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In-home Family Photography Session, Essex

January was such a busy month for us! Not too packed with photography sessions but certainly busy on the life side of things! We tried to get a grip on our tax returns (shout out to all the self-employed people out there…!) caught up on a lot of editing and then headed up to Scotland to show Rodney Brown all of our favourite dramatic landscapes. We also had an amazing weekend down in London, sightseeing and spending time with friends. Lots of love for Dishoom restaurants, especially late at night. Very lovely food! Taking a detour on our way back up north, we headed into the Essex area for an in-home family photography session with the lovely Baby family.

We had the privilege of documenting Jacques and Leonna’s wedding all the way back in March 2015 as our first ever (!) wedding. Then when their daughter Myla arrived we were able to capture this memory for them in a newborn photography session. We headed down to Essex to meet Myla aged six weeks old, the cutest baby we’d ever seen! Myla was kind enough to let us to capture our first ever family photoshoot.

Two years later, Zara was welcomed into the Baby family and we continued the tradition of capturing natural family photos. Zara turned out to have her sister’s skills in being equally camera curious!

Relaxed family photography is something that we really enjoy being a part of. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to catch and preserve a moment in time. In-home family photo sessions really allow us to capture the personality of your family, in the place they feel most relaxed and at home.

The Essex and Southeast area is a place we always love visiting. Beautiful countryside mixed with cute villages and all at such a handy distance from London… always a pleasure. We will be back very soon, Essex.

We stayed a couple of hours with the Baby family, enjoying lots of laughs (thank you Jacques), catching up on what we’ve missed (Leonna), some tears (Myla) and a fair amount of chocolate Mini Eggs that got consumed (Myla again!).

We hope you enjoy browsing through some of our favourites from this family photography session down in Essex.

Peanut Butter and Jam Brownies Recipe.

This recipe, (I'm not kidding) is maybe the most sumptuous, indulgent, beautiful recipe I have made for a really long time. So good I had to share it, it's only fair. I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine and made it my weeks mission to make them. 

Trust me they are as good as you imagine. 

Ingredients

200g unsalted butter

200g dark chocolate (i used about 74% cocoa solids but you could go darker if you like) 

250g dark brown soft sugar

3 eggs

30g ground almonds

1 tbsp plain flour

40g cocoa powder

70g smooth peanut butter

50g raspberry jam

Method

Preheat your oven at 190 C or gas mark 5. Line a 23cm square tin (or similar) with baking parchment. 

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl above boiling water in a pan, do this until silky smooth and lovely. Then take off the heat and add in the sugar, using a whisk, mix until all combined and the sugar has kind of dissolved. 

Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each one until combined. 

Mix together the almonds, plain flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt and add into the chocolate mixture. FOLD in until combined. (Folding will make sure the air in kept in the brownie mix)

Pour into your baking tin and just LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. 

Dollop odd blobs of peanut butter and jam on top of the mixture and swirl about with a knife. 

Bake for 25 minutes until the top of the brownie has formed a rather nice crust. When you've got it out of the oven cool it COMPLETELY in the tin (even though its super tempting to dig in straight away) and then cut up into how ever many portions you want. 

Serve straight away or blast it in the microwave for a few seconds and eat with a dollop of ice cream. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you make them! Tag me on instagram @caitlinandjones or @eleanorcaitlin_