Yesterday I met up with Lauren and her family who were celebrating the 60th birthday of Lauren's mum, Heather. There were 14 in total including children and had come from all over the country to Bath for the weekend. They were staying in a townhouse on Walcott Parade so perfectly located for a weekend visit to see Bath's attractions like the Christmas Markets and the Royal Crescent.
As the weather was pretty terrible we started off with a few shots of the whole family on the sofa and then headed out with umbrellas at the ready and walked over to Hedgemead Park next door. Heather said it was the first time they were all able to come together like this for a long time so I was happy to be able to provide some nice photos for them to remember.
The pavilion provided shelter from the drizzling rain as I set up my lighting equipment and we took some group shots of the various parent/children combos and finished with a few nice ones of Heather and husband Ray (who have been together a whopping 44 years - true love!).
As the rain eased slightly we moved onto the grass for some fun shots of the kids playing and running around. I had to abandon the soft box and pop the flashes on my camera to keep up with them whilst getting my cardio workout at the same time! Whilst it's true that children and animals are the hardest to photograph because of their unpredictable and sometimes uncooperative behaviour it's sometimes the most rewarding because of that, and I love the challenge of trying to capture those moments.