Life in Lockdown: the exhibition!

Back in Spring 2020, at the beginning of lockdown, I could have never imagined my personal photography project would end up in my very first exhibition!

After photographing so many lovely families in and around East Dulwich for my Life in Lockdown project, I have finally completed my doorstep portraits. 

And, as of this week, you can view my favourite Life in Lockdown doorstep portraits from the first UK lockdown last year, at the Copper Beech Cafe in Dulwich.  

Finishing the project feels bitter sweet, after having done family doorstep portraits for almost a whole year, but I am super excited to start photographing families at home again.

The exhibition is on until the end of May so do pop in to have a look if you’re in the area!

Fun in the snow!

London weather, like the weather back home in the Netherlands, is often grey and wet. I can’t remember the last time I saw snow,  but it must have been long before Ivy was born. So when we woke up on Sunday morning and saw the snowflakes dropping from the sky we rushed out of the house.

Ivy was super excited, as this was her very first experience in the snow, and I’ve never seen her abandon Bing (her current favourite tv show, and one that I personally find extremely annoying) as quickly as she did that morning.

I had just got a new 24mm Sigma Art lens (an early birthday present) so it was the perfect time to test it out. I really love the look and feel of this lens, it’s very different to the 35mm Nikon lens that I use for my family photo sessions. 

We just moved to North Cross Road in early December, the street where you can find the Saturday market here in East Dulwich, and it was great to see our road turn all white - albeit for only a few hours. :-)

Ivy had a great time (apart from one tiny tumble!) and I hope to see some more snow soon, although I wonder if we might have to wait for a while!

Christmas photo session in South Kensington

I finally found some time to go through my photos from December. One of my favourite photography sessions of that month was the one I did in South Kensington. I mainly photograph families in South East London and, after not having travelled on public transport for a very long time, I was super excited to go into town for this shoot. 

I love South Kensington, there are so many beautiful buildings and it’s an absolute joy to photograph a family on the King’s Road during Christmas. So many lights and beautiful decorations! 

We started our family documentary session at home. Alessandra and Marc welcomed me in their gorgeous apartment and their photoshoot was one of the most relaxed ones I’ve ever had. We spent a good hour at home and I was able to capture some adorable and intimate family moments.

Their baby boy loved the shoot and was completely obsessed with my camera, daddy’s water bottle, and his own reflection. :-)

Alessandra planned a really good walk from their apartment to Sloane Square, so I managed to capture the Christmas spirit by photographing them against some lovely colourful shop windows and lots and lots of Christmas lights.

The park located next to the Saatchi Gallery is the perfect spot for some great outdoor shots. The entrance to the park was beautifully decorated which made the perfect background for some stunning “Christmassy” unposed family portraits.

I might have to wait a bit longer until I can resume my indoor sessions, but I’m positive 2021 will be filled with lots of lovely family photoshoots. Happy New Year everyone!

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