When Bianca decided it was about time she booked a new family portrait session she did what many people do these days and turned to Facebook for recommendations. Another Mum had recently left me some glowing feedback on the Tonbridge Mums Facebook page and so Bianca thought she’d get in touch to see what I could offer. I was very excited to hear that the family consisted not only of Bianca, her husband Mark and their two young boys (a 4 year old and a 6 month old) but also their two Cocker Spaniels. When I was still a teenager at college, first learning to use my old 35mm film camera, my main models were my parent’s totally crazy Collie cross and rather sweet black Labrador. The Collie was particularly photogenic and I’m sure she was far more clever than she let on. Pets can be even more unpredictable than children but its a fun challenge and nice to incorporate that extra element of family life.
Tonbridge is a great spot for family photography, with spring only just hinting at it’s imminent arrival we felt it wasn’t quite nice enough for an outdoor shoot. Instead I set up my portable studio in Bianca and Mark’s living room. This allowed me to capture some really relaxed, ‘at home’ portraits of the family. The cool, pale colours of the sofa contrasted nicely with the bold blues of the boy’s outfits and the red brick of the fire place added a lovely bit of warmth to some of the shots. In particular it was the perfect spot to make sure we got some photos of just the parents together, remembering that before kids there is a couple in love. I’m really happy with the black and white portrait of Mark tenderly kissing his wife on the forehead, her expression captures the moment perfectly. Although some direction on posing is given, you just can’t fake closeness like this and it is beautiful to capture.
I love to make my portraits personal. The great thing about doing a photography session in a families own home is that there are always props to hand that actually mean something special to that family. With Mark being involved in the police it seemed only right to get some fun shots of the boys with his police hats. I’m sure they’ll look back and cherish these photos one day when they’re big enough for those hats to fit, especially if they happen to follow in their dad’s footsteps.
Once edited I presented the finished photos to Mark and Bianca as a slideshow and gave them all the files so that they can get the prints, canvases or photobooks they want. They were very happy with the results and kind enough to leave me another positive review on Facebook.
Chris recently did a family photo shoot for us. He was so patient and the session was really relaxed, he worked around the baby’s nap times and involved the four year old, we all enjoyed it. He was even happy to include our dogs, and got some great pics of them. All the photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to get some prints on our walls. We’ll be contacting him in he future for more photo shoots as the boys grow up. Thank you Chris!
Have you been meaning to get some new family portraits taken but keep not getting round to it? Remember these kids grow and change so quickly! To get in touch just drop me an email and we can discuss the type of package and session to suit you.
Thanks again to Bianca and Mark. If you’d like to have some new family portraits taken simply get in touch. Don’t worry if you’re not in Tonbridge, I’m based in Tunbridge Wells but cover all surrounding areas of Kent and East Sussex. So drop me an email if you’re looking to have some family photography in Tonbridge of your own. I offer packages to suit different requirements and can discuss options and ideas with you. I take bookings months in advance and get fully booked during busy periods so be sure to contact me to reserve your session.