RELAXED FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON IN ST ALBANS
Last year I ran a competition on my social media channels in support of LGBT National Adoption and Fostering Week. I wanted to give away three family photography sessions to some amazing families in the UK. They did not have to be a same sex couple or a family that had adopted a child to enter. The competition was open to any and all family set ups to apply. There were so many applicants for the free family shoots and Jennie luckily contacted me first. She won a spot for her beautiful family to be photographed in my Day In The Life photography package. Jennie and her husband live in Hertfordshire with their gorgeous little girl and we spent the morning together and I got a little insight into a day in their life.
My approach when photographing families is just to observe and find out how as a family you operate. We chatted about sleepless nights and how smiley little Arabelle was. They ate some lunch together and I just observed their little life together. I am a documentary style photographer predominantly, but I always schedule into our family session a guided portrait session. This generally means that I pick a moment when everyone is feeling comfortable. There are no screaming and crying children under my watch and I arrange you in an area where you feel at ease and content.
On this occasion the family felt most comfortable being outside in the garden. They had spent the morning with me inside having lunch and felt the change of scenery would do them all the world of good. So after a quick outfit change, we stepped out into their lovely raised back garden. Here we proceeded to have a lovely family portrait session together. When you mix the right amount of documentary style and spontaneity with planned photographs I find that families respond well to this – see for yourself below with this beautiful smiley family.