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I love photographing families.
Submerging myself into their family life. Quickly spotting the connections that can be captured and recognising the moments that are worth remembering.
Taking photos that families didn’t know they needed. The in-between moments.
The sibling love or the fighting. The way their feet dangle from the chair. The cheesy grin. The favourite story book, treasured toy or cuddly friend. The way they run. The way they sit on your hip or on your shoulders. The curls. The cuddles. The smiles. The way they laugh together or cry. The non-stop, can’t sit down, always on-the-go stage. The blue eyes. The jumping. The flower picking.
The joys of family life.
I see all these things… and more.
I’ve captured them with our boys and the many children that have been in front of my lens.
I want to tell your story as a family. Sure, we can do the photos that Granny wants – the smile “look at me”, so she can put it on the mantel. But there are all the moments that surround it, that show the true personality of your family… these are what we’ll discover if you invite me to capture your family, in your home or your favourite place.
I will play, I will run, I will read books, I will chat with the kids, I will get down on the floor to play lego… hey, I’ll even sing if necessary… although I can’t promise I’ll know all the words.
But most of all we’ll have FUN… and I’ll bring my camera.
For more details about my family sessions and how I can capture your loved ones…
Contact me - xantheb [at] mac.com, I’d love to meet your family.
This fabulous “job” of mine means I get to do a wide variety of work. But lately here on my blog, it’s just been sharing our adventures, life in London, my family, personal projects like color//colour lovers, my films and info about my e-courses…
Thankfully, I do get commissioned and asked to photograph families too – and I love it!
I’ve got so behind blogging the various family & maternity portrait sessions I’ve done so far this year. So here’s a selection from my favourite sessions, as I’m due to update my portfolio site soon. (If you’re a fabulous designer and you’d like to work with me – please let me know!)
It’s always an honour to capture these precious times… it’s so cliché and I know every photographer says it. But it’s true, I love capturing these special times, freezing the connections & the fleeting moments as a family grows. It’s a privilege to know these images will be the key to unlocking these memories in the future.
The summer is a great time for portraits… if you’d like a session with me – please get in touch… tell me about your family, so we can get together & tell your story.
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…
I’ve been reflecting A LOT these past few days… with the 10 year anniversary and turning 40 around the corner, my head is full of memories & feelings. As I sort through boxes of photos and hard drives, I’m seeing the stories of my life flash before me.
Do you get ever get that? Like when you scroll through your Instagram feed, dip into old blog posts or open pages of old journals.
I want to create a photo wall/montage something, of friends & family at the 40th party I’m having with two of my bestest oldest girlfriends. This project seems daunting because of the sheer volume of photos I have, but I’m also thankful that I have all these memories either shot myself or commissioned of my family as we’ve grown up.
As I sift through my photos, I began thinking about every person/family/child I’ve photographed – they’ve had that time in their life frozen by my camera, with the joy of images to experience now by scattering around the home or sharing with friends and family.
The real gift, I always tell them is in 10 years, when these photos instantly transport you back to that time and place. Feelings wash over and emotions run high. Yes, sometimes there are tears – but I’m that kinda girl. I’m sat at the moment with a pile of photos taken before and after when our first baby was born. Life was so different… Weren’t we young? It seems like only yesterday, yet so much has happened and changed. Look, my once baby, is now in secondary school! Wtf?!
Lately, enquires for my family, maternity & newborn portrait work have been thin on the ground… January is a tough month apparently. But you see I’m itching to photograph! to give memories… I can capture your life and preserve your story. I’m good at seeing what’s beautiful in your story and I’ll capture it and you in all the glory, so you can sit and reminisce with your family in years to come.
Just like I’ve been doing lately…
I get replies to enquiries saying they can’t afford my fee or they don’t feel fit/pretty/thin enough for photos right now… but I tell you, your wonderful life is happening right now, it’s passing by like a speed train changing all the time – I feel it deeply just by looking at our cubby cheeked bundle of a boy… he used to bounce non-stop on my lap, now his legs stretch for miles.
Can I provide you with photos of what’s really important?… please…
So, if you’ve ever thought of having photos by me… do get in touch… tell me your budget, tell me about you & your family. Let me come and hang out with my camera. Don’t wait any longer… trust me.
Take a look at these stories. These are the gifts that just keep giving.
As this week is all about PINK for the color // colour lovers project…
I thought I’d share this beautiful event from last year… as it’s packed with PINK!
When Jessica asked me to photograph her third daughter’s Dol – a celebration for a baby’s first birthday… I knew it would be an interesting affair, as I’d heard of the traditions that accompany such an occasion. What I didn’t know was how beautiful the setting would be, with gorgeous decorations and delightful details everywhere… and how warm & loving this family would be, with all the wonderful people & children they brought together to celebrate.
Thank you for having me capture this special day.
I just knew when I saw Jeanine’s new home-to-be, there had to be a photo shoot…
This is the next chapter in their lives… this shell of a house will be shaped into their first proper home together. I remember what that feels like. It’s lovely to have memories of these milestone relationship moments to look back on… and besides, look at the graffiti & wallpaper – who could ask for cooler backdrops?…
They brought a picnic, read poetry to each other, the sun beamed in (this place is going to have killer light!) and they made plans… together.
A few of my favourites frames…
I wish them all the best with this renovation project… it’s cool to think that maybe this time next year, their home could be ready… yay!
Looking back… part three…
What you’ll often find when visiting here – is our life – who we are, the things we do and love… no, it’s not the nitty gritty of dirty laundry, grumpiness, arguments, unclean bathroom, tears… Yes, we have plenty of that going on here on a daily basis, but I don’t feel the need to capture that, let alone share it.
Here lies the beauty of using a camera… I focus on the good, look for the light, seek out the colour, gravitate towards the movement & the details of stuff that mean something to me… the little things now, but what will be amazing memory triggers as time passes.
These are some of my favourite moments with my boys this year…
Meeting and capturing new babies with their new parents can be one of my most favourite sessions…
These guys were wonderful especially lovely baby Kira, who was a delight all morning.
I wish them all a splendid first festive time together… I remember how special our first Christmas with Ky was.
We took plenty of photos for their Christmas cards… Here are a few of my favourite in-between moments…
The most adorable little girl had loads of fun lying in the leaves, during our family portrait session yesterday.
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…