Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Family and children’s portrait photography in Nantwich, Cheshire


Today’s wonderful family photo shoot took place a bit off the beaten track for me – instead of my usual journey into London to capture photographs in one of the parks, I was off to Nantwich in Cheshire to photograph my dear friend and fellow photographer, Jill Thorning-Jensen and her beautiful family.

It was great to explore a new part of the country and I felt rewarded by one of the first days of decent weather this year. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, it has been such a long winter!

We ummed and ahhed as to where to go for our portrait session before deciding on a local National Trust property as an ideal spot for our children’s and family photo shoot. The family really enjoy making the very best use of their National Trust membership and big gardens always make for great locations for fine art photo shoots.

It was a great location with so much variety and it was lovely to explore the grounds. The playground was wonderful – recently refurbished with lots of different elements, all tastefully done using wood and natural materials (which always looks just that bit nicer than the metal playgrounds of my youth). It was funny to note that the apparatus we spent longest on though was a balance log – a more sophisticated version of the fallen tree. The simplest games really are often the best.

We had a picnic (complete with a nice cup of tea) and then decided that it was perfect weather to fly kites – the shop must have done a roaring trade that day, every child seemed to be wielding a small kit but, unlike the kit kites of my childhood, these ones actually flew. Brilliant! It was so much fun and a lovely activity for pictures – there’s so much enjoyment and satisfaction to be had from such a traditional toy.

We finished our day with some more family pictures in the reeds down by the lake, a lovely lovely spot that was complemented by the spring sunlight. Magic!

I hope you enjoy this selection of my favourites pictures from our children’s and family portrait session taken on location in Nantwich, Cheshire. 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.

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