Angels and Urchins magazine – using a professional family photographer.

Angels and Urchins magazine – using a professional family photographer.

Angels and Urchins magazine recently interviewed me for a feature they were writing on using a professional family photograper. Professional photographers in 2015 occupy an ever shifting space in contemporary culture and talking about my experience really got me thinking about why I do what I do. Digital media has democratised the means of capturing images, so as professional photographers we really need to bring something extra and of real value to the table for our clients. As professionals we need to of course be on top of our game technically and be able to make the most of the location and the light and help put our clients at ease. However a great photograph is more than a collection of technical boxes that have been ticked. In an age where we all have so many posessions, what is it that we really value? For me, the time I spend with my family is the most precious of all. I am endlessly aware of how quickly childhood passes. Just this week my eldest daughter who is only eleven and has recently started to slip on my shoes triumphantly as her feet had finally grown to match my size – has raced ahead and needs a new set of shoes as her foot size is now bigger than mine. I am so happy at her delight in growing up but will treasure the memories I have of when she was a babe in arms with a foot size still smaller than the palm of my hand. My photographs connect me back to so many memories that are more precious to...
London family photography in Highgate Woods  N10

London family photography in Highgate Woods N10

                There were so many lovely moments on this shoot when we set out to capture a session of London family photography in Highgate Woods N10.  The day provided a great opportunity to photograph a brother and sister with their mum as a special birthday present for an unsuspecting dad.  Highgate woods is one of only eight green heritage sites in london.  This seventy acre ancient woodland was actually mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  It is a much used and much loved place for local families living in Muswell Hill, East Finchley and Highgate all of which border it.  The woods have many open paths with expansive oak and hornbeam’s reaching for the sky and you cannot enter this wood with children and escape withouth at least some tree climbing taking place!  I always enjoy photographing children when they are caught up in the moment and this brother and sister are very at home in the woods and enthusiastically threw themselves into enjoying everything it has to offer.  I really enjoy the classic feel of the black and white images from this session as well as the softer hues of the colour images as the afternoon light started to fade through the golden hour.  Late afternoon/evening  golden light casts such a warm gentle glow – it is my absolute favourite light to shoot in. Running around and jumping shots tell part of the story of the energy of childhood.  However on this shoot I also captured more thoughtful slower images we towards the end of the afternoon – a lot of that energy had...
London Family Photography

London Family Photography

Regent’s Park was the location for this London family photography session last month.  Our shoot took place over the course of lovely stroll around the park with Mum, Auntie and an adorable three year old boy in NW1.  The gorgeous parks in our city are fantastic locations for London family photography at all times of the year, but especially during spring.  Regent’s Park was just a treat – bursting into life with many of the trees heavy with blossoms.  As a London children’s photographer I get to work with lots of families at different stages of growing up and they all have a charm whatever age the children are. I adore  photographing the pre-school years, especially witnessing that ability to get lost in the magic of the moment.   This little boy was no exception –  he brought his spider cuddly toy along and happily chatted about how excited he is to learn about the planetary system.  Lots of running around and exploring was the order of the day.  The pre-school years for me are characterised by high energry and loads of activity usually followed by an urgent requirement for cuddles!  There were plenty on hand during our shoot.  It was great to see the trees finally in leaf and blossom with all those lovely juicy greens around.  Having said that, I have a life long love affair with black and white photographs and love the simplicity and clarity monochrome brings to some of these images.  To book your family photography session in London get in touch and to see more North and Central London family portrait sessions have a look...
Family portrait photography in London NW3

Family portrait photography in London NW3

The plan – a secret family portrait session in London NW3 for a very special Christmas present.  The team, a super-organised Mum with a love of black and white photography, myself and four eager co-conspiratorial sisters, on Hampstead Heath (plus one very delighted dog).  Any concerns about after school tiredness were quickly dispelled as the girls revelled in stretching their legs with tree climbing, chasing and general running around to the obvious joy of the family pet!  Half time brought hot drinks from Mum’s thermos (told you she was organised!) then everyone got to enjoy the last of the afternoon light before striding back towards home.  I always enjoy the opportunity to photograph family groups and love making time within each session to give each individual child some space for themselves as well as doing group portraits.   The girls were fab and I loved their enthusiasm and energy!  Please feel free to leave comments and to see more family portraits do have a look at my website...
North London Family Photoshoot

North London Family Photoshoot

We started our North London Family photoshoot on a beautiful sunny morning.  As it was a bit nippy to start mum and dad had jackets on hand until it really warmed up.  As a mum of three I really enjoy the dynamics between siblings of different ages, however with really small children in tow and naptimes to consider, speed is often of the essence .  We took group shots first while the youngest in the family had lots of energy before his snooze time.  Then we had some fun running (and climbing) around with his very busy big sisters.  I love to photograph children where they have the space to play and really be themselves and taking photographs for families in a location that they have a connection with is always an added bonus.   These girls loved climbing and relished the sence of achievement of getting to the top of whatever was to hand.  The younger one did love the saftey of having mum’s helping hand the help with balance while trying to keep up with her big sister.  When the youngest worke up again he was in full on playful mode and made me laugh when his kisses almost turned into munching – adding new meaning to the phrase “yummy mummy”! This dad had memories of this part of the city from quite a while back and it was lovely to help him make some more to keep with his lovely wife and children. I love making black and white and colour images for my clients and this session was no exception.  See more like this North...
Best of British!!!

Best of British!!!

Old friends, new friends and lots of children running around excitedly together – I had the pleasure of photographing them all, as over 200 adults and children met up recently for a fantastic celebration day for kinship carers in Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes.  It was organized by Grandparents plus, which is a national charity that champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives, particularly when they take on the role as carers for children in difficult family circumstances.  Grandparents or other relatives often step into provide care for children whose parents may be affected by drug or alcohol abuse, imprisonment or domestic violence.  These carers are usually at a time in their lives when they have not expected to take on additional responsibilities and can struggle with stress, isolation and poverty, as they often receive little financial support and are afraid to ask for help for fear of losing the children they love. There has been a lot of talk in this jubilee and Olympic year about the “best of British” and I think for that you need look no further than the amazing people I met – so many of them at retirement age or well past it caring for one, two or three young children, sometimes with special needs as well.  Grandparents plus has been nominated for a National Lottery good cause award and you can show your support by voting for...

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