I consider myself to be very lucky, because my dad was always taking photos of us (I was one of five siblings) when we were younger which he used to mount in beautiful leather albums, which I can now look back on when I want to take a trip down memory lane. He’s written dates and names of places against every photo – and occasionally, written a caption. I personally think it’s a lovely idea to keep a record like this for your children, so that they can look back on all their childhood and old friendships from their school-days. In my eyes, those albums are priceless and it’s probably why I believe so much in creating keepsakes and a family ‘heirloom’.
This children’s portrait shoot took place one lovely sunny Saturday afternoon in a small park close to my client’s home in South East London, in October 2011.
The mother invited two of her close friends to bring their young daughters to be included in the photoshoot – to capture memories of the three little friends who used to play together – but because of a change of circumstances, could no longer do so. What a lovely way to celebrate the treasured friendship for both the children and the mums – and there’s no better way to make the most of a professional portrait shoot than to have it on location, in one of London’s beautiful parks!
Time was very limited but packets of raisins kept the girls engaged for about 20 minutes, just long enough to take a few natural shots – before the excitement became too much and it was time for a nap.
Many thanks to the three mums for letting me share these photos on my blog. I am sure your daughters will enjoy and appreciate the portraits when they’re older – it’s a beautiful gesture.
“Capturing once in a lifetime moments”