Alternative family photography is one of my favourite genres. So when Ruth, also a local Norwich resident, contacted me I was really pleased. She knew what she wanted; a relaxed family photography experience; one that would creatively capture her family at home. She happened to live just around the corner, so grabbing my bike and camera, I rode over looking forward to the challenge ahead. My main aim was to show off the kid’s fun personalities whilst also providing Ruth a stunning portfolio of creative family pictures to look through.

Once inside, I knew this shoot was going to be a lot a fun! The house was full of lovely textures, backdrops, and interesting quirky objects, and as a reportage photographer, I love working with natural light, planning my shots than shooting as under the radar as possible.

These relaxed photography sessions are always fun. The kids were fab, always smiling, running around and cracking the odd joke or two. They really got into the swing of it, and when they stopped watching me, really started to enjoy themselves. Every little helps, so myself and Ruth, when she wasn’t in the shot, made silly faces and generally made fools of ourselves, helping to ease the kids in and make them laugh and smile. It worked brilliantly!

Playing with light and shadow, I really wanted to creatively capture this family, using not just colour but a range of different angles too. My job is to capture all the grins, warmth, and delight on camera, which involves being in the thick of the action, yet waiting for the perfect shot.

I utilised most areas of the house, hoping to build Ruth a creative repertoire the family could enjoy time and time again. It’s lovely to be able to take this type of relaxed creative photography for a family so full of laughs! They were a real pleasure to meet and photograph, and I hope you like the sample below of the photographs produced.

 

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Set in the centre of Newmarket, Suffolk I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the gorgeous Hamish! Wearing a bow tie and waist coat, Hamish was baptised surrounded by his family who had travelled from far and wide. Afterwards the celebrations continued at a nearby hotel.
 
Whilst making sure I caught all the key moments on camera, I also loved looking out for the little things that went unnoticed, like children stowed away under the table tucking into cake whilst no-one (except me) was looking!

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One of the joys of my job is being invited to attend and photograph family celebrations. Christenings, like weddings, bring the family together and nothing beats the joy of a new baby! And this one was double the fun because two babies were being christened!
 
The ceremony took place in a Norfolk church within walking distance from the grandparents’ house were everyone gathered for a glass of bubbly and lunch beforehand. Whilst the adults tucked into their food, and took it in turns to meet the new babies, the children ran and explored, hiding in the undergrowth, and had fun blowing bubbles. My job was to capture all the smiles, warmth and merriment on camera!
 
Later we made our way to the church, the children in their best clothes and babies in their Christening gowns. The ceremony took place around the font, surrounded by the two families with the smaller members standing next to (and on!) the font to get the best view.

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