If ever a blog post needed surround-scent technology, it is this one. Lily pollen on the breeze, roses as your feet, clusters of late, forced hyacinths stacked higher than I can reach.
On a sunny day, the flower markets on London’s Columbia Road are everything you could want from the capital. A rainbow of flower stalls, hemmed in by vintage shops, cafes and bars. Crowds and street musicians on every corner, and stereotypical London market traders calling out strings of flower-selling code: ‘twoforapound’ and ‘cheap enough for the mother in law’.
A sea of pink peonies; a young girl selling her homebaked fairy cakes down a quiet alley; and the whole time, Polly, chatty & amiable beside us, capturing the whole thing.
Somewhere in the midst of this shoot, my face suddenly went a bit numb from camera-shyness. It’s not something I usually feel, but I think as I get older and more self-aware, it’s creeping in. I was all ready to reach for the emergency gin and confessed to Polly, who soon had me laughing it off, and back to enjoying the shoot, regardless.
Stage-fright aside, it’s really a huge treat to be photographed by a pro photographer – not least because always being stuck behind the camera means I’m usually absent from our family snaps. But what I really love is watching people’s individual tricks and style – it fascinates me that, while I chose backdrops like the vines above for us myself, the results are still so unmistakably Polly’s gorgeous style.
My outfit: details here. Necklace: WSAKE | Orla’s outfit: c/o Christina Rohde. Boots c/o Boden.
The Columbia Road Flower Market runs every Sunday from 8am till 3pm, in East London.
Little Kin offer photography sessions throughout London and the surrounding area, including family, newborn & maternity shoots.
How do you feel in front of the camera lens? Are you confident, or a fellow sufferer of the face-numbness? Would you be confident shooting in such a public place?
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