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When I grow up….

Do you remember the list of things you either wanted to do or wanted to be when you grew up?

I remember I either wanted to be a vet or I wanted to be a pilot. Well I got my pilots license, but my flying only ever stayed as a hobby.

This year, as a personal project, I decided to capture portrait images under the title ‘When I grow up’. Ask any child (or even some adults) what they want to do when they grow up and the answers you get are ranging.

For example, I asked my two sons this question when it was cold and snowy. Now usually I would get the answer ‘Steve Backshall’ or various superheros. But this time I got ‘I want to climb a mountain’.

So the initial image I had in my mind is the famous image of Edmund Hillary reaching the summit of Mount Everest on 29th May 1953 with Tenzing Norgay, and holding the Union Jack above his head attached to a ice axe, which appeared on numerous newspaper front pages around the world.

But the twist to this project is I didn’t want to dress children up to match a photo, I wanted to recreate it with everyday items, so it would give the feel of an image, with the addition of appropriate lighting.

And for a dull February day, which was extremely cold, with a biting wind and falling snow, Gavin, my children and I created the following…..

Child Portrait photography Climb A Mountain


And with photos shoots, where you are capturing moments, there is usually more than one image that tells an important part of the story….

Child Portrait Photo Top of the mountain

Child Portrait Climb a Mountain


So ask your child what they want to be or do when they grow up. And if they come up with an interesting idea, leave us a comment as we’ll be looking for further ideas during the year…

Until later….