Archive for the ‘families’ Category

SUMMER FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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Have you been meaning to have some family photos taken?, but just keep putting it off…

How about we make it happen this summer?

I have just a couple of slots for weekend sessions available in the next few months… so if you’ve been thinking about a session with me, so I can capture your family in all it’s glory this summer… Let’s make it happen.

I can come and hang out at your home…

See the children’s rooms, or you all playing in your kitchen, lazing in your sofa or hanging out in the heart of your home.

Show me what you all love to do there…

We could have breakfast together,

or bake a cake,

or sit on the doorstep,

or jump on the beds & run up the stairs,

pretending to be bears.

We could make paper aeroplanes & lego houses,

dance in the hallway (in tutus if you like),

or roll around on the rug… while having a hug.

Eat snacks & have chats,

or read books. The favourite one of the moment.

We could go outside…

Play in the summer sunshine,

visit your favourite playground… park or secret locations with long grass and summer flowers…

Roll down hills, skip holding hands,

or jump in puddles (because there’s always the chance of rain),

make daisy chains & have picnics.

Take me gardening at your allotment or for a hike through the woods,

or let’s go on a bike ride…  or perhaps a stroll in the neighbourhood.

We could go anywhere – I love an adventure!

We can DO what you LOVE to DO… and we’ll have fun together whatever we do, and I’ll shoot some pretty photos for you print & share. Forever.

Let’s tell the story of your family now… for you to treasure for years to come.

Contact me - xantheb [at] mac.com and let’s have some fun.

I’d love to meet your family…

 

 

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART ONE

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Looking back helps to see how far you’ve come and gather fuel for the year ahead. In collecting the material for these 2013 :: LOOKING BACK posts, I’ve been wonderfully surprised to see how much I’ve shot this year… for myself & for other people, in photographs and through films.

With an abundance of stories and images – I’ve split them up into manageable posts…

Part one begins with a selection of some of the amazing people and families I’ve captured… preserving this moment in their lives… It’s a real honour. Thank you.

FAMILY FUN IN THE AUTUMN SUNSHINE

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I photographed this lovely family in the summer – a special session just for their daughter who was turning one… this time they wanted some more images of the whole family for christmas cards and gifts.

One of the things I love about capturing families is seeing how the children change and grow up each time I see them…

These guys are so wonderful… and it’s the natural candid moments I love the best.

 

ADORABLE IN THE AUTUMN LEAVES

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The most adorable little girl had loads of fun lying in the leaves, during our family portrait session yesterday.

 

BABY SEBASTIAN – NEWBORN SHOOT IN LONDON

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I photographed this lovely couple on a summers evening just before their due date…. when they were so excited about the next chapter in their lives.

Now Sebastian has arrived… and what a beauty he is…

One of my favourite photo sessions are newborn ones… all that ‘newness’ in the air, tiny hands & feet, fresh baby skin and parents who are so in love, they can’t keep their eyes of their baba.

This time is so special and so fleeting, as babies change daily.

Parents are usually so sleep deprived, over-whelmed and excited… it’s wonderful to freeze this moment in time, so they can remember just how precious it was.

Thank you for letting me capture this special time…

 

STEPHANIE, ANDY & FLORIAN – FAMILY SHOOT IN LONDON

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When Stephanie emailed me about a family shoot, we started discussing locations… she mentioned a wildflower meadow at the local park where they walk everyday with their dog and son.

I was so excited. Wildflowers and new babies… what a dream!.

We spent a beautiful afternoon together, hanging out in their flat, gathering memories as they will soon be moving to a new house and this place will always be special, as it’s Florian first home.

Then the wildflower meadow! What a gift so early on in Autumn…

This family had me smiling all day, such joy and happiness oozed out of them… can’t wait to hang out with them again.

I love capturing families… through photos and films… contact me if you’d like me to hang out with you guys and tell your story…

SAYING GOODBYE TO HUDDLESTONE ROAD

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Oh my goodness! I totally fell in love with this family…

This family session was originally organised as part of a birthday gift, but while spending time with them and learning that they would be moving house the following month…. the photo session turned from just family photos, into capturing memories and the things they love about their long-time home on Huddleston Road.

So, alongside the images captured, I created a film – gathering what can’t be captured in photos, including some little things like… The children’s voices – at that age when everything they say is so sweet… sharing their memories of their home… and the way they giggle and snuggle each other.

and the doorstep – the threshold to any home.

Also, how they run down the pathway – the pathway that’s seen so many footsteps of friends and family come and go. The pathway that they won’t travel up and down on a daily basis anymore, as they’ve said goodbye to this home.

This is a gift they’ll have forever…. {much like the Time Capsule I made before we moved house.}

I love these moments… when pieced together, they create the bigger picture… a portrait of their home and family life.

Thanks for letting me capture this time in your lives, I wish you all the best in your new home. When can I come and capture your new family life?…

I love family sessions… contact me for details of how I would tell stories of your family life.

CHILDREN & FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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Over the summer I photographed some fabulous families… some really precious moments were captured and these families will have some sweet memories to look back on… I’ll be sharing some of these sessions soon.

Have you been meaning to have some family photos taken?, but just keep putting it off…

How about we make it happen?

I can come and hang out at your home or favourite place…

See the kid’s rooms,

play in your messy kitchen or your heart of the home

and discover what you all love to do there…

We could have breakfast together,

or bake a cake,

or jump in puddles,

or sit on the doorstep,

or take me on a bike ride…

We could play in the Autumn leaves,

make paper aeroplanes,

dance in the hallway,

or roll around on the sofa,

eat snacks & have chats,

or read books,

or visit your favourite playground.

We can DO what you LOVE to DO… and we’ll have fun together whatever we do and I’ll shoot some pretty photos to print & share. Forever.

Let’s tell your story of your now… for you to treasure forever. Hey, these photos could make wonderful Christmas gifts or even christmas cards… how happy would the grandparents be, to have a new photo to put on the mantel piece.

I’ve even got some special Autumn offers on selected weekends in October & November as an added incentive to make this happen. Contact me and let’s have some fun.

I’d love to meet your family…

 

FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOOT

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It was Seren’s (or “Serry Berry”) birthday and her mum, Jasmine, wanted some photos to celebrate the occasion. We took a walk through their favourite park and created some photos to send to family overseas & give them memories to look back in years to come.

THE FREER/GEERING FAMILY – A TIME CAPSULE FILM

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So when a photographer from the other side of the world contacts you about photographing their family – your tummy flips a little…

then you find out they’ve won Family Photographer of the Year in Australia – GULP!

Then you hear all about the amazing 6 week trip to Europe they have planned, (just as we’d returned from our big adventure, so I totally got the excitement)…. and knew first hand how precious the experience is and that moments like this should be captured and treasured.

We talked beforehand about how Robyn would love a film, that tells the story of who their family is ‘right in this moment’, just as their trip was starting… her children are growing up & blossoming and life changes so quickly. Robyn writes beautifully about the other reasons for their trip and the photo session here… and I love this quote -

“In twenty years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.” Mary Schmich

Our lovely afternoon was probably one of the crazy days I’ve ever spent shooting, as the Southbank in London was packed with people in the sweltering heat and there was so much for the children to do… it was a feast on the senses!

I could have chatted to Robyn for hours, but knowing how much this family time meant for her, I gathered as many moments for them as I could – the silly bits, the little details of her children and the sentimental moments… and plenty of smiles and happiness… and created a Time Capsule Film that I hope they will treasure forever.

Thanks for letting me tell your story Robyn… you are as fabulous now as you will be in 20 years… big love to you all.