GANDHI FAMILY (lo-res)-27


The first few weeks of a child’s life are a precious time for a family. So it was a privilege to be booked to photograph this lovely family together at home a few weeks after their second daughter had been born.

That’s one of the things that I’m learning is great about being a working photographer: getting asked (and trusted) to contribute to people’s lives and memories.

I’m known more for my commercial and publicity portraiture of (mostly) single subjects, but I have been asked to capture a few families recently so I jumped at the chance to put to use what I’ve learnt from those shoots in order to keep pushing and strengthening my skills.

Shooting this way required a lot of energy, patience, focus and a willingness to put aside preconceived ideas and go with ‘the moment’. Often it’s a case of following what the family are doing between themselves and being aware that any moment is ripe for a potentially lovely image but that it will happen fleetingly. It was also a case of keeping things light and fun in order to keep everyone engaged.

In this way we were aiming to make a set of images that were natural, immediate and personal and made sure they captured the loving bond between the family. To underline this I chose to shoot using natural light and a single reflector as much as possible (although there were a few images made using flash).

The images here are a very small selection of the final output that the family chose.

As with a lot of my work, the images were chosen by the client from an online selection gallery and then  any retouching and post-processing was carried out in Lightroom and Photoshop, with the results provided in time for Christmas printing as well as in a bespoke online album (via Pixieset) that the clients could share with friends and family.

All images © James Bellorini 2016. All rights reserved.

James is an editorial and documentary photographer working for the commercial and consumer markets. He started shooting professionally in 2013 and has since worked with advertising agencies, design agencies, entrepreneurs, performers, musicians, DJ’s, singers, models, and culture and entertainment organizations/brands. Recent clients include: Innovision, UKTI, Siren Design, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, Stone Nest, The Old Vic etc. In September 2015 he joined the Redeye Network’s Lightbox programme for emerging photographers.