Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Just One – Stella


I've been lucky enough to photograph Stella and her wonderful family on four occasions now, and so I was really looking forward to our family photo shoot in Parsons Green in London SW3 yesterday.

As always, we had a wonderful morning together. The weather was, well… the weather was typical of the fine English spring that we are having this year and it was rather damp. But never one to let the weather hold me back, we chose to ignore it and had a wonderful morning with pictures at home, at the park (the great thing about a grey day is having the playground all to ourselves) and then – to my absolute excitement – to the local steam fair that is currently on Parsons Green, which was such a wonderful location for our children's and family portrait photography shoot.

Even as I was taking this series of family pictures, I knew that I was capturing something special. As a photographer, sometimes you have to make a call – go for something really special, or take the safe shot. Where possible, I like to do both but it's always the super cool shot (if it works, of course) that makes the day.

I'm thrilled with this image. I love the movement of the carousel, Stella's evident joy in the moment and the picture of love and happiness that the family make together. I absolutely love it and I hope you will enjoy this shot from our children's and family shoot in Parsons Green, London SW3 as much as I do. Be sure to check back on the blog soon for some more images from this fabulous family portrait session.

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