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girl singing let it go in her room surrounded by her drawings

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.

Ahead of the photoshoot, Matilda’s mum told me that she struggles to capture images of her daughter that encapsulate her personality, and that’s one thing she’d love to be able to get out of our photoshoot – to have photographs that capture her the way she sees her.

As a mother myself, I know the struggle really well. It’s difficult to be the parent and the photographer at the same time.

Matilda was a little shy at first, but as soon as I asked her to show me her favourite toys and warmed up and led me upstairs to her room that was full of soft toys and her amazing drawings on the walls. When she climbed into her bed and proceeded to sing “Let It Go!” at the top of her lungs I knew I had the perfect picture that summed up her personality right there!

Following some time playing at home, we headed to Wisley Gardens – somewhere the family goes regularly for walks. The gardens were full of spring blooms, and the sun was out in full force, and we captured some wonderful images of Matilda and her parents playing and exploring. I can’t wait to share more images from this session in the weeks to come!

I’m Antonina Mamzenko – a natural light newborn, baby and family photographer based between London and Surrey. I specialize in creating candid, natural family photographs with zero cheese and no posing. I work all over London and Surrey, including Cobham, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Thames Ditton, Richmond upon Thames, East Molesey, Ripley, Wisley, Walton upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Wisley, Ripley, Wimbledon, Holland Park, Kensington, St John’s Wood and Hampstead. Find more information about my photography sessions or get in touch to check availability and book your family photoshoot.

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