Windsor family portrait No, not a portrait of the Windsor family (aka the Royal family!) but a family portrait session in Windsor... :-) When Nick contacted me to see if I could come and take some family photographs to commemorate his mother Nicole's birthday, I was pleased to do so. Often these occasions go by unrecorded, or perhaps only by a few cellphone selfies, which is a shame when it's an important milestone and family members have travelled around the globe to be there.
Portrait session Guildford Castle | Dobson familyWhen one of your children moves to the other side of the world for a while it's a big deal for most families - and Lindsay Dobson decided to seize the opportunity to have some family photos done before her daughter Robyn left for Australia.
Jane's portrait session Godalming Like many busy Mums, head teacher Jane is the photographer in her family - she loves photos and takes lots of her two kids, but as a result is never in the photos herself, which is a shame! So I was very glad when she decided to remedy that, and called me to arrange a personal photo shoot just for herself. The great thing about this kind of session is that it can be done anywhere, indoors or out, and it's usually quite uncomplicated and relaxed - at least that's what I aim for! My plan was to do the shoot at Jane's home and then if we needed some extra time to go to the park - but as it turned out we found lots of places to shoot in Jane's house and garden, so didn't need to use the extra location. The whole session took about an hour.
Family party photos Surrey When the sun is shining and you have a big garden and a great view of the Surrey Hills I don't think you need much of an excuse to have a party - but officially Charlotte and John were celebrating their anniversary - and did so in style with family and friends.
Guildford family portrait baby session Up to now I haven't done a huge number of baby photo shoots - but if they all go as smoothly as this one did then I'm happy to take them on! I photographed baby K's parents' wedding a while ago, so was very pleased when they called me to arrange a photo session with their new arrival. The weather wasn't really warm enough to do the shoot outdoors, so I set up a mini studio in their home office. I decided to use a black background (a little unconventional perhaps) so as to remove all distractions and make the colours "pop". I also felt it would make a nice change from the usual white "high key" background that lots of photographers use. Baby K was very well behaved (apart from the occasional burp) and seemed very happy and relaxed in front of the camera.
Last week I got together with the Brown family for a family portrait session at their home. The weather wasn't great so we did most of the shoot indoors - which is fine with me and can work better with young kids as everything is familiar. Earlier in the year dad Euan's sister Ellie had organized a photo session with me as a birthday gift for him (which is a great idea by the way if you are stuck for something to give a family member this Christmas!). However they wanted to wait until baby Hannah was a bit older before having the photo shoot, so we did the session last week rather than at the time of Euan's birthday...
Last weekend I drove down to the New Forest to photograph the celebrations for Ken and Ann's 50th wedding anniversary. They were a bit startled to see me at first I think, as the photo coverage had been organised as a surprise gift from their children Victoria and Simon... But they took it all in their stride, fortunately! We started with some posed family pictures in the garden, and then I switched into documentary mode to cover the party and the speeches that followed...
I was looking through my archives the other day and I came across this photo session - and it got me thinking about why many people don't have professional photos of their family... I think there is a perception that having a professional portrait session is going to be a long and tedious affair, with a lot of standing about and feeling awkward while being posed endlessly by the photographer. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I hope these images show...
I met the Weathersbee family at West Bay Club last Saturday - not perhaps the best possible weather for a photo shoot - it was overcast and grey, with not much prospect of a sunset - but I know from experience that in those conditions there is always a trade-off - no bright sun means no hard shadows, no squinting, and soft and flattering light instead! So no worries - Ella and Brooks (the two children) soon dictated the way the session was going to work - it was all about running around the resort and the beach and just having a good time!
The Sacco family are regular visitors to Turks & Caicos (though this was the first time I had had the pleasure of shooting a family portrait session with them). They were staying at Ocean Club East, on Grace Bay, Providenciales - we began the session about an hour before sunset, and as I usually do if the sun is bright I started with some photos in the garden area of the resort. Heading straight to the beach at that time can be hard on the eyes and everyone gets hot quickly!
Last Thursday I drove down to The Veranda, one of the newest resorts on Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, to shoot a family portrait session with two families – Patricia and Nyssa and their respective kids. The kids were definitely full of beans – not really interested in sitting still while I did group photos, but that didn’t matter too much as quite often it’s the less posed shots that work out the best!