A documentary family portrait
This photoshoot was designed to capture this family’s new life in Folkestone, Kent after they moved there from South East London. The newfound freedom to run and explore, the sea almost on their doorstep, it was a no-brainer that we were to head down to a small beach they’d discovered only recently.
With five children under the age of five running in different directions at warp speed, I was ready to embrace the chaos and let the things evolve as they might. That’s exactly what my approach to photography is all about. After all, there’s very little point in forcing little ones to do what they don’t want to do, and through my years as a family photographer, I came to realise that whatever crazy thing they want to do (even against your better judgment as a parent) almost always results in the best photographs that showcase their true personalities and it’s those photographs that you will treasure the most in years from now.
And this one frame has got to be one of my all-time favourite documentary family portraits. I love how Amber and the baby are perfectly framed by the running children, each set of twins on either side of her. It was all over in a split second and that’s both the beauty and the challenge in embracing the unexpected.
Many people ask me if I travel for photoshoots, and the answer is yes. While the majority of my photoshoots take place in London and Surrey I’m very happy to travel further afield (depending on where you’d like me to go, it may be subject to additional travel fees). If you’d like to find out more about how I can capture your family, get in touch today.
More photoshoot inspiration:
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.
If you’re stuck with kids at home due to self-isolation, embracing social distrancing, or because you’re on a COVID-19 lockdown, I know it can be difficult and frustrating. As someone who’s been home educating my 9 year old son since the he was 4 while also running a business, I know a thing or two about managing a child at home with stayng sane. Hopefully this little guide will help you stay sane, too.
Older children can be tricky to photograph as they are becoming more and more self-aware, but engaging them in the physical play where they can show off their skills and get lost in a moment is often the best way to go.