It was really important for me this year to work on my natural family photography. I adore photographing families but seldom have the availability as invariably these sessions need to happen on a weekend when usually I would either be at a wedding (Saturday) or too exhausted (Sunday) from shooting a wedding. At the start of 2016 I made a decision to change my business slightly and took a fairly big risk of reducing my bookings for big weddings so that I could be free for more elopements and family sessions.
The family below are Claire, James, Georgia and baby Frankie. Back in 2013 I was the photographer at Claire and James’s wedding, this is the lovely bit, to keep in touch with a wedding couple and years later get to meet the little family they have created together. Claire had persevered with me, asking me for the last two years to come photograph Georgia and both times being referred to another photographer because I was just too booked up and frazzled to fit them in. Imagine my happy dance when she tried again this summer and I could say YES, I would love to.
I am still finding my way with photographing families but I think I understand now how to get the best out of them. The secret is really to just let them be and this takes time…….I spent over 3 hours with the Dashwoods, we basically just hung out together. Originally I had planned to take them off somewhere but I have photographed enough babies now to know that they at their best when everything around them is the same routine. So I messaged Claire and asked if I could come over at 8am when the girls would still be in their pyjamas. On arrival it was breakfast time so Claire and Georgia took me outside to meet the chickens, then the girls had scrambled eggs, then I had a little peek in Georgia’s wardrobe and we found a bright spotty dress to wear for the photos. It was bliss…….I caught myself a couple of times thinking a. How beautiful and happy is this family!…..and b. How happy am I doing this! Bingo.
Hopefully you can see from these images below just how much I loved my time with the Dashwoods. Thank you Claire for not giving up! It really was an absolute pleasure to spend the time with you all on a beautiful Autumn morning.