Early autumn family photography session in Kingswood Surrey

Last month this lovely family came to the farm for a very relaxed photography shoot.  It was perfect to do it here as they are incredibly outdoorsy and love walks and runs in  the country.  In fact they told me that they sometimes go running along the footpaths that follow the edges of our fields! So it was fun for them to see around the farm from inside rather than looking at it from the outside.

It threatened to rain all morning, but in the end the weather was perfect.  It turned into a warm early autumn afternoon with lovely soft light.   And I had great fun getting to know them all.  They're very laid back and these photographs capture each of them perfectly - mischievous, fun, kind, close and everything they say comes with a sparkle in the eye!  We laughed our way through the session, and the time flew we were having so much fun.

With busy careers and 4 very social children, they really enjoyed some fun time together with no pressure or deadlines.  And I am honoured to capture that time together for them.

I hope you enjoy some of the photographs from their session.

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Four girls laughing together by Surrey Family Photographer Amanda Darling

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Monday Musings

A branch laden with crab apples
The tree is laden with crab apples- gorgeous autumn colour

Happy Monday everyone!

It's now well and truly autumn here on the farm- the leaves are falling, and we've been tidying up for the winter.  Our sheep are in wonderful condition with all the lush grass and sunshine , and our rams are being loaned to other flocks to strengthen bloodlines.  We've had pears and a super crop of figs.  The bees haven't had a very productive year as the spring flowers were late and it was very wet when they should have been building their supplies, so we've left all the honey to the bees to strengthen them this winter.  I love this season, with its chilly nights and lovely sunny days, and so far this autumn it's been perfect.

So what's new this week?

  • 'Adulting' is a new word this week- it describes a teenager acting grown up.  So now you know.
  • We went to see the Peking Opera on Saturday night and it was fabulous-  stunning costumes, breathtaking acrobatics and  sword fights, gorgeous scenery and a wonderful love story.  Perfect for all ages, and there were subtitles!  It's fun to do something completely different.
  • As the days draw in, it's time to start thinking stews and hotpots.  In my search for the perfect vegetarian chilli, I tried a new recipe this weekend.  Just the right amount of spice and definitely 8 out of 10.  Yum
  • I received a really special homemade gift from my 12 year old yesterday.  It was a 'pick me up tray'  with essential oils, tissues, scented candles and pretty flowers for my hair that she had put together herself. #precious moments
  • Looking forward to half term next week.  Nothing planned yet.  Maybe just sleep in everyday.

Fingers crossed for more sunshine and perfect walking conditions....don't forget to take your camera!

Have a lovely week x

Quent 10- Celebrating Quentin with his lovely family and friends in Chorleywood

I can't wait to share this post with you, not only because I love the photos but because it's about a very special event- and we all like something extra special, don't we?

A couple of months ago we received an invitation to a party to celebrate our friend Quent's 10 year anniversary for living life to the full.  This is totally contrary to the 10 month forecast he had when he was diagnosed with advanced cancer in 2006.  You can read the full story here.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Quentin and his wife Helen are the 2 most life affirming people we have the pleasure to know.  You cannot help but be drawn into their incredible warmth and wonderful outlook on life.

Not only are they busy living life but they're busy giving back too-  this party was also to raise money for the incredible research work that Quent's doctor does to help those who are diagnosed with this horrible disease.  So on Saturday 300 or so friends and family made their way to a campsite in Chorleywood for Quent 10 (or as someone suggested- QuentFest!).

All this wonderful weather we have had lately was interrupted on Saturday by some very heavy rain in the morning, but when we arrived early in the afternoon the sun had broken through and gave us a couple of hours of beautiful warm sunshine. This was perfect for pitching tents, drinking tea and eating cake in preparation for the evening's big party.

The whole atmosphere was fabulous- children running around enjoying the campfire, coconut shy, and swinging on ropes.  There were smiles and hugs everywhere, music in the marquee and a fantastic team of friends who served tea, manned the beer stall and set up the tents, lighting and sound.  And of course Quent and Helen themselves who did everything, answered every question and still managed to greet and say thank you to everyone of their friends who came.

Enjoy a few images from Saturday and  join me in saying congratulations to Quent and thank you for the inspirational Quentin and Helen.

Setting up Quent 10  by Surrey Family Photographer Amanda Darling Photography
A team of friends made this whole celebration possible
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The man himself- Quent greeting guests
Surrey Family Photographer captures love and friendship at Quent 10
The first stop was the tea tent and a hug
Boy and dog by Surrey Family Photographer Amanda Darling
Everyone made friends
Pitching tents in the woods by Surrey Family Photographer Amanda Darling
Tents were put up in woodland clearings all around the site
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The band warming up in the marquee
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It was idyllic with the sun and campfire smoke filtering through the trees
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The tea tent was better than the Great British Bakeoff thanks to friends
coconut shy
A coconut shy provided hours of fun for those determined to get one...
Sunny camping
Beautiful sunshine added to the celebrations
Portraits by Surrey Family Photographer Amanda Darling Photography
Quentin and Helen enjoy 5 seconds of peace before they were off again

So a totally wonderful event for a very special person. Here's to the next 10, and to QuentFest 2017!