My favourite part of the Day in the Life shoot is capturing bedtime routines for my clients. This is as real as you can get, and there’s nothing better than real life in my book (pun not intended)!

This little chap absolutely loved his books and I really enjoyed capturing this series of images of him and his dad reading (or shall I say, acting!) The Gruffalo. As I mentioned in my post about why it’s always a good idea to include books into your photoshoot, it’s important to capture it for so many reasons, and you can totally see why here.

You can see the little boy’s different facial expressions as the story progresses, the basket of books on the bed which speaks to how their evening routine is working out (and it’s different for everyone – some families read downstairs, others have piles of books on the floor), remembering that The Gruffalo was his favourite story… But more importantly, as the toddler turns into the child, the teen and then the adult… How amazing would it be for him to pull these pictures out in 25 years time and look at them together with his own children who, no doubt, he will also be reading The Gruffalo to?

This is exactly why I do what I do. A gorgeous portrait of the whole family will always have it’s place, but it’s the everyday, ordinary moments that I can turn into extraordinary with my camera and my creative eye, is what I believe is so important to capture and preserve.


I’m  Antonina Mamzenko – an award-winning natural light newborn, baby and family photographer based between London and Surrey. I specialise in creating candid, natural family photographs with zero cheese and no posing. I work all over London and Surrey, including Cobham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, 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.