7 family photographs that capture emotion

During each photo session families allow me into their homes, so I can capture their family story. I’m always extremely grateful that people let me have this little window into their lives. 

My documentary approach means that I try to capture each family honestly and objectively. What I’m after during a family photoshoot is “emotion”. By spending at least a couple of hours with a family there’s enough time for everyone to relax and for me to get those intimate shots. 

Life can be messy and complicated and doesn’t always go as you’d like it to. The same goes for documentary family photography - I’m capturing moments as they unfold and I  accept that I can’t influence these. While the images may not appear as ‘perfect’ as posed photos, my aim is to capture fleeting emotions and create meaningful stories. 

I’ve been going through the archives and have selected 7 family photographs for you that capture emotion - hopefully they’ll make you feel something! 

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!

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