BE INSPIRED Session|Feature by Marion Pelletant of Marion & You Photography

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.

I’m a lifestyle family photographer with a documentary approach. I want my photos to feel real and true to each family I photograph. This is my way of showing a family how they are, the special bond that runs between each family member because it’s so easy to miss it in the daily chaos. I’ve been more dedicated to my business for about a year but I’ve been taking photos of children and families for a few years now. I’m originally from France but I’ve been living in London for 12 years now so my heart lies in between both cultures. I have a funny 3-year-old boy who likes grabbing my camera to take photos of anything in the house. I hope he’ll be inspired to do his own photography when he’s older.

What makes you the most nervous during a session?

Ahead of a family session with little ones, I always wonder how the children will cooperate. I know how to be patient with them, even if they are a bit grumpy (and it can still make great photos anyway) but I know mums will be more relaxed if their children are in a good state of mind. It’s simply part of the unexpected!

 What about this session was most memorable?

The parents had waited until their second daughter was at least 6 months to have their family photos taken so I knew it was important to really portray the family as they were at this point in time. The sun was shining, the girls (3-year-old and 6 months old) were in a lovely mood and the parents relaxed very quickly as soon as they started playing and running in the kitchen. So I knew it was going to be a great session. They had chosen simple but nicely-coordinated outfits, which worked really well and added a harmonious touch to their family photos.

 Were there any hurdles?

Honestly, as everyone in the family was relaxed and in a good mood, I didn’t face any hurdle, it went very smoothly. The children gave me a lot of themselves: the eldest was playing with her parents, dressed up and played outside while her baby sister smiled looking at herself in the mirror and was up for cuddles… What else could I ask for?

Your best photographer/session advice?

Move, observe, anticipate… and join in.

It’s also always good to have a thorough conversation with the mum ahead of the session to discuss the family dynamic, what they enjoy doing together to help them feel prepared for the shoot. A session is like a partnership so when we’re all on the same page, you create the most truthful and memorable photos.

What is one goal for your business?

I’d love to develop new collaborations with local artists and small entrepreneurs. I started a personal project called ‘My mum is an artist’ creating photographic portraits of women who are both artists and mums first in their work environment and then at home with their child. I found it thrilling discovering other artists’ ways of dealing with motherhood and understanding how becoming a mother has influenced their art. This is why I would be delighted to meet new artists and create their own portraits together with them.

What gear was used to achieve these?

I use a Canon 6D with a Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens, which is my favourite one.

Any presets used or hand editing?

I use VSCO presets.

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I am a family lifestyle photographer based in London, UK. I’m French, married with a boisterous 3-years-old son. I’ve started a Project 52 since January making sure I take photos every week; I focus mainly on my own family life and I share the best bits on social media.





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