Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Children’s and family photography in Northamptonshire


Today’s blog post features a recent family portrait shoot in Northamptonshire. I had not visited this part of the country before, but it is absolutely beautiful and I had spent a lovely evening the night before our shoot at a B&B on a farm outside the picturesque village of Barnwell. And yet, when Caspar pulled up in his car to collect me, he looked strangely familiar.

I thought no more of it – after all, even though it is a part of the country I hadn’t travelled to before, it was close to my previous home in Cambridge where I spent many years as a photographer specialising in family photography. Yet the thought stuck with me. When we arrived at his beautiful home, it all fell into place. On being introduced to his wife, we both had a moment of recognition and said ‘oh, but I know you!’ – Caspar and Louise had been godparents at a recent christening I had photographed and had been guests at parties I had photographed a number of times in the last few years! It is a very small world indeed.

It’s always such fun to discover a connection and particularly to find a new client is friends with one of my clients who I have known for years and years, photographing their newborn babies, older babies, children and family as well as all manner of family events – parties, christenings and so on – for many years. I always know I’m in for a good time.

The shoot was amazing, such good fun. Caspar’s garden was absolutely spectacular, a real dream of a location for children’s and family portrait photography shoots. With the company of three very energetic dogs, we explored and the children showed me their favourite areas of the garden as I captured individual children’s portraits, shots of the children together and family portrait photographs in a number of different locations to ensure we had a really great selection of interesting and diverse pictures for Caspar and Louise to choose from.

I really don’t know what was most fun – watching the dogs hare from side to side in a game of piggy in the middle, watching the children row the boat on the lake like a scene from Swallows and Amazons, capturing the reflections on the still lake next to what I can only say looked like giant rubharb (I’m hoping one of my avid gardnerner readers will tell me what the plant actually is), the lovely family shots that really showed the environment at the best advantage, or Christian showing his really truly phenomenal boxing skills.

I have so many favourite pictures from our family shoot in Northamptonshire, I do hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed photographing them.

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

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