communicate with a child without either talking down to them or getting impatient, which are invaluable skills.
After about half an hour, our children emerged good-tempered and we scampered off to walk through Battersea Park and feed the swans. There had been no hysterics and no tears.
There were tears, though, a few days later when I went back to the Old Imperial Laundry to view the pictures. No hard sell here, and no rush; Cherruault sat with me as I gazed at picture after picture of my children on a large screen in a comfortable sitting room. They were not beautified, or forced into awkward but ‘flattering’ poses, but presented to me as if afresh, as individuals. I was unexpectedly moved as I sat there and saw glimpses of their faces as they had been as tiny babies, and vague foreshadowings of what they would look like grown-up. It is rare to spend so long focussing on what your children actually look like and even getting a sense, through their eyes, of how they are feeling and thinking.
There were hundreds of frames to choose from and, though I have edited pictures professionally for decades, I would have been stumped had it not been for Cherruault, who encouraged me to keep in some and lose others that, though charming were perhaps not so thoughtful and wouldn’t have the same longevity.
Unlike other, lesser, studios, Cherruault offers a retouching service that meant stray hairs wisping into the air, or a too-obvious jeans label, could be edited out, leaving images that are magazine-perfect.
A few weeks later, Nousha sent me three glorious prints, beautifully framed, that have captured a precious moment in my children’s lives forever. Book now at nousha.co.uk