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!

Family photoshoot outdoors | South London

Unfortunately, with the new Lockdown restrictions and London being in Tier 2, I can no longer photograph families indoors. The good news is that I can still do my outdoor family photoshoots  and with the beautiful Autumn colours currently all around us, this is the perfect time to photograph families outside. 

Parks like Peckham Rye park or Dulwich park are great outdoor locations for a family photoshoot.  I love the Sexby Garden and the Japanese garden in Peckham Rye park. I did a mini photo session there last week, and the trees are absolutely gorgeous at the moment!

I often start my Slice of Life family sessions at home, but I always try to go outside with the family as well. The playground is another fab outdoor location for a documentary family photographer. It’s perfect for lots of action shots when you are photographing slightly older children.

Apart from the park and the playground, outdoor locations for a family photo session can be found anywhere. I love the colourful graffiti walls in Peckham Rye, great background material for fun family portraits. I did a lovely on ”on location shoot” in Peckham a couple of weeks ago. 

Whether it’s a mini photoshoot in the park you’re after or a two hour “on location shoot”, if you book your outdoor family photo session now there’s still plenty of time to get your photos printed before Christmas. Don’t wait too long though!

2 hour family photoshoot on location | Peckham | London

I did such a fun family photoshoot on location last week! Having lived in Peckham for over five years, Matt and Amy made the decision to leave London and are moving to the East Midlands soon. They wanted me to document their Peckham life and took me on a local adventure through their area, visiting all the fun sights.

I love Peckham, the neon colours,  the graffiti, the fruit and veg stalls - all combine to make it an excellent place for a documentary family photo session. We started off at their home, where I took some doorstep portraits, and then headed over to Copeland Yard. With its diverse community of artists, small businesses, bars and restaurants, Copeland Yard offers the perfect location for a fun and colourful photoshoot. 

I was really impressed with both Haydn and Brian (the dog!) as the shoot involved a fair bit of walking, but neither of them complained. Our walk continued to Rye Lane and Bellenden Road, both streets offering great background colours for some lovely informal and fun family documentary portraits. 

We ended the photo session with a stroll through Warwick Gardens. If you have small children and live in Peckham then I’m sure you have visited this park - probably more than once! :-) It’s a lovely little park, great for walking the dog and/or letting your toddler run around. 

If you are thinking of booking a family photoshoot I would highly recommend a location shoot. It’s basically filled with two hours of family fun. Street markets, your favourite coffee place where you take your little one for a babyccino, your local park, all are perfect locations for an informal, fun and relaxed documentary family photoshoot!

Have a look at the full gallery of Amy, Matt and Haydn’s photo session here.

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