Photoblog: March 2014 Archive

Now and Then - Poppy and Julian in Wimbledon

Posted in Now and Then at 14:00 on 31/03/2014

I first met Poppy and Julian when I was commissioned to photograph their fourth birthday party at their beautiful Wimbledon home in South London back in 2007. The theme of 'fairies and animals' was enjoyed so much by all the children present and I remember having a great time. As I had been recommended to Kristina by a couple of other clients, I also knew a lot of the children who were present that day, which always a recipe for a fun day of photography.

Since then, I have been lucky enough to photography Poppy and Julian every year at their Wimbledon home, our annual family photo shoot being a highlight every year. I thought it might be fun to show a picture from an early shoot alongside one from our shoot in November on the blog to show how much the children have grown and changed in that time. It really is the best part of being a children and family photographer - seeing the children grow up year-after-year. I love how Poppy and Julian are so close, the bond of siblings being even stronger as twins - they are such a great brother and sister to each other, and also such good friends. It's lovely to see.

I do hope you enjoy this post - a 'Now and Then' selection from our children's and family photography sessions in Wimbledon, South London SW18.

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now and then children photography in wimbledon

now and then children photography in wimbledon

now and then children photography in wimbledon

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now and then children photography in wimbledon

now and then children photography in wimbledon

Baby photographer in Hampstead, North London

Posted in Babies at 10:00 on 27/03/2014

I've visited Hampstead in North London for baby and family photo shoots quite a lot recently, which is wonderful as I'm now based in Crouch End - just half an hour away. I love Hampstead and the Heath is one of my favourite locations in London for baby, children and family portraits.

We had a wonderful morning taking pictures of Lauren's beautiful baby boy, Ethan. Ethan was six months old for our shoot and one of the strongest and most active babies of that age I've ever photographed. I don't think I've seen a baby that young who was pulling himself up and looking almost about to walk before - clearly the world is an exciting place that just needs exploring. Ethan was so inquisitive, moving towards the camera at speed, pulling himself up at the end of the bed and interacting with both Lauren and I with such personality and charm. He really was an absolute joy to photograph.

We started our morning at home, as it was a fairly dark, damp morning when I arrived at Lauren's Hampstead home. We took pictures on Lauren's bed, which is often my favourite starting point for a baby photography session - by elevating the baby to window level, it allows me to be at their head height without lying in some kind of crazy position on the floor with my feet around my ears. It works so well and with a pale throw or duvet cover, we have light bouncing up into the baby's face which makes for lovely photographs.

Then, when we felt it was time for Ethan's nap, we decided to put him into his pushchair and head on out, allowing him a good sleep while we walked to Hampstead Heath, putting us all in position to capture more baby photographs when he woke up. Ethan had a sleep while Lauren and I had a walk and chat - it's so lovely to have the chance to really get to know my clients during our relaxed photography sessions.

As we were walking I was, as always, looking for good spots for our photographs. I visit Hampstead Heath a lot for my work but it's always different - whether it's entering the park from a different gate, the weather, who else is there and which areas are crowded and, as was the case for this shoot, how much of the Heath was a bog with mud so deep and slippery it would be madness to venture from the path! It was during our walk that I saw the spot for my favourite shot from this shoot (more on which you can read in my 'Just One' preview blog post ) and also some other good spots that we could use as well.

We captured a variety of different pictures out on the Heath and the sun even came out briefly, which was lovely. It was brief though and after a short time, the rain drove us back home for a few more indoor shots with Lauren's lovely golden retriever Winston, who was so incredibly good natured and seemed to be posing for the camera - just perfect!

Then some last shots in Ethan's bedroom and the spare room to give some extra variety to the selection of pictures, with a special outfit that Lauren has had in the family for some time.

All in all, we had a really wonderful baby portrait session and I am so pleased to be sharing a few favourites here today. I do hope you enjoy these photographs from our baby portrait photography session in Hampstead, North London NW5 and NW3.

If you would like me to visit and capture some pictures of your own family, please contact us - we would be delighted to hear from you.

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

Hampstead baby photographer NW5 and NW3

My Inspiration - my Dad's photographs of my childhood - the canoe

Posted in My Inspiration at 16:00 on 21/03/2014

Thank you so much for the lovely comments in response to my first post in this new series exploring the photographs that my father took of me when I was a child - pictures that have inspired me and shaped my photography.

