Our daughter recently turned two...
In amongst the excitement over the balloons, the assembly of a teepee at midnight and the regrettable decision we made to give her chocolate for breakfast, I took a moment to think what that means to me as a Mother...
In the blink of an eye, she has gone from my tiny baby to a little girl, with her own mind and sense of humour. She makes me burst with pride and is kind and loving and funny. She has brought out a strength in me I never knew I had, any parent that has lived through the sleep regression can tell you that, but at the same time, I have never felt more vulnerable!
I want to hold on to every moment, to slow everything down. As time hurtles on ruthlessly, I know that I need to capture as many moments as I can before she grows up and replaces our cuddles with her independence.
I can keep lock of her hair from her first big girl haircut and take a million family photographs but how do I save the sound of her little voice as she sings to herself in the morning and the warm smell of her after a nap? I will have to just hope that my memory saves the details and breathe her smallness in for as long as I can.
I want to share with her the importance of self acceptance and to celebrate peoples differences without prejudice. I want her to be rich in love. I want her to be strong and yes, dare I say it... independent, but I also hope more than anything that she will be lucky enough to experience the level of love that I have for her and some day, when she's ready... become a Mother herself.
On a fresh and sunny Sunday morning, in Fulham, London, we made the most of the beautiful morning light and spent a couple of hours taking some family photographs of the lovely Heidi, Tom and Annabelle at Bishop's Park. In between jumping on crunchy leaves and giggling at the ducks that is.
Little Annabelle made me smile the minute I met her for her family photo shoot. With a head full of beautiful curls, a taste for adventure and a cheeky giggle, Anabelle had us all in stitches.
Sometimes the idea of a family photo shoot can be a bit daunting. The idea of just being in front of the the camera can have some Dad's running for the nearest exit but Annabelle chuckled and cuddled and clambered and the smiles came naturally to everyone.
By the end of our photo shoot we all had muddy knees, cold noses and achey tummies from all the laughter, but it was worth it.
I love photographing families and children and this photo shoot with this totally gorgeous family was no exception. Thank you Heidi, Tom and Annabelle for spending a Sunday morning with me, capturing your memories. It's such a pleasure when you have lovely families like this as clients. A walk in the park... Quite literally!
A couple of weekends ago, on a snowy February morning, I made my way to North London to photograph little Alayna’s 5th birthday party. I love photographing children’s birthday parties and was expecting it to be fun. I was not disappointed!
Two beautiful rooms rooms at the Adam & Eve, Mill Hill, London, were chock full of balloons, magic tricks and a seriously impressive birthday cake made by the amazing Katie's Cakes. The venue was so pretty that I even managed to squeeze in a few fine art portrait shots of the birthday girl and her lovely family.
The children were mesmerised by a rather fantastic and hilarious Mr Marvel magic show that included everything a 5 year old could want including magic tricks, party games and bubbles topped off by a disco with a snow machine!!!
Needless to say, everyone had so much fun that we were all in need of a little nap afterwards!
I can’t think of a more fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon than dancing with a room full of enthusiastic five year olds and their energetic parents, throwing shapes around the dance floor while covered in foam! Now... where did I put my glow sticks?
To say I enjoyed London couple Sophie and Will's maternity and newborn photo shoot is such an understatement. What a totally lovely, warm and welcoming family they are.
As all photographers working with children should be, I was well prepared. Armed with several boxes of raisins and the ability to quote the majority of Peppa Pig episodes word for word, I can usually get a little smile out of even the most reluctant of two year olds but there was no need to worry, gorgeous little Alice was a complete superstar and kept us all giggling throughout both the bump and baby shoot,
When beautiful baby Max arrived a couple of short weeks later, it was clear that just like his big sister, he had this modelling malarky down to a fine art. This is why I love family photography shoots, there's never a dull moment but plenty of lovely ones. Thank you Alice, Max and not forgetting your Mummy and Daddy for two lovely photo shoots.
Remember those summers you had as a child? Those summer days that seemed to last forever. Far away from the hum of the city, running barefoot through the long grass, warm sun on your back. The kind of summer day that you want to breathe in and not let go of. Hold on to that image in your head and you'll have the very beginnings of this beautiful wedding day. A day that felt exactly like that.
Stuart and Sarah were married at The Papermill, Benenden in Kent, so pretty and hidden that it feels like you have stumbled on a secret. Wander through the woods down a little sun dappled path that leads you to a clearing ...
Stuart and Sarah's wedding ceremony was held in a little bower of twisted tree branches that blended into the woodland seamlessly. They were married in the cool shade of tall trees on a blistering hot August afternoon surrounded by flowers, and people that they love. Their wedding ceremony intimate and heartfelt.
As dusk fell, fairy lights strung through the trees led the way to a wedding reception that really was something quite special. A teepee, toasted marshmallows and an acoustic guitarist that sang songs around a bonfire until the wee small hours made it feel more like a private music festival than a traditional wedding reception. I only wish that their wedding could have lasted longer.
So many congratulations Stuart and Sarah, your woodland festival wedding is one that not only made my summer but one I will never forget, can we do it all again next year please?