Barker's Summer Evening Extended Family Session | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer
I was admittedly a little bit lost on the way to the Barker family session, and after a quick phone call to Bryony, who booked the session, I was pointed in the direction of the house - turns out no one can find it! A few moments later, and still a bit confused, I was excitedly greeted by three little girls, waving at me with huge grins from across the road. 'Ah, that'll be the house then!' I knew right off the bat that this would be a lot of fun, because the girls were so keen. I always love an extended family session, and the Barker family's session was no exception!
Bryony first emailed me earlier this year to discuss her family session, involving her two little ones, her parents, and her sister and family, and it was going to be a bit more special than usual, because it involved a bit of a family reunion! Her sister Paula moved to the USA quite a few years ago, and Bryony's family live up North, so the kids hadn't seen each other in just over a year, and everyone hadn't been back at the family home, which Bryony and Paula's parents own just outside of Colchester, for quite some time. Packed with memories from times gone by, it was the perfect location for the golden hour shoot.
I always have in my mind a list of formal photos to document at extended family sessions, and there was one in particular we just had to get: a recreation of a family portrait taken a few years ago. As an Essex-based lifestyle photographer, documenting natural, fun moments is usually my thing, but I always love recreating memories. I was definitely up for a challenge with this session too, and spent most of my time exploring and photographing with the three girls, who had a bond like sisters. They hadn't seen each other in ages, were absolutely so excited about having photos, and were just so much fun.
Having spent some time playing ring around the rosie, and getting some photos in the church their Grandma Jan works at regularly, next I had the opportunity to take photos of their lovely grandparents themselves, Jim and Jan, who were just the sweetest couple. Having been together over 50 years, the love they shared reminded me so much of my own grandparents. I was so grateful to get some time alone with them for portraits, although it wasn't long before all three girls came back for some more photos under the apple orchard which has been in the garden as long since the girls' parents grew up!
We had so much fun, the sun was totally beaming, and everyone was worn out with a game of tag at the end. Thank you so much, Barker family, for inviting me to take your family photos, it was a blast!
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