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 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.
This newborn photography session in London was no exception and we spent a lovely couple of hours capturing real and honest portraits of this new family of three. There was no need to wait until the baby fell asleep (she didn’t really!) and we were able to capture many beautiful and honest photographs of the new parents just finding their feet with this whole parenting gig, as well as a few lifestyle portraits to share with friends and family.
If you’d looked into my house last week, on International Women’s Day, you’d find me staring at my screen in disbelief with a big grin on my face. I’d just found out that that I received TWELVE awards in the 2018 Family Photojournalist Association contest, including no less than 6 gold awards, the most gold awards of any UK documentary family photographer listed with them!
I was up bright and early (or, rather – dark and early since we’re talking December in London here) to join this wonderful family at their home in Islington at 8am. An expat family from LA, California, they were keen to capture their time in London and include not only their time at home with their son, but also the wonderful neighbourhood they call their home in England.
They booked a half Day in the Life session which is becoming really popular with many of my clients, as they want to capture a big chunk of their everyday activities, from morning until naptime, in addition to some directed lifestyle portraits.
Natasha was quietly confident, this being her second child. She knew what to expect, and what to try. This was the first time we’d met but she didn’t have any hesitations about being photographed and just got on with the business at hand: providing nourishment to her newborn son. I have many beautiful images of her that I’d created in the short time we had together, but I love this one the most.