I've had this yearning to fulfil something recently...almost a need. You see, becoming a mum didn't come easily to me but was something I felt was my destiny. I'll tell you more...please be aware that I'm spilling my heart here!
Terri is my oldest and dearest friend - we've known each other since our teens when we met working in Tesco coffee shop in Ely, Cambridgeshire at the tender age of just 17. Even though we've often been opposite ends of the country due to work and university we've always stayed friends. I visited them at their home last month to meet their brand new baby boy Benjamin - the most adorable little thing you've ever seen (and yes I did steal a few cuddles!) It was a real honour to photograph them as a brand new family and to catch up and reminisce over the fun we used to have!
Lucy and Nathan invited me to photograph their gorgeous family and new baby girl last month at their home in Cambridgeshire. As you can probably guess newborn photography has a special place in my heart so this was super special! I met them at their home for some adventures, snuggles, tickles with big sis and a lovely late afternoon walk near the river...
Kiri and Daniel are getting married this month in beautiful Italy and contacted me to see if I'd be available to photograph their English reception next month. Of course I immediately jumped at the opportunity! Before their big day arrives though we decided to meet up so we could get to know each other and grab some pre-wedding photos!
So I headed off to High Lodge in Thetford Forest to meet Kiri, Daniel and their beautiful children for a wander in the warm spring sunshine to chat about their exciting plans...
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.