Three siblings’ families at Petworth House


Three siblings’ families all met up at Petworth House in the beginning of September for a special extended family photo shoot as a gift for their parents/grandparents. It’s always lovely to see and photograph previous clients again and meet their families!  The day was a gorgeous sunny one, coolish to start with but it warmed up nicely.  The three families had decided not to co-ordinate the whole group’s outfits as it was such a big group (15!), however as it turns out they had done so unknowingly.  I love it when that happens!  (We all had a little laugh.)  Having scouted out some spots the  weekend before, using my new lens, I could not wait to photograph these families with it.  It was great observing how well the cousins got on  and they really were great.  They climbed fences for me, leant against stone pillars, had running races and more.

Smiley Day Photography

The location for this large group’s photo shoot was National Trust’s Petworth House.   After meeting and greeting, we made our way around the Pleasure Gardens, stopping here and there, then headed out of the gates into the deer Park.  There were some beautiful man-made features in the garden which were great for grouping everyone around.  In the deer park, the families balanced on tree stumps, lazed in long grass and climbed up an enormous log.  We didn’t see the deer on our photo shoot.  By the time we’d finished, it was midday and quite a warm day!  They must have decided to lie down in a shady cool spot out of the sun.   The 1st of September could’ve been mistaken for the 1st day of Summer and what better way to enjoy it than by making memories with family.


Large families are so lovely and having cousins, Aunties and Uncles for share life with is such a gift.  I really enjoyed photographing everyone – they truly are a gift to their parents, in-laws and grandparents.

(I also am very pleased with the new lens and look forward to photographing families among Autumn leaves again, soon!)

Angela Birchall

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