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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.
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!
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…
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…
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.
I fell a little bit in love with these two… so happy & care free, just about to embark on the exciting adventure of parent hood. Even Kirstin’s hay fever didn’t dampen their spirits on this beautiful evening last month…
Huge congratulations to them as their baby boy was born last week.
This adorable family were visiting London, all the way from Singapore. Sulyana & Suhaimi were so excited about bringing their new son, Mikail, they wanted some photos to remember this first time altogether, in a city they love.
We weren’t blessed with the best summer day, but this didn’t stop the smiling, hugs and kisses for each other.
Hurry back to London… so we can all hang out again.
Are you visiting London over the summer? Would you like some photos of your visit together? Contact me… I’d love to show you around my city.
I was so excited to photograph this wonderful family again, last time my camera saw them Satya was just 3 days old… The next chapter in their story, finds them living in Bali.
We all went away to the beach, and I was able to do a sunset family shoot!. We hung out on the shoreline as the sun disappeared… if only I could photograph moments like this all the time!
These girls, wow… where do I begin?.
Had it not been for my ongoing project – On My Parents’ Island, I may never have got to experience their magic & delightful energy.
I rolled up early on a Sunday morning to continue my exploration of the playground that is a “Parents’ island”. These lovelies showed me that pure joy can be found, whilst squealing, jumping, rolling and tunnelling under the bed clothes. It was a pleasure to witness.
Thank you for letting me peek into your world and remembering the joy in the simple pleasures. Gosh, this is why I love this project!