This family was visiting over from Hong Kong, and although both parents have studied here (many moons ago) it was the first time for them here as a family of three and a very special trip indeed.
They decided to book a half-day session – which is becoming more and more popular with my overseas families – so we had some proper time to explore different locations in London.
We had spent some time chatting over the email and on the phone, planning their vacation photoshoot and ensuring we’d planned not only for great picture spots but also for an enjoyable day exploring London as a family, something I’m always really keen on. It really makes a huge difference to the day when you’re not rushing from one picturesque spot to another but instead have ample time to explore the city – whether it’s on foot or black cab or bus – with a professional photographer to hand to capture everything!
On the day of the photoshoot we started from a little walk around Mayfair where they were staying, then caught a double-decker bus to Notting Hill. As it was springtime, everything was in bloom and looking really beautiful and I love taking my families to this area of London, away from the hustle and bustle of the more Central spots.
After a quick pit stop at The Continental Kitchen we caught a cab to One New Change and St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing our walk along over Millennium Bridge and to Tower Bridge for some more cool photos along the way.
It was pure joy spending the day with them, and as you can see from the photos they have a very special bond with their son and are full of smiles and laughter! My best advice for families booking a vacation photoshoot with me is always just to plan an enjoyable day, and be yourselves, and let me do my magic alongside you!
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.