Relaxed family photography in Stevenage

I was thrilled when Zoe got in touch a few weeks ago to arrange a relaxed family photography session with her beautiful 2 year old daughter Nelly. Stepping into Zoe’s home I got quite excited about the stunning decor. Beautifully furnished and tidy, with natural colours which made great backgrounds for the images.  A photographers dream!

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Parents are usually hesitant to get in the shoots. Most parents tell me they hate having their photo taken. But looking back at my own personal photos, my favourites are the ones that include my mum and dad. I always try to find sneaky ways to include parents in the shot, even if they are just in the background. Those images tend to be the ones parents love the most, capturing the connection between them and their child.

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Relaxed family photography

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Two year old Nelly was in great form, she was more than happy to show me round her house and garden and she even showed me a cute little tea party she had set up!

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She also set about looking through beatrix potter books and playing in the bath. Nelly even showed me an adorable little teepee tent! Things around their home such as this ‘Come in we’re open’ sign also made excellent opportunities to take some detailed close up images.

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By getting Nelly and her parents involved in reading and various other activities it gave them something to do rather than just stand and look straight at the camera. It also made it a far much more relaxing shoot too.
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I had a lovely time whilst watching them have fun and also felt very welcomed into their gorgeous home!

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Children Portraits in St Albans

What better way is there to catch the last few rays of sunshine, than running around and playing in the tall grass and picking pretty flowers? These three gorgeous little girls and I made the most of the Indian summer, creating Children Portraits in St Albans, Marshalswick. The girls, age 6, 4 and 2, had a great time and so did I!

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Children Portraits in St Albans

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The beautiful woodland paths and big fields made a great place to run around and also capture some stunning images.

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The pastel colours of the lovely dresses add a delicate feel to the final images and help enhance the natural lighting. The girls also brought along a couple of little cuddly friends to help with the photo shoot. Even if poor bunny is upside down in one of them!

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The expressions on the girls’ faces as they look down at the flowers and straight into the camera are so thoughtful and precious. The cheeky smiles after just running through the long grass also makes the images seem even more adorable!

We all had so many giggles on this shoot and the weather even stayed nice for us too!

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A fun family photo session in Queen’s Park

This fun family photo session is quite different from what I usually do. Eliza and her husband Ian are really creative people and have a really unique, cool, bright and colourful style. I really wanted the photographs to reflect that so we decided to venture into their favourite London neighbourhood of Queen’s Park.

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Fun family photo session

To get the best possible light outdoors at this time of year, it’s a good idea to start the shoot either really early in the morning or in the late afternoon. We met up at Ostuni’s for an early dinner, took a few shots at Ian’s studio and then went for a walk to the park, documenting the kind of weekend activity they usually go for. This was a great way to get the children really relaxed and in a playful mood, and I am so pleased to have captured their personality in those shots.

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Father’s day present photo shoot

I had to keep this one under wraps until today as this photo session was a surprise Father’s day present. I’ve heard Ben has been really good at keeping the secret from his dad so I hope it has been a lovely surprise for him on Father’s day morning.

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Father’s day present

I met up with Ben and his mum in their Redbourn home last month and we wondered off for a walk with Bert the family dog. Anne’s brief for the shoot was to capture her son’s personality. He’s such a character and has so many stories to tell, it was not difficult to get him to come out of his shell. We played games in the woods and chatted mainly about football and dinosaurs, as you do!

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70th birthday present: a family session at the Luton Hoo

Mary and her family got in touch a couple of months ago to organise a big family session for Mary’s 70th birthday present. The whole family was getting together for a birthday lunch at the Luton Hoo which was perfect as a setting for some family photographs.

As a grandmother, Mary wanted to make sure I got some photographs of her four grandchildren, all together and as individual portraits. While I was there I thought it would also be nice to capture each individual family units as well as some more casual and playful parent and child photographs.

70th birthday present

The family photo session was a birthday present to Mary from her children and, as is often the case for big family shoots, they decided to go for the Complete Collection so that each family could enjoy receiving the whole set of images from the gallery.

Here is a small selection of images taken on the day, we were spoilt with lovely weather too!

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“We have received the photos and we are very pleased with them – they are lovely. I have made some of the pictures into a photobook and it is a lovely memento of my birthday which was a fantastic day from start to finish!”
Mary

  • Nina - May 14, 2014 - 11:12 am

    What fantastic photos that they will treasure for years to come :-)

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