Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Outdoor Family Photography Wimbledon – Just One


Wimbledon Common in autumn has to be one of my favourite places for a family portrait photography session. It’s so lovely to go somewhere wild while still in London, to feel the history of the old forest and to enjoy the pathways twisting through the woods. I’ve always loved it on Wimbledon Common and so I was thrilled that Jennifer chose it as the location for the families 16th photo shoot. I’ve been photographing the family regularly since Stella was six months old and I’m always humbled when clients bring me into their lives on such a regular basis. Together we are creating a wonderful document of their childhood for the children to look back on – pictures where they can see themselves grow, see their love for their parents and for each other and the laughter and happiness in their everyday lives. I never could have believed I would be this lucky to watch and document such wonderful families, it’s the best job in the world.

We had a brilliant time on Wimbledon Common, exploring the different areas, climbing trees, playing in the leaves and enjoying imaginative games. Hide and seek in the bracken was a particular favourite and it was so much fun, crouched with the children under a canopy of branches trying to stay still and silent while we hid. I love that children welcome me into their games.

I’ve had a hard time choosing a Just One to share today as there are so many pictures that I love from our family photo shoot but I kept coming back to this picture which was one of the first frames of the day. Thomas’s joyful expression makes me smile just to look at it.

As soon as we arrived on the common Thomas was up a tree – it really is a tree-climbing wonderland. He was so adventurous and has a great sense of balance (unlike me as a child, I was always falling out of trees). I love all the little details; the wellington boots covered in diggers and his little hands holding on tightly to the branch. It’s a lovely portrait and I hope you like it as much as I do.

If you are interested in booking your own family portrait session either this year or in the spring then do get in touch. I’m very busy just now but there are a few slots still available before Christmas and I’d love to hear from you.

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