Christening photography Spanish Place Marylebone London W1

One of the lovely aspects of my work, apart from the pleasure of capturing imagery and meeting so many different people, is that I get to experience less obvious places in London that I wouldn’t otherwise likely ever visit. I’ve always loved churches, whether sandwiched between buildings in the heart of London or tucked away in an empty landscape. They always seem to inspire photographs.

St James’s Catholic Church Spanish Place in London was a first for me last weekend for Massimo’s christening photography. Very little light to play with inside but an atmosphere to make up for it, and  a hugely warm and animated family of Italians and Spanish 🙂

After the Christening – the moment of baptism I think being the only 3 seconds in a row that Massimo was was still largely due to the shock of suddenly having his head soaked in water! –  we walked up to a little park area on Marylebone High Street for some family group photographs,  followed elegant but relaxed celebrations in the upstairs room at Aubaine on Moxton Street.

Just a handful for now from this very joyful and atmospheric christening and family celebration photography in Marylebone Central London.

 

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Environmental Portraiture City of London EC2 – summer evening light

Editing this recent portrait session today which took place in and around Liverpool Street and the City of London.

As a portrait photographer, and when given a brief to shoot some portraits within a certain environment, you can work up endless ideas in your head for possible locations and images before the session, especially if you have had previous experience of shooting in the City and living there as I did for a period of my life.  And I always like to consult with my clients and ask for some parameters and guidance for the type of imagery they are looking for and to collaborate with them as much as they want to and is needed.

But so often the interesting images that hold one’s attention come about when you are being completely open and spontaneous with no preconceived ideas at all – and often quite simply and without structure and artifice.

This image, from concept to execution, took about 1 minute –  where the light and shadows, the framing, colours, pose and expression all came together for us both.

More to share soon – and other spring/summer shoots  – from this relaxed environmental portrait session in the City of London EC2.

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Hampstead & Highgate Family Photographer – on location at Kenwood House London NW3

Lots of lovely summer family photography sessions going on at the moment and what a summer for them!

Last Saturday and Sunday, when I was shooting two different families one in North and one in South London, we had pretty much the perfect weather conditions: bright sky but cloud cover. This is my favourite type of weather for the fast-moving mostly documentary approach that photographing young children demands as the light is even and fairly consistent creating a big diffused softbox in the sky.

I’ve always fought against pinning myself down to any particular trademark style in my work, or any preconceived ideas about how I’m going to capture images at a family session. As much as possible I just prefer to throw caution to the wind and to let the children do their thing. Nine times out of ten pictures present themselves as opportunities in a very natural spontaneous way and this is is made possible by everything being very unrushed, largely undirected so that my little subjects are hardly aware from me and certainly not interrupted as they go about their play.

This session is a good example of how I like to mix things up in terms of types of images – captured, and more constructed albeit last minute in my head!  I will try to post more in the next few days to demonstrate the range of images I can capture during one family session.

What I love about the image on the right here is that a simple children’s game has become an opportunity to capture a classic and timeless family photograph – in this case marking and celebrating the family’s regular visits to Kenwood House.

So, with some hugely fun and characterful subjects, lovely light,  and varied locations, I was in for a treat with this relaxed and child-led family photography session.

We started off at home in Hampstead with breakfast and a play in the garden and sandpit, then onto the glorious Heath for fun and games and a little stint at the swings and slides before heading to the stunning north london location – absolutely brilliant for children’s portraiture – Kenwood House in Highgate.

Just a couple of images today that stood out for me as I edit this lovely session with Sophie and her family in north London NW3.

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