Daffodil girls at Harewood House

I’ve had a busy few days and have lots of good stuff to catch up with on the blog. But I had to start with yesterday’s shoot, which was the epitome of all my favourite things – gorgeous children, a perfect setting and parents prepared to go along with my strangest suggestions. Even better, mum Sarah is the editor of fantastic magazine Families Leeds, which features my work regularly on the cover, so it was hugely flattering and exciting that she chose me to do her own family portraits. Sarah was hankering after photos of Isobel and Eliza with crocuses but Harewood House was blooming only with daffodils so we made the most of them and enjoyed walking around the lake and exploring the woods. Sarah writes a blog and you can see what she said about our portrait session here. The bee story is true and was cute and very funny, though I did wonder if Sarah’s decision to then explain that bees actually sting would result in her screaming through fear instead. It didn’t and apparently Eliza’s still wanting one.

I hope she likes the images. She’s been so lovely and complimentary about my work I hope I can live up to expectations when it comes to her own family. Here goes with a few of my favourites.

I know the flare on the next one is a bit OTT but I love this image! There’s something about the graininess and the hippyish flags that remind me of my (not remotely hippyish) 1970s childhood and give it a nostalgic feel.


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  • Sarah ButtersBeautiful pictures. Isobel likes the 2nd picture. I love the family shot on the bench…and the feather shot. Thanks so much Susie – can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Laura SilcockThese are really brilliant Susie!

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