It's usually this time of year when I attempt to photograph our entire family myself - all four of us in one frame. (Though my new years resolution is do try and do that more often!) This theme was one that I'd wanted to do for a few years now, but never had the opportunity to so we planned as much as possible and started to prepare for the perfect Christmas card photograph.
This sort of thing is always difficult for me - I find it hard to just click away when using a remote control, it's so different to a family session I'm working on when I can walk around, find my angles and take my time to compose the image carefully. So I decided to make it a 'hybrid' shoot - partly my usual style, then popping the camera onto the tripod when I found a setting I liked and hopping into the frame with them. My husband also shot a few frames to help me out when it came to the more relaxed side of the session. Not only that but I was able to keep on shooting documentary style memories both before and after the photo session, pretty much making a detailed story of our day. So here it is... VERY roughly edited because I need it out of the way (and they need to be printed as cards tomorrow!)
Armed with some battery-powered LED fairy lights, blankets and a remote control trigger we did our best in the VERY windy conditions. I know how difficult and stressful it usually is for us to get just one photograph of all four of us together, and how hard it is to get children to stay still for more than a few seconds at a time. So to help avoid the impatient change in mood that one or all of us would have at some point, I called the elves and asked that a little bag of goodies would find it's way magically underneath one of the Christmas trees, which we stumbled upon during the session ;) It definitely sparked some magic.
Huge thanks to Manor Farm, who allowed us into their field to photograph. We bought a beautiful tree which (as you can see) is now decorated and making our home look very festive indeed! You guys should really get on over there soon, they are open every weekend in December.
Our tree came with "two free ladybirds!", my daughter was going on and on about the insects being on the tree until we said "well.. it was in a field this morning.." she straight away answered "I'm surprised we haven't got a squirrel as well!"
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