Poppy, Jacob and Thomas and their parents Becky & Trevor live in the middle of woods on a hillside that can only be reached by driving on forest tracks for ten minutes. I love family shoots anywhere but one of my favourite places is any place that’s just a bit remote, especially where you find a really lovely family and their gorgeous little house in the woods.

Becky & Trevor wanted a family shoot both in and outside of the house that was natural & relaxed without the kind of posed work you might find in my studio. So I captured this family just the way they are, playing and laughing together in the place they call home. They were such a joy.

I really love lifestyle family photography. There’s such blessing in being there and capturing the joy and warmth of a family spending time with each other wherever that may be. Sometimes I give it a little nudge and might suggest jumping on beds or throwing leaves in the air, or I might move something that’s in the way of a lovely photograph … but that’s as far as I go. When the children are older you can look back at the way their now straight hair curled at the nape of their necks, how they giggled as only children can giggle and how running around in the cold digging up worms was time well spent.

It’s a snippet of family life but a priceless one.

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