Lockdown Life at casa Arrowsmith

It took me a while to write this one - I really needed some time to get used to this whole living in lockdown situation. It all happened so fast and the first couple of weeks I think I was both partly in denial and in shock. I imagine I’m not the only one who felt this way. 

I did my last family photoshoot in early March. Since then all my shoots have either been postponed or cancelled. With no other projects on my hands except entertaining our nearly 2 year old (which is a separate full-time project on its own) I started to think of ways to keep myself creatively challenged. Because, let’s be honest, a five minute arts and crafts activity (read: cleaning glue and glitter off your table) with Ivy is just… well… it’s just not the same. 

And so, like several other family photographers, I turned the camera on my own family and started to  document our life in lockdown. This is super challenging if you only have (in my case) a small London flat and you’re dealing with the same subjects ALL the time. But it’s fun and it makes you look at your environment in a totally different way. 

Once all of this is finally over I’m planning to make a book out of this photo diary - and one day we can show the pictures to Ivy and tell her all about the time the whole world was in lockdown…

Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day is only just around the corner I have been thinking a lot about the relationship between a mother and her child and how I love to document that special bond. The thing that moves me, and made me want to become a photographer, is seeing people and their emotions in images. It’s absolutely amazing to see love in an unposed image and it fills me with a true sense of reality, of life and of living. 

So often mums are telling me that it is always them behind the camera making sure all the important moments of their family’s life are documented. Knowing it’s often the mums who aren’t in the picture, on my shoots I always make sure I have some great shots of mum and her child(ren). 

If you’re a mum, when was the last time you had a picture taken of yourself with your kids? One that you REALLY loved? Would you not love to have some genuine, emotional and honest images of yourself and your little ones?  

Family documentary photography has become a little bit of a “thing” over the last few years, and with good reason. It is totally worth documenting both your children AND you. Just the way you are. Unposed and intimate pictures that show true motherhood (which can feel totally overwhelming sometimes). 

So please don’t wait until your kids are at uni to get those images. Book your family photo session now and enjoy a joyful and authentic documentary-style family photoshoot that will tell your story. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there.

Documentary family photography

When I quit my job in marketing a couple of years ago I knew I wanted to set up my own photography business. I’ve always loved taking pictures but, although I studied photography for a while back in Amsterdam, I felt like I needed to refresh my knowledge. So, I joined the London School of Photography (whilst being five months pregnant). 

As their course covers all areas of photography it’s a great way to find out what direction you would like to go into. I had never really previously considered family photography as an option but, being pregnant with Ivy at the time, it began to appeal to me more and more. There was only one small problem. When I thought of family photography, pictures of babies dressed up as flowers, wrapped in blankets and being put into a basket, popped into my head. Don’t get me wrong - there are a lot of amazing family photographers out there that provide these kind of images and the demand is huge. But that isn’t me.

After doing some research on family photography though, I discovered there was so much more out there! I ended up doing a course specifically about documentary family photography and modern storytelling. And discovered that this IS me! Photos of real family life: toddler tantrums, bath time, messy breakfast tables, nappy changes - your regular ordinary days are actually the special ones. 

So let me document your day, photograph your family, and tell your story. 

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