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Redhill Maternity Photography
In my last few weeks of pregnancy the amazingly talented documentary photographer, Antonina Mamzenko came to record our last few days as a family of 4. I’m so pleased we managed to squeeze in a shoot with her not only to document the pregnancy, but to also our home which we will soon be moving out of. So many years of love have been contained within these walls. Although we have outgrown the house, we will miss this space we called home for 8 wonderful years.
The thing I best love about Antonina’s work is that as a documentary photographer, she shoots exactly what she sees. There is absolutely nothing added, there is no fluff. It is not an idealised recreation of how we would like to remember ourselves. It is real life, exactly as it is. She came on a grey Sunday morning and melted into the background. We made pancakes in our pyjamas, did homework, and just mooched around. Just like any other rather uneventful Sunday morning.
As a photographer myself it’s a useful experience to have my own family photoshoot once in a while, as I get to feel exactly how my clients feel during a photoshoot. From the moment the shoot was scheduled I found myself unsure about what to wear, and anxious about how huge and awful I would look in the photos. The house was a mess after my sons 6th birthday party the day before, and I was exhausted after 36 long, uncomfortable weeks of pregnancy filled with chronic nausea, heartburn and extreme exhaustion. Truth be told I never feel particularly comfortable in front of the camera. But now when I look at the images I forget all that. Instead all I see is my beautiful precious bump, the children being themselves, and the home we shared and loved for 8 years. And what a wonderful gift that is. xx
"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside." ~ Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib
After what felt like an eternal winter we have sprung into summer overnight. Spring has been left out completely but I'm not complaining, as the weather is glorious. It’s a perfect time to bring the camera out and take beautiful photographs of the kids. A good tip to remember is that the best time of day to photograph is in the early evening, just before the sun sets. This is the most flattering light for family portraits, as the light is soft and ethereal. It does get a little tricky later on in summer as this precious ‘golden hour' is past the children's bedtimes. But right now it is just about manageable.
While the sun is out I’m taking every opportunity to get photographs of the kids on our little weekend adventures in the Surrey countryside. It’s a perfect time for everybody to get that dusty DSLR off the shelf and put it to use. Or if thats too intimidating for you, just use your phone. It’s making the memory of these precious days that matters most. xx
I love photographing people's portraits in the environment. But what many people don’t know is that I also love taking portraits in people’s homes too. It adds another dimension and layer to the portrait that would otherwise not be there. The images record little everyday details of our lives which we are prone to forget: how furniture was arranged for a time, or the way morning light comes into a certain room and makes it a special place to be.
I was delighted to get the opportunity to do an in-home maternity photoshoot for the beautiful and radiant Lindsay of @therusticmother, as she waits for the arrival of her second child. It was a quiet, calm morning spent in her lovely home and garden with her toddler (and the cutest pooch!)
If you would like an in-home maternity or newborn session I’d love to hear from you!