On a beautiful and hot summer’s day (before the recent downpours) I faced quite a challenge: a family portrait shoot for fellow photographer.

Suzanne Mitchell and I had participated in the New Creative Markets programme at Photofusion together and had discussed how, as we are always behind the camera,  there are never any good pictures of us with our children. So we decided to do an exchange and photograph each other’s families.

Being the subject of a photo shoot for the first time in years gave me a valuable perspective on how my clients feel and will hopefully help me empathise with them even more in the future.

Photographing Suzi’s family was nerve wracking but ultimately very successful. We had a wonderful day for it and her daughter was a fabulous subject, running around Streatham Common barefoot like a fearless little woodland nymph.