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