My dad used to take a lot of pictures of me, especially as a baby (an instinct I totally understand now as a parent myself). The older I got, the fewer photographs were taken, but one thing remained constant – very, very few photographs of me were WITH my parents, and NEVER with both of them at the same time.
Let me make this clear: I know you are busy. You work a lot, and weekend family time is at a premium. You put off booking your family photoshoot because you think it requires so much planning and clothes coordination, and making sure your kids behave, and sacrificing your family time, and you simply can’t face it even when you know you must.
Well the good news is that when you get me to take your family pictures, it’s nothing like that at all.
For this winter family photoshoot in Clapham we stayed indoors – the best way when you have a baby and a pre-schooler, who are often miserable when it’s cold outside. That this year’s winter? It was COLD!
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.
I’ve always loved water and splashing in the sea or a river or a swimming pool – and it’s still my happy place. There’s something about watching water run and the waves splash that is very, very good for my soul.
Recently I’ve been really fascinated by street photography and following the work of many street photographers on Instagram and Facebook. Great street photography is a combination of incredible technical and creative skill, patience — and quite a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time. It also requires quite another level of confidence, being in the street, photographing strangers just doing their thing, going about their everyday business.
This expecting mama got in touch with me as she wanted to document the transition from one child to two with beautiful storytelling photographs and an album. She could already see her life changing, and that’s what attracted her to my honest, documentary storytelling.