It’s been an impossible task of choosing just 16 of my favourite photographs from family sessions to showcase. I photographed so many beautiful families – inside and out, grew as a photographer and a parent (having an inside view on how other parents deal with all the shit that happens when you have kids is a masterclass in parenting like no other) and a person.
I could have easily made this list twice as long, as there were so many beautiful moments, but here it goes. My 16 for 2016 – with brief explanations of why I chose these, and the story to give you a little more context.
Liz and Jason are runners. They lead very busy lives, and it doesn’t really stop on weekends. Both originally from the US, they have lived in London for the past 10 years, but as they were preparing to become parents for the first time, they realised they didn’t really have a visual record of just the two of them, enjoying their old Kensington neighbourhood, their favourite part of London town.
There is nothing more beautiful than a new parent holding their baby. There is nothing more precious than the newly big sister – herself only a baby, really! – cautiously getting to know this new human being that appeared in her life. And there’s nothing more exhausting for a new parent than trying to multitask on 3 hours of interrupted sleep.
Kate booked me for their family session with a 7 week old baby Nino just two weeks before he was due to have an open heart operation. Nino was born with congenital heart decease, and it was a stressful and scary time for his parents, but it was important for them to capture their life before the big operation. As I’m writing this, Nino is now safely home following his arterial switch and a couple of weeks stay at the hospital, and according to Kate is going from strength to strength.
This past year has been the year of reflection and change for me. I will probably write more about it at some later point, but for now here’s my year in review: a (small) selection of just some of my favourite images from the year. Thank you too all my clients who I had the pleasure of working with this year, and to all my friends and family who supported me throughout this year, too. Love you – and see you in 2016!!
Hello and welcome! I'm Antonina, a natural light family portrait photographer, specialising in the authentic and meaningful photography for families in London and Surrey. I'm also available for commissions further afield - please get in touch for more details.