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FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS – LONDON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

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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 mexantheb [at] mac.com, I’d love to meet your family.

More family portrait sessions here & here…

 

 

 

MEMORIES THROUGH PHOTOS – THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING

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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.

 

xo.

BABY KIRA – NEWBORN FAMILY SHOOT

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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…

 

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…

 

NEWBORN PORTRAIT SESSION AND FILM

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I love this family SO much. Shelley and I have known each other for years… one of those friends where a five minute chat always turns into an hour long gossip. Our children go to the same school and love hanging out with each other and I can’t tell you how many times she’s helped me out, all with a huge smile on her face.

I was so excited to meet their new little girl for some yummy snuggles… and give them a gift of some photos of this special time, as their family of 4 become 5.

 

LITTLE EDDIE

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Lovely Eddie is at that wonderful age of loads of smiles and fabulous noises…

These guys just love being a family… so much love and adoration.

SLEEPING BABE

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New mama and her sleeping babe. Moments like this always make me smile.

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VANESSA, LEON & BUMP

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Vanessa & Leon were the first couple to trust me to tell the story of their engagement and then their wedding. I was so honored to be part of their day, and since then we’ve become good friends. Vanessa wrote an email to me shortly after she saw her wedding photos, she signed off with this…”and I seriously can’t wait to have a baby so you can photograph my bump!!”

Fast forward a year or so, and they were pregnant! I was thrilled for them. With Vanessa’s due date looming we managed to find a morning last month, to take some photos, have a cuppa and talk babies. They had the nursery ready and were positively beaming with excitement.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Leon and all his wonderful silliness was with us for the start of the session…

Then the pace calmed down… as Leon left us to it.

Vanessa was so serene and dream like, I had to get the lensbaby out for a few shots.

Last week their daughter Lyla Rose arrived and apparently this new family are doing well… I can’t wait to go and see them all.

 

 

BEAUTIFUL

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Nothing quite like a beautiful bump and an adorable couple so excited about the arrival of their first child.

{More to come from this session}

A BAPTISM

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On a beautiful autumn day, the delightful little girl Gisele was baptised just before she turned one… they were such a wonderful family, so kind and sweet… I can’t wait to see them again…

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.