An afternoon in the life of the Gale Family | Documentary Family Photography | Sussex UK

 

Just before Christmas I had a truly beautiful ‘Afternoon In The Life’ session with Naomi and her wonderful family. They are a family of five, consisting of her husband Ali, her dynamic and wonderful little 2 year old Arlo, and her sassy and gorgeous 6 month old twin girls, Xanthe and Paloma (now 9 months).

We spent this chilly December afternoon just hanging out in their beautiful home in Sussex, capturing their real, normal daily life as it was naturally happening. It was colourful and full of life with lots of boobing, baby-led weaning, toy cars and a trouser refusing toddler.

The shoot started with lunch time for these hungry little ones. The girls have just started weaning and it was so sweet to witness them trying foods for the first time. Arlo and Paloma are great friends and made each other laugh as they were eating, making faces and calling out to each other. 

After lunch it was time for a nap so Ali put Arlo down first whilst Naomi breastfeed her twin girls before putting them down. Capturing this strong mama tandem breastfeeding was a truly beautiful thing. The love and intimacy flowing between the three of them was so special and incredible, the little girls held hands whilst looking up to their mama and she in turn gazed down at them and for a while they were frozen in that moment. It’s quite the task breastfeeding twins and then putting them down for a nap without one waking the other. This is a slick operation and Naomi is a total pro. 

 A close up shot of a baby girl breastfeeding during this documentary family photography session in Sussex UK.

Once the children woke up we decided to go for a little walk near to their house and stumbled across a gritty collection of disused buildings which made for a cool back drop for some slightly more ‘traditional’ family portraits. This was a fantastic opportunity for Arlo to show me how fast he can run and Naomi did a quick bit of outdoor boobing, which made for some truly lovely images.

As it started to get dark we then headed home and it was time for some cuddles on the sofa before tea time for the little ones. It is no mean feat getting through the daily routines with 3 under 3. 

Naomi and Ali are the most wonderful parents. They are kind, funny, empathetic and incredibly loving not only towards their children but to each other too. They are such a strong unit and seem unstoppable in their mission for an independent creation of family memories and happiness. 

Naomi and Ali had their children through a greek sperm donor. These images aim to celebrate the overwhelming love and beauty that an unconventional family has and redefine what a ‘picture perfect’ family photo looks like.

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See the gallery below of the full shoot!

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JESS CHEETHAM IS AN AWARD WINNING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER COVERING BATH, BRISTOL AND SOMERSET. SHE SPECIALISES IN DOCUMENTARY STYLE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT IS UNPOSED, NATURAL AND REAL. SHE OFFERS A RANGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS INCLUDING: DAY IN THE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, FAMILY STORYTELLING PHOTOGRAPHY, NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY AND FINE ART PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY. SHE ALSO OFFERS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY INCLUDING HEADSHOT PHOTO SESSIONS. SHE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU: HITHERE@JESSCHEETHAM.COM

 
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