Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Just One – children’s portrait photography in Wimbledon, London SW19


I first photographed Lauren and Alex before Julian was even born, back in 2005. It seems an age ago now – back in 2005, the children were toddling around in the Kensington Garden square near their home, chasing bubbles and giggling. And now they are so grown up, Julian is almost at secondary school and we met up again recently for our annual shoot, this time at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon. There were no bubbles this time, but still a fair amount of giggling as we took the annual family photographs.

I’ve always loved Wimbledon in South West London as a location for family portraits as there is so much variety and depending on the day, we go to either the beautiful Cannizaro House or the wilds of Wimbledon Common, or a combination of the two – both are such lovely spots for family portraits.

For today’s shoot, we focused on Cannizaro House and we spent our morning exploring all the paths to see where things led – taking pictures up trees and balanced on logs, loosing our football (and finding it again) on the lake by the beautiful water garden – there is so much to see and do while capturing photographs of the children.

This image, today’s ‘Just One’ preview and one of my favourites from the day, was taken towards the end of our shoot at the old folly at the top of the park. The light was stunning and I love this shot with its formality of pose combined with the big grins of the children – it’s a moment when everything coming together at once to create a really lovely sibling portrait.

I hope you like it to, today’s Just One preview from our children’s and family photography session at Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon, London SW19.

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