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Natural Mother & Baby outdoor Photoshoot in Richmond Upon Thames

I'd photographed Anastasia with her family when her baby was 3 months old so when she asked to meet up again and do a Mother and baby photoshoot in Richmond Park I jumped at the chance. It was windy and bitter on the morning of the session but she'd wrapped her little one up in layers of wool and the sweetest red socks. Being Russian, Anastasia doesn't feel the cold, I almost fell over when she took off her jacket and while my fingers froze and my nose turned red she looked peaceful and serene snuggling her baby boy. Putting the focus on that special bond between a mother and her child is one of my favourite things about my work. It's so important to capture the mamas who so often get lost in the family albums, choosing to hide behind the lens instead of getting in the pictures themselves. Here are my favourite frames from our morning out in the wild...

Baby Sara: a family photoshoot at home in Richmond-Upon-Thames

I'm catching up with some long overdue blog posts and this little shoot from last year with baby Sara at her home in Richmond-upon-Thames always makes me smile. Those baby leg rolls and the look of utter love and devotion on her parent's faces - just priceless.

I love shooting in client's homes across West London and beyond. There is something intimate and understated about capturing a family in their natural environment. I know I say it time and time again but it is a great privilege to do what I do and meet so many amazing families through my work. If you'd like to find out more about booking a home session for your brood send me a note. I'd love to work with you.

All photographs are copyright Little Kin Photography: Baby, newborn and family photographer in Richmond, Surrey, London.

Getting in the frame: Capturing motherhood as much as childhood

As a photographer I rarely feature in our family photos since I am usually the one behind the camera. It seems the greatest irony to me and is the unfortunate downside to having a professional camera that baffles my husband.

I'm really passionate about the importance of capturing motherhood as much as childhood. My own childhood albums are very special to me, there is magic in seeing my mum at my age now, dressed in an 80's jumpsuit and holding a little me in her arms.

Photos are part of our legacy, they transport us back to a moment in time. By keeping ourselves absent from our family albums we aren't recording one of the most precious and wonderful of seasons in our life - early motherhood. 

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I wanted to celebrate mothers and the incredible job that they do by running some mother and child sessions, specifically to capture mums with their babies and children. There is a tenderness, an instinctive protectiveness that exists between mothers and their little ones and it's palpable in these pictures. The way a child leans into the warmth of his mother's knook, close to her comforting heartbeat gets me every time I photograph it.

It's these images, of you with your children, that deserve a place on your mantlepiece and in your family albums. You, after all, breathed life into your children, grew them inside of your own body and nurtured them when they were their most vulnerable. Treasure these years and capture them as much as you can, weave your way into your picture books and make sure you're visible in your memories, and theirs in the years to come.

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All photographs are copyright LittleKinPhotography. Little Kin Photography specialises in the natural-light photography of pregnancy, newborns, babies, toddlers, children and families in West London and Surrey (Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, West Molesey, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Barnes, East Sheen, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Dorking, Clapham, Battersea, Kensington, Chelsea, Esher, Weybridge and Cobham)

A Happy Accident

This image was a happy accident from my family photoshoot in Richmond Park this morning but I LOVE it! Sometimes, in fact often, the most unexpected of images pleases me the most :-)

All photographs are copyright  L  ittleKinPhotography . Little Kin Photography specialises in the natural-light photography of pregnancy, newborns, babies, toddlers, children and families in West London and Surrey (Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, West Molesey, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Barnes, East Sheen, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Dorking, Clapham, Battersea, Kensington, Chelsea, Esher,   Weybridge and Cobham)

All photographs are copyright LittleKinPhotography. Little Kin Photography specialises in the natural-light photography of pregnancy, newborns, babies, toddlers, children and families in West London and Surrey (Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, West Molesey, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Barnes, East Sheen, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Dorking, Clapham, Battersea, Kensington, Chelsea, Esher, Weybridge and Cobham)



Columbia Road with Me&Orla

One of the things I love about my job is working with some talented, creative people who share my passion for simple, storytelling portraits.

I had a wonderful morning at Columbia Road Flower Market in London's East End with Sara from the gorgeous blog Me&Orla I felt very honoured to spend a couple of hours with her and her family, taking mostly reportage, lifestyle photos of them enjoying a little day out in London, a city escape from their idyllic life in Yorkshire.

If you haven't read Sara's blog do check it out. She writes beautiful posts on motherhood, living simply and intentionally and life in the country. It's no surprise her stunning instagram account has gathered over 100k followers who love to stop by and see little snippets of her simple life as a mother in the Yorkshire countryside.

We met at The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green where she was staying, before heading to Columbia Road Flower Market. The hotel was beautiful and as we explored some of it's knooks and crannies we stumbled upon a lovely old greyhound dog - the hotel's very own permanent resident, who made friends with Orla in no time. 

The flower market is one of my favourite London locations to wile away a few hours on a sleepy Sunday so when Sara said she was headed to the Big Smoke, it seemed like the obvious place to center our family photoshoot. Amongst the blooms, the chaos of the market and the crowds, this little family shared the sweetest, intimate moments.

 

All photographs are copyright LittleKinPhotography. Little Kin Photography specialises in the natural-light photography of pregnancy, newborns, babies, toddlers, children and families in West London and Surrey (Richmond upon Thames, St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, West Molesey, Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Kew, Chiswick, Barnes, East Sheen, Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon, Dorking, Clapham, Battersea, Kensington, Chelsea, Esher, Weybridge and Cobham)