Photographing your family is one of my greatest pleasures. I genuinely love meeting people – I love a chat – and it’s a huge compliment when clients come back to document their family each year as they grow.
It’s also a great opportunity to see how my work has changed and developed over the years. I continue to learn, train and experiment. Finding a style is an ongoing process and can change as technology progresses and I have become more expert in my craft.
Looking back at the images I’ve captured for this gorgeous family is a great opportunity to see the journey both they, and I, have been on.
In 2015, to celebrate Baby James’ first birthday, his Mum and Dad commissioned me to do a family photoshoot for them. So on a bright summers day, I chased James around a local park and captured his sunny personality. Since then, I have learnt so many things about the best time of day, backdrops, light and shade!
The following summer, James turned two and his Mum & Dad asked me back again to capture some images to celebrate his birthday. This time he was a much quicker target to try and capture! For this shoot, we were in their large back garden which taught me a number of things about obstacles, distance from subject and using props!
Just before James celebrated his third birthday, he welcomed a new baby sister Emily into the family. This was another wonderful opportunity to document the growing family. Being able to conduct the shoot in the same location as the previous year was obviously really helpful to the family with such a tiny baby. Also, it meant that an energetic and bubbly three year old James was contained within the confines on the garden!!
In the summer of 2018, James was turning four and Emily was a a toddly one year old. We met at Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells and I was really beginning to find my rhythm and style. And a lot of that came from attention to detail. For example, high sun is a very challenging environment in which to photograph, so it’s about finding the shady parts of the park and looking for the best opportunity for light. That along with trying to snap some candid shots of the kids as they explored and ran about kept me on my toes!
The summer of 2019 saw James turning five and Emily turning 2 (is it just me or does time seem to be flying by!). That year I was also starting to enter images into competition to see how my skills were progressing. I was beyond thrilled when a portrait of James was given a Bronze Award from the Guild of Photographers.
Our most recent shoot in the summer of 2020 was a socially distanced session due to Covid, in Hargate Forest. I predominantly shoot on a 135mm prime lens which lends itself perfectly to keeping a safe 2 meters from my clients. I’m really honing my posing skills and working hard on my editing style to keep galleries consistent. That’s something that I really enjoy about photography; there is never a point when you heave learnt everything there is to know. It is a constant learning curve.
I always enjoy meeting and talking with my clients before, during and after shoots. I find it a hugely rewarding job to have and I count myself very lucky to be entrusted to capture these memories for my clients.
And I’m already looking forward to this summer’s shoot!
If you would like to make photographing your family an annual project you do for YOUR family – get in touch to find out about my family photography packages.
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