HOME: A stunning collection of 20 beautiful images by British female family photographers

It is this time of year, after a busy hive of work and activities, that everyone’s minds start turning towards home, to slow down and spend time with loved ones at Christmas and share in the festive delights that marks this special period.

For myself and a group of family photographers, our work as family photographers has meant that we have had the privilege to be invited inside countless family homes, and get to witness some beautiful genuine connections within these families. We have had our eyes open to document and communicate some of these real moments as visual stories for them. Every family is different yet all the stories share a common theme that represent their family life and what it means to them — the inherent sentiment of ‘home’. 

As we approach the end of the year and reflect on being at home with our families, I asked a collective of British photographers to share one image reflected in their own style, which best represents to them the theme of ‘HOME’.

The amount of images I received was diverse and wide-ranging. The majority of this group were female photographers, who are also mothers, to which home represented the people within — a place of nurture, comfort or play.  Home is family, home is where the heart is. For others, home is the tentacles to our past and our future — a connection to our childhood memories or a space to watch time take hold, creating a sense of longing or hope. For those who have made this country or another their home; home represents a feeling of transient flux as well as an identity. 

On viewing the photographs and reading the stories behind them, these twenty British female photographers gives us a unique glimpse into what ‘HOME’ looks, feels or means to them. Ultimately, ‘home’ exists as a familiar, universal language. When we think of ‘home’ we think of family and our roots. It is the story of our lives.

Click on the photographers’ names to visit and see more of their beautiful work. Let me know in the comments - what does ‘home’ mean to you?

Wishing you all a wonderful merry Christmas.

Diana x

  1. Lindsey Jane Photography

Home to my eldest is where he has some amazing imaginary adventures. He can turn anything into a fantastic story.

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2. Laura Wood Photography

One of my favourite things is to see washing blow on a line. Feels like home. It was one of my granny’s favourite things too.

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3. Julia Pagano Photography

'Vareniki' - making our national dish of dumplings with potatoes around our family table reminds me of scenes from my childhood home in Ukraine.

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4. Hush Pictures

HOME - the endless taming of the void. Between transitioning from the emigrant to the immigrant and back again, there is this special place in my heart where that constant homesick feeling lives.

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5. Kirsty Larmour

This year has been a concept in flux, with 2 permanent countries, many visited in between, and a moving home on wheels along the way for good measure. But ultimately it's always about us, we four, and wherever we are together — the messy everyday of our limbs and minds entangled with our hearts and love, that's where I hope home always will be. 

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6. Diana Hagues Photography

The minutiae details of home: A weekend-project that has turned into almost a year. The frustration of making slow progress on the house has given way to reconcile and seeing beauty in its imperfections - the light amongst the shadows. This is the fabric of my home.

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7. Leila Balin Photography

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.” 

Home is wherever these two go.

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8. Rose and Spear Photography

'Home' is wherever I am with you. 

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9. Carla Monge Photography

This Autumn has been spent preparing our home and our hearts for the arrival of our newest little one.

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10. Sam Hazel Photography

We have the hugs, the giggles, the big piles of laundry, the bigger glass of wine, though at the end of the day ‘Home’ is, of course, our people.  Our big people, our little people, our dogs, our cats.  All together, wherever we are. Home.

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11. Bubblemoon Photography

There’s something quite irresistible about a little pair of feet dangling over the bath with the dog sitting underneath. It makes for a ‘homely’ image.

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12. Emma Collins Photography

Part of me aspires to a picture perfect, magazine style home … but the reality is that’s just not us, we're chaotic, spontaneous, a bit scruffy and there is always a grand project on the go… it wouldn’t feel like home if it were any other way.

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13. Sarah Hall

Our house is home to four children and a dog, so there are lots of personalities and fun times.  I love catching moments of my family in our home. Like, my eldest daughter in her bedroom surrounded by her favourite images, getting ready to go out.

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14. Antonina Mamzenko

Home is where the heart is. He is my home.

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15. Bexphoto

Home. I adore my stretch marks. They remind me of one of my happiest times when my belly was home to my two babies. They both love squishing it nowadays and say it wobbles like jelly. Yes kids, yes it does!  

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16. KMGS Photography

When you work from home it can be hard to distinguish between work time and home time. This image to me oozes 'home'. It is the people who really make a home.

17. Chui King Li Photography

Home for me is a place where you can connect with your loved ones. A safe space where you can completely be yourself and let go of any inhibitions you may have.

