WINTER WELLIE WALKING WITH THE PANELS
Family Photographer Oxford, near Sonning Common
I absolutely love a good old winter walk, the muddier the better in my opinion, come rain or shine, there is simply no better way to start the day! It's all about getting those wellies on and embracing our unpredictable English weather and who wouldn't love it, we are so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the most stunning countryside, which provides us with endless amazing backdrops.
As a family photographer I do love it when a client wants to have their photo shoot outside, I find it immediately puts everyone at ease. The sessions are just so relaxed, which works particularly well with children, there's no hiding behind mummy or forcing a cheesy grin, with a lifestyle photography session there is no awkward posing at all, we are simply out on a fun walk together, even if I do offer a few gentle directions, they are so minor, the children don't even tend to notice!
So, as you can imagine, when Nicola contacted me for a winter family photography session, I was delighted! Especially as she asked for the photos to be taken at Sonning Common, central to Oxford, Reading and Henley-On-Thames in you are not familiar, a place of outstanding natural beauty!!! There is always a risk with the weather at this time of year, although I am always happy to embrace the session whatever the weather, I do know some people do prefer to reschedule, which is always fine (in actual fact, wellies, umbrellas and lots of muddy puddles make the best photos!) but it turned out we were in luck, the frost was out but the sun was shining and the sky was blue, we had perfect conditions. In fact, I deeply regretted the ski jacket, woolly hat, gloves and scarf after about 20 minutes into the shoot!!
I could immediately appreciate why Nicola and Vincent wanted their photography session to take place at Sonning Common, the particular route that we took, being their usual choice for a Sunday stroll, was breathtaking, (although I have to say, very hilly. I wouldn't normally mind, but my chosen amount of layers was becoming increasingly uncomfortable! Lessons learnt!!). They had certainly put some thought into the session as the stroll took us up to a beautiful little church which was where they themselves got married, it was lovely to see little Maxime attempting some of his first steps at such a special place and being able to capture it on camera!
We had planned that after the hike back down we were going to spend 20 minutes or so at the Panels family home using a more relaxed documentary family photography style, where I just sat back and photographed them together as a family, totally unscripted, there as a storyteller. I never give any direction when shooting in a documentary style, I am simply there to record the family spending time together. I always find these images to be particularly emotive, watching the love and connection between one another, the genuine smiles and fun!
I had the best fun photographing the Panel family, I actually felt like I had known them for ages, I am so lucky, I have the best clients ever!! Also, it makes me so happy to know one day, Maxime will be able to look back on these images when he's a little older, to see the house as it was when he grew up and to appreciate the love his parents had for him. Those memories are priceless!
Here are a few of my favourites images from the photo session, I hope you enjoy!
If you think you may be interested in booking your own Lifestyle Family Photography session or a full Documentary Family Photography session, or would just like some more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch! I would love to her from you.