Gail Hilton Photography » Portrait & Wedding Photographer, Lancashire

Family portrait shoot

When I was asked to photograph Harry and Joshua, twin boys of two, the word ‘challenging’ sprang to mind. Somehow I had to keep the twins occupied, so I could photograph them whilst they were busy entertaining themselves. After a few chats with mum Adele, we decided that a we would go for a Huckleberry Finn look, denim shorts, braces and caps/straw hats. I asked permission to photograph at a farm and surrounding fields, making sure we had a place under cover for if it rained (which it did!). The night before the shoot, I had a thought that if I filled some wooden baskets with straw and put some eggs in them, this would make a nice prop. I could even hide eggs for the twins to collect…Obviously, the fake rubber eggs would have been a better option but at such short notice, real ones had to do! A brave decision, I think the eggs lasted about 5 minutes but got the shots I wanted and no-one got splattered, so that’s a result in my book.

I have to say, this was one of the most fun and entertaining photo shoots I have ever done. The boys were absolute stars, really well behaved and loved messing in the hay and running round the fields. Even mum and dad enjoyed themselves once we got into the swing of things and we got some lovely, natural shots of everyone. I really want a barn now…maybe one day.

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