Here’s a story about a beautiful family portrait session at Lymm Dam. I’ve photographed literally hundreds of family portrait sessions over the last twelve years and most have had a significant reason behind them. The family portrait session I did for Jane and her children was poignant and marked an anniversary that nobody would have ever wanted.
We did this family portrait session in Lymm in the Autumn of 2018. Jane’s husband had died suddenly just twelve months before. He had suffered a brain aneurysm. I can’t image anything more terrible or terrifying to go through. Once we get to a certain age we all experience the loss of loved ones but usually they have reached old age and whilst their passing is sad it isn’t unexpected. The sudden loss of someone in the prime of their lives is shocking and even more so when the remaining partner is the mother of two young children.
Jane contacted me and explained why she wanted to organise a family portrait session. She wanted to mark getting through that first year and to celebrate the three survivors still being together as a family. I love taking family portraits and particularly when we’re marking a significant time in people’s lives. For me it was significant as it came a few days after doing a family portrait session for a family where mum had just been diagnosed with cancer. Di was due to start chemotherapy and wanted the photos taking before she lost her hair. I hope to tell the story of her portrait session in another post in the near future.
So back to Jane’s portrait session. We met at Lymm Dam near to where we both live. It is amazing for family portraits in autumn as the colours are fantastic if the sun is out, and it was that Sunday morning. There are loads of little places to take family group photos and individual portraits in the woodland around the dam. We decided on a mix of portraits of Jane and her two children, the kids together, some individual portraits and some shots of them walking and running about.