Family Festivities: Portrait Shoot

As we get older we realise that the festive period feels more like an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, rather than about exchanging gifts. This year Toby and I travelled down to his home town of Cheltenham to spend a couple of days with the Dignum family for Christmas. I'm extremely luck when it comes to my 'in-laws', especially my sister-in-law Helen, and my mother-in-law Margaret. Not only are they my family, but I'm also very pleased to consider them good friends too. During our Christmas day together we enjoyed snacks, drinks, chatting and music throughout the day. The culinary whizz that is Helen, laid on a very impressive Christmas meal for us all. So much so that we all headed home with well-laden doggy bags, which should keep us fed for several days to come! Helen, Toby and I rounded off our Christmas playing board games into the wee hours of Boxing Day.

During our stay I headed out for a lovely stroll with Margaret; just the two of us, to Cheltenham's Pittville Park. We walked off some of the 'festive excess', got a breath of fresh air, and had a good old natter. I took my camera along with me, and Margaret let me snap a few photos of her as we ambled around.

I'm so often spending my time taking photos of other families and their friends, that I always want to ensure I try and remember to find the time to capture photos of my own family and friends too. I think the older you get the more you realise how important photos as something to remember people by. The more time that passes, the more value memories have, and so in turn the sentimental value of photos of loved ones increases too. I'm very lucky that I am able to pick up a camera and easily capture some wonderful photos. Not everyone has the equipment required, or skill needed to do so, but I suppose that is why the services that I and other photographers offer are so important.

If you've been considering a family shoot, or maybe a portrait shoot for a little while now, don't hesitate: just go ahead and do it! Time passes way too quickly, so make sure you have lots of photos of your loved ones to cherish now, and in the future.

I'll leave you with some of the photos of one of my 'loved ones'. I give you Margaret; my lovely mother-in-law.

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