I am a London family photographer capturing real, raw and unscripted moments of family life to create stunning natural and contemporary portraits to treasure for a lifetime. With over 20 years experience, having started my career as a press photographer in the good old days of 35mm film photography, I bring a reportage and documentary philosophy to family photography to capture the real essence of you. No fake smiles or awkward grins, just natural personalities, expressions and gesture shining through.
Bear with me here. The onset of shorter - and let's face it, drearier - days and bracing weather doesn't mean you have to put off that outdoor family photo session until the summer. Winter portraits can make for an interesting change and some stunning portraits despite the chill factor.
1. Start indoors. Get the kids playing with their toys or on an imaginary adventure and get the camera out. They'll love showing you - and the camera - what they're doing and an invitation into their world can bring about some great shots. If it's rainy outside a good old-fashioned raindrop on the window race can make for some great reflection images.
So when did you last take a photograph? And when did you last print one? I'm willing to bet you probably took at least one photo today on your phone. But I'll bet you haven't printed any photos in a very long time unless you've just had school portraits done or got married!
As a south London documentary and lifestyle fine art family photographer it will be no surprise that I have a love of photographs and documenting family life. One way or another I've been documenting the lives of my children since the moment they breathed their first.
I do manage to get an occasional good photo even of my own two children. Obviously I also have 20 years of experience and training behind me and a wealth of technical knowledge which does help. But here are my top tips that anyone can follow:
I've taken some great photos and even had them published in my press photographer days with a small basic camera because that's what was in my bag when the photo moment arose. Most of us always have a phone on us and for most phones these days the camera is pretty good.
Ah holidays - the sun, the sea, the days of relaxation stretching out in front of you .. the wrestling the suncream and hats onto the sandy kids ... the melted ice creams ... the sandy sandwiches ... the long summer holiday days to fill!
There will be a day when I'm not around and I want my kids to be able to look back and see me in their family albums - whether they be in an album or digitally on whatever social media forum is around then.
1. Put your best foot forward. Most people have a side they prefer and there's actually a science behind this. Take a look at photos of yourself that you do like work out which is your best side, and remember to put that side forward next time.
Change your angle. Get down low on their level and let them invite you into their world. This is a great way to get them to relax in front of the camera. Ask them about their game. Talk while you shoot. Let them look the camera in the eye for some great engaging images.
10/05/2017 12:24 BST
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