It was a beautiful morning in sunny Kensington for my family photo shoot with Sarah and her children. It’s always lovely to travel to West London and I’ve got to know the area so well over the years as I have so many clients in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Holland Park and Notting Hill. Sarah is a friend of many of my regular clients and I was so pleased to meet her family to take their portraits.
I love sharing these extended selections of family photos here on the blog as it’s so fun to write about my sessions – both for the people involved and also, I love the way it allows potential clients to get a real feel for my pictures. You can see the style and variety of images that you can expect - the way that I work and how much fun we have. I love to showcase the formal family group shots as well as the individual portraits and the action shots - over the course of a session I make sure to get a really wide variety of pictures and if you book me you can be sure of an excellent set of images.
I’m photographing an increasing number of teenagers and older children now - the families that I started with in my early days of business back in 2003 - the children are getting older. Also, as my skills and experience have grown then an increasing number of clients book in for older children. It’s so much fun for me working with the older children - finding out what makes them tick and taking pictures that are both fun and relaxed and also very natural in style. I love chatting to teenagers, finding out their interests, what books they love, what sports they enjoy, the music they listen to. All these things help me build up a picture of their personalities, which I can bring out in my pictures.
We had the most amazing time on our session and I’m so thrilled with the pictures. We started with a walk to Holland Park - being out and about early and in the park by 8.15 we had the whole place to ourselves and it was so much fun exploring and chatting to the kids as we played. A trip to the playground got us off to a good start and was a great thing to do before the crowds arrived. Having an activity to focus on allowed the children to get used to the camera without feeling self-conscious and so, by the time we were walking around and pausing for family and group shots everyone was completely relaxed. The family dog, Bolly, was a star of the show and it’s always fun to have pets involved as they are an important part of the family.
From Holland Park we went home for a cup of tea, some cake, and some pictures indoors. The children were keen to show me their rooms and discuss their favourite hobbies - reading and, my personal favourite, sleeping. A great hobby for anyone to have!
Then we finished off in a beautiful private garden square that Sarah was lucky enough to have a key for. It’s a square I’ve photographed in a lot over the years and it’s incredibly beautiful. We spent some time exploring and utilised some of the incredible planting for some family photographs, the shape of the flower tunnel giving a particularly lovely shape to the compositions.
It was a brilliant morning and everyone had a fantastic time. You can be sure that if you book me for your photo shoot with older children and teenagers, that we will all have a brilliant time and you will end up with pictures that both you and your children will treasure for years to come.