Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Family Photography on the Southbank London

17Apr

My ninth photo shoot with Linda and her wonderful family took place in central London and the South Bank. We’ve had an annual summer shoot since 2006 and over that time the family has grown both in age and number. I always really look forward to our sessions and to updating what is an incredible document for the children.

Annual photo sessions are such a fascinating insight into a family – we record what the children look like at this point in time, and also more than that. By photographing them having fun together and interacting we also get a really good feel for who they are, their relationships with each other and with the wider world.

Over the years I have watched shy children grow into confident, intelligent young people with so many ideas and opinions and I have watched the relationships between the siblings deepen and develop into the strong bonds that they will take into adulthood. The love between siblings is a love like no other and I feel very lucky that I get to photograph it so often. Even at moments of strife and squabble (which there inevitably are as children grow up) you can see the bonds of friendship, the ties that hold them together. It’s fair to say that nobody knows how to wind you up like a sibling but also nobody has your back like they do too.

It’s been such a pleasure to photograph this family over the last nine years – at their home in Knightsbridge, at many of London’s fantastic parks and this year, on the South Bank and around the area of St Paul’s. Each shoot has been great fun and on each one I’m always looking for new images that will be enjoyed by the family long into the future.

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to arrange a photo shoot for your own family then do get in touch, I’m taking bookings for the spring, summer and autumn and I’d love to hear from you.