Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Just One – family photography in Tunbridge Wells, Kent


I love really big family portrait shoots with grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins – the more, the merrier! I also love discovering really interesting new locations to take photographs and so when the two combine, as they did for Denise’s recent extended family photo shoot in Kent, I was over the moon.

Denise picked me up from the station bright and early in the morning and we headed straight to the magnificent Wellington Rocks on Tunbridge Wells common. I knew immediately that we would have a fantastic time, as the rocks were just incredible – a truly sensational spot for some family portraits. We had a great time capturing some family pictures here along with some shots of the children running around, before heading to nearby Dunorlan Park to meet the other side of the family for the second half of our family photography session (I’ll be sharing an extended selection of images on the blog soon).

But today’s ‘Just One’ preview image is from the start of our family photo shoot at the incredible Wellington Rocks, and I couldn’t resist posting a big family group shot as I am so pleased with this picture. I love taking family group photographs as I do think it’s wonderful to have these records of all the most important people in our lives, all together, looking relaxed and happy. These pictures will be looked at for years to come, evoking memories of the many days spent together, the love and friendships, the family ties that bring everyone together – it’s a truly lovely thing to have. I also love the scale of this picture – with the majesty of the rocks and the pattern of the boulder shapes reflected in the family group – and the expressions, with everyone so happy and relaxed, enjoying themselves as a family unit.

I’m sure this picture will feature in an album that will tell the story of the day, along with pictures of the children climbing trees, being chased by uncles and aunts, boating on the lake, swinging in the playground and laughing, so much laughing. I’m sure it will also be printed and framed, hung on the wall, placed on the mantlepiece and stuck to the fridge – a picture that will be looked at and enjoyed every day.

I’m so thrilled to have been able to capture this picture at such a wonderful setting, it’s a real favourite of mine. I look forward to being able to share some more pictures from this family photo session soon but in the meantime, I do hope you enjoy this picture – today’s Just One preview from our recent family photography session in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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