The hottest June since 1976 – Natural documentary style Christening photography – Chelsea SW3

The weekend before last I had the unusual scenario of photographing two quite separate events on the saturday and sunday for two different clients at the same London church  – Our Most Holy Redeemer & St Thomas More, Cheyne Row in London’s Chelsea district.  And both in temperatures in the high 80s.

On the Sunday it was Lucy’s 4th baby’s Christening day and the hottest June since the summer of 1976 – which I remember well as a 10 year old with it’s seemingly endless days of floating around in the sultry heat of rural England not knowing what to do.

So not the best conditions for dressing baby in the family heirloom Christening gown and holding out for happy and wide awake at the ceremony.However in the event this little boy did very well and I think the cool refreshing water on his head at the moment of baptism was most definitely an act of God!

However, by the time it was all over and we arrived at the reception, he was most definitely ready for a long snooze in the shade, and no amount of high antics and noise from the ramble of siblings and cousins around him was going to wake him from his post-baptism nap.

Just one fleeting but tender moment of connection I observed and recorded at this summer Christening and special family occasion in London’s Chelsea SW3.

If you are thinking about having some professional portraits taken of  your children, or a family photography session, or have a special family occasion you are planning which you’d like documented, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you. I also provide vouchers for family and children’s portraiture sessions which make a great present for any parent or partner. Drop me a line for more details anna@annamccarthy.com or call on 07811242266.

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At home children & family photography in Chelsea London SW3 – brothers

To capture relaxed photographs of young children together, especially highly active and competitive siblings,  you have  to make the entire session child-led but this doesn’t mean with a few failsafe tricks up your sleeve you can’t direct things a little – especially  if the picture taking is disguised as a game. The key to engaging children is to make it fun!

A few favourites from my recent family photography session in Kensington & Chelsea.

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Classic timeless portraits of childhood Chelsea London SW3

Catching up on the blogging again as I spent last week deliberately without my camera walking a 65 mile stretch of the stunning South Down’s Way – something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I am definitely hooked on walking holidays and looking forward to doing the full walk next year from Wichester to Eastbourne – highly recomended!

My walking week ended with two shoots in Central London co-incidentally at the same venue  – the elegant and hugely popular Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More in Chelsea – and both in top temperatures.

On the Saturday I headed to Lucy’s family home in the morning to capture some photographs of her three children and the family together and their preparations for her daughter’s first Holy Communion before we all walked around the corner to the church for the service.

A whole variety of images to share from this family photography session and special family occasion but for now just three portraits taken before we left for the church in the cool and calm of the house that I love:

 

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