I woke to large flakes of snow falling on Saturday morning. The drop in temperature was palpable even through my dressing gown and I found myself wondering if a photoshoot with two young girls would be able to go ahead in Greenwich park tomorrow. I would be wrapped up in several layers but I knew I would be asking them to take their coats off at some stage in the portrait session and it made me feel cold just thinking about it.
But lo and behold the British weather is a law unto itself (as are children) and the next morning, everything was bathed in the sort of sunshine that would draw you out of the house, even though the temperature was telling you to go back in. The girls themselves were fearless and like most children more than willing to take their coats off after a little bit of running around.
Jessica and Charlotte were the most energetic, willing and happy subjects to photograph and the relationship between them was lovely to watch, full of affection and seemingly lacking in the type of sibling rivalry I see at times with my boys. Even though the rich colours of Autumn were rapidly fading, the park looked beautiful and the low sun in the winter sky allowed me to photograph into the back light, which I love as it creates a beautiful halo around the girls’ hair.
There is definitely a different dynamic to photographing the girls which I loved. They can be absolute tom boys but at the same time get to wear sparkly shoes and fur coats – what a bonus!