Don’t Say Cheese
When people talk about commissioning a family photo I immediately think of those cringey, soft focus pose-athons of the kind you’d find on Blake Carrington’s sideboard. Xanthe Berkeley is a photographer who takes the schmaltz out of family photographs specialising in relaxed, informal snaps that capture personality and charm*. One of her current projects is called On My Parent’s Island (see pics above), exploring the cosiness and sanctity that is Mum and Dad’s bed. Check out more of her snaps at or contact Xanthe directly at to commission her or even to participate in her On My Parent’s Island project. That’s if your bedroom isn’t an actual car boot sale like ours… 
*I met Xanthe very recently and imagine that she could probably encourage charm where there is none forthcoming 

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