I come from a family where all my siblings are dispersed around the country, so I love it when we all get together for a good old family knees up. This is usually for a big event like a special birthday, landmark anniversary or at Christmas. It’s always a privilege when I’m asked to shoot a family celebration, not only because I love being around other people’s families and seeing all the different relationships and dynamics, but because it’s a wonderful reminder of how important my family are to me and how much I miss them.
Sara invited me to the tiny village of Rock, Northumberland, where her parents were marking their golden wedding anniversary with a week-long celebration with family and friends. The family were travelling from around the country, and close friends were over from New Zealand, so it was a perfect opportunity for a family portrait session. Rock Farm House and its gorgeous gardens made the perfect backdrop for the combination of formal and more relaxed shots, and there were plenty of locations for the respective families to be photographed individually too. Peter and Jillian had brought along a selection of photographs from their wedding album, so it was lovely to be able to replicate one of their favourites for them fifty years on.
Here are a few highlights of a great afternoon, and some kind words from Peter….
“Thank you again for the really super shots – they have been helping us to remember a very special time”