One of the best things about autumn shoots, and spring photography sessions too, is the amazing quality of light and this is beautifully demonstrated in this lovely set of images from a recent children’s portrait photography session in Queens Park in North London.
Cold autumnal days with the low sun streaming through are absolute magic to the photographer and when combined with some wonderfully sweet and fun children to photograph – well, I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my time. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to do this for a living.
I could tell it was going to be a beautiful day as I made my way to Queens Park bright and early one morning. We were in the park by quarter past eight and we had the place to ourselves. It was wonderful.
We started in the playground as the girls were a little shy and I wanted to make sure they relaxed and enjoyed themselves without worrying about having their pictures taken. Often I’ll do family shots first but I always work around the children and on this occasion it was definitely the best thing to let the girls play first as by the time we finished in the playground they were completely happy with the camera and laughing and playing and happily enjoying themselves while I took pictures.
The playground in Queens Park is a particularly good one, in fact it’s a brilliant park for it’s size, with a huge amount of variety in quite a small space. The girls were particularly keen on the zip wire and I have a great time photographing them, I really enjoy activities like this where I can experiment with different techniques and I love the panned shots with slow shutter speed that really capture the movement and speed at which they were going.
It’s one of those shoots where I have so many favourite images its really hard to pick a favourite – I chose the leaf throwing shot for my Just One but I love the shot of the girls holding hands and laughing too, it’s such a special moment and also the shots which really make the best of the light. I love the little moments the laughter and the interaction with the girls beloved grandparents who had arranged this shoot for when they visited from Australia. I know these memories will be treasured forever.
I do hope you like today’s images and that you are all having a fabulous time over these wonderful Christmas holidays.