While other mothers enjoyed a day of pampering on Sunday, I nobly sacrificed my lazy day to help make sure some other mums were given something special. I spent the day at Salvo’s – winner of Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word best local independent Italian restaurant – not eating, although I did manage a few mouthfuls when my own family came for lunch, but photographing other families. When people had finished their meal they could come upstairs to the Enoteca where I’d set up a makeshift studio to take a photo of them. 27 families took advantage and will be receiving a lovely big free print in the post shortly. It was great fun and I met some lovely people. I’m hoping to see some of them again soon for full portrait sessions too.
The wonderful background, made up of individual iphone photos, deserves a special mention especially as it features in all these portraits. Local commercial photographer Helen Turton has an exhibition at Salvo’s of the 365 images she took with her iphone over the course of a year. Each one is a work-of-art in its own right and they are available to buy with the profits all going to charity.
Back to my humble portraits, here are a few of the great people and the mums, starting with the Dammones who are the owners of Salvos – Gip on the left and John on the right, with their own families.