Few things in life are as precious as those snapshot memories captured on camera. Here, we look through the albums of our best-loved family photographers
If you prefer the simplicity of black and white photography, you’ll love the work of Helen Bartlett, who chooses to shoot only in mono. “Black and white strips an image to its essentials and lets the emotions come out more powerfully,” says Helen. “It draws us in and allows us to tap into our memories.”
Sasha de Paz
An award-winning photographer and mother of two from south London, Sasha de Paz is something of an expert at capturing the moods of children, which she does on location in and around the capital. “I like to spend time bonding with them,” she says. “I get such pleasure from getting to know so many curious characters.”
If anyone is able to capture a truly real and vibrant reminder of your young clan, it’s Anna Hardy. As a mother of two boys, she knows just how quickly little ones change and grow. “I photograph families doing what they enjoy, whether that’s snuggling on the sofa, making mud pies in the back garden or playing hide and seek in the woods,” she says. “And I want them to have a blast while doing it.”
“I believe that beautiful photography is something that becomes more valuable with time,” says Maria Murray, who captured this heartwarming shot. She started her photography work 10 years ago when her daughter was born, and says she is as happy snapping little ones running around lavender fields as she is on a more classic studio backdrop.
Striking, colourful and creative is probably the best way to describe the work of Julia Boggio, who captures the personalities of little ones in magazine-worthy shots from her studio in Wimbledon where she lives with her husband and daughter. “Some clients like my work for its quirkiness, others prefer a more fine art finish,” she says. “I’m also equally at home in the studio or on location.”
With a background in both fashion editorial and children’s portraiture, Helene Sandberg has a natural eye for ensuring her photos are free-flowing and playful, and reveals “it’s often my use of natural light and choice of relaxed locations which complement the mood of my work.”