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Outdoor documentary family session at Hod Hill | Kev & Bruce

Outdoor documentary family session at Hod Hill | Kev & Bruce

Why a documentary family session? As parents we have this increasing need to cling on to the disappearing childhood of our babies.  Time flashes by before you know it, milestones are passed, challenges are achieved and increasing height is marked on the door frame.

This is exactly why Kev booked the session, to hold on to his son Bruce’s innocent youth!  When I asked Kev what he loved most about Bruce, he said his smile and his enjoyment of life.  He just loves running, jumping, splashing, chasing and all the things boys should love!  Capturing all of these activities in a documentary style means that all of the images show Bruce in exactly the way that his Dad sees him.  There’s no posing, there’s no awkwardness, there is just Bruce being Bruce.

Bruce loves walking, tennis and cycling and anything that involves the great outdoors!  He also plays guitar and promised me at the end of the session we could go back to his and he could strum out a tune for me!

So we decided to go on a walk to Hod Hill near Blandford Forum in Dorset as it’s one of their favourite activities and I certainly saw Bruce the way his dad does.  We entered the little woodland area next to a running stream, and Bruce was straight in there, splashing in his wellies.  He found a huge stick which is a typical Bruceism – whenever they go on a walk he always finds a good stick to accompany him on his journey!  And we went on a lovely long walk.  We chatted along the way and paused for a rest at the stile and Bruce and his dad had a bit of fun joking around!

One of my favourite images from this session is the one of the two of them laughing together.  I don’t do it enough myself but it is SO important to have pictures of YOU in the photos with your children.  When they are grown they will want to remember you as you were just as much as you will of them!  Plus you know what it’s like, you always think you look awful at the time but when you look back 5 years later you realise how crazy you were for thinking it! PLUS – think of your Grandkids – you will need to convince them that everything wasn’t in black and white when you were young!!!  I know Bruce will treasure that photo in 20 years.

Anyway, it’s late and I’m rambling… but here is what an outdoor documentary family session looks like… ENJOY and if you like it, I would love for you to leave me a message at the bottom, and maybe even think of me when you’re looking for a Father’s Day prezzie! 🙂

If you’re thinking of booking a session yourself or buying a session for a Christmas present – I do gift vouchers!  Just click here to send me a message – I love to chat!

Documentary newborn session | Blandford Forum

Documentary newborn session | Blandford Forum

MARIA…… I just met a girl named Maria!  And my GAWD she is beautiful.  Look at those lips – they make a thin lipped Lizzy like me VERY jealous! 😉

I was so touched to be asked to take photos of this family as they are good friends of mine. Although that also means DOUBLE the pressure!

I was also secretly pleased because a family this pretty can’t fail to make good photos – I mean just take a look at little Luca – I am POSITIVE he just stepped out of his Oliver Twist scruffs.  GORGEOUS OR WHAT!

We decided to take a relaxed approach to these photos, which meant we managed to get these lovely natural moments showing the early days as a family of 4 for what they really are.  Just beautiful.

This is my favourite type of session.  These sessions produce the photos that your children and their children will love – you know the ones – the ones that show exactly what life really was like.

So without further ado – here they all are!  If you like them – be sure to leave a comment.  And if you would like to book me to capture the beauty in YOUR every day – get in touch here.   Looking forward to meeting you already! 😉

Oh and if you know anyone who is about to have a new bundle of joy in their lives, find me on instagram or facebook and give them a tag!

In home documentary family session | The Langdowns

In home documentary family session | The Langdowns

 

So I am in a bit of a weird place starting up this photography business of mine… I started out taking pictures of our every day life.  And then I learnt how to do it better.  And then people wanted me to start taking pictures for them.  Which was amazing because I LOVE to do it… but that has led me into more posed shoots, maternity, newborn etc and away from where I started out – documentary family photos.

I honestly think that one day a year, every family should get a photographer to come over for breakfast and not leave until the sun goes down.  Capture the moments, the tears, the tantrums, the smiles, the cuddles, and most of all – capture the every day stuff that is unremarkable in its “everydayness” but in 10 years time when you look back, these are the pictures that are really going to remind you of how life was then.  And it will remind you it was wonderful.

So on this day I went to my lovely friends’ The Langdowns and took some pictures of them just doing what they do.  No set ups, no poses, just them.  I love them.  Hope you do too!