have a drink and enjoy everyone’s company. It was a brilliant way to spend an afternoon - lots of children running around and having fun, and the age range from the tiniest newborn only a few days old to the girl's great-grandmother - it was a true family occasion.

I was so thrilled to share this wonderful day with Liz and Thilo, and their lovely family and friends. I'm delighted with the pictures that really capture the very happy feeling of the day and all the lovely people who gathered to celebrate Harriet and Jessica's christening - I do hope you enjoy the pictures.

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London children's birthday party photography at Cupcake in Parsons Green, Fulham

Posted in Parties and Occasions at 12:00 on 24/01/2014

I recently posted a ‘Just One’ preview image from Stella’s wonderful birthday party at Cupcake in Parsons Green in London, and am very excited to be sharing some more images from Stella’s second birthday party today.

I had the most lovely time photographing Stella’s birthday party - it was such a fun day and Stella had the most wonderful time, especially as family were visiting from America to share her special day. Her little face was lit-up by the most incredible smile all afternoon. It’s always wonderful to see children enjoying themselves and it’s such a brilliant thing about my job that I get to capture this unbounded joy in children’s birthday party photography.

For Stella and her little friends, I think the high point of the party – apart from the amazing cake, of course – was the ball pit. I always love a ball pit (although always with a slight twinge of jealousy, as I was never allowed in them when I was tiny - perhaps my mother thought that trying to keep an eye on all four of us was a step too far). Ball pits make for such wonderful photographs, as the patterns made by the balls provide really fun backgrounds and the sheer joy on the children’s faces as they launch themselves into the plastic balls is fabulous to behold. I love the laughter, the splashing (do you splash with balls? I’m not sure, but you know what I mean I’m sure), the throwing of the balls in the air and the quiet moments too - the counting, the separating different colours, how it can be calm for a moment and then BAM! as another child has flung themselves in and everyone has collapsed into wonderful laughter and smiles. It's just wonderful and such a brilliant opportunity for really lovely, interesting and creative portrait photographs of the young children.

I loved how the older children and teenagers really enjoyed the party, too – playing with the younger children and impressing them with feats of juggling and balloon throwing. It’s always wonderful to see teenagers really enjoying large family occasions and entertaining their younger relatives and their friends. They seemed to be having a brilliant time and I really enjoyed capturing this wonderful interaction at Stella's birthday party.

As always with younger children’s birthday parties, the adults had a wonderful time too - chatting to their friends and family, and playing with the children. It’s such a lovely opportunity to have pictures of family and friends as they are enjoying themselves in a natural environment and feasting on such wonderful food as they celebrated with Stella in Parsons Green, Fulham.

I do hope you enjoy this selection of children and family photographs from Stella’s wonderful second birthday party at Cupcake in Parsons Green, in South West London SW6.

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Family and children's photography in Cornwall

Posted in Parties and Occasions at 10:00 on 11/10/2013

Earlier in the summer, I travelled down to Falmouth in Cornwall to photograph Jonathan and his wonderful family and I thought you would be interested in seeing some more pictures from his fabulous session.

We had the most incredible time on this photo shoot. It was an extended family get-together occasioned by having his daughter and her family over from America, and also his son and his family staying. You could see immediately how happy everyone was to be hanging-out together as a family. How the children were loving playing with their cousins and how the older siblings, Coralie and Alex, were enjoying catching-up. Jonathan and his wife Rosemary were clearly thrilled to be surrounded by their family.

We spent such a lovely morning down on the beach below their house. The children got to do all their favorite things from crabbing to sailing, from wakeboarding to acrobatics, from baseball to riding on the shoulders of daddies. It was just magical.

I love these big, multi-generational family sessions as the interactions between everyone are such a joy to see - the smiles and the laughter, the chasing and the baiting, the learning of new skills such as stone skimming and the snuggling cuddles of children and their parents as they take quiet moments amidst the storm of activity.

The family are all keen sailors and it was boats galore from canoes to wake boards, from sailing boats to motor boats. All just wonderful and I know they will bring back so many memories for the family over the years - not just of our day together, but of years at that jetty with all the generations out on the water and enjoying the wonderful opportunities of that most rare of beasts, a perfect British summer's day.

I do hope you will enjoy this set of children, baby and family photographs from Falmouth in Cornwall, I had the most magical time taking them.

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Christening and family photography in Ascot, Berkshire

Posted in Parties and Occasions at 12:00 on 06/08/2013

Today's blog post features a selection of images from baby Archie's wonderful christening in Ascot, Berkshire. I was thrilled when Nikki contacted us and told us about the family's plans for Archie's special day, it sounded amazing - a lovely service at their local church St Mary's in Winkfield and then a beautiful drinks and afternoon tea reception for family and friends at Coworth Park in Ascot. I knew it would be a wonderful day and I wasn't disappointed.

I arrived nice and early and took some photographs as the family were getting ready for the day, beginning with a few pictures with Archie which I love for their intimacy and tenderness, the lovely snuggles in his room before the excitement of the day really began. I captured some pictures of the family's older children too as they had some lunch and got ready for the day. I particularly love the shots by the swimming pool - it looks like something out of a Hollywood movie with the children all looking so incredibly stylish as they prepared to celebrate their baby brother's christening, it made for wonderful photographs.

We then walked the short distance to St Mary's church, which was a beautiful building with such lovely soft light. I do love photographing in churches - the textures and the light make for really spectacular settings for children and family photography. You could've have asked for a more perfect location.

The lovely service had many wonderful touches, such as Bruce lifting baby Archie into the air in the style of the Lion King, which had everyone in stitches! All the members of the family were included in the service to make it a very special occasion for everyone.

We then headed to Coworth Park in Ascot which was a beautiful location for the reception and the atmosphere was wonderful with champagne, cream teas and even a pianist playing in the background. It was a perfect day and I'm thrilled with my photographs. I do hope you will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed being the photographer for baby Archie's christening in Ascot, Berkshire.

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