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

There’s always a sort of hush when I’m photographing newborns at home. A calm quiet, punctuated by the odd cry of hunger and the whispery yawns of tiredness. They screw up their faces, ball their tiny fists, and quickly become the centre of the world for besotted parents, who can’t quite remember the before anymore.

It’s wonderful to watch the family blossom like this, together at home, surrounded by meaningful objects that help tell the story of who they are.

Because I’m looking for just that – to give you something unique to you and your family, to document this new life together, the ebb and flow of schedules and feeds and nappy changes, and cuddles and kisses and just locking eyes and holding hands.

It’s not just about how you look in a picture, but how you look at the people in the picture with you. In those glances and smiles, in that unforced laughter, that’s the love I want to show, the story I want to tell. It reveals so much more than sitting you posed and properly, staring at the camera, trying on a tight smile for good measure.

Can I line you up and get you smiling beautifully for Grandma? I certainly can. But I want to give you more than that. I want you to have something that celebrates your newborn, your new family, that displays your affection, that captures that connection – family portraits that hold meaning.

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Let’s celebrate the new centre of your world. Let’s find a way to hold those breathy yawns locked in an image, that beautiful new face reflecting back the love it basks in.

I’d love to photograph all of that for you. And for them.

To book your newborn photography session you can call me on 0784 147 9035 or email me to check availability on kate@kategriffinphotography.com.

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  • September 6, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    maz hawes - Kate, if I was to have any more, this is how I would choose them to be photographed. Meaningful, real images, at home. Lovely. xxReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Juliet Mckee - How beautiful. Such precious memories captured. You are so clever Miss Griffin!ReplyCancel

I used to go to summer clubs when I was a kid. They were a mixture of contain and restrain and then the more laissez-faire attitude of the activity days put on for the local community. Guildford is hardly an inner city jungle to escape, but when offered a pony-trekking adventure across Dartmoor I pleaded to go to see the wide open countryside.

I think there may have been a box to tick to declare my level of horse riding proficiency.

I believe I ticked it.

This may not have been the whole truth.

So when I arrived, the chunkiest of the Guildford kids, I was not set upon a lovely little pony, a pretty chestnut wonder that most girls dream of. No. mens health. Instead I am certain I was given a shire horse. https://www.devonhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/buy-soma-carisoprodol-uk/. This creature was big. But it had to be.

Up on that horse, closer to the clouds then the earth, I trotted out of the farmyard deliriously. I must have had a healthy grip, because I only fell off twice. Once when the horse stopped at a stream to drink and I went straight over the top. The next, and more elaborate occasion was when I mistakenly found myself in the canter to gallop grouping of pony-trekkers. This was a severe error, that saw me fall off at top speed, foot stuck in stirrup, dragged a little, wind knocked out of me, the memory of ticking that proficiency box a hazy dream.

But it was certainly an adventure.

So when I walked into the new Chiswick location of the Maggie & Rose Family Members Club, I recognised a place of wonderful adventure immediately. This is the sort of thing that I could only dream of when I was a kid. Catering to the highest levels of imagination and creativity, this amazing space offers everything you could hope to inspire and entertain your family. From the littlest to the biggest, there are activities and classes to charm everyone. If you’re a parent in London, you’ll walk through those doors, breathe a sigh of relief, grab yourself a delicious coffee and know you are in the best place to meet with friends and keep the kids delighted.

In collaboration with the brilliant AlexandAlexa, online stockists of the best designer kids clothes around, I was visiting the Chiswick club to shoot a series of summer fashion portraits.

So here was another list of boxes to tick.

Amazing location. Tick.

Fabulous designer clothes for kids. Tick.

The BEST little models you could hope for. TICK.

Here’s what happened when we all got together and larked about.

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Thank you so much to all of the brilliant models who joined us that day, the coolest kids from the best family club in London. And to their fantastically patient parents, a huge thank you for making the day go so smoothly and for helping me capture such fantastic images.

If you’re in London, near Chiswick or Kensington, get yourself to your local Maggie & Rose club IMMEDIATELY. It will be the best club that you join, with the added benefit that you won’t need to send your non-horseriding child away to a pony-trekking week in Dartmoor for thrilling adventures.

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I’ve been sunning myself in Dorset for a couple of weeks. Well, officially working hard and getting things done in the retro comfort of the Griffin Family Seaside Residence. Or caravan. Or Shed by the Sea, as we affectionately call it.

But the working hard bit got shorter and the excursions out and about with Ella the Dog got longer. This equation was directly impacted by the appearance of the sun.

It’s been fantastic. Lovely to just be by the sea, fantastic to see Ella so happy and skippy, peaceful most days. I like the quiet. Those silences make the days stretch out longer.

And then the family turn up for the Bank Holiday weekend. And it’s obvious that these things do have a tendency to get better when shared. The selfish way you structure your day has to be compromised, but when something funny happens you have someone to turn to when you laugh. Laughs last longer, they roll round, come back to you, you laugh again.

Of course when you fall out of the caravan late at night, you’d hope for a little help. But the parents are old and deaf to everything, even their own spectacular snoring. So you lay sprawled on the ground, hoping you weren’t seen but knowing that a twitching curtain from the neighbouring caravan gives your shame away.

Nevermind. With family you have someone to check the bruises the next morning. And you forgive them the barely stifled laughter as you recount your tale of woe.

Born, blended, adopted – how ever your family comes to be, the time you spend together makes those ties tighter. Being a family is an activity. Making the time to be together is always worth it. You are more than just people sharing a home, passing by in the morning with schedules that casually overlap.

So being there to capture one very special family together, their youngest, their son now welcomed and wrapped in love, is a favourite part of what I do. Photographing them in the Guildford Castle Grounds, Kirsty told me she has a picture, treasured, of her as a kid, in a family portrait where she is the daughter, the sister, not yet a mother herself. So this session was about continuing that tradition, creating a gallery of images that celebrated them as parents, with two children of their own that they adore. A bright, beautiful daughter who fits the role of big sister perfectly. A brave boy, their wonderful son who loved to run, but who never ran faster than running back towards them.

I don’t think you could find prouder parents. They’re raising children with spirit, a sense of adventure, with warmth, with love. They knew they wanted that process, their family life together captured, treasured, a tradition continued. So when Megan grows up, a family of her own, she’ll have these images to look back on and really know what it is to be loved. To be a family. Like her mum does, of her family before.

If you want to make time together, I’d love to be there to photograph it for you. Smiles and cuddles and little hands outstretched, I’ll see all of those details and tell your family story in photographs that you can love and treasure and pass on to your daughters, your sons.

To check my summer availability and to book your session you can call me on 0784 147 9035 or email me on kate@kategriffinphotography.com.

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