18. Bethany Sunners Photography

With you, I am home.

19. Amanda Jane Dalby Photography

A slow Sunday morning scene at home.  Finally it is time to slow down, and spend it with the people who matter most.

20. Chloe Lodge Photographer

Observing light shifts, interactions and connections. I let life unfold hour by hour and then when something catches my imagination, when the light weaves it’s way, I explore it, dance with it, and let it bring me home.

Documentary Family Photography: London Walking Tour | Artefact Motherhood Project | Cambridge and London Family Photographer

Ever since the both of you were little, I would take you into London to explore the city during our weekends and holidays. I loved taking you to the different museums and attractions, which you would always find fascinating. Although I was sure at times you found the journey of getting there by train and then hopping on the London Underground was more fun than spending the day in some museum. We would play “I spy” to keep you entertained on the long journeys, but thankfully you have discovered the joy of reading and like to bring a book nowadays with you too.

London Walking Tour

During the first half of autumn term, you were learning about the Great Fire of London in school. Your class teachers had organised a history day for all the infants and you had a school visitor come in to re-enact the event. One of you went into school dressed up as a person from the medieval era for the day too. All of which really caught your imagination and I could tell you enjoyed learning about the history of this big event, as you shared many of the facts and dates with us at home.

Two children reading a book on the train

I am always interested and delighted to hear about your days at school and the lessons you have done that day, even the school friends you were playing with. As your parent, it is reassuring to know that you don’t have many struggles and you are both enthusiastic about learning and making friendships within school.

Learning is more than just about sitting at a desk and poring yourself into books or making sure you completed your homework. I also wanted to be able to foster your sense of curiosity and learning in some way outside of the school environment. I know that structured lessons are invaluable for your learning, but real-life experiences and observations has great benefits too. Even something as learning the facts about the past history of a place or time can be brought to life or build a sense of connection through seeing and comparing it to present-day changes. 

Boy taking a photo of The Monument outside Monument tube station

As half-term approached, I wanted to take you to visit some of the famous landmarks and wander around London where the Great Fire had taken place. I used a book about the Great Fire that we had borrowed from our local library as a guide. I also found this brilliant map online and came up with a route that took in the key sites of Monument (located near Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started) to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London. 

Queuing to go up the Monument in London during a family day trip
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A father and son stands at the top of The Monument looking down
Black and white photograph of St Paul's cathedral poking out of
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Family looking at a street map sign by the River Thames in Londo
A photo of a boy leaning over the side by the river Thames with
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Family walks on the pavement near the Monument station during a
A plaque to commerate the Great Fire of London in the City of Lo
St Paul's cathedral at street level with a London red bus in the
Boy running down the steps of St Paul's cathedral black and whit

You said at the end of our walking tour that your favourite part of the day was when you climbed to the top of Monument and could look down onto the streets of London. I enjoyed that part too. Although, if you had asked, I would say I enjoyed the most the special time we spent together that day and being able to discover this part of the city through your eyes. 

We ended the walk by looking at the artefacts inside the Museum of London which documented this time in history and London itself.

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Two children looking at the painting of the Great Fire of London

This is part of ARTEFACT MOTHERHOOD - a project shared with other female artists who are documenting our journeys as mothers and creating memories for our children through our photographs and words.

Go to my friend Hollie Stokes to see the next blog post in this series.

Fresh, Candid & Emotive Documentary Wedding Photography | Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk | Cambridgeshire Wedding Photographer Diana Hagues

I am incredibly excited to finally showcase my wedding photography with the launch of a dedicated ‘Wedding’ section on the navigation menu of my website. Couples can learn from here about what wedding photography means to me, my approach and what I can offer you when you book me as your wedding photographer.

You can also see a collection of some of my favourite images from the weddings I have done, as well as second shooting alongside Rose and Spear, Glenn Sparkes Photography and Captured by Roxy. I am indebted to them for their generosity, and also to my amazing couples who trusted me to capture their beautiful weddings this year.

Hope you’ll enjoy looking at my wedding photography work. I’ll be taking bookings now for 2019, 2020 and beyond, so if you are getting married then I’d love to hear from you. You can call, email or contact me via my website.

All weddings booked for 2019 will receive a free complimentary couple or engagement shoot.

**I will continue to be offering my family photography services alongside my wedding photography. Take a look here to find out more.

Wedding couple portrait details Diana Hagues Photography