"The wonderful Sophie Mitchell has photographed my family twice - and I can honestly say those two days are up there with the happiest of my life!
The first was a relaxed 'fly on wall' documentary style shoot of my family in 'action'! It was hilarious. My then 4yr old daughter and 2yr old son rampaged through the park, dressed up in daft costumes at home and played in our makeshift kitchen (we had builders in at the time!) - while my husband and I were swept away with the whole thing, laughing and running around after them. It was all utterly natural and unposed; it genuinely surprised me that it was possible to be this carefree and uninhibited during a photo shoot.
While Sophie provided surprise gifts such as silly-string to play with, told inappropriate and highly amusing poo jokes for the kids (ok, all of us love a poo joke) and chased and laughed along with us, she succeeded to capture truly intimate and special moments between each member of the family. We were all thrilled with the results; the photos, often taken in fast sequence, really tell a story and bring back so clearly that ridiculously fun day when we did nothing except laugh, run, tickle and enjoy each other as a family.
The second shoot two years later was under very different circumstances but still beautiful and memorable beyond words. As well as a highly respected and trusted photographer, Sophie now become a close friend Sophie photographed the birth of our third child. No mean feat for Sophie to even agree to this 'project; I could not give a day let alone a time for this busy and in-demand photographer! But Sophie dashed from her home in Sussex to London at 11pm (on her birthday!) to meet us when, finally, the exciting albeit nerve wracking time came.
To say I am impressed with Sophie's professionalism, empathy, sensitivity and well-placed humour is an understatement. I can't imagine being comfortable with having anyone else join my husband and me during such an intense and deeply personal time. Sophie was a pure joy and terrific support, and I'm delighted she was part of baby Margot's water-birth. The photographs capture every emotion from anxiety and pain to a bubbling hysteria of happiness! Every image literally takes our breath away; including a jaw-dropping shot of Margot rising up through the water, literally entering the world.
Thank you a million times over, Sophie Mitchell xxxxx” Lizzie