“THERE IS NOTHING LIKE STAYING AT HOME FOR REAL COMFORT.” – Jane Austen
When you think about your childhood and think about your fondest memories from that time, what sort of things spring to mind? Is it the expensive gifts you got one Christmas and the all-inclusive family holiday in Florida your parents spent years saving up for? Or was it the camping trip where it poured with rain and you ended up sleeping in the car and riding up and down the garden path on your battered and rusty bike while your Dad tried to squirt you with water from the hose pipe?
It’s funny how, when asked, most people will recall the least grandiose memories of their early years. They will pick out memories of simple experiences – walking with Grandma along the beach, searching for fossils in the sand – or memories that involved family traditions, like gathering around the living room table to play Cluedo for the umpteenth time and always losing to Dad! And now you have grown up and have young families of your own and are creating new memories with your little ones – things they will always remember with a smile years from now.
The ability to line a family up on a bench in the park and get them all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time… well, it’s not difficult. Anyone with a half decent camera can manage the same thing. I want to capture more. I want to capture the essence of your family, the heart and soul. Family is about honesty, it’s about being unguarded, unafraid. It knows your flaws and your moods and it doesn’t care a jot. Family takes the rough with the smooth and accepts everything about you. Family is everything.
So, I want to come and photograph your family… warts and all. Invite me in one Saturday morning, early enough to capture you getting out of bed, washing your faces, brushing your teeth and hair. I’ll stay and capture the chaos of your breakfast routine, toast being made, butter spread and sticky knives abandoned on the table. Crumbs collected on chins, tea being slurped while sifting through the morning paper and the dog hovering around for titbits left behind. Or maybe you would rather invite me in to capture the joy of your kids making cupcakes, enjoying them in a family carpet picnic in the living room before heading to their bedrooms to paint, draw and read their favourite stories. Or, for those of you without children, perhaps you would rather I came in and captured a lazy Sunday afternoon, taking the dog for a wander and stopping in at the local for a little drink in the pub garden. Then we could stroll back to yours and I’ll capture those quiet moments where you cuddle up on the sofa together, watching TV or reading a favourite book.
Up to 3 hours capturing the every day, the tradition, the family that is you and a lifetime of images to enjoy and look through.