Fowkes-Gajan family lifestyle shoot

February 19, 2009

After having to postpone this shoot several times due to the weather, we finally met Nadi, Rob, Ash, Lili and their grandparents in November. We had such fun getting to know the family and capturing them at home and at the local park. It was a real pleasure to work with such a lovely family who made us feel so at home with them. We were sent a very touching testimonial by Nadi which we wanted to share with you.

“We booked Ian and Emma for a Lifestyle shoot but were totally unprepared for the quite stunning results. Having already had a shoot a couple of years earlier with another very popular ‘lifestyle’ photographic company we wanted a more personal, unique and less commercial set of photographs. Emma and Ian’s premise of working with natural light and settings was like a breath of fresh air and completely different to our previous more impersonal experience.

Having the freedom to select a venue for the shoot is what appealed to us most. We’ve had our fair share of stuffy studio portraits and wanted a more novel and individual setting, which meant something to us. The shoot took place at home as well as in our local and much loved park and the opportunity to have this reflected in the photographs made all the difference. Ian and Emma captured the essence of our family and all our personalities so accurately that the final photos were actually quite moving and extremely beautiful.
Both my husband and I are very reluctant when it comes to having our photo taken but we were made to feel totally at ease very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the experience…even more so than our wedding photographs – I wish we had booked Ian and Emma 7 years earlier!

In general, children tend to be very good judges of character and cannot be forced to perform if they choose not to and our two are no different! I was taken aback at how quickly both of ours warmed to Ian and Emma and were so willing to play along throughout the entire shoot – they had the best time! Consequently, the photos we have of them are incredible and so intimate that it is hard to believe that the photos were taken by a couple they hadn’t met before that day.

The viewing took place at our home which again personalised the whole experience and allowed us the chance to view the photographs in comfort. Ian and Emma were extremely helpful in guiding us in our decisions without any pressure. They did such a good job it was incredibly hard to narrow our choices down! Being able to login to the website and view the photos too has been invaluable and allows us (and family and friends) the chance to order prints long after the viewing.

We feel really lucky to have found Ian and Emma. I doubt many photographers can replicate the quality, variety and sheer insight within their work. They do not work from ‘stock’ poses and are both highly professional but also incredibly personable at the same time. Aside from that Ian and Emma are a fantastic couple and genuine people with who we feel we have developed a real bond and would now never consider having our photographs taken with anyone else.”

Nadi & Rob