A Family Portrait en Provence
There is something about the French light. That deep golden light that stretches across an evening in a completely unhurried manner. There is something about the south of France, those ancient villages, lines of cyprus trees leading you to churches atop hills & cactuses growing in abundance. This is what I was shown as I arrived off the Eurostar in Avignon directly from London. Their world. Figs ripening, dappled light flickering through olive branches, the smell of wild herbs, laughter and splashing of people swimming in a pool nearby and then of course the apéro, chilled rosé accompanied by fromage de la région.
As much as photography for me is about taking pictures I think that it is also about the friendships that I have created throughout the years. I first met Nahema & Matthieu in London in 2015 when they were planning their wedding which I was to photograph later that year in Paris.
Through subsequent portrait sessions I have got to know their whole family and I felt very honoured to be invited to their home near Arles in Provence. Documenting a family on holiday is both an intimate and joyful affair with the different relationships between siblings and parents and not to mention the beautiful little four month old baby.