Being a family portrait photographer is an honour especially when I get to work with great couples like Samantha and Paul. This was the fourth time I have photographed them! The first was their pre wedding shoot, the second their wedding day and the third time was when Grace was a baby. It was so lovely to catch up with them again and meet the newest arrival to the family baby Harry.

I know Sam won’t mind me saying that the first time I photographed her she was really nervous and self-aware. But as I have built up a relationship with the family and got to know Sam she is now a different person in front of the camera. It is really satisfying when you can build confidence and trust with clients because it means you get the most authentic, natural and timeless images that really reflect who they are and exceed all of their expectations.

For the session we returned to Mersea Island which is where I photographed Grace when she was 6 months old. Sam and Paul wanted me to photograph Harry at the same age in the same location. The row of pretty pastel beach huts on West Mersea Beach overlooking the unspoiled beach made the perfect location for our shoot. The beach has a lovely laid back feel where the family could relax and play allowing me to capture the connection and closeness of Sam, Paul, Grace and baby Harry. Take a look at the images.

The day started chilly but warmed up. The sea breeze gave Grace’s hair a gorgeous windswept look as she curiously hunted for crabs on the beach. Those images of her were amongst my favourite of the day. For me, it’s the little details that make the biggest difference. Like Grace’s hair as it actually is, not ‘done’ for the photos that give the photographs an authentic and timeless quality.

As a mother I know only too well that your children grow and change constantly so it was lovely to capture the family whilst the children are both still so young and dependent on Sam and Paul.

I was delighted to be asked to do this family portrait session for Sam and Paul at this stage of their family life. It was a really lovely day. Being a family portrait photographer really is the best job in the world.