London Family Photography – The Joyce Family
One of the great things about dividing our regular UK visits is that I get to offer Wales and London family photography sessions to a growing client base over there, meaning that I’ve gotten to watch little families grow into not-so-little families.
The Joyces are long-time friends of ours; Christi and I used to teach together, and we were often inseparable courtesy of a shared love of cooking (and eating). She was one of my very first maternity test subjects, and her shoot with Tristan in Richmond Park when she was pregnant with Ellie is still one of my favourite pre-career sessions. Fast forward five years, two kids, a new home, and she’s got baby #3 on the way!
Christi asked if I’d be able to capture some family photos for them during our visit back in March and I was thrilled. The Joyces are big believers in printed photographs, so every visit to their home usually includes a few quiet moments exploring the multiple frames to see which slots have been updated. Knowing that my photographs will end up in one or two of those slots makes me extremely happy; thrilled to know that I’m contributing to their printed family history, and thrilled to know that I’m able to do something so meaningful for someone so important to me.
We chatted about what they were looking for and talked about Toothbrush Sessions. These guys lead a wholesome, unextravagant life that centres around their kids. Feed them well, teach them to play nicely, and help them explore their surroundings. So we started in the early-ish hours of Easter Monday, and I focused on their daily routine and how the early stages of Christi’s pregnancy made surprising appearances in their everyday life – like how, just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you don’t have to sprawl on the floor to dig out a toy lost beneath the couch. When it was time to get some fresh air, we tried to head to Wisley (a beautiful property owned by the Royal Horticultural Society), but insane winds the night before meant that they were doing some serious clean up. Our motorway adventure led us back to where it all started: Richmond Park. We wandered, we visited, we climbed on logs and trunks and stumps, and we headed off for a pub lunch before Rich and I left for the airport.
Christi and Tristan, thank you for the privilege of telling that day’s little stories. I can’t wait to here about the arrival of your newest little one!
I’m Ang – a documentary family photographer based in Cornwall, Ontario with a passion for capturing light and photographing natural moments in life as they happen anywhere in the world. My goal is to capture memories that you will cherish once your children are too grown up to curl into your lap for cuddles and the house seems oddly quiet at night. I love meeting new families in their natural environment and getting in amongst the bedlam so that I can document the perfectly imperfect realities of daily life. Please explore more of www.momentusstudio.com to see more examples of London family photography.