The sun’s shining, the birds are singing, and everything is in bloom. Spring has sprung in London and it’s time to come out of the winter hibernation – and book your family photoshoot!
As you well know, my specialty are unposed, documentary photoshoots, be it 2 hours or the whole day, breakfast to bedtime. While with a Day in the Life photoshoot it’s basically a no-brainer: you get on with your normal day and I document it, a shorter photoshoot stumps some of my clients for ideas on what to do.
Well, the obvious answer would also be “just get on with your normal day” (your everyday life, however boring you might think it is, is the most beautiful thing and that’s where the memories are made), but I realize that might not be so helpful and you’d probably want to do something special for the sake of the photos. You’d want to choose something where all of you are at your best (and by the best I don’t mean looking best, I mean feeling great and happy), or maybe get out of the house so the kids don’t get tempted by screens, or simply have an excuse to do something fun!
So, I’ve put together a list of things you could do together as a family for your documentary photography session in the Spring – whatever the weather. Choose one that speaks to you as a family – either something you do together on a regular basis, or something you’ve always wanted to do and know will enjoy.
FLY A KITE
Windy day? Find a hill or head to the beach and work together to launch a kite. Nothing can beat the delight on your children’s faces when the kite flies! A great location in London for kite-flying is Hampstead Heath, or if you live on the coast West Wittering or Camber have perfect flat expanses of sand that are perfect for running together and launching kites.
Nothing wrong with staying in if the spring showers proving just a bit too much. Teach your child a family baking recipe and have fun in the kitchen. Your kids will love helping to break the eggs and stir the mixtures. Try some recipes from kid-friendly books (we particularly enjoy the ones from Baking with Tiny Tots)
Have a family member – maybe a grandparent? – who is passionate about fishing? Go make a date out of it, great photos are guaranteed! Find local finish spots here.
TIDY UP THE GARDEN
The kids would love digging, making holes for the seeds, watering, and generally getting pretty mucky. Whether working around the garden, in the greenhouse, or on a farm, working with the earth will be gorgeous in photos – and good for you, too!
VISIT A BEACH
Brave the spring winds and go explore a local beach. Hunt for fossils, stomp in the ocean (wellies on or off) and play ball! Make sure you pack warm clothes (this top below is from Amamaya and is made from merino wool, making it super warm – no need for bulky coats that most parents despise for photoshoots) and some towels and a change of clothes – just in case your kids decide to go wild swimming, despite the freezing temperatures!
There’s nothing better than reading a book together as a family. Enjoy a book at the start of our 2 hour photoshoot before heading outside, or book me to document your bedtime routine.
HEAD TO A PLAYGROUND
Go for for a walk in a local park and splash in the puddles, climb trees, chase squirrels and hunt for early flowers. Stop for a coffee and feed the ducks. Forget the camera is even there and just enjoy family time.
WASH THE CAR
Kids love being a helper, getting all wet and mucky washing a dirty vehicle! If it’s a sunny day, get the buckets and sponges out, and do a vehicle spring clean!
RIDE A BICYCLE
If you enjoy cycling, go for a family bicycle ride in the countryside or along the river. Stop and have a picnic and feed the ducks.
GO TO A PLAY FARM OR A ZOO
Warmer days are perfect for exploring the local play farms and zoos. Kids love getting to watch and feed the animals, and it makes for great photos too.