For this week’s One Frame feature I picked this image I captured during a family photography session in Ripley. When I arrived, the family greeted me like an old friend, even though it was the first time we’ve ever met. I love when we strike a connection right away, and it makes a photoshoot go so much more smoothly.
I might be biased, but I absolutely adore this picture of my son playing with a little robot called Cozmo! The look of concentration on his face, trying to beat Cozmo in a game of Quick Tap is priceless. Sasha has discovered Cozmo by watching one of his favourite YouTubers, DanTDM, playing with it. He has been asking for it ever since, but the price tag is way too steep for my liking, so he’s now saving his pocket money to buy it himself (yes, I’m a mean mummy like that).
My son has never really been into playing dress up. Or into dressing himself at all for that matter. Even now that he’s older and loves pretend play, he still prefers living in his own head rather than putting together an outfit to go along with the game.
I truly believe the main purpose of a first pregnancy photo shoot should not be showing off your bump in a pretty setting – that’s nice too of course, and that’s something that I’m more than happy to do as part of your documentary pregnancy photography session – but that’s not all! Maternity pictures, particularly if that’s your first child, should be all about celebrating you as a couple, and documenting your life pre-baby – because once you become parents, your life will change forever.
For this summer photography session in Kensington and Hyde Park, the family hired me to document their time in London when they visited over from Saudi Arabia. Like a lot of my Middle-Eastern clients, they really wanted to capture their family in a beautiful greenery of Hyde Park – something they just don’t get enough back home.
It’s no secret that I only got into photography when I moved to London. This city really inspired me right from the start and continues to inspire me every single day. But my favourite season in London is Spring. Everything blooms. Literally everything. Having grown up in fairly miserable concrete jungles of communist Russia this just blows my mind every time.