You just know it's going to be a great session when you are greeted with hugs and three energetic boys bouncing around in excitement!Read More
The true magic of a photography session in your own home is having images of your family in the one place that is already soaked in memories and nostalgia. And in years to come, those frozen moments in time will be all the more precious because they'll evoke the memories of you and your family, just as you are, right now.Read More
For me summer has become almost synonymous with flowering lavender which can be found in abundance at the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead.
I first visited this gorgeous location three years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. We've been ever summer since and I can almost chart my children's growth among these beautiful blooms.
Gorgeous photography location
Because it has such a special significance to me, it has become one of my favourite places to photograph my families.
I spent most of last weekend there with some absolutely lovely families, you can see some of them featured in the video above.
Magical family photographs
The lavender certainly does provide a gorgeous backdrop for photographs, but what makes these special is the love and connection, the unique bonds and relationships that all these lovely people have with one another.
Would you like some magical family photos? I'm taking bookings for summer sunset sessions throughout August and am opening bookings for my Autumn sessions in October and November. Contact me now to snap up yours today.
This sweet baby girl turned one over the weekend and she celebrated with all her family and friends.
She handled the whole party in style, insisting on drinking from a champagne glass, making sure she tried on everyone's hats and smiling and laughing with anyone who picked her up for a cuddle.
She wasn't too sure how to blow out her birthday candles, but she knew exactly who that cake was for... her dad. She decided he needed feeding and she made sure to dig out the very best bits of her beautifully baked, homemade cake for him!
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Ava about a month before her birthday, in Greenwich, where I photographed her gorgeous family.
She smiled and laughed the whole way through our session (despite not having had a nap that day) and was just as happy and playful on her big birthday. Ava is just pure joy, I wish her and her lovely family all the very best - she has an exciting second year ahead of her!
London is a vibrant, living map of the memories that tell the story of my adult life. As a photographer, I get freeze pieces of those places in time, so I don’t forget parts of my journey. I’d love to do the same for you and your familyRead More
The joy of being a family photographer is seeing families at their very best.Read More
Dads - after countless shoots, I know that for most of you a family photoshoot is not top of your list of things to do, but I just want you to stop for a minute and think about what your children are going to remember about you and their childhood in years to come.
Will they remember the tickle fights, being thrown in the air, the hugs and cuddles over scraped knees, stories at bedtime or the silly impromptu games you always play?
Will they remember the love in your eyes, the feel of your strong arms around them or the feeling that they are flying, perched high up on your shoulders?
Photography is an investment
Memories matter and I firmly believe that family photography is an investment in your future, a tangible record of who you are and where you are, right now.
And dads when you book a photoshoot with me, you don't even have to look at the camera if you don't want to. I just need you to play with your kids, the same way you do every single day - and occasionally wrap your arms around your partner (that awesome person you fell in love with, all those years ago).
To celebrate all those great dads out there in the run up to Father's Day, I am offering a free framed 12"x8" fine art print for anyone booking a family photography session for any time this year, with me, before June 17.
I still have a few sunset sessions available this month and am taking bookings for July right through the summer.
Memories of who you are, where you have been, who you have loved and who you matter the most to, these are treasures which have a value that is immeasurable and that is why family photography is so important to meRead More
If you book me you can rest assured that I aim to do for your family the same thing I do for mine, every single time I pick up my camera: capture special memories of you and your family, just as you are, right now.Read More
This time last year, I had just quit my job. I had been back from maternity leave for just six months and the combination of working nights and trying to look after two small children during the day had me running close to a burnout.Read More
It is vitally important to me that you not only love the photos I have taken of your family but also that you have had fun.Read More
The reason I love my job so much is because I'm not just taking some nicely posed photos of your family, I'm sharing your wonder, capturing your joy, documenting those important milestones and keeping record. It's a privilege and a joy.Read More
Photographing this picture perfect family of three in Morden Hall Park was a great reminder of just how glorious winter can be here in London.Read More
I love going back over sessions after the shoot, because I love the fresh perspective it gives me, and I get to relive those magical moments all over again.Read More
It's no secret that I love photographing families, nothing gives me greater joy than capturing the special relationships you have with your children on camera. And this fun-filled winter family session over the weekend was no exception.
Gorgeous, natural family photos - whatever the weather
Whenever I have an outdoor session coming up, I can get a bit obsessive about watching the various weather reports, especially if it's a golden hour shoot just before sunset. But if there is one thing I have learned, it is that you can never really predict exactly what the weather is going to do!
When we arrived at the park there was lots of lovely dramatic cloud cover and a beautiful even light which lends itself beautifully to lovely portraits. We were also lucky enough to have the sun break through the clouds in a gorgeous sunburst, on the horizon just before sunset. Somewhere inbetween we were also treated to a very brief ice-storm where we were pelted with small hailstones, but thankfully that was very shortlived!
Feeling a little camera-shy? Not a problem during my sessions
I had the best time doing this session, this lovely family were up for having a good time - despite the chill! But their lovely little girl was a bit camera-shy. And it can be quite intimidating to have a stranger point a big camera in your face. But this wasn't a problem because we spent a lot of time playing. We threw leaves in the air, jumped over fallen tree trunks, ran, jumped and twirled and, of course, this lovely little lady had lots of snuggles with mum and dad.
