Photoblog: December 2014 Archive

Family photography with teenagers in Central London and Dulwich Park

Posted in Teenagers at 10:00 on 27/12/2014

I love photographing children of every age, and so I was thrilled when Sharmistha contacted us to arrange a family photo shoot with her two teenage children. We chatted on the phone about what she was looking for and decided to arrange a shoot with two distinct locations - central London and their local park in Dulwich in South London.

With this in mind, we arranged to meet at 8am on a Saturday morning - bright and early so we could have the streets of London to ourselves.

Sharmistha was keen to have some pictures taken on the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s cathedral in the background, which is such an iconic image that encapsulates London - both ancient and modern, with all the diverse architecture that surrounds us. At 8am the city was deserted and we had the bridge to ourselves for our family photo shoot.

From the Millennium Bridge, we crossed over to St Paul’s cathedral which was again completely deserted. We had the steps to ourselves and we made great use of the majestic architecture for some really lovely shots. I love using architecture and the environment in this way to create really interesting and unusual family portrait images.

For the second half our shoot, we jumped in Sharmistha's car and headed south to pick up the beloved family beagle and Arnav's bike (a big hobby that the family wanted to document in the pictures) before heading to Dulwich Park for the second part of our family photography session.

We had a great time in the park, playing with their dog and chatting away - Arnav was heading to Cambridge Univeristy to start his degree that afternoon, so I was keenly sharing my knowledge of all the best pubs and cafes from my time in the town. Aanya showed me the tricks she had taught their dog, I was particularly impressed with his hand shaking and it was lovely to see the bond they had together.

It was a great photo shoot and I am thrilled with the pictures. I hope you will enjoy looking at them - our teenager and family photography from central London and Dulwich Park.

If you would like to arrange a portrait session for your own family, then please do contact us - we would love to hear from you.

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Baby and family photography in Greenwich Park and Blackheath

Posted in Babies at 10:00 on 20/12/2014

I was lucky enough to visit my favourite London park for today's baby and family photography session, which is Greenwich Park in Blackheath. This is the area of South London in which I grew up, so I always love the opportunity to revisit.

Blackheath is also where I started my children and family photography business almost twelve years ago, working from my parents' house. Back then, I photographed a number of lovely families, and I was astonished and thrilled when I arrived at Cassie and Steve's home for this photo shoot to discover that I had photographed Cassie, with her brothers and sisters, on one of my first ever professional photo shoots. I remember it so well. It was absolutely lovely to see Cassie again and to meet her new baby daughter, husband Steve and her lovely stepson Michal.

We had wonderful weather for our shoot - it was unseasonably warm for November and we headed straight out to Greenwich Park. A little rain didn't daunt us and gave us a great excuse to start our session in the amazing trees in the flower garden. I think these are the best climbing trees in London (as a local, I might be a little biased especially as I learnt to climb in them myself). Baby Myla had a little nap when we arrived at the park so the session started with me photographing Michal, who had a brilliant time climbing trees, feeding squirrel, chasing squirrels and generally doing all those things that children love to do when they are in the great outdoors. Playing and having fun are the perfect activities for a children and family photo shoot, and as a photographer, I was thrilled to have such a brilliant subject for my portraits. These pictures in the trees are some of my favourites from the whole year.

When Myla woke up after her morning nap, we enjoyed taking some family photographs as well as lovely shots of the children playing together. Singing the song ‘row, row, row the boat' was a favourite activity and I love how happy they both are together. The trees gave us wonderful soft light and such a great backdrop for pictures that really show the scale of the environment and will, I am sure, bring back such happy memories of Greenwich park to the children as they grow up.

For the final part of the session, we walked back to Cassie's incredible Blackheath home for some indoor family and baby photographs - we wanted to capture some pictures of baby Myla where she could have a good roll around and a play without us having to constantly monitor how many leaves she was eating! I love these shots too, which show so much fun in the family dynamic.

I hope you enjoy these pictures from my baby, children and family photography session in Blackheath and Greenwich in South London SE3. If you live in the area and would like your own session - or elsewhere in London! - then please do contact us, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Children's portrait photographs in Holland Park, W London

Posted in Children at 15:00 on 18/12/2014

Holland Park in West London was the location for the children's and family photo shoot featured on the blog today, and I’m thrilled to share this a really lovely selection of portrait photographs for Sabrina and her family. I love Holland Park - it's one of my favourite locations for me and I'm lucky enough to visit the area around the park and Notting Hill regularly as it’s a really beautiful part of London.

Sabrina’s family photo shoot had been a gift from one of our regular clients, and so I knew I would have a great time - it's always lovely when we are recommended to people and photography is such a wonderful gift to receive. When I arrived, I was delighted to meet Mia and Gabriella who were such fun to photograph and were keen to show me their necklace-making skills. It's lovely to chat to children about the things they enjoy and it's this process of getting to know the children on my photoshoots that makes them such fun and enables me to take pictures that really show their personalities.

It was a lovely day, so we decided to head out to Holland Park to take our pictures - I knew that it would offer such great opportunities for pictures and we would have a lovely time playing games and enjoying ourselves in all the varied bits of the park.

