Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Family Photography in St James Park London – Just One


It’s been a fantastic Easter – both the bank holiday weekend itself and the past few weeks with the children off school and the diary full of photo shoots. I’ve met so many lovely new clients and also visited many families who have regular photo shoots and I’ve photographed in London parks and the beaches of Northumberland, it’s been such fun.

One of my favourite recent shoots was with a lovely family who were visiting London for their holidays. We met up in St James’ Park, one of my favourite locations, for a fantastic morning of fun, games and photography. I’m so pleased to be sharing an image from that shoot on the blog today.

To me this is a picture that really seems to sum up spring in London – two beautiful girls playing together in one of London’s most fabulous parks. The blossom on the trees, the spring grass dappled with sunlight and sprinkled with daisies. These two beautiful girls, pony tails flying as they spin around in one of the best childhood games. I love their expressions, laughing together as they play, completely forgetting about the camera. It’s such a sibling moment, hands held so tight, laughing happily together, it’s just the kind of image that I am sure they will love to have on the wall when they are older, reminding them of all the fun of their childhood.

We had such a brilliant time together, these two beautiful sisters and their other siblings, five children in all. They must have such fun growing up together. As one of four I love photographing big families and love to see the incredible bonds between the children, older ones looking out for the younger ones and how they always know how to make each other laugh. Taking pictures that show these bonds of friendship and love are the greatest part of my job and I hope you will agree that this image, today’s Just One, does just that.

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