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I knew this little girl before she was born. I loved the mere idea of her.

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On a rare walk pre-Sophie (I’m not one for exercise), I asked my friend Laura (who is one for exercise) whether she and Nick would amuse me by producing a baby. She lied, in a nice way, said she hoped so. But later on, when the early scan confirmed everything was fine, over dinner and whilst watching the eurovision song contest, she showed me the pictures.

I did a very excited little dance. And then watched the bump-Sophie grow over the next few months.

The day she was born, I saw her. Wrapped up, pouting and really quite beautiful.

Now, fast approaching 2, she calls me Boeuff because she can’t say Griff. For a while she called me Pooffe, so we do have progression.

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This session by the sea was a long time coming. We tried on two occasions before. The first time we were met with torrential rain and a thunderstorm.

The second time, Sophie could crawl but the wind was up and we were caught in swirls of dry sand.

Perhaps Nick is our good luck charm, because this time, with daddy along for the ride, the weather was beautiful.

Sophie decided though, as is her right, that despite this being a beach session, she didn’t like sand. I mean refuse to walk on it, scream a bit, hate it.

Task 1: convince Sophie that sand is fun.kate griffin photography beach family session photographer

Tick.

Task 2: proceed with session.kate griffin photography beach family session photographer

An unfortunate “I HATE SAND” relapse.kate griffin photography beach family session photographer

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Daddy kiss it better. Sophie likes sand again.kate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographer

Nick is a sports teacher. He is very good at throwing and catching. Laura teaches English. Draw your own conclusions.kate griffin photography beach family session photographerkate griffin photography beach family session photographer

She is not the beginning of my love of photography, but she was the gorgeous baby that focused me, made me work harder at it and commit myself to building my own business.  I was planning to become a teacher, in fact I still research for my phd and I do love that. But I’ve found what I was supposed to do. Me and photography, we just sort of fit. Not many people get to know for certain.

Lucky old Boeuff.

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A hot hazy day on Hampstead Heath. Perfect for a maternity session.

Even better with a twins bump.

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Don’t stripes do an amazing job showing off a bump? Mum and dad said they didn’t actually do the bump justice. I didn’t believe them until the bump was revealed later.

Seriously. TWINS.

I was huffing and puffing just thinking about it. This amazing mum took it all in her stride, but I thought it would be nice to give her a lie down. Even if the getting down and up again required a little help from dad. Despite being heavily pregnant, mum was still far more graceful than me.bump baby natural light photographer

Early evening light and a serene looking mum – love this. Also love remembering having to wait for the odd jogger to amble past. I mean odd too.

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How do you get a slightly camera shy dad to relax on camera? Mum promised him anything off the takeaway menu for dinner later. I suggested he tell himself some rude jokes. I think he must have a good stock of them.bump baby natural light photographerbump baby natural light photographer

See. I told you about that bump.

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Ending with a bold splash of colour – most unlike me. But when you have an amazing garden of flowers to play with, why not? Plus it reminds me about the very many bees that were out and about and how I’ve conquered my fear of them.

I used to be scared of them until I got stung by a jellyfish. But that is another sad and humiliating story. If you are very good, I may tell it to you.

Very pleased to say that this glorious bump has progressed into two gorgeous, healthy boys. I’ll be seeing you all again shortly. Can’t wait.

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You focus on one thing – the fun they’re having singing “wind the bobbin up” and they’ve got to the really good bit, pointing to the ceiling. 

Then Daddy feels a bit left out and starts dancing and jumping about behind me.

I’m wedged in the sand dune. I can’t swivel round. So I carry on watching them, watching him jump like a fool.

Then they both join in the jumping. Which is tricky sat down. Extra points for effort.

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There’s lots to blog and little time, but I couldn’t leave for Durham without another taster from my recent beach session. I can now wind the bobbin up with the best of them.

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