• Booking sessions in Glasgow and Edinburgh

    After our seven months in France I'm delighted to be back in Scotland and booking Bluebird and the Bear family photography sessions again! 

    I am now based in the Western Isles and happily looking forward to photographing families in Uist, Skye, Harris and Lewis. 

    I'm also arranging blocks of weekend sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow with Edinburgh sessions coming up in mid-December and Glasgow mid-January. There will be four sessions available in each block and I will need to book up all of them to make each trip feasible, so please spread the word among your family and friends! 

    contact me at cara@birdandbear.co.uk for more information. 

  • A Family Photo Session in Lewisham.

    I loved this beautiful sunny day with this happy little family in Lewisham. It was one of my last sessions for the time being as we are moving to France in a few weeks. 

    I will be back in London occassionally and posting dates when I will be available for sessions here and  on my personal blog and in the meantime, if anyone is interested in a family session in Languedoc do drop me a line! 

  • Camden Family Photo Session

    This weekend I went to Kentish Town in Camden to take some pictures of the truly adorable 5 month old Iris and her parents in their beautiful home. It was so sweet to hang out with these guys for a couple of hours on a rainy Saturday and to watch how completely in love this family are with each other.

    I can't wait to go back and do the next three sessions that they have booked to chart Iris' first year. It was lovely to leave knowing that next time I see them them Iris will be sitting up, possibly at crawling... to be honest I can't quite remember what babies do at what ages these days but I'm looking forward to being reminded!

  • A Tooting Family Photo Session.

    The second shoot in my weekend of All The Boys was this gorgeous family in Tooting, South London, who had just welcomed their littlest member a mere 10 days previously. He was so incredibly beautiful and still very much in that 'still waking up' stage. His elder brothers were 18 months and 5 years old and I absolutely loved photographing their different characters, styles and tempraments. I was also fond of the cat, who did a remarkable impression of the baby. 

    It's always such an honour to be welcomed into people's homes and to be a part of the family for a couple of hours, with my shoes off and crawling around on the floor with a giant AT AT. Photographing people in their own spaces is always my favourite thing to do. 

  • A Greenwich Family Session

    This month has been the busiest of the year with so many people organising family photo sessions int time to get the pictures printed as Christmas gifts. I love the light at this time of year and the beautiful changing colours of London's various parks and green spaces. 

    For this session we started out at home, photographing breakfast time and some morning playing before heading out  to a little park in Greenwich to play in the mud and leaves. It was the perfect relaxed Sunday morning and it was so much fun to capture it. 

    This was the first session of that weekend which turned out to be rather epic, with four families and five little boys in the space of two days. Come back soon to see the rest!  

    And if you're still thinking of a family photos session to take care of your Christmas gifts, I have plenty of midweek availability between now and December 10th which is the cut off date for having the pictures in time for Christmas. 

  • Natural Family Photography in Brighton

    Natural Family Photography in Brighton

    I had the best morning with these guys in glorious Brighton. I love Brighton beach, especially at this time of year when the summer holidays are over, things are quietening down but the weather is still good enough to play outside. It's also the perfect spot for some natural family photography, with the beach, the boardwalk and the excellent playparks. Oh, and let's not forget the fish and chips! 

  • A family photo session in Brighton

    A family photo session in Brighton

    Yesterday I travelled to Brighton to do a really fun photo session with a beautiful family who have been living there while working at Brighton University. They go back to Amsterdam with their two sweet boys in a couple of weeks and wanted to take some relaxed, natural photos at the beach before they go.

    It was a really beautiful day with the most perfect light and I had a blast playing with 3 year old Amitai and cooing over the delicious 8 month old Zev. Their parents were a whole lot of fun and interesting too.

    I'm continuing to take bookings over the Autumn months. This is my favourite time of year for outdoor family photos. The light is gentle, the air is crisp and the leaves are turning; it's the perfect time for days out in the park.

    I'm hoping to do some more sessions around South London, particularly Crystal Palace, Balham, Tooting and Streatham, all of which have great parks and commons to kick the leaves and splash in the puddles, when they no doubt arrive! 

    I'd love to hear from you if your interested in some natural family photography around London or Brighton.

  • A family photo session with twins in Brixton, South London

    The novelty of twins never wears off for me, despite having my very own. My girls are three and a half now and it seems like a lifetime ago (maybe two lifetimes) that they were this small and quiet. These guys had just turned one and I spent the morning with them doing a relaxed family photo session in their beautiful home in Brixton; playing, reading and singing. 

  • A Berkhamstead Family Photo Session in the woods.

    Last month I travelled from London to Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire to photograph this lovely family. We spent the afternoon in the woods, capturing some lovely natural moments among the trees and celebrating the short time left before this family of three became a family of four. 

    I love spending time with families, not posing, not perfoming, just doing what they do. I love the sheer joy and enthusiasm that small children have for playing and the brief moments of calm as their parents sit back and watch them having fun. I love documenting the fleeing time that is a child's day to day life, going so fast and yet seeming so absolute. The 'he is so obsessed with trains' phase, before it passes, the time when running and chasing and being chased is as exciting as anything gets, because it all goes by so quickly and before you know it there will be a new deep obsession, a new more sophisticated sense of fun, a new role as older brother or sister. 

    Formal photographs are nice to have but it is these moments that are going to mean so much when you look back at your child's life, whether from next month or in twenty years time. Already the album that I made of my daughters' first year seems like a lifetime ago, although now they are only three. 

    I end every session like this feeling deeply grateful that families invite me into their lives and trust me with documenting their most fleeting moments and most precious relationships. It is always a joy.