I'm thrilled with these pictures that have such a lovely natural feel to them - beautiful portraits in timeless black and white that will look wonderful up on the wall in Sabrina's incredible Holland Park home. We had such a lovely time taking children and family portrait photographs in Holland Park W11 and I hope you will enjoy them too.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange your own photography session, or even buy a gift voucher to give to a loved one for Christmas!

For further information and more examples please look at my dedicated page for Family Photography in Holland Park

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Family photography at Kew Gardens, West London

Posted in Family at 15:00 on 17/12/2014

I love Kew Gardens as it's such a brilliant spot for family photography. I've visited so many times over the past eleven years that I've been working as a professional family photographer and each time I visit, I find something new - a spectacular new tree, another area in the glasshouses, a new place for hide and seek or an added dimension for the children. The gardeners clearly put so much time and effort into making it a wonderful place for a family day out.

I was thrilled when Carlos and Jennifer suggested Kew Gardens as the location for our most recent session - we are slowly visiting all the London parks, as well as landmarks and places of interest whilst the children are young. We have great plans for family photography further afield as they get older - I can't wait for our first beach shoot!

We jumped on the tube to get to Kew, and arrived full of beans and ready to go. We started by exploring the beautiful glass house - the tropical plants were incredible and provided such a brilliant backdrop for some family photographs. I particularly love the shots of Jennifer and Thomas surrounded by the amazing foliage.

I've always been a big fan of the aquarium at Kew Gardens - it's tiny and dark, but somehow that is all part of it's charm. I love the way that you would never find it if you didn't know it was there, tucked away in a corner, the entrance is easily overlooked. But once in the aquarium, the children never fail to be entranced by the fish swimming around in the neon-lit tanks. I love to photograph children when they are completely absorbed in something - it's a side to children that can often be overlooked in family photography when it's all about smiles and laughing, happy shots - sometimes those quiet moments of contemplation are stunning pictures, too. Although, in fairness, Thomas was grinning with pure pleasure and delight at the fish - he loved it, just as his older sister Stella had when we visited the aquarium at London Zoo for a photoshoot when she was a similar age.

After the aquarium, we went to meet the wooden sheep - Mummy sheep, Daddy sheep, Stella sheep and Thomas sheep were a huge hit with Stella and I took some lovely pictures as she explained in great detail which sheep was which and what they all liked to do. I love how children's imagination is so joyous, finding such entertainment in so many things.

Then we headed off into the trees for a game of hide and seek, along with some family shots and the children playing together so happily. I don’t even know where to start with my favourite pictures from this shoot – is it Stella going barefoot, so pleased with her twinkling toes on the freshly cut grass? Or Thomas sitting up so proud of himself now he is growing so big? Or the giant hug Stella gives her parents when she runs down the hill into her Daddy's arms, or the gales of laughter from Stella and Thomas as they are tickled by their parents? There are so many pictures I love from such a wonderful day taking family portraits in Kew and here are a few favourites. I do hope you will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Family and children's portrait photography

Posted in Family at 17:00 on 12/12/2014

I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the UK a lot this year for my family photos shoots, and today’s post features one of my favourite family shoots from back in the summer in the beautiful Cotswolds. I've been lucky enough to visit the Cotswolds a number of times in the last few years for family photography sessions, and I always love heading out of London to visit the countryside.

I've met Sarah and Ed twice before, photographing Iona as a toddler and Hamish as a newborn. It was so lovely to see them again and to meet little Edward, the newest member of the family. It's always a real treat to see how the children have grown and capture all the different milestones in beautiful relaxed and natural family photographs.

It was a drizzly morning when I arrived and so we started with a few pictures indoors, the children having a lovely time on mummy and daddy's bed and then showing me their favourite bits of the house. I love that the playroom has walls that the children can paint directly onto, reminding me of the fabulous blackboard they have in the kitchen of their Kensington home which is massive and covered in the children's drawings.

I ventured outside to check on the weather and took one of my favourite pictures from the day. Sadly the size of the image in this blog post doesn't do it justice as it needs to be printed big to show the detail, but I've included it as I love it so much - the path to the gate, the front door and tiny at the bottom, Hamish looking out through the cat flap, grinning with glee as he waves to me! I just love this shot.

Then we were out and about, starting with some family shots in the beautiful orchard with its wonderful gnarly apple trees giving a lovely context to the family group, and then some time on the swings - clearly the favourite activity of the children.

We then explored the field next door, sitting on the hay bales and seeing if we could roll them to find the pot of gold left underneath by the hay fairy - sadly we must have been looking in the wrong place this time, but I have high hopes for the future and my next countryside shoot!

We jumped in puddles, played hide and seek and the children drove (or were technically pulled) around in their favourite tractor and trailer combination. I took my favourite photography of the day of the family resting on the gate with the beautiful Cotswolds countryside in the background - it’s a picture that I love as it captures the family at this time and in this place in an artistic fashion, just what I want from my photography.

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It was a really wonderful day, brilliant fun and with a fantastic set of pictures. I'm thrilled with them and I hope you will like this set of relaxed and natural children and family photography from our shoot in the Cotswolds.

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