During these crazy times in which we find ourselves, more people have been asking for outdoor family photoshoots in Andover and the surrounding areas. I recently had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family, for an outdoor photoshoot near Winchester, at Micheldever Woods. Chantal and Kevin's youngest, Kelbey, had been born during lockdown, so like many other families, had missed out on a newborn photoshoot. They still wanted some photos to remember him as a young baby, as well as some photos of the family altogether. The family's boys love to walk in the woods and build shelters and dens, so we agreed that Micheldever Woods would be the ideal location for a natural family photoshoot.
We met one morning at the woods and walked in to find a suitable spot to take the family and baby photos. We soon found a clearing in the woods where there were plenty of dens built by others and decided that would be the spot! We started with the family photoshoot with mum, dad, baby Kelbey and his two older brothers, Landon and Henley. Before long, Kelbey was hungry, so Chantal snuggled into one of the dens to feed him, where I also got a few really cute feeding photos, with Chantal's permission, of course!
Once we'd got back in to taking family photos in the woods, I wrapped baby Kelbey and posed him in a wooden bowl, with beautiful soft blue fur blankets, for a lovely outdoor, natural baby photoshoot. Chantal was amazed at how I made Kelbey look like a little newborn baby again, despite him being 2 1/2 months old. He looked adorable!
I asked Chantal why she chose me to take her family's photos and how she found the experience. She says,
We came across Helen's website and it was her style of natural photography that we liked".
On what she liked best about the session, Chantal says,
Helen's ability to help relax us all and also her patience with us. Getting us all facing the same way without any blinking or doggy grins was a challenge. We followed Helen's advice and organised everything for the children (and adults) a few days before, so the morning of the shot was stress free! And the best tip was no colour food/drink once dress/during the shot to avoid any potential disastrous accidents!"
I really enjoyed our outdoor photoshoot and was delighted to be able to photograph the family again in my studio a few weeks later. I look forward to photographing them all again, as the family grows.
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