This selection is from a vintage kids editorial shoot at the wonderful Mrs Benn shop in East Dulwich, London. I adore vintage clothes, and have collected kids vintage clothes for many years. If you’re interested in sustainable fashion, then you’ll love Mrs Benn, with its clothes rails heaving with beautiful vintage kids clothes. I also find it so comforting to be surrounded by 1970’s toys and furniture, as they transport me back to my childhood. There are some things from my 70’s childhood that are better left forgotten ( strict teachers and revolting school dinners anyone?) but I’ll always love the clothes and toys we had!
On a recent trip up north to Derbyshire to visit my family, we stayed in a small converted barn recently and lovingly restored by our friends. Our eldest had to remain at home in order to revise for her exams, but I think she rather enjoyed the peace and the occasional gathering too! Edale, where we were based, is set in the Peak District; famous for being one of the most spectacular spots in Britain to go walking. My husband suggested a leisurely stroll around the hills...5 hours later we returned home having climbed (in a most unladylike fashion) to the top of Kinder Scout. Locals looked quizically at our trainers and the strange route we had chosen for the final climb on all fours up the mountain.
If you would like to stay at the lovely barn we stayed in yourself, take a peak here for more details. There's lots more to do in the local area as you will discover on the barn's website. We did swim at the fabulous heated Lido at Hathersage which is surrounded by hills and is a great example of 1950's design, but I have yet to publish a photo of the pool on instagram (after getting into a long discussion with an outspoken local lady about iphones and social media destroying the way in which we relate to one another whilst trying to do so) but that's another story!
Like many children's photographers these days, I started off with an etsy shop, selling vintage styled kids clothes. I needed to take pictures for the online shop, sparking a renewed passion for photography I'd forgotten about since my school days. Pop over to Mrs Benn's shop to find my bonnets, which are displayed among an array of beautiful vintage clothes and toys.
As seen in my portfolio on the Vogue Italia website.
Now that we are heading into the winter months, it's often a great opportunity to focus on having family portraits within the home. Photographing families in their home is a comfortable and practical way to do a photo session. The images taken in your own home will mean far more both now and in future years than any that could be posed during a formal studio shoot. In order to structure a session that is unique to each family, lots of collaboration and communication goes on before the day of the session.
This family portrait session gives you a taste for how a session with me runs, the kinds of images you'll have to frame and store in albums, and also gives you a sense of my vision and style both in regards to how I shoot and how I process images. Get in touch if you'd like to talk about having a portrait session in your own home and garden. No two family portrait sessions are the same; they are a true and unique reflection of you as a family, which is why I love doing them so much. You just don't get that honest sense of who you really are in studio photographs…your home is the perfect setting to make photographs that hold real memories.
The Grace Tales; family photography in London; It was my absolute pleasure to photograph jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, and her gorgeous boys Lucas and Julius, for The Grace Tales this summer.
I love having the opportunity to do editorial shoots and family photography at the same time. We came up with a range of images to use on The Grace Tales, some directed and others which were more documentary photography.
If you would like a similar family photography session, with predominantly black and white images, then do contact me for details as I’d love to hear from you.
Check out the website to read more about Carolina’s take on juggling motherhood and running a successful and creative business… http://thegracetales.com/the-tale-of-carolina-bucci-lucas-julius-pyner/Read More