I was born and bred in Guildford. I’ve moved around a bit, lived in different places, but I love this town and I’m very happy to call it home. It’s small, and that appeals to me, not just because it makes it walkable (and you know I embrace a touch of laziness), but also because you get the opportunity to move quickly between locations when photographing people.
For this family session, we started in the Guildford Castle grounds, which was the perfect place to let one little knight run amok whilst his mum and dad could only look on and laugh. Boys this age wear their characters on their short sleeves and if you can keep up with them, capture their imagination and make them laugh, they light up for the camera. The world is full of fun for them. There’s an adventure around every corner.
When we’d explored the walled gardens of the Castle, we wandered down the hill to the River Wey to watch the barges pass through the lock, to roll down hills without fear, to roar with laughter.
It’s lovely to experience these places, the ones I know so well from my own childhood, through the eyes of someone else. You remember the time you spent on family picnics, eating cream cheese sandwiches, slurping noisily on a carton of 5 Alive, paddling under the bridge when it was warm enough.
So as the session unfolds, I see these future memories begin for another family, and know that the photographs will keep them clear, vibrant and ever present.
Photography sessions with me are not about lining you up and hoping you smile. It’s about knowing what is important to a family. It’s about seeing who you are and capturing what you mean to each other.
If you have kids you could cuddle till they pop, let me know. I know this perfect little place to explore.