When I first moved to London (oh so long ago at the age of 18) I got such a kick out of walking past Buckingham Palace on the way to work in the morning. Or casually strolling through Trafalgar Square or walking into the Houses of Parliament to interview various politicians (some of whom were kind enough to give a rookie reporter the grand tour of that historic building).
I've recently done a few shoots along the southbank, near the Tower of London and Westminster Palace (still covered in scaffolding sadly). But London isn’t just about the old, it’s also about the new and I loved photographing this family among the glass and sharp angles of the Docklands area with the canals such a calming counterpoint.
The joy of a Father's Day photography session
The joy of being a family photographer is seeing families at their very best.
On this occasion (which happened to be a dark, thundery afternoon in London's Docklands - on Father's Day no less) it was seeing two gorgeous sisters proudly showing off their brand new outfits and giving eachother and their wonderful mum and dad such lovely cuddles.
It was two parents, doting on their kids (aged 2 and 4, so close to my own children) and telling me all about themselves and the girls. It was seeing them snuggle up to their dad, kissing and cuddling and shrieking with delight as he threw them in the air, or telling me how strong he was when he lifted them both up - one in each arm.
But most of all it was catching up with a school friend I hadn't seen in 17 years and meeting her gorgeous family for the first time.
Connection is everything
I just loved how sweet these sisters were and how shyly they 'posed' for me. I loved how they ran and laughed and hid their faces in the shoulders of their parents. How they smiled and laughed and giggled and told me all about their favourite toys. I hope they look back on these photos in years to come and marvel at how little they were, how adorable they looked, how they were already best friends.
And I loved hearing how a fellow Zimbabwean had grown and adjusted to life in another country.
A city of endless possibilities
I'll never grow tired of finding new and exciting places to visit in London. Many years ago I used to live in East London, not too far from the docklands. It was an area undergoing massive redevelopment at the time and there were cranes and building sites almost everywhere you looked. I haven't been back in years, so photographing this family in the booming new area was exciting.
Whenever people think of London, the historic Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace often spring to mind, but there is beauty and wonder to be found in the newer parts of the city as well. In the glass and angles and canals of the docklands area - always buzzing and full of life, even on a Sunday afternoon.
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