This is part two of my top ten photos from 2016, taken from my personal portfolio and the growing library of client photos I’ve taken over the last 12 months. I’ve chosen these photos because they all mean something important to me. From being ballsy and saying yes more often, to finding beauty among the chaos of life as a mum to two young kids. You can read part one here.
*Seriously nearly wrote Part Deux just now. Hot Shots – the struggle is real.
I know Caroline through an online parenting group. Our babies are the same age and we both have partners called Tom, as well as sharing first names. Freaky. Anyway, she reached out asking for pro photographers who could do a birthday session with her now 1 year old, after a very bad experience at one of those chain studios. I jokingly replied I’d do it, but we live 150 miles from each other. No problem, she responded, she’d sort out my mileage. It was such an awesome session, and I’m so glad I stuck my neck out with this one.
Another newborn that was just so perfect and cuddly, with a gorgeous mass of soft fluffy hair. This was just one of those sessions that went so smoothly and so well, doing everything at Olive’s pace and letting her have all the cuddles with her mum that she needed. This photo was taken post-bottle, and seems proof to me that these natural breaks provide great scope to take lovely photos.
George pretends to be a model
Ok, I’m biased. I love this photograph. We got in on a cold, blustery day in October, and George asked me to take photos of him. For twenty minutes I shouted out directions (“look happy! now sad! now silly!”) and kept switching every 2 seconds until he was giggling his head off. As he gets older it gets harder to take photos of him looking so naturally joyful, so this one’s a real treasure.
Effie In a quiet moment
Her face is just so gosh darn expressive, and isn’t she just cute as a button? Chubby cheeks, button nose and huge blue eyes. Why do they have to grow up?
Our first born, Rosie
Rosie is perhaps the hardest of my photography subjects to do justice to. She’s coming up for 7 years old, and is entering Old Lady Cat territory – more content to sit on laps and even tolerates the kids more than she used to. This photo strikes me more than others because she’s usually a camera-shy blur, running to hide under a bed.
It’s been a fantastic year for me and photos. I’m looking forward to next year and all the weddings, newborns and toddlers I’m yet to see. Maybe this time next year my top ten could be really different – one of my New Years resolutions is to start a 365 photo project and share something every day.