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Battersea Park Pump House Gallery wedding – Heli and Julian

There weren’t many weddings last summer for me. All my destination shoots in France and elsewhere had been postponed or cancelled and it was quiet, to say the least. I spent most of my time working in a homeware shop in Bayswater, lovely in its own way but not what I wanted to be doing. So when Heli and Julian contacted me THE DAY BEFORE! their wedding, I jumped at the chance. The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park is a great little venue to get married, with a quirky ceremony room upstairs and the marquee outside for the reception. There were so many elements that made this a really special day including the fact Heli was several months pregnant (see my last post about my shoot of their actual baby – nothing like posting everything out of order to keep you on your toes) and the massive mix of nationalities. Heli is from Finland and Julian from Argentina and they live and work in London so much of the world was represented. The main thing though was the total happiness of the two of them and of everyone around them which I think shines through the images…

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    Baby portraits in London

    There’s nothing that makes me happier than when I get to photograph a family over time. Heli and Julian got married last year in London’s Battersea Park (I seem to have not blogged it yet! Coming soon…) and have since had this gorgeous little boy. So I went to their home and nearby Vauxhall Park to meet him and to capture some portraits of him and his mummy and daddy while he was still little. He’s about four months old so there are lots of smiles and cuteness overload. He’s not a newborn and he’s not sitting up yet, he needs feeding and naps and while he is in fact one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever photographed, he’s not always totally co-operative – nobody is when they’re this tiny! Basically there is no ideal time for a family shoot with your baby because they’re human and messy and so going with the flow and making the most of the chaos is what it’s all about. Here’s a little dose of adorable… x

    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
    Baby portraits London
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      Family of four portraits in the New Forest

      I’ve found my new favourite location for a family portraits session in the forest. On the edge of Brockenhurst there’s an area with a huge open heathland space with ponies roaming freely and an hour long – wandering slowly – walk that takes you through wooded areas with streams and bridges and fallen logs to climb on and explore and back to where the ponies are. It’s perfect for a family photo shoot with lots of variety and adventurous fun to be had. And this lovely family of mum and dad and two lively girls enjoyed the start of their Hampshire countryside day out

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        New Forest family portraits featuring Fred the dog

        So here I am, back where I started shooting family portraits while at the same time here I am somewhere completely new. The New Forest couldn’t be a more perfect environment for family shoots with so much to explore from the open heathland to the woodlands and the beautiful coast. This super family trusted me to go for a walk in the forest near Brockenhurst to capture their two very tall (basketball playing) teenagers and their dog Fred. They were all very tolerant of me asking them to sit on fallen trees, jump over rivers and get among the equally tolerant ponies (Fred on a lead of course). It was a new place for them to visit too and I think they’ll be back!

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          Hampshire naming ceremony

          Family events like christenings and naming ceremonies are, for me, like mini weddings. All the elements I love about bring generations together and celebrating the important moments in life are there and I can capture a mix of informal portraits, candid moments and even some fun group shots if they’re wanted. This little boy had his naming ceremony at his grandparents’ family home near Winchester on his first birthday. They incorporated a lovely sand-in-a-bottle feature into the ceremony and the boy of the day really enjoyed all the love and attention lavished on him.

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