Cousins are friends that you will love forever

When I was growing up, there was a ten year plus age gap between myself and my siblings. Even though I was an absolute terror, they were amazing with me and we had a lot of fun. However, as we got older they were at the age where they were going out and I was still at home. Lucky was I that in addition to having my siblings, I had a massive network of cousins to fall back on, closer in age, some of which I have kept close bonds with up until today.

I have photographed many families, and often we will take group shots involving cousins. It's lovely to see the bond cousins have, even when they haven't seen each other for a long time, they gel together straight away. This photo shoot in particular involved two sisters and their little cousin. From the start you could see how incredibly close they were, and if I didn't know, I would have sworn they were siblings.

The photo shoot was a surprise for their Grandmother's birthday, and we decided to go somewhere that was familiar to them, where they could have fun and just be themselves. We chose Darren park in Ferndale, which not only boasts a huge play area, but has a lovely lake, providing the prefect backdrop for photographs.

As I followed the children around, the girls held hands with their cousin and would dance spontaneously, which provided me with some excellent material to take pictures. Occasionally I would ask them to sit down for a picture, but on the whole we got very natural, intrusive shots which have worked very well.

This was such a lovely photo shoot and they were delightful children, who were so easy to photograph. We're glad we were able to give their Grandmother a unique birthday present for her birthday and photographs she will treasure forever.