Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Just One – Gemma


Greenwich Park is one of my favourite places in the world – for sitting with friends on a sunny day, for running, and, of course, for capturing beautiful children’s and family portrait photographs. It is the most beautiful park in London. I love everything about it from the spectacular trees in the flower garden to the bandstand (where I once played a steel band concert!), to the giant hill that is so great for sledging. Greenwich is a great park and a wonderful location for family portrait photography.

I was absolutely thrilled when Gemma suggested we visit Greenwich Park in London for our family photo shoot with her three stunningly beautiful children (make sure that you check back on the blog in a couple of weeks time to see some more pictures from this shoot, they are just gorgeous).

The day dawned with pouring rain but it wasn’t long before Gemma said that as a family they tend to go out whatever the weather and as you know, I’m waterproof too, so we jumped in the car and headed to the park. By the time we arrived, the weather was drying up and we even had some sun!

This picture caught my eye as I started downloading the pictures from our shoot. I love the simplicity of it as a portrait with its lovely composition, great light and what a wonderful expression – so full of joy and fun. It’s the breeze blowing in Mia’s hair that grabs me most, though – all that life and movement captured in a still image which for me feels like it is a sign of the pent-up energy and movement. Mia is standing still, for a split second, looking at the camera and yet we know in a split second she will be off again – running, jumping, climbing, doing all the things that children do and all the things that make photographing families and children so much fun.

It’s that split second of quiet that I love and Mia’s grin which says to me, ‘come on Helen, let’s go and play!’ that made me choose this image for today’s ‘Just One’ preview image from our children’s and family photo shoot in Greenwich in South London SE10.

I do hope you enjoy it and be sure to check back on the blog to see some more images soon.

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