Jess, Simon, Eliana & Sebastian | A Home Family Session in Hertfordshire

 

Family sessions are a true passion of mine; one I have decided I want to make more time for in my business. I want to expand this side of my work as much as possible and it's sessions like these which remind me of why that is. I have honed my approach to family sessions over the years, and whilst once I would have shied away from being indoors for a shoot, I have come to realise that I take my favourite images when I'm shooting inside. When it's simply about beautiful window light and the connection between my subjects. I actually find the home lends itself to more authentic and genuine images of a family and in turn they will have more sentimental value to my families. This type of setting allows me to combine both documentary and portraiture, the way I do with weddings. I believe this allows for a more diverse and well rounded compilation of images. For example, I love how I was able to capture the series of Eliana having hurt her elbow on the slide and Mummy & Daddy comforting her, or the way she enjoyed her mango lolly! It's shots like these that capture childhood and parenthood and will be wonderful to look back on in years to come. 

This session was pretty local to me but I am happy to photograph families anywhere. I have even been flown abroad for family sessions before now!  

Jess has a wonderful Instagram account and Blog; Jess documents her life as a Mother and a professional model. Her photos are beautiful and her posts are wonderful to read. I'm not quite sure how she manages to look so effortlessly beautiful having just had a baby...what a gorgeous family. I had a wonderful time doing this session. Jess sent me the following message upon receiving her images; Dominique, these photos are just gorgeous! Thank you so much. I feel so lucky to have them and I’m sure we’ll treasure them. We need to fill our walls with photos and now I feel overwhelmed with choice! The photos you got of Eliana in particular are exceptional. I’m not sure how you managed it because she always stops me from taking pictures of her! Thank you so much.

 

Amy & Paul's Story | A Casa Cornacchi Wedding

 
 

This was my second time shooting at Casa Cornacchi in Tuscany and the whole team there took such good care of us. Weddings at Casa Cornacchi have a relaxed, intimate and homely feel and I believe that is what makes it special. Along with the incredible Tuscan views and food of course! The pizza I had was the best I've ever eaten...we could hardly move afterwards.

Amy & Paul really took the time and effort to ensure that the day was not only personal and representative of them as a couple but an experience for their guests. There was a wine tasting, pizza dinner, endless gelato and an intimate and personal ceremony conducted by Paul's sister. It was a joy to capture all the emotion at this wedding; you could see how much everyone meant to each other and that is ultimately the most rewarding element of a wedding to document. The whole event was wonderful; I laughed constantly and felt I was a guest myself. I am so grateful to Amy and Paul for taking such good care of us, including us and inviting us to everything and feeding us the best Italian food! I am so pleased you love your photos!  

This was my first time working alongside Brian of Wilmott Productions. Brian is a very talented videographer and it was a pleasure to work with him. He was so discreet and easygoing! Do check out his work; he shoots all over the world but is based in the USA.

I have shot many destination weddings over the years and continue to do so every year. I am looking forward to two weddings in France coming up soon!