Natural Family Photography Competition
If you won the lottery and had the chance to move into a new home with new furniture, clothes and kitchen appliances and could only bring one box with you what would you bring? I know for me it would be my family photographs. The ones from my childhood all the way through to the ones that document my children’s lives up to now.
Looking back through them jogs memories and takes me back to the moment when they were born, when they started crawling and walking, every day out, holiday and camping trip. It brings back the giggles and the smell of their hair and the feel of them in my arms when they were still squishy and snuggled so cosily on my lap.
But the one thing that is missing from so many of the photographs is me. And I SO wish I were in more of them. Now more than ever it feels like we are disappearing from our family photographs. There is the odd group selfie I know, but how often does that photo make it from your phone and Facebook page into an album or onto a wall? I bet hardly ever. I know I am as guilty of this as anyone else.
What I want for you is to have some of those memory-jogging-photographs that remind you of a time in your family’s life. When your children were missing their two front teeth, when they still sucked their thumbs, when they built dens and dams in streams. Even when they are starting to become teenagers and it takes a little while for them to forget that and just enjoy being with you.
I want you to forget that little voice that tells you to wait until the perfect moment when you’ve lost a few pounds, had your roots done or bought the perfect outfit. I want you to tell that voice to go do one. Your children will not look back on your family photographs and think “ooooh Mum’s roots are showing!” or “Mum could have done with losing a few pounds!” .. If you hide from the camera they will look back and wonder why you are never in the photographs. And that’s a sad sad thing that breaks my heart. Your children think you are totally beautiful and perfect and only care that you are in their lives.
Because I feel so passionately that I want you to be in your family photographs I am giving away a family shoot. I have added photographs of some of the families I have worked with, along with a few of my own children below.
I’ve also added some lovely words written by a client of mine –
“I cannot write here, how much I love the work that you have done for us. They are beyond any of my hopes and wishes and are just exquisite.(and believe me I had high hopes!) You have captured our family so naturally and beautifully and they mean so much to me.” – Rebecca
Scroll down to the bottom to enter the competition and to see some more images
Your shoot could be anywhere from; at home baking cakes and playing a board game, a walk in the woods, a picnic, a trip to the beach, a city walk with milkshakes and graffiti, a museum trip, a trip to the zoo or a fairground. Whatever it is that you like doing as a family. If you have teenagers make it something they will enjoy doing to and ask them for ideas as well! There is no greater way of getting your children on-board than asking for their input
South Wales family photography Competition