Paw Patrol, popcorn and the playground - the wonderful preschool years.
Oh how I love longer photo sessions. You can slow the pace down, relax, run around when littles tummies are full and cuddle on the sofa when the sun starts to go down. In capturing a longer story, you give your children a fuller picture of what their life really looked like way back in those early years that they’ll never properly remember by themselves.
It was an absolute joy to photograph Jess and her family. We started off at the family home in Bath, with a lovely lunch and then playtime. I love to capture moments in different rooms so that a house or two down the line you can all remember those little details of home.
Then it was time for a walk in the sunshine to feed the ducks and run about by the river before heading up the hill to the playground. These places we see and go to every day - the places we grow up; they’re such a part of our childhood and cultural identity. Capturing the lanes, hills and trees means capturing the landscape of our childhood too.
Documentary family photography is as much about capturing what your family feels like as what it looks like. Years later, remember what it felt like to hold them and carry them, because one day you’ll realise you’ve stopped picking them up.
Heading home again, it felt like I’d known Jess and her family for years. Jess is a photographer too so we had lots in common, but I genuinely find that the shared bond of parenthood is all we ever need to get to know each other straight away. Capturing the last few moments of our time together, relaxed on the sofa, with the gorgeous cat Agatha coming to say hello too, I was genuinely sorry to leave.
I’m happy to hop on a train and travel to locations around the UK, so if you’re not local to Cambridge that’s ok. Just get in touch and we can start planning your next family photo session.