For the second post in the series, I have chosen this image of my brother and I canoeing on Kilder Water in Northumberland.

I love this picture because it brings back so many memories. Memories attached to photographs are such a wonderful thing. As so often happened on our family holidays, it was raining - oh, to be a child in the UK! We were out on the lake, cold, but having fun and somehow - I don't quite remember how - my brother Giles has acquired the oar for my canoe. I'm stranded, paddling ineffectually with my hands, while Giles giggles at my predicament.

It's an image that sums up our relationship so well - I'm laughing, my brother is laughing, and I can be absolutely sure that Mum and Dad on the shore are laughing as Dad takes this picture. To me, it's a picture about close family relationships and about comradeship as we canoe together in the rain. It's also about our parents and the kinds of holidays we went on as children, about the kind of people that they are and how that has shaped us. I'm still a firm believer that children are waterproof!

It's also a great picture from a photographic point of view. If I was being pedantic, I would have straightened the horizon, but I love the lines and angles of the canoes, the oars, the sight lines as we laugh together. I love the soft light of the dark wet day. I have this picture framed and hanging on my wall near my front door, where I look at it on my way to work each day. It's a picture that inspires me - I always hope to take pictures that my clients will enjoy so much twenty-five years after they were taken. Images that capture a moment but also a relationship, a friendship and what a brilliant thing it is to be a sibling.

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Now and then - Alex - children's portrait photography in Kensington

Posted in Now and Then at 12:00 on 20/03/2014

I came across this picture of Alex recently, a shot from our very first children's photography session at the family's Kensington home back in 2005. It made me smile so much, particularly as I have been lucky enough to see Alex and his siblings every year since then - we are now on our 9th photo shoot. It's lovely to see how Alex has changed, but how the happy grin is still there - still so cheeky, and full of life and enthusiasm for everything going on around him. Alex is such a great kid, enormous fun to be around and so full of adventurous energy.

On each photo shoot, I always make sure I capture a lot of different types of pictures - my clients tend to buy albums and so I'm looking for more than 'just one nice picture for the mantlepiece'; instead, I produce a document of the children at this time in their lives - what makes them tick, what they enjoy, running, playing and enjoying everything they do. I like to capture beautiful portraits that are simply composed and beautifully lilt - portraits that capture a child's personality in a single image.

These images can be so much fun when looked back on, with their similar compositions but with years separating them. The essence is the same, though. I wonder what Alex will look like when he's eighteen and I look forward to finding out.

In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy this 'Now and Then' post from our children and family photography sessions in Kensington, West London.

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children photography in kensington through the years

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children photography in kensington through the years

Children's and baby photography in Kensington, London W11

Posted in Children at 10:00 on 19/03/2014

Golly, we had a fun-packed adventure during our children's and baby photography session in Kensington with Ben and Thomas, it was such fantastic fun!

We started our morning at the park, climbing on some of the wonderful wooden structures that fill children's playgrounds nowadays. Ben had a lovely time on the climbing wall and really enjoyed having a good run around. Thomas loved the swings, giggling away in his technicolour fleece coat - Joseph himself would have been proud of that one.

Then we headed to the fabulous museums in Kensington to have a look at the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, after a few minutes looking at model sharks (what's not to love), the crowds became unworkable and a bit too much for Ben, so we gave up on that idea and headed back outside. Sometimes you have an idea and it just doesn't work, but this is what is fun about children and family photography - it's what makes it exciting, the fact that I never know what we will do, what the children will enjoy (or not), and what we will end up doing. I do know we will always end up with lovely pictures no matter what we do so I'm always happy to go with the flow, and I'm sure this relaxed attitude is why we have such a fun time on my children and family photo shoots.

After some discussion, we decided that sandwiches were the key (and they were, if you ever get the chance for a sandwich from La Cave a Fromage on Cromwell Place then jump at it, my mouth is watering just thinking about it) and munching our delicious baguettes, we walked up to Kensington Gardens to explore and to have a play on the pirate ship, which Ben was very excited about indeed. We had a lovely walk across the park, photographing as we went, and then enjoyed the playground which as you may know is a real favourite of mine for children and family portrait photographs.

It was a lovely day and we have such a fun, varied selection of pictures. I do hope you enjoy looking at this selection from our baby and children's photography session in Kensington, London W11.

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11

Kensington children and baby photography W11