On the blog today a shoot that is a real favourite of mine - a brilliant family photography session with older children and teenagers in Greenwich in south London.
I first met Hatty when I took newborn pictures of Verity when she was only a few days old - it's always wonderful going back although it reminds me just how quickly time flies by. Verity is now a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful nine year old. Since that first meeting we have done a number of family photo shoots, wonderful sessions which have always been really interesting. They are such a talented family and I love the dynamic of four children - something that really appeals to me as one of a large family myself.
I was really looking forward to the session and when the day dawned bright and glorious I walked across Blackheath from my mum's house where I had been staying. Blackheath, first thing in the morning with the light catching on the dewy grass, is a really special place; I miss my morning runs there now we are living in North London. Arriving at Hatty's Greenwich home it was great to find the children finishing their breakfast and all in brilliant moods, ready for a fun morning ahead.
After a delicious cup of coffee everyone was ready to go and we headed over to Greenwich Park for the beginning half of our session. I love getting outside where possible on photo shoots as I love working with natural light and having space to move around and to compose photographs. It's also a lovely way to start a sessions as it's a really relaxing way to be photographed, out in the open air, without feeling the spotlight upon you.
Greenwich Park was a brilliant spot for our family photography session as it's a place that means so much to the family. Growing up in Greenwich they had spend many childhood days, like I did, running around the park, feeding the squirrels and climbing the trees. It's the park where they kicked footballs and learnt to ride a bike, a perfect spot with thousands of memories attached.
We had a brilliant time and took so many lovely pictures. Then we returned home for hot drinks and the second half of the shoot.
Each child was keen to have some portraits that were unique to them - their interests and achievements at this point in their lives. Nat, a brilliant musician was photographed at the piano and with his French horn. His brother, took his portraits in a totally different direction with his pet tarantula and showing off his basketball skills. Verity played her trumpet and Rose showed me her artistic eye and a clear talent for interior decoration in her wonderfully original and unique bedroom, a wonderful canvas for her creative skills. Photographing each child in this way is fantastic as they own this bit of the shoot - deciding what they would like to remember and this collaboration between photographer and subject results in these wonderful portraits so full of character and personality.
It was a brilliant shoot and I'm thrilled with the results. This combination of a family photo shoot and individual time with each subject works so well when photographing older children and resulted in wonderful portraits. I do hope you like them.