A portrait on a swing in Polesden Lacey
My favourite photographs are often the most simple ones but also the most spontaneous ones, capturing children at play, and showcasing their unique personalities.
During this winter photoshoot with a family in Polesden Lacey in Surrey, we stumbled on a set of huge swings attached to some very old trees and the children proceeded to play on them for a very, very long time.
Older children can be tricky to photograph as they are becoming more and more self-aware, but engaging them in the physical play where they can show off their skills and get lost in a moment is often the best way to go.
I love his huge grin in this portrait taken up close, his body isolated against the winter backdrop of the park, and sense of freedom and absolute joy you can feel looking at this portrait. Because I was right there when I was taken the picture you also feel like you’re right there on the swing with him, an active participant rather than a passive observer.
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