Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Feeding the Ducks in Hyde Park


Over the years I have taken so many photographs of children feeding the ducks but I think this must be my all time favourite. It was so much fun and I love how happy everyone looks, particularly little Harold as he sits on the stern of his ship, so proud of himself as he feeds the ducks (and himself) on the Serpentine in London’s incredible Hyde Park.

I was really excited about this photo shoot as Lauren sounded such fun and the idea of going boating really appealed. Those who know me well know that I am not a great sailor but also that I will do anything for a picture and so, armed with my life jacket over my cameras I hopped aboard a pedalo to go on this wonderful adventure.

We had a great time on the Serpentine, paddling our way around to see what we could see and to find some ducks to feed. Luckily for me Lauren’s incredible nanny Jinky was there to help so I didn’t have to steer and photograph at the same time. It was such a delight to have such a different viewpoint and I really enjoyed exploring the photographic possibilities from my place on the river.

It was such a brilliant photo shoot from start to finish, with all my favourite things, football, bubbles, feeding the squirrels and running around and Harold was such a joy to photograph. It’s such a lovely way to take photographs, to find the children’s favourite things, to go to their favourite parks and to just have fun, watching the little ones play naturally with their parents – this always results in such beautiful images that will bring back so many memories.

For Lauren these pictures will bring back memories of the family holiday in London where each day they had gone to the park, fed the ducks, looked a the squirrels and enjoyed themselves as a family. Memories of Harold at this age, so inquisitive, exploring new things and enjoying new experiences and so full of joy at everything around him. Taking pictures that record every day activities is a real joy and knowing that I have provided photographs to my clients that will bring back happy memories is the best thing about my job.

If this relaxed style of photo shoot sounds good to you and you would like to arrange a family photography session for your family then do get in touch, there are a few slots available during the summer holidays and I’m taking bookings for the autumn.

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