Family photography at home in Wakefield | June 2017

I first met Claire at a Christmas fair. We instantly got along as she chatted to me about her family and we discussed my photography. I explained to Claire that I love to spend time with families in their homes and capture the connections that tell their story. After browsing through my work on the stand a portrait photography session voucher was purchased and a provisional date set for the summer. When we spoke nearer the day, Claire told me that she wanted to achieve some very natural photographs of them all enjoying their lovely garden and some beautiful portraits that captured her two children perfectly. My heart skipped a beat when I found out that the children adored playing with their mud kitchen, trampolining and pushing each other around the garden in a wheelbarrow – I knew that I was in for a great shoot.

On the morning of the portrait session I couldn’t have wished for better weather. It was wall to wall blue. I started photographing the children in their home, chatting about their certificates, favourite books and teddies, trophies that they’d won for sport – you name it we talked about it. After a while we headed outside to play a few games. Running races, croquet and trampolining were all tackled with enthusiasm and laughter. Mum, Dad & Grandma all joined in too.

Taking portraits that really capture a child’s personality is so important to me. Children quite often play to the camera and I find that working through this crazy ten minutes and taking time to get to know the children, makes them be themselves around me. Trust is so important in my job as a story teller and I always know when the children start to be themselves and relax around me and the camera.

I started with the individual portraits. I’d spotted this area in the garden when I arrived and I knew that the trees would make a great background. I also wanted to capture a really natural smile so we chatted freely about concerts, school, dance, favourite pizzas and friends. A great game that I love playing is guessing the names of their best friends – it invariably ends in laughter as it always takes me ages to get the right answer!

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Earlier in the portrait session, I had spotted a lovely red brick old garage at the side of the house.  Composition is very important to me in producing timeless images and I knew that by positioning the little boy to the right of the window it’d work well. I love the little boys smile and stance – just perfect. These beautiful framed portraits now hang proudly in their kitchen.

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

Family photography at home | Wakefield | Summer 2017

I hope you like the selection of photographs taken at this family portrait photography session in Wakefield. If you’d like me to capture your memories please give me a call to arrange your own portrait shoot on 07947 160185. I’m taking bookings now into 2018 although I have a couple of slots left for Autumn portraits (which make great Christmas gifts).

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The cousins portrait session | Roberts Park | Saltaire

One of the privileges I have being a photographer is getting close to my clients. From the minute they book a portrait photography session with me I work really hard to make connections, even on the first phone call. It’s so important for me to be able to get this trust quickly from each client to put them at ease and then when I arrive to photograph them we already feel like we know each other.

When I first spoke with Kellie we had a long chat about the cousins that would be the portrait photography session. Important to Kellie was that I captured each cousins personalty and the fun they had just being together. Kellie explained that they all get on well, enjoy playing games, football, skipping and making each other laugh. We met at the bandstand at Roberts Park one Sunday morning in June. I was surprised to see when I arrived over 100 vintage buses in the park and lots of visitors so I headed to my favourite spot in the park away from the hustle and bustle. The sun was baking on the day so I was always looking for shade (to try and minimise that overhead unflattering light) and create some fabulous shadows on the image. The children ran around, played football and had such a giggle together. They were all a delight to photograph. This picture below is one of my favourites. The little boy spent a while trying to learn to skip whilst his lovely cousin was practising her gymnastics. I really love their concentration and the shadows on the path.

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

Please read on to see the rest of their story and a few more favourite images. These two brothers were adorable to photograph, full of cheekiness and fun.

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

Skipping again… I can hear the giggles from here.

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

Very proud big brother…

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

The cousins portrait session | Saltaire

I hope you enjoyed this selection of images from the cousins portrait photography session in Saltaire. If you’d like me to capture your memories and turn them into timeless pieces of art then please give me a call on 07947 160185 or send me an email to memories@ceciliacostello.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you soon. Or you can send me a message on my Facebook page too.

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James & Gemma’s beautiful wedding | Lytham St Annes | 20th May 2017

Today I want to share with you the story of Gemma & James’s beautiful wedding held at the gorgeous St Josephs Church, Lytham in May. From start the finish the wedding was full of love, joy, tears, laughter, giggles & miles of smiles. Gemma looked radiant in her stunning gown and James made his bride laugh all day – they were beautiful together. The wedding reception was held at the Clifton Arms Hotel – a stunning hotel where the staff went that extra mile to make sure the guests were happy.

