I got to know Julia through our older children being in the same school together. I often would bump into her as she walked her dog, Marmite, back home after school. Somehow we even both ended up joining the parents-teachers’ association together at the same time too!
I was aware that Julia works as a music teacher and also an opera singer/performer, so I am convinced her creative background is the reason why she connected with my photographs and wanted to book a family storytelling session. In our conversation, she had told me she loves reportage or documentary photography, and had chosen this natural, relaxed style for her wedding photography.
We chose the beautiful setting of Hinchingbrooke Country Park for some photographs of her two girls and Marmite. Marmite is nine-years-old and a Hungarian Vizsla. Although it’s hard to imagine their loyal companion will not be around with their family forever, Julia was keen to get some photographs of her children with Marmite so they could have some beautiful photographs to treasure now and for years to come.
The girls started off during the photography session feeling a little bit shy, but as soon as they realised I wasn’t asking them to stand and pose, they soon lost their shyness and just went for it and had fun! They even took their mum’s scarf and ran off with it; playing hide and seek that produced fits of giggles between the two sisters. It was clear that the sisters had a loving relationship and adored Marmite.
I was also shown how to make a whistle out of grass, which I’ve not tried yet but will do next time I am down by the lake. Before long the session was coming to an end just as the evening light was fading away.