A beautiful sun down family photoshoot in Ightham, Sevenoaks – Kent

When I first spoke to J about her family photoshoot, back in the spring time, we discussed the possibility of this shoot being an early evening shoot. Her children are teenagers now and this is a good time of day for them. And, if you’ve followed my Instagram feed, you’ll know this time of day (the “golden hour” time) is my absolute favourite, the holy grail of perfect, serene, natural, golden light! Over the years, poor Jackson would be quietly sitting reading a book, fresh out the bath with his jooners (my word for pyjamas) on, when I spot "that light" out of his bedroom window and drag the poor chap (with his vintage film camera in his hands) out into the street to capture him in this glorious light. When booking this shoot, we had no idea if this would actually happen - but boy, were we lucky!

Bexley family photographer Nina Callow 3B&ME Photography London/Kent

The day of the shoot came and it’s actually the first time I had been to Ightham - it’s absolutely stunning; Kent countryside at its finest and when I met the family at their home, I knew this location was just going to be perfect. And - to my delight - we had “that light”! We all headed off, through the back garden, a family of four with two dogs and a beautiful cat called Bluebell, who had no intentions of being left out! Another first for me, a cat on my photoshoot, and lovely Bluebell was just gorgeous!

Bexley family photographer Nina Callow 3B&ME Photography London/Kent

We took an hour or so to walk down to the orchard. I can't describe my excitement when I spotted the soon-to-be-filled-with-this-years-apple-harvest, branded crates, which made a beautiful back drop for some family shots. The light was amazing, the family were absolutely lovely and I finished the shoot, sitting on the lawn taking family portraits, as that beautiful golden sun started to dip down behind their house, saying goodbye for the day.

Bexley family photographer Nina Callow 3B&ME Photography London/Kent

This shoot really is one of my favourites and I'm so excited to share it with you all.

Jackson's PJ adventures! where the light stalking all started....

If you want to find out more about a family shoot with me, please do get in touch Nina@3boysandmephotography.co.uk and if you have enjoyed this post, please read more on my blog or follow along with me and Jackson on my instagram feed CallowN

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