Drew McWilliams | Photographer | For the love of mum

For the love of mum

March 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Colour, lifestyle photograph of four young children in the garden with autumn leaves all aroundThe grandchildrenThe grandchildren photographed in the autumn garden by Drew McWilliams, Northern Ireland photographer I don't normally photograph outside of the studio but when I heard what these sisters had planned for their mother, it just "melted my heart" and we set about planning everything.

The sisters first contacted me way back in September and we met to discuss their mother's birthday present - for the following January! I was reluctant at first but, boy, am I glad I didn't turn them away!

Colour photograph of children and their bikes in the gardenKids enjoy the gardenChildren's photography by Drew McWilliams Photography, Northern Ireland They explained that their mother's birthday was in January and they wanted a photograph of her grandchildren, in her own garden (of which she is very proud). The photograph would have to be done while the garden basked in autumn colour, and it would have to be done without the mother's knowledge!

Two boys climb the big tree in the middle of the gardenTarzan and his mateClimbing the garden tree I was so impressed by how excited they were, the thought they'd put into the project, and the time they'd spent planning it all - not to mention their very obvious love for their mother. How could I refuse?

children playing on the garden swingGarden SwingBrother and sister play on the swing in the garden Young brother and sister photographed in the gardenBrother and sisterChildren's photography by Drew McWilliams Photography, Northern Ireland The girls arranged for their mother to be away and we photographed towards the end of October. We met, after school and the grandchildren ran around like crazy - with me following, not quite as fast! We were lucky with the weather, rain only appearing slightly towards the end of a very memorable hour.

Their chosen image was ready to be printed, framed and stored until the birthday in January.

I couldn't help being excited about their mum's reaction when she was presented with the wall art - the gradual realisation that this was her grandchildren - and, wait a minute, that's my house and garden! How on earth did you manage that?

And the result? See for yourself below.
Grandmother "absolutely loved it".

Lifestyle photograph of four young cousins running together in their grandmother's gardenGarden Fun with the cousinsChildren's lifestyle photography by Drew McWilliams, Dromore, Co Down

Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your kids.
Tony Campolo

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.