Photographing a wedding is a real privilege. Being trusted to capture a couple’s story as it unfolds is an honour – one to be proud of and if I’m honest also a little scary – will my cameras work, will it rain, what if I get lost driving to the reception – all these little unnecessary worries creep into your mind no matter how much you prepare. As always though there is no need to worry because as a professional photographer all these things are taken into account beforehand (or I wouldn’t even step out of the house!). The minute I arrived at Gemma’s mums house, I could feel the buzz around the home and the excitement mounting. Leanne the hairdresser who owns  Salon 7 – in Leyland, was busy doing Gemma’s hair & then the bridesmaids to make sure they were all coiffed to perfection – I think you’ll agree they all look stunning!

Sandwiches and cups of tea were flowing (as was the champagne too!) adding to the mornings preparations. Around noon, I had to leave Gemma and her Mum to head to the church to photograph James with his best man and ushers. It had started to rain however we still managed to get some fabulous ‘boys’ shots outside the church before James went inside to wait for his beautiful bride.

This is the part of a wedding that I love; the suspense on the grooms face as he waits for his bride to enter the church; the hush of the guests; then the organ starts up and you just know that the bride has arrived. By this time I was outside the church photographing Gemma arriving with her Mum and bridesmaids. Looking beautiful Gemma began her walk down the aisle with her Mum. The full nuptial mass lasted an hour then we were back outside for group photos before heading off to the reception. We made a little stop along the way so I could take some photos of the happy couple before their wedding reception. It was raining on and off but that didn’t stop me getting the photographs they wanted – an umbrella always comes in handy…

The reception was fabulous; great speeches, amazing food and then into the evening with a disco and lots of fun. I have chosen these photographs so that you too can live Gemma & James’s wedding story. Enjoy x

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Finally, as the sun started to set, Gemma with her siblings (and James) of course went outside with me as I really wanted to get a few candid photos to end the day. Totally unprompted they decided to do this… I couldn’t have been more thrilled it was such fun.

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James wedding | Lytham St Annes

If you’ve enjoyed looking through Gemma & James wedding story, then feel free to leave a comment below. If you’d like me to capture your story then please get in touch and I’d be delighted to meet over a cuppa. Thanks C x

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James & Gemma’s beautiful wedding | one for now | May 20th 2017

Today I want to share one little image from the beautiful wedding of Gemma & James that I had the pleasure to photograph on Saturday. From start the finish the wedding was full of love, joy, tears, laughter, giggles & miles of smiles. Gemma looked radiant in her stunning gown and James made his bride laugh all day – they were beautiful together. The wedding was held at the gorgeous St Josephs Church, Lytham and then everyone enjoyed a fabulous reception at the incredible Clifton Arms Hotel.

I will obviously share their story from the day in an expanded post once I’ve presented the photographs to the bride & groom, after their honeymoon!

Here is one for now to remind them of their day. Thanks guys Cx

James & Gemma’s wedding | Lytham St Annes | 20th May 2017

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Max & Donna’s wonderful engagement party | St Ives golf club, Bingley

On the recent gorgeous sunny Easter Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Max & Donna’s beautiful engagement party at the Bingley St Ives Golf Club. The venue is absolutely stunning with views that stretch across the gold course and beyond. I was really excited to be part of this lovely evening.  Donna had organised the party with such attention to detail – it was brilliant. From the table decorations to the beautiful cake everything was just perfect.

I arrived early so that I could spend time photographing the happy couple before all their guests arrive.  We had a giggle, Max & Donna are such a fun loving couple who really made me feel welcome and I’m delighted to share a selection of my favourite photos from the celebration. Here you go – enjoy their story. Cx

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

Max & Donna | Celebration photography | Bingley

The party was a huge success and I had such a great time capturing this very special evening. If you’d like me to capture your celebrations then please send me an email to memories@ceciliacostello.co.uk and I’d be delighted to meet you for a coffee and a slice of cake to discuss your dreams! I look forward to telling your story. Cx

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MyRoo Skincare | Business portraits | March 2017

I meet lots of very interesting business owners when I attend my local networking groups. Ladies who are following their dream, either after becoming a mum, or simply changing direction in their line of work. There is an increasing number of women joining the self-employed ranks following their dreams. The reasons for this, I believe, are endless: women crave a better work life balance; they are fed up of the corporate world and the stress this brings; they want to be there more for their children (see their child’s concerts and assemblies instead of picking them up at 6pm from the childminder!). Of course all this takes an enormous amount of effort and late nights when the kids are in bed (speaking from experience) however there is nothing more satisfying – I believe – than being your own boss.

Over the years, I have taken business head shots for a number of ladies (and a gents) and now it is becoming far more popular.  As we live in an increasingly digital world, it’s really important to have a photograph you love and are very proud of. This you can then share on your business website, your Linkedin profile, on marketing literature, in the press or for PR and social media. In my new venture – Business portraits for women – I am working with some wonderful ladies to produce images that they can be proud of and Rachel from the award-winning company MyRoo Skincare, did just that.

