Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Just One – creative family portrait photography


When Julia contacted me before our recent family photography session and suggested that I packed waterproof trousers and wellington boots I was, predictably, thrilled. I knew that we were going to have a fantastic shoot and I was not disappointed! I love photographing families in different environments, from London flats to traditional country houses, as on this photography session which took place at the family farm. Different environments always provide really interesting challenges for me as a photographer as I look at each location and make decisions based on light and, in some situations, safety to ensure that I create the best photographs that I can in each location. I strive to create images that are creative, interesting and unique, and that use compositional elements to their best effect for an interesting and unusual family portrait (while ensuring nobody falls off the world’s largest hay bale stack!).

Julia’s parents’ family farm was amazing and I was like a kid in a candy store as we fed lambs, walked the local woodlands, played Three Billy Goats Gruff in the stream (I was very glad of my wellies) and climbed on Grandpa’s fantastic hay bale stack. What a treat for a London-based family photographer!

This image, today’s ‘Just One’ preview image, caught my eye immediately as I was downloading the pictures after our shoot. I love the composition with the graphic shapes of the hay bales and the lovely textures that are brought out in my black and white image, really adding a lovely feel to the image without distracting from the stars of the show – the three boys who are having a brilliant time (and so pleased to be quite so close to the top of the hay stacks). I love how the boys – relaxed and enjoying themselves – are looking so happy and having a great time as I took their photographs.

I hope you like this Just One preview image, which is a real favourite from our recent family photography session. It’s an image that uses the environment and graphic elements to create a really interesting and unusual portrait of these wonderful boys, and I look forward to sharing some more images from our fantastic photo shoot soon.

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