The Importance of Family Photography
I work with a few families who have their pictures taken at regular intervals, whether it is just because to capture their family growing and the development of characters or to cover significant life events such as Christenings, births and marriages. Either way, it is an absolute honour. When I see the families, as the children grow they become more and more comfortable with me, parents share memories from previous shoots which always helps the children to be super relaxed and I love to see how the children have grown, their new found characters, their development, their bonds.
I always feel such a deep connection to them and when big brothers hug their new sister, my heart melts a little, as families laugh together, I watch this and smile warmly, when siblings don’t question giving each other a hug in front of me, I always look to the parents and know they are thinking the same as me ‘that is heart warming’ and when the grown up member of the children wants to show the little ones what to do, I honestly feel a little bit of love right there.
I wanted to share my love and thanks to these families for trusting me to capture their families as they grow and develop. I love coming back to see you xx
Claire & Aaron
I first photographed this family as a family of three and then most recently as a family of five! Claire is one of these people that you feel amazed and a little in awe at what a great mum she is (I am always telling her this too!). When we catch up it honestly is like we are friends and we share stories of our children, what we have been up to and reminisce on our previous shoots.
Steph & Alyn
I knew Steph from my previous life as a Probation Officer. We shared my first ever girly holiday in Turkey and growing as two new girls in the world of training in the Probation World, working in the same office for a number of years. Steph moved on to new horizons but we stayed in touch and she allowed me to practise my new found love for photography with her children. Over time, it has now become a yearly thing to capture her children and pop the pictures in a little book for her. Steph tells me that they love to take out all these little books to look through – for me that is the reason I do this, right there!
Clare & Woody
The first time I met this family was for their daughter Sophia’s Christening in Norwich. The family are from Jersey but travel to Norfolk to visit family and I have been incredibly lucky enough to capture a further Christening of their son Cooper and two lifestyle shoots. I love to watch on with how hands on and full of fun dad is and the love and tenderness mum has so that when all put together as a family it works perfectly. At the last shoot Sophia and Cooper were curious and Sophia certainly was the big sister ensuring Cooper was safe. Those little moments are memories right there.
Emma & Jonny
I first met these guys as a family of four until now they are an amazing family of six! Three incredible boys, who are boys through and through – finding sticks, not standing still and exploring and then their fourth child a beautiful girl who I think is going to give the boys a run for their money! She held her ground amongst them and was just as inquisitive. I can only imagine that this families home is full of beautiful chaos, play, laughter and treasured moments.
Jo & Sam
I recently saw this family again following the birth of their second child after meeting them for the first time to capture the newborn pictures of their son Reuben. He had grown so much and all of a sudden seemed older and having taken on the big brother role full of love for his little baby sister, that my heart literally melted. He was still and calm and it was like he wanted to show his baby sister how you had your photograph taken. It has been so wonderful to photograph Jo & Sam’s significant events of births and marriage. These pictures make up their family history and something they will look back on to share the events with their children as they grow older. This really is an honour.
What an amazing group of families – thank you so much for coming back to me time after time. xx