It was a sunny day in Chiswick for this, my 13th shoot, with one of my all time favourite families. We’ve been working together since 2012 creating a series of albums that the children will have as adults to look back on all the things they used to do together as a family. Since our first shoot when Stella was only six months old we’ve been out and about to parks and other exciting places, we’ve done photo shoots at home and we’ve photographed birthday parties, it’s a fantastic documentary photographic record and I’m incredibly proud of it. It’s been an incredible privilege to have been invited to share so many days with this wonderful family.
For this session we headed to nearby Chiswick to explore the fantastic gardens around Chiswick House. I love going to different places and exploring all the different photographic opportunities offered by the varied locations London has to offer. The children love to run around and play and it’s always fun to find new places for them to explore.
We had a brilliant time at the park, starting by using as the background the incredible neo-Palladian villa built by the third Earl of Burlington as a homage to the renaissance architect Palladio. We arrived really early so we were able to capture these fun family shots with nobody in the background.
Then it was off to play and games galore – Rapunzel being a particular favourite which worked so well with the balcony at the side of the house and then into the woods for a wonderful game of weddings complete with a tree canopy ball room, a procession down the aisle and, of course, a wedding photographer, guess what my role was!
Then we enjoyed a game of hide and seek in the kitchen garden, which was great fun, although I do find it hard to squeeze behind a daffodil bed with all my cameras on! I’m so lucky I get to spend so much of my time playing games; it’s definitely the best job in the world.
Then we finished our photo shoot with some time in the playground, enjoying the beautifully crafted wooden toys and the fun of the sand machine. I’m sure that children must learn so much about fulcrums and pulleys without realising it as they lift and pour the sand and watch it flow down through the slides.
All in all another fabulous day out with this wonderful family. If you have had your family photographed before and think it might be time to update your images, or are thinking about booking your first photo shoot, then do get in touch and we can get something in the diary, regular photo shoots are an incredible gift that you can give your children – memories that they will treasure as they grow up.