I'm Anna, 25, and I'm originally from... you guessed it! Sweden—the land of Ikea, Spotify, three-point seat belts, zippers and a nationwide coffee-and-cake loving philosophy. Contrary to my Viking ancestors, I'm quite short (5'2") and young-looking
if you were to ever find yourself about to attend a photography session – specifically, a family photography session, I have one or two tips for you to ensure that you feel your most beautiful, confident and relaxed. How else are you supposed to enjoy any of it?
Beautiful family photographs remind us of what is most important in life, and what life is really all about. It can give us the strength to press on in our jobs, to push through and find the motivation to deal with endless laundry loads and all the dog hair piling up in the corners.
All the bedrooms – Jack's room, Ivy's room and mum and dad's room are flushed with beautiful soft winter light. It is an absolute dream to photograph the four of them. Jack is full of beans and Ivy just wants to snuggle. Together they make quite the pair :-)
It is a cold and wintery morning, the air feels fresh and crisp. Trees are standing bare in the woods and the ground is dotted with frozen puddles. "My mouth makes smoke!" Leo says. The youngest one in a family of five.
Over the past year, I've learnt a lot from my wonderful clients – especially about what they want to do with their photographs once their family photography session is over. Without further ado, please may I introduce to you my new 2017 collections!
The other week I was asked to rate my 2016 on a scale of 1-10 and it landed at an amazing 9.5! There have been some bumps along the way of course (not to mention large-scale things such as Brexit and then Trump winning the American election!) but personally, this is a year that will be tricky to beat. Here are some of the highlights!
Tiny toes and big blue eyes. Little Kitty is lying in her puff, snuggling with a warm blanket. Big sister Isabella is holding her hand with mum watching over carefully. There is so much love in this family, I am deeply moved by it. And there is something very special about newborns. They smell nice, have very soft skin and make cute little noises that make me want to hold them gently and cuddle them.
Kate shows me upstairs where I get to meet her husband. He is holding Edith and she is so precious – fast asleep and all curled up. Edith sleeps through the majority of the photoshoot but that's ok, she has so much growing to do.
It has been a year since I last saw them. A year almost to the day! The autumn leaves are just as colourful, although the day slightly warmer. I knock on the door and Liz opens it with a big smile.
I am walking next to Joanna, the mum of the family and she is showing me the way to a great open field dotted with trees. "Wow," I say. "I never realised Nonsuch Park opened up like this! This is fantastic!". I have been here once or twice before but Nonsuch Park is not my usual go-to park. During this photoshoot, I fall in love with it completely.
Driving slowly through Richmond Park I see that there are lots of stags and deer out! "I hope we get to see some at the session", I am thinking to myself. The rain has just stopped and the sun is peeking through the largely grey cloud-covered sky.
Preparing your family for your photoshoot will hugely increase the ease of flow and reduce any lingering stress. This article gives you a week of preparation and three absolute do's and don'ts!
We head out to explore the park together. Neither one of us has been here before. There is a large lake nearby which we walk towards. On the way, there is also time for chestnut picking and squirrel-spotting. I especially enjoy the squirrel part! They are super cute!
It’s about preserving the small details; the feelings, the adventures, the little moments and the memories of your children’s early years. They grow up faster than you can ever imagine.