Family are everything…
Do you agree?
Way back in January I was given the pleasure of photographing Angela’s grandchildren for her. I had already carried out two mini shoots for this family, but Angela wanted all her grandchildren photographed together. Angela has been a family friend for as long as I can remember and is one of the most loving people I have ever met. Her family are everything to her, as they are to many of us, so having this opportunity to capture these memories for her was an honour.
Photographing children is always so much fun and this lovely bunch were no exception. Amelia, Rebecca, Emily-may and Cameron were already accustomed to the whole process and did a brilliant job at showing Mia the ropes. At first Mia was a little shy but it didn’t take long for her to be giggling away and posing with her older cousins. The 5 of them pretty much ran the show and I just followed their lead and snapped away. Every minute was an opportunity for a perfect shot because of the undeniable love these children have for each other.
One of the most enjoyable things about photographing children is capturing the unique moments which happen in a split second and will never happen again. Having a group who were so full of personality made my job an easy one and it is clear to see that they have a bond which will never be broken. However on this occasion, although all 5 children were brilliant, kind and enthusiastic, there was something else that made this shoot one I will always remember. As I laid on the grass to photograph the group all huddled together on a blanket, the girls were trying to make Mia laugh so we could get a more natural photograph and I got my goose bump moment. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of Angela, smiling from ear to ear, filled with pride and joy watching her grandchild messing around, having fun and making memories. My eyes were filled with tears of joy to be part of such a moment, it is something that will stay with me forever.
Upon getting home and attempting to finalise the gallery I discovered I had a difficult task at hand, there were so many gorgeous images showing the beautiful relationships between these 5 children. I wasn’t the only one to struggle, when the gallery was shared with Angela she also decided she couldn’t choose and insisted she would just have to buy all ninety something images!!!
So here we are now, 5 month later and after some persuasion she has finally made her decision! I agree with her that every image was beautiful in its own way and I am so happy that they can now display them in their homes.
I really do feel for those people who don’t have family around them and I urge those who do to treasure every moment when them.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J Fox