Gifts for fathers day
This one is for all the wonderful dads out there. The ones that create a trail of destruction in their quest for fun, the ones that get their ears bashed because the children are wearing ill fitting clothes because they let them choose what to wear that day. Those dads who actually forgot to give the kids lunch but have spent the afternoon exploring so makes a last minute trip to the chippy, hiding the paper evidence…. that smell gives it away along with the ketchup smeared across childrens happy faces. The fixers of scraped knees and lego towers, builder of bonfires, maker of magic…
June 19th is around 8 weeks away, the day that Fathers Day falls on. If you’re feeling organised this year, perhaps don’t have that last minute panic, we’ve all been there… more socks, last minute giant toblerone (again).
A few weeks ago, Emma asked me to make some portrait of herself and her son Hugo as a surprise gift for her husbands birthday. A location shoot in Wiltshire was firmed and Emma gave me a pretty good idea of the styling that she was after – it was at the shoot that I first met Emma and she looked phenomenal but more important, she was very open and giving to creativity. The combination of great early evening light, and the wonderful mother and son connection really made it such a pleasure to be a part of. When I’m watching two people naturally connect, whether it be a couple, two children or a mother/son, children/grandparents (that gets me every time) it’s so amazing to witness that I have to remember to actually take a picture… This is why I don’t make great plans ideas for my portraits, I have an inkling and then invite my clients to be as natural as possible around me, leaving me to compose and catch the light. Portraiture is about giving, from me giving my all on the shoot, to Emma passing over her lovely frame of images to her husband and despite this being my business and livelihood, creating an emotional response is the most rewarding part of the job.
You have time to have a portrait ready for fathers day, do get in touch if you would like more information as to what we can do for you – or you can order one of our vouchers for him to use when he chooses and can include all his family (or just be indulgent and have portrait of himself!)
Here are a few of my favourites from the shoot.