A day in the life of a water nymph

A day in the life of a water nymph

I often talk about how lucky we are to live here nestled between two of the of the most beautiful parks - Richmond and Bushy - but I have not been so convinced as this past weekend. All day glorious sunshine, blue skies, and what better way to beat the heat than to have a paddle in the stream. In the woodland enclosure a handful of children had striped down and were cooling off, it was so fun to watch them all gleefully bouncing around in such a pretty setting - it was almost magical! Just one more reason we have come back to this beautiful country! Oh yes and watching Murray win at Wimbledon was a nice topper too!

The Black Family

The Black Family

This lovely couple asked me to take photographs of them as they were expecting their third child. I was very lucky to then photograph them again one their new son arrived.

The home photo-shoot

The home photo-shoot

I LOVE using natural light when taking photographs. I have worked in a studio with big lights and fancy equipment and there are many benefits to it - the rain won't damper your plans, you can control shadows and create the exact lighting situation you want with some fantastic results, but in my humble opinion nothing beats soft, beautiful natural light, especially when your photographing families. As a natural light photographer one location opportunity for clients is their own home. Many of my clients request their photographs to be taken in their home because they want personal photographs that capture their family in their own environment, so that in years to come they can look back on them and view them more as 'professional snapshots' of their lives at that time... their child's favorite toy, how their bedrooms were decorated, the tree they used to climb in the garden etc One major advantage to having a photo-shoot in your home is that children are almost always much happier and calmer being in their own environment, and its possible to really capture their personalities. Here some images from one shoot carried out in the busy home of three gorgeous children two years ago!