Last month I had the joyous occasion of my first autumn photo shoot. I love doing outdoor sessions in autumn, the colours are amazing and it is a wonderful time to be out in nature.

This one was extra-special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the photo shoot took place in Bushy Park, Teddington. I used to live around the corner from this magnificent park when I was a student and haven’t really been back much since. It was lovely to be able to revisit somewhere that I have such fond memories of. The second reason is that it was the final shoot of a First Year Package for a close family friend. I’ve really enjoyed doing all these photo shoots and seeing this little girl grow into such a fabulous little character. In what I think is pretty much the perfect set up for a first year package we did the newborn shoot at her home, the six month shoot in my studio and this final shoot when she was comfortably walking and exploring in her local park.

As often happens, things didn’t do quite according to plan. The mother had a special autumn outfit with a little cardigan planned but it was such a hot September day that the little girl had to wear a sundress. She also woke up a little grumpy from her nap but her parents brought a good selection of her favourite toys to the park (teddy and pushchair, ball and most importantly bubbles) so she cheered up pretty quickly.

The funniest moment of the shoot was right at the end when she confidently strode up to a whole herd of deer, then on closer inspection realised they were actually pretty big, turned around and got away as fast as her little legs could carry her.

I really love watching kids explore nature like this and look forward to doing many more park sessions this autumn.