MyRoo Skincare is the UK’s first totally free from skincare brand. All the products are natural, organic and vegan. They are free from nuts (all nut products not just edible ones), gluten and dairy and also free from all 14 food allergens and synthetic irritants. All their products are also available fragrance free too… so what’s not to love about this wonderful brand.

Based in Harrogate, Rachel was keen to have elements of Harrogate in the photographs so we spent an hour walking around the lovely streets, chatting and looking for some lovely backgrounds to photograph. Harrogate has some iconic bus shelters so this was on top of Rachel’s list to visit – they are great – I did have to stand in the middle of the road and dodge a few cars which made it all the more fun.

Here are a selection of Rachel’s favourite images and as always please feel free to let me know what you think.. thank you Cx

Business portraits | MyRoo Skincare | March 2017

Business portraits | MyRoo Skincare | March 2017

Business portraits | MyRoo Skincare | March 2017

Business portraits | MyRoo Skincare | March 2017

If you’d like me to tell your business story or photograph you for a business headshot then please do get in touch. You can contact me via the website or email me at memories@ceciliacostello.co.uk and I’d be delighted to discuss your portrait session and get you booked in the diary. I look forward to hearing from you. x

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Gemma & James pre wedding shoot | Lytham St Annes

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma first contacted me early in 2016 to book me to photograph her beautiful wedding in Lytham St Annes. We chatted through all the wonderful arrangements and agreed to hold a pre wedding portrait session in April this year. It’s really important that I get to know the lovely bride and groom before their wedding day, so that they can get used to me and become more comfortable in front of the camera.

When I met Gemma & James a couple of Sundays ago at the lovely Clifton Arms hotel it was great. Gemma filled me in on all the details and then we went a walk along the front. Lytham St Annes is a fabulous place and it dotted with great landmarks – I couldn’t wait to start photographing them. A particular favourite place was the white windmill – a photographers dream. The weather was a little drizzly and cold but this didn’t stop us having a great time.

Here is a selection of their favourite images from the day and I look forward to photograph their wedding in May!

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Gemma & James | Pre Wedding Shoot

Thank you for looking – if you’d like me to capture your beautiful wedding then please contact me at memories@ceciliacostello.co.uk and I’d be delighted to chat through your exciting plans x

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A portrait of three generations & what to expect on a portrait photography session |Bingley | West Yorkshire

I’m always asked the question by my new clients: “What can I expect on a family portrait photography session with Cecilia Costello Photography?”

My answer to them is this: you can expect to feel relaxed on your photography session because you will be in surroundings that are familiar to you – whether it be your home or a special place that has meaning. I say that it will be engaging and fun because they are doing what they love as a family. Just being together. When my new client says that they are a little uncomfortable in front of a camera, I reassure them by saying that on every one of my shoots, at least one of the family members are self conscious in front of a camera. I say that I will work hard to get to know them first before I even take any pictures and by the time we are into the photography session they will forget the camera is there and just enjoy being together as a family. I say that when I return to their home to share the photographs (with my projector & screen), I will show them beautiful images that tell a story from their day as a family. Family. That’s what I’m about. Capturing the bond between the mother and child, father and child, siblings, couples, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, pets and even dolls and teddies. My job is to infiltrate your life for a few hours and capture it’s honesty, emotion and connections. That’s what I say to my new clients who book their child & family portrait photography session with me.

This is a beautiful shoot that I did a couple of years back  and I’ve just never shared it here. The reason I am sharing it today is this… this is the shoot that I talk about when new clients book. I always describe this shoot when I have conversations with new clients. It helps them to imagine the kind of things that will happen on their portrait photography session.  Photographed in the grandparents home and garden – it had emotional ties right from the start.  I was booked to capture the whole extended family together on a Sunday. The gift, booked by the daughter, was for her parents 25th Wedding Anniversary.

The brief was simple: to capture the family in smart outfits first and then everyone was to change into more casual clothes before the afternoon BBQ. We had a wonderful time and I remember with great fondness the tasty BBQ chicken,  beef and a scrumptious cake to finish. These images have received lots of recognition during my Christmas fairs, where I promote my business, so I am hoping that sharing them here today will provide a real answer to the question: “What can I expect to happen when I book a family portrait photography session with Cecilia Costello Photography”.

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

Three generation portrait photography shoot by Cecilia Costello Photography | Bingley | West Yorkshire

A mixture of connections can be seen from a selection of favourite images from the day. The cousins loved playing in the stream in the bottom of the garden (& I loved wading in it too!).  The colours in the garden were utterly stunning and I love the sunny feel to the images. Those that know me though, know that black & white photography is where my passion lies, so I chose to develop a number of images in black & white and I believe this cements the connections and makes for a timeless image. A stunning coffee table book with hard card pages was purchased following this portrait photography session and all the images were included to give the grandparents a lovely memory of their day.

