The Sheldrakes – A picture of warmth and contentmentBack to Galleries
After the rush of Christmas I was invited to photograph the Sheldrake Family, relaxing at their fabulous home in the pretty village of Little Baddow, Chelmsford.
It was the perfect time to capture the Sheldrakes enjoying some quality, post-Christmas, family-time together and they extended a very warm welcome to me, which was much appreciated on a cold winter’s day. Indeed, warmth exuded from this family from the moment I met them and I wanted to make sure this came across in the photographs.
The key to achieving this was getting to know the family and observing how they interacted with each other. So I spent time talking to each of the Sheldrakes, to understand what their passions and hobbies were. I chatted to Millie and Josh, the Sheldrake children, to find out what they enjoyed doing best. Millie was excited to show-off her make-up collection to me and we had fun capturing some pictures of her applying it in her bedroom mirror. Josh is into his football so he spent a fair amount of time kicking a ball at me (as I requested!)
Having fun together came naturally to the Sheldrakes and during the course of my time with them, they were often laughing and joking, which is reflected in the photographs from the shoot. Encapsulating the joy of time spent with loved ones during the Christmas holidays, I captured memories of the Sheldrakes as they relaxed. Each activity the family enjoyed together provided an opportunity for some wonderful snapshots. A competitive Xbox challenge gave us some great facial expressions! And a waffle-making session in the kitchen, which didn’t quite go to plan made the day even more memorable!
The photographs from my day with the Sheldrakes capture lots of big smiles and affectionate moments, all in a candid and informal manner. Most of all, I hope they portray the sense of love and contentment, which surrounded this lovely family.