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

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Did you ever know why the ladybird had to fly away home? It’s not great news.

Ladybird, ladybird,
Fly away home,
Your house in on fire
And your children all gone;
All except one
And that’s little Ann,
And she has crept under
The warming pan.

My favourite fairytales and nursery rhymes are cut through with sadness. The best stories have light and shade.

But blimey. Her house has burned down and the kids have all gone? That is some serious shade. So best sing that little song every time a ladybird lands on you. Apparently it brings you luck if she does decide to fly off. To you, not her. We already know her luck has run out.

When I was young, blissfully unaware of the house fire situation, I loved to find a ladybird hanging out in the garden. Bright red with black spots, they looked like they’d fluttered straight off the spines of my Ladybird books. Finding them was special – an insect I didn’t run away from. A wuss, I know.

So all grown up, photographing a little redhead sat amongst the purple lavender, it felt like childhood revisited when a ladybird settled nearby. She tenderly set her in the palm of her hand and whispered a polite hello. I watched them get acquainted whilst the storm clouds gathered above and the early evening sun battled on behind us.

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Eventually, she flew away home. I hope she had more luck than the ladybirds Mother Goose knew.

The rest of our session was spent running and dancing and dreaming up stories in the most amazing light. (Please note, all running and dancing undertaken by the younger legs present.)

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Swirling around under that beautiful sunset red hair is an amazing imagination. I loved capturing those moments of quiet, creative reflection.

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The black clouds broke apart, leaving a warm hazy light behind and we sat down to swap stories and tell tales.

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I’d love to revisit these amazing lavender fields this year. So do you have a little storyteller in your family? Maybe you’d like to have an adventure together and I’m the photographer to capture that for you. Let’s meet up when the sun’s going down and talk to the ladybirds we find there.

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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