Family Portraits

Thanks for asking me to photograph your family – I am known for my stunning children’s portraiture, mostly in gorgeous, outdoors settings in vibrant colour and striking black and white imagery.

I keep things fast moving and light during a photo-shoot –if we’re having fun together it will show in the images.

 

I will listen to the children, finding out what they like to do & wear, be it their favourite Superman outfit or ballet tutu – and I will take the kids’ ideas on board first & then move onto our ideas later. I love photographing children & I hope it shows.

Including family pets in your photo-shoot helps to relax everyone and I love having dogs, cats, chickens and sometimes horses in my shoots! Splashing in puddles, climbing trees, playing Chinese whispers, these are just a few tactics I’ll use to elicit lovely reactions from your children.

But I also like serious images when children are just being themselves, absorbed in a game of conkers or examining a leaf.

During a family photo-shoot I will do some natural, documentary-style images where you are all interacting as if I wasn’t there; and then individual portraits, especially of the children.

These can be more considered without being self-conscious.  I will choose the background and clothes carefully so these compliment each other.  We’ll use available light at our location, be it your home or mine; a bluebell wood or a rustic barn. Looking for the perfect light in any location is my speciality & what makes my images ‘pop’.

A typical photo-shoot will take one and a half to two hours.

Normally I ask clients to wear simple clothes avoiding bold logos that tend to dominate photos. If you like we can have more than one outfit. I can help you choose when I arrive!

I am always happy to visit the locations before our photo-shoot if you’d like me to so we know what we’re doing on the day. It’s also really helpful to see your home if you are looking for wall art so that I know what space we are looking to fill prior to the photo-shoot.

After the shoot

I will edit, using Adobe Light Room and Adobe Photoshop, around 100 of our images, enhancing each and every one in a subtle way. I do not overproduce my images – they still retain their authenticity but just ‘pop’ a little more. The images will be ready to view within 2-4 weeks from the photo-shoot and if practical I will then invite you to my studio in Crowcombe, Somerset, for a slideshow on my big screen.

Either way, the 100 images will be hosted onto a private gallery on my website for you to share with friends and family.

Viewing

If you can attend the viewing at my studio I can offer advice on which images I think will go together & which products I think would look best in your home.

The 100 edited images are all available to buy as framed images, canvases and acrylics.

The shoot fee includes a single printed image, additional prints and the digital files are available to purchase after the shoot.

If possible, it’s great to wear tones that go together within a family/sibling group e.g. all pastel colours or all darker colours. I’d rather you avoid white tops because these tend to dominate a photo, but if you especially wanted to wear eg a white linen shirt then it’s best if you all wear white on top.

It’s also fun to compliment backgrounds to outfits so if, for instance, you have a lovely faded olive green door then we might pick a grey/green shirt or dress to compliment the background, especially if you or your child have green eyes.

You may want some photos that are more formal with smarter clothes e.g. in front of your house, and then some that are more playful with more vibrant and casual clothes when the children are, for example, lying in a wild meadow. For small children it’s also fun to let them wear their favourite tutu or Darth Vadar outfit!

It captures a really special moment in time.

Young adults in a window surrounds by Ivy

Home is best – your own garden or house. We can do some of the photos inside – framed in a window, door or a porch perhaps. I always allow time to walk around your house and gardens to make sure we make the most of all the available locations with the best lighting conditions.

Where possible I prefer to photograph you outside where we might choose backdrops of a faded wall, a beloved tree, or my own particular favourite, a barn or shed.  

We can also go to any beautiful public space like Holland Park or Dunster Beach or use my garden in Somerset, where there is a tiny river for paddling in, a stunning bridge and railway arch or log shed.

Girl holding a cat leaning against a tree

My photo-shoots are fun and I don’t ever force kids into poses – we might run down a hill, climb a tree or play Chinese whispers.

I’m all for including family pets which help to relax everyone. it’s also fun to photograph small children with their favourite teddy, bike or scooter and we can take frequent breaks and include some treats!

Yound lad in a blue tshirt looking at the camera

I will select and edit around 100 photos from our photo-shoot using Adobe Lightroom to subtly enhance every image without over-producing them.

I will show you the images 2-4 weeks from your photo-shoot.

Viewing of your images will, where possible, happen in my studio where I can give you a slideshow on a big screen.

It’s best to allow a good couple of hours for this and preferably come without the kids because they will get bored!

It’s helpful to earmark your favourite shots at this viewing and pencil some ideas about framing. For directions to my studio please see the About Me section.

Smiling boy in a floral shirt

Digital files are safely stored in my studio for one year and any framed images, prints and albums can be purchased within the year.

For a full price list please see my Products page.

Digital copies of the image are £35 per photo or £400 for all the digital files on a USB stick.

Session Fee

£195
  • Liaise with you about the concept of our photo-shoot prior to meeting
  • Travel to your home or our chosen location
  • Advise on suitable outfits to compliment the location
  • 1.5 -2 hours photo-shoot with me and loads of lovely kit!
  • Selection and subtle editing of 100 images from our session
  • Private viewing at my studio
  • Hosting of 100 images on a password-protected gallery on my website
  • And your choice of 1 x 10×8 art-quality, mounted print
  • Please note the 100 edited images are not included in the £195 session fee. These can be bought for £35 per photo or for £400 for the whole collection