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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Headshot & environmental portraits Teddington TW11

I was lucky enough to spend an extremely congenial morning photographing Tanya – Digital Entrepreneur, Digital Detox Evangelist and Author. All of us need Tanya because she holds the key to how we live our lives in this ‘instant gratification society’ (where we have mobile phones, computers, apps constantly in our line of vision) without letting it control us.

I’m so lucky in my job as I get to take photographs which is what I love to do, meet new people and learn a great deal myself in the process. Tanya is so knowledgeable and fascinating about this very important subject. She is not against social media or using technology to aid our busy days, and especially when it is used responsibly to free up time and reduce stress, but she makes us think about the triggers and points at which you need to start worrying about your mobile habits – where it can dangerously turn into an addiction which controls you and spoils your life not enhances it.

Tanya has written a book called ‘Off – Your Digital Detox for a Better Life’ and you can find out all about her brilliant and important work by visiting her site. Tanya also runs workshops for adults and young teenagers. The latter interests me as I reluctantly hand my daughter her first mobile phone in September. It’s a wake up call to me too as I realise that I too need to change if I’m going to set a good example and walk the talk with her.

When Tanya came to her portrait session with me in Teddington though we enjoyed 2 or 3 hours of blissful mobile-less time focussing on Tanya and producing strong, flattering, varied, relevant and up to date portraits both full length and head and shoulders.

The images below show what can be achieved if you come to me for your session, with both inside and outside images – all of which were thought about and researched in collaboration with Tanya beforehand. The images in the wild flowers were exactly the feel Tanya wanted for some of the photographs and we took our time with all the pictures in matching the best clothes to the background etc.

I was delighted to have this feedback from Tanya:

Anna, Thanks so much for your amazing work. I love the pictures and am so glad I found you!

and to see some of the portraits already on her website.

Yet another client who was convinced she could not look good in photographs. Hugely rewarding for me to reverse that viewpoint showing yet again how good photography, with time and care taken, has the power to give you something you need – some pictures! – but also boost your sense of self-esteem and confidence.

If you’re interested in a portrait session, or buying a session as a present for a colleague, relative or friend, you can read more about my approach and download the pdf of prices on the headshots & portraits section of my site.

I hope you enjoy these gorgeous pictures of Tanya taken at our session in Teddington TW11:

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Professional author & presenter portraits – Richmond-upon-Thames TW11

John needed some up to date portraits for his various roles as a journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer, and for his new television agent and website. The brief was to produce a good choice of portraits that could be used for different aspects of his work – some more serious and thoughtful; others more animated and warm.

A head and shoulders portrait session usually takes about an hour and a half to two hours, especially if we want to utilize different backgrounds, tops  and moods.  As well as  capturing some studio style headshots,  we almost always go out for a little walkabout (with me having thought about good spots in advance of the session at the briefing stage) to capture some more informal/lifestyle images with a natural backdrop.

We take time, sometimes with a couple of changes of outfit and/or different hair arrangments if they are wanted.  I work hard at your session to produce images with lovely light and the right atmosphere and mood in the lighting and composition to capture the essence of  you as well as the message/s you want to put across to your audience.

By making the session unhurried, fun and diverting, and with you comfortable, nutured and relaxed, great results ensue!

Almost everyone tells me they are dreading the shoot but come away saying they thoroughly enjoyed it as well as realising that they can look great in an image after all.

That is hugely satisfying to me as I feel I have helped to boost your confidence and sense of how you appear to the world,  as well as producing a set of images that you will be happy – proud even – to put out there.

In my next blog I’ll post some images of Tanya who came for a session last week and had this to say:

Hi Anna, I had such a good day with you. Thanks so much for your amazing work, I’m so glad I found you!

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