I expect most of us have a family photograph in one form or another somewhere in our homes. Today we have a wider choice in how we display our family members to the wide world. We can use framed prints, posters, canvas boards, acrylic blocks, PC screen savers, electronic picture frames, and of course many of us also use the on-line social networks such as facebook and twitter.
Much of my family portrait work is now done at or near the customer's home. This may be inside their house, in their garden or at a nearby beauty spot. On location images often have the advantage of looking more natural and spontaneous. When recorded in the family environment the image will also have context and a level of credibility not possible in a studio. I can however set up a white background for photographing children, individuals and head & shoulder shots of small groups whenever requested.
We all live through a multitude of events that shape and define our family lives. births, christenings, birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and funerals are just a few that give us the excuse and opportunity to gather family together to celebrate, congratulate or pay our respects. A picture of the family at such a time has always been the favourite way to mark the event in an album, a framed print or a TV picture show.
"The photos are fabulous, I can't believe you got them sorted so quickly! You helped make the day really special, and everyone was very impressed with you. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you, and am thrilled with the pictures - I was very lucky to find you...... CAROLINE"
"A child's character shines into this world through their eyes"
My advice to parents has always been for them to take as many pictures of their growing children as they can, even if its only using their phones. Children grow up and change so quickly and as parents they will have the best seat in the house to view, experience and capture it all.
But if you need any help, I will be glad to take some for you.