Richmond Park is not only one of my favourite places for family photography in London, it’s one of my favourite places full stop. I’ve lived around Richmond Park all my life and have photographed it for years. You can see examples of my nature photography, mainly of the deer, in my Deer Hunter articles. You can find them here.
This session was a lot of fun. I met with the family before our shoot and found out about their lovely family. I was really looking forward to meeting the girls and had such fun joking with them. It took a little while to warm up, both literally and figuratively, but after a quick trip to Pen Ponds to feed the ducks the weather improved and the girls were already beginning to smile.
Family photography is rarely something I consider dangerous but I always advise caution when walking through Richmond Park. In this instance, my assistant fell into a hidden rabbit hole! No animals were hurt but my assistant unfortunately was. Being the trooper she is, she continued without telling me about her pain. Needless to say, I felt very bad when I found out.
After feeding the ducks and proceeding to fall into a rabbit hole, the shoot continued without a hitch. The sun came out and the day quickly became quite hot. Once the sun became a bit too intense for natural light family photography we retreated into the shade provided by a collection of trees and captured some lovely photos.
The girls and I had great fun messing around and being very silly! I always find that’s half the battle with family photography, keeping the children engaged. If we can have some fun together than I’m much more likely to capture some beautiful natural expressions. Take a look at the photos below. You’ll see a series with the girls on a blanket laughing. I wouldn’t advise putting those on your wall (although they are very cute) but moments later I was able to capture some great expressions. All from having fun!
All in all, it was a lovely morning in Richmond Park and we managed to get some beautiful, natural photos of this family. Here’s a few of my favourites.