Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Guest Blog for Hello Mums


Thrilled to be asked to share my knowledge on the Hello Mums blog

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge, whether that is giving talks such as those I have done recently at The Photography Show and the SWPP Convention or writing articles to help my clients and fellow photographers learn more about taking pictures of children.

And so I was thrilled to get the chance to write a guest blog for Hello Mums on the subject of ‘Recording your summer in family photographs’.  Hello Mums is a wonderful resource for parents in London offering an experienced and reliable babysitter service.

All the baby sitters on the Hello Mums books are over 21, have an enhanced clean police check and also a paediatric first aid certificate so you know your children are in good hands.

In my guest blog for Hello Mums I share some of my top tips for photographing your children which I hope you will find useful.  So many of my wonderful clients are incredibly accomplished photographer themselves, many are professional photographers which is always very humbling, but also many of you are taking pictures with your phones each day.  I’ve written the blog so it’s helpful for everyone whatever equipment you are using. As we all know, the best camera is the one you have with you.

I encourage you to experiment with your pictures, take lots – this is the joy of digital – and let your children take some too.  I was lucky to be given a camera at a very young age and I can still remember the feeling of pride when my dad helped me enlarge a picture to 18 inches by 12 and we framed it to hang in the dining room.  It was moments like this that drew me towards my future career as a photographer.

Do get in some of your summer pictures yourselves, whether that’s through a selfie, the self-timer or hiring a professional like me, it’s important to be in the pictures, your children will love them as they grow up.

Most importantly though, have fun.  Family photography is such a joy, at whatever level we are working at, and each picture will have meaning and importance as the years pass.

I hope you enjoy the blog, take lots of pictures and importantly, print them out so you have them for the future.  Also, do take a moment to look around the wonderful Hello Mums website.  I hope you enjoy it.