Who’d have thought that we could have such glorious weather in February, especially considering the artic like (maybe an exaggeration!) conditions we’ve endured over the last week, when Katy contacted me to arrange a documentary family photo shoot in February! The weather couldn’t have been better for our meeting at Folkestone seafront. Katy was joined by her husband Mark and their adorable children Alfie and Evie. What made this an extra special outing was that Katy’s parents joined us also. Personally I’d encourage grandparents along to a family shoot, even one’s siblings if possible (even if it’s for part of the shoot). I adore the images I have with my grandparents (although few and far between) so I think it’s hard to put a price on capturing some natural interaction between the generations.
Katy and I had chatted about the shoot before hand and I explained how I approach my documentary family shoots. I want to be able to give families a slice of their life in pictures – a moment in time to look back on and reminisce in time to come. We spoke about an activity they like to do as a family, which in this case was a visit to the seaside, a quick stop off at the cafe and play park and then observing them as a family back in their home. I didn’t ask them to do anything out of the ordinary, just to be themselves and get on with some family time.
Whilst back at their home, I discovered that Katy and her mum are the owners of Mint Rainbow – makers of handmade luxury organic clothes, for all the family. From newborn to adult. The fabric designs are fabulous the texture of the fabric so soft. Gosh, what a talent, I was completely blown away!
So, here are a few of my favourite images from our three hours together. Thank you all for making me feel so welcome, it was so lovely to spend some time with you and invite me into your family togetherness!