Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Family photography in Richmond Park


This was my fourth shoot with Richard, Nicola and their lovely family – I have enjoyed photographing them every couple of years since 2008. It’s such a pleasure to see how children grow over the years and turn from tiny smiling babies into interesting and intelligent young people – I love every minute of it.

For this year’s portrait session, we decided to head to Richmond Park for our family photographs. I was thrilled as I love Richmond as a location for photography and I hadn’t visited for a while. One of the fun things about working throughout London for my children and family photography is that I have the opportunity to visit so many places, from Blackheath to Hampstead, from Notting Hill to Victoria Park, and from Wimbledon to Dulwich – there are so many interesting locations for family photographs. Visiting so many different places means that I never get bored with locations, and always find new and different angles and compositions for each client – never repeating shots from one day to the next.

Richmond Park is wonderful as it’s so varied and interesting – we let the children explore, taking me to places they particularly liked and playing games they really enjoyed.

We explored lots of areas I had never been to before, from the hill with the telescope on top where you have a view all the way to St Paul’s Cathedral, to the best places for a game of 40-40 Home. We played with light sabers and attempted (unsuccessfully of course) to make fire by rubbing sticks together in our incredible den. It was a wonderful way to spend a morning.

Just before lunch, we headed home to Richard and Nicola’s beautiful home in Putney, South London, for a few pictures with their new puppy – the picture of the puppy collecting crumbs from the floor is one of my favourites, and I’m so pleased that family now have this image printed nice and big on their kitchen wall.

It was a wonderful day and a wonderful set of children and family photographs from our morning in Richmond Park – I do hope you enjoy them.

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