Photographing this Edinburgh based family in their new home was a sheer delight. They made it incredibly easy for me for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, Carys runs the highly successful children's furniture, clothing + accessory shop, Freddie Loves. Her intentional curation of stylish design filtered into their home session: her son, the eponymous Freddie, wore a sleeveless suit by the minimalist company, the Gray Label. His room had interesting detail which made for really interesting compositions.
Freddie aside, let's chat DIY. Carys + Greg bought their house last summer. They've been working exceptionally hard on renovating Number 16, a 1900s semi detached house. They only moved in recently after investing a great deal of time + energy to get their house live ready. I've followed the progress of Number 16 on Instagram and am overawed with what they've managed to achieve in such a short space of time. This has been made all the more impressive considering that they both work + have an active Freddie. The house itself emanates the family's appreciation for a clean + minimalist aesthetic. Clutter free + Scandi inspired, Number 16 is a photographer's haven. Let's not forget the herringbone wooden flooring, key furniture pieces from Swoon Editions + a cool, muted tones from Farrow + Ball, Carys + Greg know how to do home renovations exceedingly well.
By far, the most important reason for this family session being so dreamy was on account of the Chapman's being thoroughly relaxed. Their interactions with me, with each other + with Freddie were comfortable. They were fully themselves. Fully present. Many a time I forgot I had a camera in hand. Many a time, they forgot I was there with a camera. This honest portrayal of life is what makes for truly authentic family sessions. These are the types of sessions that take on new resonance as the months + years pass.
Thank you Chapmans.