Helen Bartlett / Family Portraiture

Peek-a-Boo! Family Photography in St James Park



I love this little sequence from a recent photo shoot in St James’ Park in London. This was my second shoot with this lovely family and I was so thrilled to see them again when they visited London this Easter. We were lucky enough to be out and about on one of these recent beautiful spring days, I love this time of year everything feels so full of promise for an exciting year ahead.

It’s unusual for me to share a second image in my ‘Just One’ series but these pictures just need to be shown together. I love the story they tell and the wonderful expressions in both images. If I had to choose one though it would be the first one – the anticipation is fantastic. I love how the little one is leaning forward, so excited to see what is happening as her sister hides behind her hands – Peek-a… You can feel the joy and then, moments later…. BOO! The big reveal and laughter from both sisters as they enjoy their game.

Pictures like this are what my photography is all about, they tell a story and show us a wonderful relationship between two children who love each other so dearly. They tell us about a favourite game and that incredible ways that siblings can always make each other laugh, knowing all the best jokes and exactly what will raise a smile. They are also pictures about childhood, about a simple game that must have been played for centuries but which never fails to please.

I’m so pleased with these pictures and I hope you will like them as much as I do – today’s ‘Just Two’ from my recent family photography session in St James’ Park.

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