Kate Griffin Photography // London Family Documentary Photographer » Celebrating family life in London and across the UK

And then she arrived. The much longed for, much dreamed of daughter. And she was perfect.

The milky-tongued, nose-scrunched up yawns were pretty gorgeous too.

This little lady would not be rushed. We waited, and watched, and photographed her whilst she slept. This session even took a break for lunch in the middle. If there had been a photograph of my face on the day, it would have been one of blissful, tummy contentment. I was very, very well fed. This is a family who know how to look after guests in their home. They want you to feel looked after, welcome. I did.

Mum and Dad were sent so many gifts that we had plenty of choice of what to dress her in. So there were outfit changes aplenty, and lots of smiles about that. I’ve never met a baby so happy to be changed and dressed all over again. She giggled, and laughed and smiled her way through all of her outfit changes.

But it was never long before she needed a little siesta again. So that’s when I captured the tiny, pouting lips and the long eyelashes that fringed her eyes.

Awake again. Ready for action. Spoiling for a fight.

Pets welcome. Always.

Her beautiful crib. A little oasis of calm. For a while…

..before we recreate the look of those grabber machines stuffed full of toys and teddies. She LOVED her toys.

And to finish, another slice of time with a sleepy baby and two very happy parents.

I can take those pictures of you all looking at the camera, absolutely. I know what Grandma wants. But, for me, nothing ever beats the way a new parent looks at their child. It is softness, and love, and a very special moment of connection. I know when she grows up and looks back at the photographs I captured that day, she’ll smile to herself, knowing how much she was loved on that day. And on the days and years that follow.

Daughters are worth waiting for.

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  • November 2, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Juliet Mckee - These are very special indeed. Girl done good. xReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    Alexandra Andrews - So many photographers don’t cope with babies this age yet you have shown how to do it beautifully. Fabulous pictures to treasure forever.ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2012 - 6:40 am

    Fanni - These are super gorgeous Kate! So so lovely! I particularly like the one surrounded by all the teddies. Gorgeous!

Sometimes things can come easily. Other times, you have to battle a little harder to get the things you really, really want in life. This wonderful, warm couple were delighted to finally be looking forward to making their house a family home.

So before we welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world, we met down by the River Wey in Guildford, to celebrate her maternity, capture their happiness together, and listen to their joy as it rang out in peels of laughter across the water.

And she was worth waiting for, that little bundle of perfection. You can meet her tomorrow. See you then.

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Now, be honest. How old is too old to go out trick-or-treating? I could pop a hat on the dog and use her cuteness to extort sweets from the neighbours, but I fear they would see through that. Especially because I’ll have a gob full of fizzy laces and a mouth smeared with toblerone.

It just wasn’t this way when I was younger, when I could have legitimately gone out, covered in a sheet, and passed myself off as a ghoulish ghost. We didn’t indulge in Halloween the way they did in America. All you could do was watch E.T. to marvel at the effort they all went to, and the sweets the kids/aliens collected.

But like a creeping grey mist, the all out celebrations have drifted across the Atlantic and settled on our shores. I’m pretty happy about that. Obvioulsy jealous that it passed my childhood by, but very happy to see it now encourage some dressing up, acting out and good-hearted tom-foolery about the place. Kids are always keen to play and pretend, so when you introduce some face paints and a dressing up box, it’s great to stand back and watch their imagination roar. I think it brings the very best out of them. They twinkle a bit brighter when they are free to imagine themselves as cowboys, woodland beasts, growling dogs and spooky skeletons.

Here are a couple of cousins, dressed up to the nines, prowling around the Surrey woodland, scaring their parents, but delighting them too. I’ve found that if you let kids, they will give you everything of who they are in a photograph. The growls, scowls and grumps. Together with the laughter, sparkle and fun. It’s all there in them. You just have to be able to see it.

In all the sessions I photograph, I’m looking to create something a little different for you. Something that reveals kids as they are, and who they will be in the future. I’m looking for real expression, honest character, amplified and captured forever in an image. Because posed and cute, is really just that. I want something altogether more unique, less generic, shaped around the subject, not imposed and enforced. And I think that sense of play, of imagination, with a focus on telling the story of family characters makes what I do so worthwhile. I want to create family photography that matters.

If that sounds like something you would like for your own family, you best let me know. Because your story is changing all the time, and I want to tell all of the chapters for you.


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  • November 3, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Fanni - This is a great shoot Kate! I love it!! Especially love the photos of the little girl in the tiger costume, brilliant! plus the light in all is just beautiful. Great work FxReplyCancel