This time last year I had a moment of bravery and decided to offer five free family photoshoots to friends so that I could build up a portfolio of work and prove to myself that I might actually be able to turn my passion for photography into a viable career.
The first three happened in fairly quick succession throughout October and November, and then winter hit and things got put on hold. The fourth shoot took place in the springtime, leaving just one more photoshoot for a really lovely family to complete before the twelve months had passed. It took several weeks of trying to arrange a date that worked for us all and we had to reschedule various times due to poorly tummies and inconvenient torrential downpours.
When the day finally dawned and I woke up to glorious sunshine (on August bank holiday weekend, which is normally notorious for being more than a bit soggy!) I couldn’t wait to get started. I’ve been looking forward to capturing this particular family on camera for ages. I’ve known Kate, her husband Jamie, and their lovely children Rachel & Jack since my middle daughter was small – she and Rachel were in the same nursery class together. They ended up going to different primary schools but remained friends, having playdates at each other’s houses from time to time.
It had been two or three years since I’d last seen them all but it felt comfortable from the start and we chatted easily as soon as we met at the location I chose. I decided on this particular spot on Cannock Chase for a few reasons – the main one being that the purple heather was out in all it’s glory, which, combined with the spectacular views across the county, made for some great backdrops for photos.
It was my first time photographing a Dad (other than my husband of course!) and I think I was as nervous as he was. Neither of us needed to worry though – log climbing, blackberry picking, eskimo kisses, wrestling and lots of laughter were the order of the day. The connection between the four of them was irresistible. Jack provided continuous comendy moments with his quick-witted remarks and Rachel asked me endless questions, curious to know as much as possible about me. I turned the tables and asked her lots of questions too, and it was so lovely to seeing her light up inside when I asked her what her favourite thing about her Mum was.
I had so much fun with them and when Jack gave me a big cuddle at the end of our time together (much to his Mum’s amazement), I knew they’d enjoyed themselves too. Capturing moments of love and laughter for families is quickly becoming an obsession for me. It’s so much more than photographs. It’s who they are in that exact moment, frozen in time forever. It’s a legacy that will be passed down through the generations.
This is their story…
If you would like to book your own family photoshoot with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more information about the different types of sessions I offer on the Family Photography page of my website. I look forward to hearing from you soon 🙂