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 been climbed and run off and those moments of slightly tired togetherness are so beautifully relaxed – I really love them. Here is a little selection of images from the day – you can see more London family photography on my portfolio page.