A little while ago I was commissioned to photograph leading rug and textile designer Jennifer Manners at her home in London (read about it here). Part of the job was to capture some of her work in situ, in the rooms of her beautiful home.
When I got to her daughter's room I was amazed at just how beautifully Jennifer had designed it. In my mind it really captured the traditional innocence of childhood, and maybe it was the way the light was streaming in through the window, but there was something quite perfect about it. But it was missing one thing - a child!
Fortunately, with it being the summer holidays, Jennifer's daughter was nearby, and one of her friends was visiting. After a quick phone call to her friend's mother to get approval, the two girls dutifully took on their roles and posed for me, and this image happened.
There's something magical here. The colours used in the room gave the light a candyfloss quality, and with the toys in place it harks back to the chocolate box scenes that only seem to live in jigsaws these days.
This image was completely unplanned, yet everything fell into place. Sometimes you just need to be there at the right time, in the right place, and magic happens.