Category Archives: Family Photography

Clippety Clop

I had a wonderful day honing my equine photography skills at Hope Pastures, the Leeds-based rehabilitation Centre for horses, ponies and donkeys. As a little girl I was horse-mad, though I never got that pony I wanted. Tsk. Anyway, quite a few years on and I still think that horses are the most beautiful creatures. I get as much joy photographing the bonds between animals and humans as I do photographing those between parent and child. Anyone who loves horses do pop by the centre, it’s a heart-warming place.

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Family + Pony

These guys have a discerning sense of style and the first shots felt well-suited to an interiors magazine. They also have huge family fun. In fact it was the first time I’d got to photograph a whole family on the trampoline. And I loved little Florence’s attitude to the photos – she knew what she wanted and insisted that her Little Pony join in for a few. And she did some very adorable poses in her new school uniform all ready for September. Bless.

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Geraniums and Graffiti

Kate has the most pretty and colourful garden. It’s also a very peaceful spot, a real haven to escape to. And it made a stunning backdrop. We got on a roll with photos and Oscar the cat kept a close eye on things. Then we headed to one of my favourite and sadly under-used parks in Leeds. As usual there was hardly a soul to be seen, even the skate park was deserted. The wall art was a wonderful contrast to the pretty garden. What gorgeous girls.

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Busy Bees

As Mum of 2 ¾ year old Barney I find it so impressive how rarely toddlers stop and rest. They’re just busy busy. And as a photographer I really enjoy the fun of capturing children of this age. I try to go with their flow, respect their priorities (they have so many things to do) and catch the moments when they’re ready. When Sebastian had time for a break, he cuddled up with his family and had hugs for his baby brother. He also did some great “roars”!! What a fab four.

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A Perfect Afternoon in the Dales

It still amazes me that only 40 minutes from Leeds you find yourself amidst beautiful rolling hills with breathtaking views in every direction. Then as many say, Yorkshire is God’s own county! We had a wonderful afternoon in Burnsall, parked up in the VWs in a huge meadow where the river flows by. It’s an idyllic setting. The kids played by the river, there was football and cricket, tree-climbing and cartwheels, and the photos flowed.

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Catching Up

One of the joys of what I do is that I often get to photograph families through the years. The children grow up … new siblings arrive … and the photos need updating. For Hilary and family the Yorkshire sun shone (after some dodgy bank hol weekend weather) and the girls got into the fun of the photo shoot. They came up with some great ideas for locations, it was lovely to have some creative assistants alongside! They even got the play group guinea pigs to join in. A few of their photos …

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Sisters

As I’ve got older I cherish the family photos of my big sister and me. They bring back very happy memories of our childhood.

Flora was a busy bee during our photo shoot but she still had the time to gently cuddle up to her baby sister for me to capture the two of them. I hope that when they grow up Flora and Alice will look back at their photos with fondness.

Then it was back to playing on the slide, picking flowers and pulling Daddy’s hair …

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Smiles All Round

I first photographed Helen and her family a couple of years ago. This time I got to meet beautiful baby Flora, a very happy and smiley little girl. She was a super star during her photo shoot. She posed indoors and outside in the garden, she changed outfits with no complaints and she was generally adorable. It was lovely to see her with her Grandma too.

And a special thank you to Upsy Daisy for her top tune.

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Calm and Content

On the day of Rebecca, Marc and Rudi’s photo shoot the weather forecast was cloudy skies, perfect for outdoor photography and we hoped that the ‘light rain’ part of the forecast would be brief. We started off indoors then Rudi put on his very cute knitted stripes for some time in the garden. Then we headed to a favourite family spot at the nearby canal. The canal was a wonderful setting for photographs with a wooded pathway alongside the water and beautiful willow trees on the banks.

I had a feeling of calmness and contentment spending time with this family and Rudi clearly takes after his parents. He’s a happy little boy. And he has the most amazing blue eyes. Sometimes he looked at me a little puzzled by the big camera lens and then he’d relax, playing with his parents giggling away. It was a lovely couple of hours and really nice to chat about our baby boys.

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Poppets

One of the many perks of what I do is that I get to work with little poppets. And Georgia is
a gorgeous poppet with lots of energy. She looked after her teddies, she smelt flowers, she played chase, she did her ‘buzzy bee’ impersonation, she caught bubbles … and more. After all her activities she curled up with her parents for story time. With the power of technology I managed to get the large slideshow file to Caroline and Bruce whilst on holiday so that they could sit on their sunny terrace, sip wine and enjoy their photos. Perfect.

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