London Family Photography

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I’ve been SOOO excited to share the family family pictures we had taken in London by the amazing Rachel from Shoot Sweet Photography, but I was waiting until I finished my write up of our family travel to Ghana, but I just can’t wait anymore! Since we were flying through London on our way to and from Ghana, we thought we’d take a 3 day stop over to see the sites around the city. None of us had ever been there before (I don’t count our layover on our way France a few years ago), and I thought it would be a great time to explore! I connected with Rachel before the trip, and was delighted she was willing to meet us in the big city to capture some family shots of us at our favorite spots. She actually lives in Scotland, so she hopped on a train to meet us, and she was so much fun! Her Scottish accent alone was enjoyable, but also to get to know someone that grew up in a completely different place than me (and also shares my faith) was so much fun to talk to! She wants to do MORE family travel pictures in London, SOOOOO, if you find yourself in The Old Smoke, you can get in touch with her to do family pictures! Travel portraits have really taken off, and what better souvenir from an adventure, than pictures of YOU and your loved ones at your favorite spots??

London Family Photography Ideas

As always, it’s a challenge to put clothes together! I often consult the post I shared last year, what to wear in family pictures by color, and knew that I wanted something that would complement RED, but not have red in our clothes. London makes me think of red with the phone booths and red coats, so I wanted the colors to look great against red. I settled on blue, green, and yellow.

Putting together clothes for a family of 6 is like a giant puzzle. I lay it all out on the floor, and if I move one piece, I have to move others. I think about the shoes, top half, and bottom half, wanting a bit of each color (but not too much) in each third. My neutrals here were gray and white, but used my COLOR as much as possible. I painted my white canvas shoes yellow, and my older daughters bow shoes green (got both at Wal-Mart for inexpensive). I had a hard time finding a green cardigan for my youngest, so I cut up a t-shirt I found and easily sewed off the edges. Younger son got a pocket sewn onto his t-shirt, and I wore a green shirt that I’ve had for a few years and always loved. Wal-Mart is a GREAT spot for solid colors, also got my husbands t-shirt and sons blue shorts there. The giraffe dress was from Gymboree this summer. Simple fabric earrings from Ivy Lane Accessories. They add a great splash of color without being over bearing.

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Here are some highlights, this is going to be PART 1, as there are too many great shots I must share!

Big Ben is SOOO impressively BIG, hence it’s name! We enjoyed my favorite croissants by the River Thames.

Family photos in London

Croissants….oh, how I love croissants…

Eating croissants in London for family photos

This little one sure loves to  ham it up!

Croissants in London by river Thames

This boy makes me laugh like no other…

Croissants on River Thames

We are hanging out on one of the bridges over the River Thames (pronounced Temms) next to Big Ben, and got dizzy watching the water swirl below!

Big Ben in London

Of course, my personal dream was to hang out inside of a red phone booth (phone box as they call it there) so I was THRILLED to happen upon our first one!

Inside a phone box

I actually came home with a hair brained idea for my husband to build one for our home–for a specific mystery purpose–of course, he thinks I’m crazy. We shall see if it happens…

The kids jumping in is actually the cutest shot…my husband wasn’t feeling it at the moment…they were pretty dirty (and stinky) inside.

London red phone box

We got to ride on the London Eye, which was so fun (and I’ll share more about that later when I cover the trip) so I loved these pictures even more with the big wheel in the background!

Family Pictures by the London Eye

Love this father daughter cuddle captured…she lost a front tooth in Ghana the week before (but the new one was already half way in) and the 2nd front tooth the very next day (it’s leaning forward, on it’s way out!)

father daughter picture moment

This is the image I have had saved as my phone screen saver the past mont, I LOVE how you can see the entire London Eye in the background, amidst trees in a park. My kids played on a playscape, just out of shot.

family photo ideasFound this super fun red flappy curtain thing that we had to jump into (Rachel was so patient with all of my suggestions, I just can’t let go!)

family photography in London

I have no idea why these ribbons are hanging on the ceiling, but it looked pretty cool! We had to wade through a bunch of college graduates in gowns to get this shot (also our bathroom break) but I really like it!

hanging ribbons in London

Then we found this fabulous RED wall! The giant hand above was just too fun not to act something out.

Giant hand pointing in London photos

London Family Photos on Red Wall

And a favorite of mine….

Family photography posing in London

Part II of our London Family pictures by Shoot Sweet Photography, coming soon!

If you’d like to see Rachel’s blog post on the day we met, check here, it’s got a few sneak peeks from my Part II.

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We take LOTS of family pictures! If you’d like to see some of my favorite tips for prepping for family pictures, check out the links below!

13 different family picture clothes for 1 family

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What to Wear in Family Pictures by Color
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How to Take Your Own Family Pictures

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  1. The pictures are fab! and somehow you have made the South bank not look crazy and super busy! I live in the North of England and we were sent down to London when my daughter needed heart surgery (2 down 1 to go), the hospital she goes to is just opposite Big Ben (as in you where most prob staring at it with your picture with BB and the Houses of Parliament). Anyway because of this we have spent days wandering up and down the south bank and its lovely to see it jazzed up and from someone else’s prospective. Can’t wait for the other photographs. PS Maybe it’s the Victorian in me but I just love the street lights on the path between Lambeth and Westminster bridge (you can see them in your background)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Oh yay, I’m happy to hear that you enjoy them, as a local!We walked up and down the bank of the river quite a bit, such a great people watching spot. I, too, love the street lights you can see here. So unique!

  2. hey girl-love the pics!! That would be a lot of fun to go to London!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I had never really thought much about going to London, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The pics were a fun souvenir!

  3. Love them – looking forward to part 2!

  4. Oh wow! These look awesome! I’ve never been to London and now I want to put my family on a plane. I love how much thought you put into coordinating the clothes for everyone. Do the phone boxes still have phones inside them? I once saw a working payphone in the basement of my grad school and was so excited, I took a picture of it!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Isn’t it so funny how phone booths are so outdated with most of us having cell phones? Yes, most of the phone boxes did have an actual phone in them!