Personal Pick: September 2017

Personal Pick: September 2017

Pretty summer scene with laughing mother holding her happy little girl

Why I chose this photograph:

This is such a special age, and it’s always a total delight to capture those cheeky little expressions and boundless energy. I believe so strongly in mums featuring significantly in family photographs – not least because it’s often mums taking the photographs, so they can be strangely absent from family snaps. The relationship between mother and daughter is an especially beautiful one, and I really love capturing those joyful cuddles and kisses. When children are grown up, these photographs are going to be so meaningful for them.

I took these photographs on Wandsworth Common in south west London, on an unusually scorching day. We headed to the pond to find some much needed shade, as well as some quiet areas with very few passersby.

The pond makes such a pretty backdrop, and children are so easily entranced by the resident ducks. It’s a favourite spot of mine for taking child and family portraits, as it offers great variety in settings, and lots of scope for fun and giggles.

I first photographed these lovely ladies in a newborn session – it’s such a treat seeing how babies have grown up and changed, and to be asked to photograph children at the next stage of their childhood. Revisiting families has to be one of the loveliest ways to spend a morning. I love spotting expressions that I recognise from a year ago, seeing threads of the children’s character staying with them as they grow up – as well as capturing their new interests and skills.

A word from the mum:

“I LOVE them! Absolutely LOVE them! Thank you again so much, they really are absolutely perfect. You and your camera are magical!!” Rebecca

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