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. 

Slice of Life - family photoshoot in Brockley

I love meeting new people and, as a photographer, I am lucky that I get to do that all the time. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a “Slice of Life” shoot in Brockley. I had no idea what to expect as beforehand I had only spoken to Anna over the phone to go through the outline of the shoot. As soon as I arrived at their place though, I knew it was going to be a fun and relaxed family shoot. 

We started of upstairs in the play room to get the kids (but also the parents!) used to my camera. I mainly work with a Nikon 35mm when I’m shooting in family homes. There’s often very little space (we are in London after all!) and I find that a 35mm lens allows me to capture my subjects relative to their environment. It really helps you to tell the family’s story and gives the pictures that true “documentary feeling”. This means I’m often quite close to my subjects so it’s extremely important to make the family feel comfortable around you and the camera before you start shooting.

The kids were  gorgeous and loved every minute of the shoot - especially the little girl, Leela. We had a lot of fun dancing to “Frozen” and she absolutely rocked that princess dress. Niko, the little boy, was super chilled and it was lovely to spend some time with this amazing (and extremely relaxed!) family. It honestly didn’t feel like work and that’s a great feeling!

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