Tuesday night at the Groucho Club in the heart of Soho, London’s West End: the National Theatre staged an intimate and classy evening of dinner and drinks for its Young Patron Ambassadors. I was lucky to be there to capture a little bit of the fun.
Here in Croxley Green in Hertfordshire, I live in a pretty family-friendly area. I guess anyone could say that. It’s a feeling as much as anything, a feeling based on where you personally land in the ‘family’ life cycle. With two young daughters, one already at school and an increasing circle of nodding-terms parent acquaintances, I already understand how fast this period zips by. As in … really fast.
Our children grow up. Our parents grow older. But the speed of change can be a little bewildering. Will we remember? Are we gathering lasting memories (yes, despite what we sometimes may feel)? Are we catching, noting and even holding onto very precious moments in time? Realistically, those touchingly funny or achingly sweet moments won’t be captured by a professional photographer. No. You will capture them in your memory and maybe … if lucky or you can persuade the little ones into a quick, slightly less authentic re-enactment … you can get the phone out for a snap. But what the professional family photographer will do is capture the spirit of that time, the essence of that period with the 5th birthday party or the family reunion or the yearned for newborn baby. And they should do it truly beautifully. That’s where I try to help create something real and lasting. Something to connect you emotionally once again. And again.
I don’t follow rules other than to be technically perfect (but that should be a given). I am so happy and willing to talk with anyone about the kind of family gallery they want to create. Whatever style you prefer, whether it be under soft lights, at home in the living room, candidly running about in the garden or picnicking in the park, I will capture lasting memories to cherish. And we’ll do it in a relaxed, unhurried and fun way. Creating large, password protected online galleries with beautiful high resolution images that you can print in large sizes, you will not be disappointed that you chose to capture your family in this way. Capture and keep beautiful images forever.
Large galleries with full rights to all images and the ability to purchase professional prints at very reasonable rates from a professional print house are yours now with prices for full sessions from just £200. Get in touch for a friendly, no obligation chat or email about your family portrait session for 2019.
Another Marathon in London. The hottest one. Incredible efforts from 40,000 people through the most difficult of conditions for marathon running. I was on the Embankment, crouched on the tiny part of the pavement on the road-side of the barriers, which I had clambered over earlier in the day. Not strictly allowed but gratefully left alone by the two coppers cycling up and down on security watch in my stretch by the 25 mile marker.
This year I was working with the British Lung Foundation and their Team Breathe runners, about 130 of them in all. Here's a tiny sample of the day's photography ...
Being self-employed with a staff of one can mean that each new year starts with a touch of anxiety. Like all sales jobs you're only as good as your last month or year. A freelance photographer can consider theirselves a salesperson. 2017 turned out well but the hope is always that 2018 will be better: better numbers, better experiences, new clients, fun with 'old' clients and maybe a holiday somewhere in amongst it all.
For me, a good working life means earning well to support my family first, having variation and enjoyment in my work second, and just mabe the promise of something new, unexpected and challenging to come along and surprise me, like a change of direction or focus in my photography. Let's see what the year brings. If you do want to hire an experienced, trustworthy and *ahem* talented photographer, located in Hertfordshire but always willing to travel, then maybe my style will suit your style and you should get in touch?
Meantime, I have looked back through a selection of last year's work to pick out a few memories. The results are below ...