Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Children’s and family photography in Belgravia, London SW1X


Back in April this year, I visited the district of Belgravia for this wonderful children’s and family portrait photo shoot. Belgravia is an area of London which nestles in the City of Westminster and borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and it’s perfect for family photo shoots with its wonderful architecture, beautiful garden squares and houses filled with light due to their fabulous big windows – as a London-based children’s photographer, it is definitely one of my favourite locations.

Today I was invited to photograph Emma, her husband Jean-Marc and their beautiful daughters Sabrina and Jemima, and what a fabulous time we had together.

We started our morning at their beautiful home, utilising the fabulous windows and meeting the family cat who was very interested in the camera – I do love it when family pets get involved with a photoshoot. We took a few pictures at home and then headed outside as the sun was making a rare outing.

I love packing for a trip to the park on a family photo shoot, as the packing list is hilarious. I usually ask, ‘have you got wipes, and a drink, and a snack that isn’t those organic carrot crisps that cover the children in luminous orange goo?’; from the parents, ‘have you got a ball and your shoes?’; and from the children, ‘I must take my cuddly dog and my fairy wings’. Brilliant!

So off we went to the lovely Grosvenor Square in Mayfair to capture some family and children’s portrait pictures. Arriving nice and early, we were the only people there so it was like having an enormous private garden to explore. We played in the playground which is always good fun, with its swings, climbing nets and the see-saw – and then the fairies wanted to explore.

There is something that appeals to me so much about the pictures of the girls with their beautiful dresses, fairy wings and wonderful light, digging in a puddle with a stick! The old games are definitely the best games and sticks, mud and water will never loose their charm.

We then headed into the bushes in the garden for a spot of hide and seek. The girls were great at exploring and soon found the adults.

After a couple of hours of running around, we headed back home for a snack and a few more games indoors, including the game that produced one of my favorite shots from this family photo shoot and the subject of my Just One preview post as the children hid from daddy/the monster under the desk. It’s such a universal image – which of us can’t remember giggling and hiding from our parents or siblings during brilliant games as children.

I hope you enjoy these pictures from our children’s and family portrait photography session in Belgravia in the City of Westminster and the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London SW1X.

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

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