Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Family photography in Sevenoaks in Kent


A beautiful day in beautiful Kent, the garden of England, photographing beautiful girls. I’m so thrilled to share these images with you today from a really lovely family photo shoot in Sevenoaks.

Stephanie got in touch after finding me on Google and recognising a friend of hers who I’d done two sessions with in the past. I love what a small world it is! Trusting her friend’s recommendation, Stephanie booked a family portrait session at her home in Sevenoaks and I’m so glad she did – we had such a great time.

Stephanie met me at the station bright and early and reaching the house we were greeted at the door by her daughters. I don’t think I’ve ever seen three such big grins and happy laughing faces. The girls were excited about having their pictures taken and welcoming me into their lives for the day. I knew were were going to have a fantastic time when, over a cup of coffee, they showed me pictures of their ponies, chatting non-stop about riding and their ponies’ different skills. It was so interesting. I’ve read a lot of books about ponies and I was roughly able to keep up with them. They were wonderful at answering all my questions.

We decided on beautiful Knole park for our family photography session. It’s a stunning place that I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few times, and the girls obviously knew it well and loved it. The light was wonderful and I was thrilled to be able to make good use of it. The shot of the girls running through the forest with the stunning back lighting illuminating them with glorious halos is a real favourite or mine.

We visited their favourite spots – the picnic tree that has so many memories attached and made a perfect setting for pictures of the girls with Stephanie, all having a lovely time. We played some games, running around and laughing, always a good way to get lovely natural expressions, especially as children get older. All three girls were stunningly beautiful and it was such a pleasure to photograph them all.

After a while we headed home for some pictures in the garden and, most importantly, pictures with the beloved family dog who was thrilled by it all, and posed happily while having his tummy tickled. It was such good fun and I loved working out different angles for all my pictures to create a lovely and varied selection of images for Stephanie and her children.

Our last stop was the ponies. This wasn’t in the original plan, but we thought it would be shame not to include them; they are clearly such an important part of the family. We had talked of little else morning and it would have felt strange not to have met them for myself after hearing so much. We made a quick visit to the stables and I was thrilled to photograph the girls there. Stephanie explained that she has lots of pictures of the girls riding from the competitions that they enter so we took a different type of picture, capturing them with the ponies looking relaxed and happy, and showing the strength of the bond between them.

It was a wonderful way to end a wonderful photo shoot and I’m so thrilled with all the pictures from our family photography session in Sevenoaks. I do hope you will enjoy looking at them. If you would like to arrange your own photo shoot for this autumn, do get in touch. We have some weekends available in October and November and a few slots in October half term. We’d love to hear from you!

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