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Monday, 7 November 2011

LIttle Rascals, Aspire Photography, Nov 3rd

On Thursday last week I had a lovely group for the last Little Rascals of 2011. We were threatened with showers but the weather managed to hold for us - the rather grey and drab day could have been bad news but Rachel and I had made a plan to inject some colour into the session.

The morning shoot didn't start brilliantly when Archie and Ebony took a tumble out of the wheelbarrow! Understandably they didn't want to go near it for a while so we set off down the lane with balloons in tow. The kids enjoyed this and typically for this age group the shoot was largely on the move with me keeping an eye on the fairly weak available light.

There was a real friendship between the kids and I wanted to capture how great they are with each other at this stage of their family life.

We headed back into the yard to try and get some more considered portraits. By this stage both kids were getting tired and it became quite hard work. All the delegates were relieved to see that this is normal and felt better for witnessing it. When I'm on my own with a family it is a lot less daunting for the kids then a mass of photographers training though!

After lunch we met Megan and Rowan who are 7 and 4 and also little buddies. They were both amazing to photograph and they were such stars. I started the shoot up in the yard - just to have a chance to chat to the kids a bit and take some lovely headshots before we went on a little adventure.

Thanks to their parents renting Fleur the camper van for a weekend away we were able to use her in the shoot. The lovely people from Rainbow Camper Hire were happy to release the lime green Fleur a day early. My family hired Maisie from this company who are based in Keswick and I cannot recommend them enough. We had a ball - even camping in November.

After some fun in Fleur I demonstrated how lovely it is to get some action shots as part of a lifestyle shoot - both kids were great little runners and I just loved Rowan's 4 year old determination. We also had some fun with the autumn leaves.

Last stop was the wood where Rachel had set up a little Christmas wonderland. The light was rapidly fading so we took a few shots before cajoling mum and day into the frame for a last shot with the van (and a very persistent cow).

So - who knows what Rachel and I will cook up for Little Rascals 2012. Watch this space! xxx


  1. Hi Kate!
    Absolutely love the image of mum and daughter walking down the path together!

  2. Gorgeous styling and beautiful images.

  3. Stunning photographs, I'll definitely be coming along next year!



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