Family photography matters
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it, because what really matters is not what I think of the photos, it is what the family thinks. This is what Sam had to say about the session: "Love them!!! Thank you so much! Couldn’t recommend you enough! You have a true talent with a camera and also getting a slightly reluctant 3 yr old and her Dad to engage!!!"
Would you like some natural, unposed family photos?
Are you looking for some fun, natural family photos? I'm a lifestyle family photographer serving most areas in south west London (and further afield too) and I'd love to help you out. It's Mother's Day in just over a month's time and in the run up, I'd like to celebrate all of you, wonderful mums out there.
For anyone booking a family session between now and 11th March, I'm offering two free mounted 12"x8" prints of your choice. Contact me using the button to book your session now!
Every time I pick up my camera, I'm very conscious of the fact that I am capturing precious memories. Memories of you and your children, as you are, right now. And mums, those memories really matter, have a look around your home, through your albums and on your phone, I bet you have lots of photos of your children but how many of your family photos do you appear in?
I hope there are many, because as well as being precious to you, those memories are going to be precious to your children too in years to come. Whether you work, or stay at home, are doing it all on your own or have tons of support, whether there are just two or ten in your family, you are the heart and centre of that very special unit. You are necessary, irreplaceable and very loved by those little people you have made. And as they grow, as well as seeing photos of themselves and remembering happy or fun times, they will want to see photos of you laughing and loving them, just as you do every single day (even the very hard ones!)
I make a point of taking as many photos as I can of each individual parent with their children during our sessions. And what I really want to show is what you see in these few examples on this page here, that the relationship you have with your children is precious, it's unique and the love you have for them knows no bounds.
It's Mother's Day in just over a month's time and in the run up, I'd like to celebrate all of you, wonderful mums out there.
For anyone booking a family session between now and 11th March, I'm offering two free mounted 12"x8" prints of your choice.
I guess you are having a little me time, browsing through the internet while your little ones are otherwise engaged (or even in bed). But I just want you to stop for a moment because they are growing up far too quickly aren't they? Soon they'll be so much bigger than they are now, so take a moment to think, what is it about them that you love, right now?Read More
'Amidst the newborn haze, she captured sweetness, love and most importantly pure, genuine joy!' Felicity
'We had so much fun, she made everyone feel so comfortable and managed to capture some gorgeous moments.' Abigail
'I couldn't believe the shots Kirsty got at the end of it - she made us look serene and relaxed, exactly how you'd hope to look even though it might not be the reality!' Loren
'The photoshoot was beyond my wildest expectations. Kirsty was brilliant with my raucous toddler, with endless patience & so many cute ways to get her engaged with the camera. I am overwhelmed with the photos.' Sue
These are just a few of the lovely things my clients had to say about me last year and the best thing about 2018 is that I am looking forward to photographing each and every one of them again - I'm looking forward to capturing those bumps that have become babies, the babies that are now toddling around and the children who are now that much bigger and that much more grown up.
Maternity and newborn photography
One of the things I have loved the most about the past few months is the excitement of photographing expectant parents and having the privilege of documenting some precious moments when their tiny babies finally make their appearances. There really is something special about seeing the utter love and devotion a parent has for their child (no matter how old they are!) and for me, there is no greater joy than being able to witness this special relationship and capture it on camera. I've loved every moment of my family sessions throughout 2017 and I am excited about what this year has to bring.
Memorable moments with toddlers
Nothing beats a session involving a toddler for sheer energy and fun. They may be tiny but our little people have a huge amount of energy and BIG imaginations. I loved every spin, twirl, running jump and fierce cuddle of 2017 and I'm looking forward to many more this year.
As you can see, choosing just a few highlights of the last year was an impossible task. Not only did I have trouble choosing my favourites, I also got caught up in memories of all the wonderful people I've met and captured on camera. The excited, nervous and always-glowing pregnant mums and dads-to-be; the tiny newborns whose adoring parents just can't stop kissing and cuddling them; those beaming, giggling babies, the full-of-life-toddlers and energetic children, those big from-the-belly laughs and the fierce cuddles along with all the love and joy that the people closest to us can bring. It made me realise just how much I loved photographing all the lovely families I met in 2017 and just how excited I am for the year ahead. 2018 - I'm ready for you!
My name is Kirsty Hamilton and I'm a lifestyle family photographer. And I'd love to do for your family exactly what I do for mine every time I pick up my camera, work a little magic, freeze time for a few seconds and capture some lovely images of you and your family, as you are, right now. For more information please do contact me, I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare's very long ears. He wanted to be sure that Big Nutbrown Hare was listening.
"Guess how much I love you," he said.
"Oh, I don't think I could guess that," said Big Nutbrown Hare...
And so begins one of the most well-loved bedtime stories in my house, it's one I know by heart. I've probably read this story a thousand times. I can recite it, word for word, right to the end. But that last whispered line still gives me a lump in my throat and makes me tear up (just a little) every single time. Because it's a truth universal that our children cannot possibly comprehend just how much we love them.
Nothing could be closer to the truth for this wonderful couple and their miracle twin baby boys. Their excitement, joy and the love they have for eachother and their little guys was palpable and I was so privileged to be able to share in this wonderful time for them. I adored my session with these two lovely parents and their little miracles, who I just know will be adored - right up to the moon AND BACK.
If you are expecting an addition to your family and would like some lovely, natural photos of your newborn, get in touch. I'd love to help you document this unique time
The truth is, I love working with children because they have this wonderful ability to live completely in the moment.Read More