I hope you like this selection of images from this three generation portrait photography session. If you’d like me to capture your family connections in a relaxed and informal way then please call me on 07947 160185 or drop me an email to memories@ceciliacostello.co.uk and I’ll be delighted to chat or meet over tea & cake! Thanks for looking. Cx

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Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

I first spoke to Finlay’s lovely mum Amelia, back in September, when she booked me to photograph her son Finlay’s beautiful christening. We chatted about the arrangements and who would be there: grandparents, great grandparents, god parents and very close friends and that the christening was going to take place in a quaint little church.

I was very excited to be part of Finlay’s special day and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. As a family & children’s photographer, I am always looking to photograph connections between the parents and children because this makes beautiful memories to treasure for years to come. A christening is a super time to do this as all family members get together to celebrate.

On the morning of the christening, I arrived at their home in plenty of time before the service as I wanted to capture the moments of Finlay getting ready for his big day. These photographs are just as important to me, as the time spent in the church, because they help to tell the full story of the day. As a professional photographer it is my role to tell my clients’ story through the imagery that I produce for them. I want my clients to be able to relive the day when viewing their images and choose a wonderful selection of photographs to place in their heirloom Folio album, stunning coffee table book, bespoke frames or fine art prints.

I began the day capturing a beautiful photograph of baby & Mummy before getting some lovely quiet photographs of Finlay in his bedroom – one of my favourites is the little feet shot. We then moved to his parents room whilst they dressed him in his lovely outfit. The bedroom is lit by one large window on the side and a velux roof light so I asked if Finlay could be placed on the bed in the patch of light – this helps produce a crisper image as my ISO doesn’t need to be too high.

Here are my clients’ favourite images from the day (and a whole lot of mine too!) so please sit back and enjoy looking through their story…

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Here we are in the parents room and I love these two images because Finlay is looking straight at me and his parents are busy getting his vest, socks and outfit ready. He is such an inquisitive baby as you can see he loves a giggle and enjoys looking at me and the camera (a baby’s rattle always helps).

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

I love this shot… Daddy & son.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

This image speaks volumes about the excitement around the day – I love Dad’s expression!

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Priceless  – just before the ceremony.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Very proud great grandparents – such an important photograph for Finlay in his future.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

The four generations together. I loved the little windows on either side of the church, they add such interest to the photograph.

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Giggles again and a lovely family shot below.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

As I said at the beginning of this post, to me connections are a huge importance in the work that I produce. Here you can feel the love between great grandparent, mother and child. Just lovely.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Another precious connected image for Finlay to enjoy as he grows.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

I really love this photograph. Adoring Grandma. The windows behind the beautiful sofa help frame the shot and I chose a narrow crop to emphasise the sofa.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Buffet time. I later found out that these two little girls hadn’t met before but they struck up a lovely friendship during the day and I just adore this little girls sideways glance.. I wonder what she was thinking.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

It’s SO nice to work with mirrors.

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay's Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Finlay’s Christening | Malton | North Yorkshire

Well that’s the story of Finlay’s beautiful christening. I hope you liked the photographs and got a sense of how wonderfully special his day was. I felt very privileged to be accepted so freely on the day and capture some emotional images for the family.

If you’d like me to capture your little ones wonderful christening then please do get in touch by sending me an email or completing this contact form here. I’d be delighted to discuss your requirements x

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Children & family portrait photography session| Harewood House, Leeds

Today on my blog I want to share just a few photos from a portrait session I held at Harewood House, Leeds a while ago. I’ve been meaning to put these on my website for ages  (New Year’s resolution – blog more often!) and I’ve been prompted as I’ve just shared another Harewood House shoot this week.

This family were a delight to photograph and the brothers were full of wonder, cheekiness and fun. The weather was beautiful and we spent a few hours wandering around the gardens, playing hide and seek and generally having lots of giggles. Here are a small selection of my favourite images from the day. I bet you can guess what happened just after the first shot – I love the little boys expression.

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Ready, steady go… he was surprisingly fast.

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

I love the carefree giggles that children get when on roundabouts… they make me dizzy!

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

Family portrait photography | Harewood House, Leeds

I hope you like this small selection of photographs from one of my family portrait photography sessions at Harewood House, Leeds. If you’d like me to capture your family moments and convert them into timeless pieces of art then please do get in touch – I ‘d be delighted to have a chat with you and arrange a date. Thank Cecilia.

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