Every summer for the last few years I’ve photographed this lovely family in South East London. It’s a date I look forward to all year! It seems as if I’ve only just sent the family their album before we’re booking in the photo session for the following summer!
I first photographed this family when their daughter was newborn. When I visited last July they were celebrating her third birthday. This little girl is such a fantastic character and so full of energy. It’s almost impossible to keep her still enough for a portrait, but I love it this way! The photos are so real and full of life and some of my favourites that I took in 2017.
It’s lovely to include extended family in the photo shoot!
It’s always an extra special day too when we have our family photography session as the extended family are visiting. This doesn’t happen too often as some of them have travelled all the way from New Zealand and America. So when we meet it’s very important to get them all together for some family portraits. We always seem blessed with the weather as well and this year spent all the session outside in the large family garden, where the little bundle of energy could run around to her heart’s content while I captured some fun images.
One of my favourite images of this family photography session and actually of the whole of last year is the first one in the series, where she had borrowed her Grandma’s shoes and was marching around the garden at full speed! I remember so clearly doing this when I was young – it seemed like such a grown-up thing to do. As well as the parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents enjoying these photos now, I’m sure this little girl will look back in years to come and remember those carefree summer afternoons, when she charged around at top speed wearing her Grandma’s shoes!
So we’re booked in for our next family photography session in the summer and I’m looking forward to it already!