Miles has to be one of the luckiest little boys I know, not only does he get to grow up in hip East London, he gets to call two of the coolest people around his mum and dad. One half of cool wedding stationery duo Eagle Eyed Bride, Katie Diacon and her husband wanted to mark their little boy turning one with some intimate family portraits with their wedding photographer, Anushé Low. And what better place for a photoshoot than in the family’s trendy home turf?!
If you’re considering a family shoot – please don’t delay! The fabulous Anushé Low shot our wedding so she was the obvious choice when it came to taking a few informal ‘snaps’ of our newish family. Without being too soppy, it’s really moving to look back at this short period with Miles from 12 months ago. Life changes so gradually but just one year on the blossom has returned and everything is so different! I’m already thinking I need to book another present day shoot!
My memories are partially made up of old photographs. I may never have known about much of my childhood if it wasn’t for photographic evidence proving what I got up to. I can’t tell where the memories end and the albums begin.
They say the camera never lies, yet these pictures are not quite how my sleep deprived brain remembered the shoot and hands-down I prefer the pictures! I remember a sweaty cycle ride back home to catch the last of the afternoon sunlight, I heaved on a (really) tight pair of pre-pregnancy jeans and slapped on some red lippy. We’re no way picture perfect, but there it is in full colour, a different view of how we were that day – super happy, making time to have our picture taken as a family on a beautifully sunny spring day. When you’re busy working and worrying about the day-to-day it’s tricky to step back and make time to see things differently, that is exactly what these pictures do for me. I hate being in front of the lens but hold memories dearly so I really value having some decent pictures that we could all be in without using a selfie stick!
We started off shooting in the house which was relaxed and fun! The house is so different now, it’s nice to look back on these pictures from that period of our lives. We walked down to Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery and ambled through gardens and blossom trees – a couple of hours well spent.