Valentine’s At Double Image

It’s February and it’s the month of love! In the spirit of inclusivity, Valentine’s at Double Image this year is all about the significant relationships in your life.

Last week, I was driving to meet some good friends, one of whom I haven’t seen since before the pandemic (2 years of gossip to catch up on!) the and I heard that Sara Cox on Radio 2 is celebrating singles this February (single people, not vinyl singles – showing my age!) on her show. She explained what it was all about and it sounded great – a real change from just soppy love songs for couples.

This idea inspired me to share different kinds of love this February and to make Valentine’s Day inclusive this year. I’ve been thinking about what love is, who in my life I love and why. What makes those people special? We’ve all had a difficult couple of years living with the pandemic and not being able to see loved ones has affected so many people.

As a photographer, I have the privilege of photographing happy moments, whether it’s a new baby, an engagement, a special pet, an occasion, an anniversary or just capturing the latest chapter in a family’s history. Being able to show the love in the room in a portrait is very rewarding for me. This was even more significant in recent times when people could finally get together for portraits, whether for families, babies born during lockdowns, couples celebrating first anniversaries after a scaled back wedding during restrictions. Seeing people spending time together was just lovely.

Those that you love could be your partner, family, best friends, or even your faithful furry friend!

My husband is a very special (and patient!) person. He is very practical, gets on with things that need doing and he does the housework – how great is that? He can fix just about anything. He does little jobs for me at the studio, sorts out my computer issues, is a sounding board for ideas and listens when I need to talk. Every year we come to the studio for portraits, usually as a family, and we always take some portraits of the two of us. They are photos to keep forever, to laugh at when fashions have changed and to remember those moments in our lives (when we both looked a lot younger!).

Now the children are away at university studying and we are ‘empty-nesters’, we have a new love in our house to keep us busy – our kitten, Angus. He’s actually 7 months old now but is still quite small and pretty naughty with it.
We absolutely love him and I always joke that I am a ‘helicopter parent’ because I worry about him being out on his own, mixing with the big cats in the area and being led astray by them. The reality is that he can be seen chasing the big cats out of the garden, climbing the trees and returning home via the garage roof!

I photographed Angus when he was 3 months old because cats grow so quickly and I wanted to remember him when he was a kitten. I love that we have those photos to look back at of ‘our little furry baby’.

What I am really saying is that love in our lives is there in many different ways and is not just for couples. You can celebrate your significant relationships with portraits and Valentine’s is the perfect reason to. Our Little Boxes of Love include a Studio Portrait Experience & Framed Desk Portrait and are just £25, so get in touch for more details and to order or click on the link to order yours;

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"Philippa is so much fun to work with during photo shoots. We have two uncontrollable children and she has been able to capture their energy with the camera for some fun photos. She certainly has met our desire to have some great family pictures to gift to other relatives. This was our third session within the last 10 years excluding numerous passport photos sessions. We appreciate Philippa's patience and enthusiasm for her work! She's a creative local entrepreneur that should certainly be supported"
Agatha and Peter with family