60th birthday surprise portrait present

I was asked to go to a village near Cambridge to photograph Chris’s 60th birthday family celebration. His daughter Emilie-Marie had arranged the portrait session as a surprise so that her parents could always have a record of all her siblings and their families together. It was a great day, with lots of fun and family affection to photograph as all the grand-children are still quite little and very cute! I haven’t been able to blog some of the group shots or any of Chris and Rosie with their family as one of the individual families didn’t want to appear on the blog. I’ll always check and get written permission before publishing images and respect what I’m told and sometimes a session won’t appear on here at all if clients are uncomfortable with having their images made public for whatever reason. So there’s really half a story here but it gives a taste of the day and I hope it will wet all the families’ appetites for seeing the full set. There’s a real mixed bag of indoor and outdoor, traditional group portraits, relaxed shots and moments where everyone completely forgot I was there.

I really love this first image. This little boy had a real poise and calm about him and I think you can see it.

This is his little sister. She’s fierce! And super-cute too.

Their cousin was equally adorable and into the bubbles.

The proud grandparents, recorded for posterity.

Emilie-Marie and her fiance Richard.

Granddad had one big firework candle instead of sixty little ones. Most of the family sang happy birthday but some were just too astonished.


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  • Stuart JamesGreat family record here Susie – beautiful natural portraits!
    You’ve captured the characters of the kids really well…sj.p

  • Peter LawsonThat first one is outstanding! Lovely job on them all.

  • Laura LawsonThese are really fantastic. I have to agree, that first shot is STUNNING!

  • Laura SilcockAbsolutely gorgeous! I love the first one too – amazing!

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