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

It’s a very special birthday and we’re coming from all over the US to celebrate.

Wonderful. How old are the kids?

Oh, early to mid-twenties.

Excellent. (quickly shuffles through all tricks for toddlers, discounting them all, apart from animals noises as we’ll be on a farm).

You need a different type of approach to photograph a family where everyone has already grown up. Tickles are a little inappropriate. Raspberry blowing may raise a laugh, but also an eyebrow from the older members of the group.

So you just need to meet them as they are, find out a little bit about them, and make sure they feel comfortable and relaxed in your company. I think we can manage that.

First question. Are you a family who like each other, or do we need to pretend for a couple of hours?

Reaction.

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This is a family who love each other, with all the sibling teasing that goes along with that. This is also a family who ADORE their mum. Once that was obvious, the rest of our session was simple – get everyone together and let them enjoy that experience. You always want to do an excellent job for the people who book you. You don’t always expect to be laughing along as much as them though. But with this fantastic family, I couldn’t help but have a wonderful time.

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Remember I kept the animal noises approach in play for this session? It came in handy with the resident pigs.

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Kids are lovely. Being mum and dad is great. But we spent a little time remembering that these two were husband and wife first.

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The classic scene from all family get togethers of any worth – Dad holds court and tells tales from his youth. He definitely had a fun one.

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After photographing them in their finest, stomping through fields, encouraging PJ to hop up on the fence and avoiding what-looked-like-mud-but-definitely-wasn’t-mud, we had a change of outfits and a change of pace.

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I couldn’t have asked for a nicer family to spend the early evening with. They were kind and fun and extremely welcoming – that legendary American charm that makes you feel right at home and happy. I was so pleased to be a part of making Nancy’s 60th birthday celebrations really special.

Vaughn wrote to me afterwards and said, “Just landed in New York. I’m sorry I haven’t sent this sooner, but just wanted to say we’re all truly astonished at how wonderfully these turned out. You do brilliant work and it was a joy. Thank you so much.”

It is incredibly heartwarming to hear that you’ve done a great job for someone – I want everyone to love their photographs and enjoy the experience too. It is extra special when someone recognises the love you have in what you do. Nancy wrote me possible one of the kindest emails I’ve ever received. She wrote:

We are thrilled.  Never looked better.  You must love your work.  
 
A motivational trainer I heard one time, said …
 
“If you want to be the very best at something, it’s easy….just fall in love with what you do.”
 
You are poetry in photography.   So glad you pursued this craft.
Thank you so much Nancy. Thank you for being the Mum that raised this wonderful family and for being the reason they flew across the sea to spend time together. Thank you Vaughn for being the son that invited me along.
So if you have a family with a celebration on the horizon, let’s chat about how I can captured that for you. The people in your life deserve remembering well and the whole family need to be in those pictures. Let me hold the camera. Book your session here.
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Whatever the weather, whatever the season, you can’t keep a cute kid down.

Well maybe you can if they’re not quite at the toddling stage yet. But she was definitely at the looking cute and very gorgeous stage.

Bundled up, wrapped in blankets and a whole lot of love this london baby photography session in Battersea was the best way to keep out the chill.

It may have been winter. It may have been VERY cold, but all I feel is an incredible warmth from these images. The chubbiest cheeks, the darkest pools for eyes and just the smallest promise of the first front teeth.

She was delighted by everything. The wind in her face. The camera in her face. Her parents looking and loving that face.

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There really isn’t any posing to be done. You find a good spot, with beautiful light and a lovely backdrop. Then you let the family just be, let them reveal themselves in the way that they look at each other. And smile, and cuddle, and support little legs which can’t quite stand on their own yet.© KATE GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY 2013 www.kategriffinphotography.com

That baby is gorgeous, right? Far too cute, get away with murder lovely. But I just can’t help looking at her mum’s face in this photograph. She’s smiling down at her, delighted with the person she bought into the world. Thrilled to wake up every day and get to know her a little more. These are the smiles that are infectious. These are the smiles that you catch and return.

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I’m always on the look out for those quieter moments too. The little inbetweens, the sighs, the tired, rosebud pouts. I find them beautiful too. The smiles and laughter quicken memory. These quiet moments slow you down, draw you in, settle you in a memory.

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I love to work outside with babies at this age. Apart from the fact that they love a cuddle and can’t run away, they do love the distractions of the everyday outside. We forget how everything is still so new for them. Every experience is different from the day before. Nothing is taken for granted. So it’s not too difficult to get them to gurgle and giggle at the camera for you.

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Or to catch them thinking. Chewing on their bottom lip. Realising that the strange person dancing around is Dad, trying and succeeding to catch their attention.

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The best fairground ride is up on Dad’s shoulders. The view is splendid from up there. Even at an angle.

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This is probably one of my favourites from the session.

A kiss. A fistful of hair. A roar of laughter.

That perfect, unposed, family moment. These are the family portraits I love.

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I’ve smiled a  lot revisiting this session, strolling through the park again, watching this family be together.

Where could we walk together? What memories could we make for you?

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Time for a couple in love.

Every day they are a mum and a dad to kids they adore. But this session was just about them. And in one of my favourite places in Surrey, where the sun played fair and we wandered through the woods for a while.

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It’s not every husband who gets to coordinate his wardrobe with his wife’s hair colour. And I loved it. Accidental coordination or not.

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Quite often I let people know that they might feel a little silly having their photograph taken. But it’s all part of the plan. Not to make you look silly in their photographs, but to capture that moment just after awkward, where you laugh together, lean in to each other and really share a moment of emotion. I don’t think you can engineer that, but you can create an atmosphere where those moments are encouraged out into the open.

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So that when you are relaxed, you’ve sighed with laughter and then relief, I can capture the very beautiful part of you that he sees every single day, but that you all too often doubt. You look beautiful Wendy, so gorgeous. And Ian knows it. I can’t see his face, but I can see the smile creeping across.

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I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – the most wonderful pictures are not about how you look in a picture, but how you look at the people in the picture with you.

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You can give me that blue steel look if you like Ian. I know I’ve just got you to spread out on the heath. I accept that when the dog walkers saunter past, and the dogs pass perhaps too closely, things are a little awkward.

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But then awkward passes. And you both laugh about it. And I LOVE that laughter.

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If you’re in love and want to roll around in the heather with a photographer looming above you LIKE A PRO, you’re in the right place. Antabuse are all about spending a little time together and me giving those moments back to you in photographs that reveal exactly how you feel about each other.

Want to book a LOVETWO session? Great. Leave the kids at home (properly supervised, of course), or just come along and look at the glint in his eye that is your future child and let’s tell your love story together.

Laughter welcome. Rolling in heather optional.

So get in touch to learn more about the brand new package for LOVETWO portraits in 2014 – drop me an email to kate@kategriffinphotography.com and I’ll send you all of the details.

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