One of the many things I love about my job is returning to photograph the same children and families over the course of many years. I have been photographing these siblings every 2-3 years for over 15 years – now with a pretty unbeatable collection of A* A’Levels and GCSEs behind them, they were a far cry from the little rascals I photographed in my studio in London aged 4 and 2 years old!
I love the composition of this image – the sister on the fence smiling down at her younger brother, both looking happy, relaxed and confident, framed within the urban context in which they have grown up.
The bonus of updating your website is it forces you to look back over all your old photographs, and in the process you see how your style has evolved. With much of my earlier photography, all I can see are the faults, usually in composition and light, but there are a few that still capture my attention. This portrait of my niece with her newborn sister is one of them: the instant devotion, love, tenderness and protection still grab me. Well, that’s when I get over the fact that I cropped off her hands & fingers on the right! I took this over 15 years ago and was perhaps the birth of my constant endeavour ‘to capture the spirit’.