A winter family vacation photoshoot in London
This American military family was visiting London in January over from Italy where they were stationed at the time, and they reached out to me to document their London adventures before baby number two made an appearance.
Despite what you might think, it doesn’t always rain in London in winter and we do have wonderful crisp sunny days and the low northern winter light gives that extra special look and feel to the photographs – but to be honest I can take great family photographs in any weather, rain or shine!
With Big Ben still being under renovation, and if my clients don’t have a special preference and ask for my advice on where to go, I tend to direct them towards St Paul’s, Millenium Bridge, and the Tate Modern area of South Bank.
Not only this area of Central London gives a great visual variety to the photographs, but there’s also plenty of fun things for the little kids to explore, including a rooftop viewing platform, steps to jump on, pedestrian areas to run around, buses to look at, and bridges to cross and look at some passing boats.
There are also cafes and galleries we can always pop in to escape the cold (or heat, or rain, depending on the time of the year), and also for some snacks and coffee (and hot chocolate for the little ones) which is an absolute must on all my photoshoots. With every photoshoot, my aim is to make it as relaxed and fun as possible, so there’s no stress for the parents and the kids have a lot of fun too.
No one wants to be rushing from one landmark to another and dealing with tantrums of an over-tired child (that said, if there is a tantrum or a moment of frustration, it makes for really great photographs and I capture it as it’s a real part of family life just as the happy times are).
Below is a little gallery of my favourite photographs from our London photoshoot together. If you’d like to find out more about comissioning me to document your family adventures in London, please get in touch with me so we can discuss some ideas and options.
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I can’t quite believe 2018 is almost over – can you? There was this one meme floating on the internet which I can’t now locate, but it basically went like this: 2018 was like “January, cold, World Cup, heatwave, heatwave, football is coming home, heatwave, December”. That’s definitely how it felt to me.
This photoshoot was very special – the family was visiting over from Washington, DC, and wanted to capture some special photographs of the kids having brilliant time here in London. Because they visit London frequently, they didn’t really want to have typical landmarks in the background, and instead opted for some relaxed family portraits in the private gardens of the Cadogan Gardens Hotel where they were staying.
This family was visiting over from Hong Kong, and although both parents have studied here (many moons ago) it was the first time for them here as a family of three and a very special trip indeed.