This was a pretty special family shoot for a number of reasons.
Firstly. I photographed Aleshia and Phil’s wedding about ten years ago – it was one of my first weddings and was back in the day of film. (As a side note, I gave a careers talk to 150 Year 7’s earlier this week and they didn’t know what film was – I think that was the first time I have ever felt old.) Anyway, back to the wedding – we all had a great time and we captured some fantastic images at Linton Gardens where they had their reception.
Secondly. They asked me to shoot their family portrait a few years ago when they only had two children. At this time, Aleisha was getting into photography herself and decided to really test my skills by requesting a mid morning shoot on the beach in full, directly overhead (read: very unflattering) sunshine. Not only that, Milly was in a bad mood and didn’t want to be there and I’m pretty sure they bribed Lincoln with all sorts of treats if he DIDN”T co-operate with me. To say this shoot was a challenge is an understatement but I somehow managed some shots while both Phil and Aleisha enjoyed watching me work my butt off. I was ready to give up photographing families following that shoot.
Having a second chance at the family shoot was something I was looking forward to – hesitantly.
Thirdly. Since that family shoot, both our families have become close and we get together often; so it was going to be extra special for me to be able to capture some great photos of my friends and their children.
Below are a few of the images from the shoot and yes, the kids were a pleasure to shoot this time.