Earlier in the year I photographed this lovely family in a beautiful private garden of a stately home in the Norfolk countryside. The blossom was still on the trees, the air was still and warm (do you remember those amazingly out of the blue hot days last May?!) and their little girl was simply adorable <3
James contacted me last Christmas, keen to book a photo shoot in with his fun loving family - so we scheduled in for the spring, hoping to get some warm weather! I honestly laughed so much through this session - from the giant bottle of Tabasco sauce sitting proudly on the table through family stories and piggy back rides in the garden!
When the leaves start turning golden and red the woods become a favourite place for family photos. I try to avoid the woods during the summer months as they can be dark and make people look a bit green! But the autumn is perfect. There's so much to do - leaf fights, tree climbing (safely of course!) looking for mushrooms and bugs...the list is endless. I met a couple of families at Knettishall Heath and Bacton Woods last November for some fun family photos!
As a child, growing up in Cambridgeshire, the closest seaside to us was Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast. We used to paddle, skim stones, build sandcastles and run around the beach huts all summer and winter long. So whenever a client asks me to photograph their happy times there I always jump at the chance. I've photographed this amazing family a few times now and we meet up each autumn/winter to capture some new memories. Mum is expecting their second baby so it was extra special to capture the last few months of them all as a family of three before their new bundle arrives in 2017.
So many people I chat to about family photos and the work I do tell me a similar thing: "Your client's homes are amazing! Mine is so cluttered/boring/dark! I could never have our portraits taken there." I want to promise you this - all the photos you see that have been taken either in my home or in my clients' are real! We have toys out. The washing up is still in the sink.