Hertfordshire Child Photographer 70th Birthday Present.
My mum recently had a “milestone” birthday, and as a surprise we wanted to arrange a photo of all the grandchildren for her. Ever since I can remember she has been asking for one. But, you know how it is with families, no one is ever in one place at any given time. Or, if they do happen to be, inevitably someone won’t be playing ball. There’s the face pulling, the hiding behind a cushion, sulking, back of the head…you name it, they have done it! So, under strict instructions to behave and “do it for your Grandma” we all went out on a mission to create a shot that would make it into a frame and up on to the wall. A 70th birthday present for Grandma.
What were we thinking?!
My mum and dad have a really modern house so to get the image to match that, we decided on an edgy, urban look and headed to a nearby Hertfordshire car park…classy eh? It turned out that the car park wasn’t as quiet as I thought it would be and we did get some strange looks from shoppers wondering what the hell we were up to. (They are quite a noisy bunch, we weren’t subtle at all!)
The weather was freezing, it gets pretty windy high up on a multi storey so I was most popular asking a few of them to take off their coats! You have to mix it up a bit, I think. Added to that my brother was keen, very keen, to get back to watch the two football matches that were on at that exact time…whoops, great planning! The kids were hyper mixed in with a bit of “oh god, not a photo shoot please” This had to been done and dusted as quick as possible. Normally I’m quite nice, patient, kind, complimentary on a photo shoot, but this lot just needed bossing! I cajoled them into position, enlisted my siblings to stand behind me a play the fool (something that comes fairly naturally to them!) and amidst the chaos managed to get a few shots that made the grade.
So, finally my mum gets the photo of all the grandchildren together. The shot she has wanted for years, the 70th birthday present. It went down well, thankfully.
I have done quite a number of photo shoots for families as presents, but this was the first where I get to see the reaction when it’s given. Priceless. So, I had to take a few photo’s of that too.
Here are a few of all the kids together and my mum unwrapping her presents.
If you or someone close have a milestone birthday coming up, how about sorting out a family photo shoot for them? I guarantee it will go down well! Please feel free to contact me, Hertfordshire Child Photographer, using the links below or good old fashioned telephone to discuss your requirements. x