I was contacted by some friends of Julie and Nick who wanted to by them a gift for the daughter’s christening. They thought the gift of natural family photography would be perfect! I’m in total agreement as it’s something which is so personal and will be something to treasure.
I had a chat over the phone with Julie to explain how the photo shoot would work. Julie told some beautiful countryside surrounds them and that their family regularly go walking with their rescue dog. It’s ideal to choose an activity that a family enjoy doing together, not only is it enjoyable, it’s also a lovely record to have in years to come. I know young children (and not so young) are fascinated at looking at images of themselves when they were little.
Typically, the weather forecast wasn’t too promising, but we forged ahead! The beauty with these type of shoots is that because I’m observing and documenting family time together, it’s very natural and organic. Hence, we tend to go with the weather (unless it’s awful then we’ll reschedule). We first came across some cows in a stable, as is customary, the children went and said hello before carrying on with the walk. I love watching the interactions between siblings, and it’s generally not too long before they forget I’m taking photos and settle in to being themselves. The youngest daughter was, in particular, a prominent character. Here siblings agreed she ruled the roost! Well, we managed to dodge the rain showers so went back to their home for some garden play before making pizzas for tea. The children were very involved and had fun choosing their toppings! Nick’s father from France was visiting, so it was a brilliant opportunity to photograph him with this grandchildren.
I had a fabulous time with Julie, Nick and their children, and dog! Here are a few of my favourite images from our time together. If you would like to know more about Natural Family Photography, please contact me here, I’d love to hear from you.