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What is education? How do children learn? Can they learn without...

A real life family photoshoot in Woking, Surrey

 I love photographing in my client's homes. It's the place where they are often the most...

Lockdown Diaries: Snippets of Our Daily Life

I felt like I hadn’t really picked up the camera much over the past few weeks during the lockdown as I’ve retreated into my own bubble — but looking back and the thousands of files in my hard drive I clearly have. A while back I’ve heard Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s White House photographer, say that often the true meaning or significance of an image doesn’t reveal itself until some time has passed, and I’m embracing that.

Welcome to my London photography + life blog. It’s the place to get to know me a bit better and where I share some of my work, photography advice and tips, my travels, musings about life and parenthood. And books, a lot of books.

A day exploring London with a family from Singapore

A day exploring London with a family from Singapore

This family from Singapore decided to book a full Day in the Life photoshoot with me so they could capture all of their adventures with two little kids without worrying about time limits or coordinating naptimes. I really do find that often – maybe rather counter-intuitively – a longer photoshoot is better for young children as there’s no pressure to perform in a limited time frame. You are free to just get on with your day, and that makes both the children and the parents very relaxed, which in turn results in fantastic photographs.

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Portrait of Britain

Portrait of Britain

I took this photograph a year ago today at People’s Vote March. Yesterday, once again, I marched with over one million people in London for People’s Vote. Then, as now, this image of father and daughter, tired and frustrated with the current state of affairs, wanting their voice to be heard, is what Britain looks to me right now. That’s why earlier this year I submitted this image for the Portrait of Britain award, and I’m so thrilled that the judges saw what I saw too and shortlisted it among 200 other amazing photographs.

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One Frame: New Baby

One Frame: New Baby

There is something about this image that I absolutely adore. It’s simple, timeless, imperfect and there’s certain vulnerability in it that every mother feels in those first few weeks and months after giving birth.

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Black and white teen portraits – underwater

Black and white teen portraits – underwater

The family legend goes that on my first seaside holiday as a child, for the first 7 days⁠ I screamed the beach down when I was carried INTO the water, and the last 7 days I screamed the beach down when I was carried OUT of the water.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Since then, water have always...

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Interviewed for The Family Photographer podcast!

Interviewed for The Family Photographer podcast!

I’m so excited for this – my interview with The Family Photographer podcast is out! Jenny Stein and I chat about  many different things, from how I got into photography and what it means to me, how I photograph families and what I want them to see in the photos I take, how to get brave and get into photos with your kids, and lots of other random things our conversation took us to! Find it wherever you listen to podcasts – or click this link to listen to it.

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ABOUT ME

I’m Antonina, a London family photographer who takes a photojournalistic approach. 

I’m a recovering lawyer, an imperfect mother and a book junkie.

Creating candid, artistic family photography is my true calling.