Traveling is always such fun, but whenever I have the chance to spend quality time with a very dear friend, it all becomes even more special.
Anne and I go a few years back. We met in Toronto and then she moved to England, her home country.
A bit over 4 years ago she had Owen, a lovely little boy I only saw in photographs. Finally meeting him this year was thrilling. We spent a lovely time together in London and then Yorkshire, I got to enjoy his sweet little spirit, we did a lot of fantastic things. One of my favorite activities was the visit to the incredible Kirkstall Abbey (Leeds), a great example of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Owen loved it there and he ran around the beautiful old walls exploring every corner, playing in the snow and pretending to be the brave defending knight of a plastic, strategically placed kids’ castle.
I still smile to myself looking at the photographs we took, they bring back incredible memories.
I hope to visit again very soon. M
When baby Carla and Freddy’s mom contacted me, she mentioned she wanted a particular style of baby photography for her children: very candid. After seeing samples of my work, she thought I had what she was looking for. With the exception of a few shots where I placed baby Carla on a plate (a place a little person may not necessarily choose for an afternoon nap), I let moments unfold and played along. It is amazing how responsive kids are when not asked to do specific things and when they simply are. As I found out, Freddy does not like to smile at cameras, he does not like to pose. But he did not have to, he was simply his adorable self running around, hiding or proudly fixing things with his screwdriver.
Aleks, thank you for the opportunity to meet your family and to spend some great moments in your lovely home!