Family photography portfolio
the joy of childhood
Nothing can beat the happiness of childhood. They spend most of their time skipping, running, singing, laughing or playing.
I’m sure your phone photos / videos are full of these spontaneous happy moments. Professional photos of your children should be too. That’s why I do my best to make children laugh and be happy during their session.
For those of you worried your child won’t ‘play ball’ for a photographer, I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve. I’ve photographed hundreds of children (mainly under 5s) and as a mother to small child, I’ve perfected how to make children comfortable. One fairly obvious thing is to avoid ‘tricky’ times, like meal times or nap times. It also doesn’t hurt that I have an equal measure of enthusiasm and patience. I know that sometimes you just have to let a child do what they want and let them take the lead. For outdoor sessions, I follow them around and photograph them being themselves. Either way, we end up with some cracking good pictures!
You’ve captured us perfectly! – Anne, Chiswick
Family photography FAQs
WHERE DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
I live in Twickenham, Southwest London and that’s where my studio is as well – above Maple Leaf Pharmacy on Twickenham Green (20 The Green, Twickenham, TW2 5AB). Street parking is available. I will travel up to 30 minutes for photo shoots taking place in your home. My professional photo shoots outdoors take place in South West London, in some of the loveliest parks in London. If you live near Twickenham, you’ll probably recognise the locations in my photos! I also do photo shoots in conjunction with local play and mum’s groups.
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR SESSIONS?
Family photo shoots can take place in your home, outdoors or in the studio. My main tip for photos at home is to try to remove any items which may clutter the brightest rooms in your house. For family photo shoots outdoors, just make sure that you’re dressed for the weather and bring a blanket with you.
You’ll want to pick outfits that complement each other. Some people choose dark bottoms with light coloured tops for everyone. Just try to avoid bright patterns or clothes with logos on them. And try not to wear any tight fitting watches or they’ll show up in close-up photos if you’re holding your baby.
If you’re doing a studio photo shoot, I request that everyone takes their shoes off, so that may affect what you decide to wear.
Just before starting, it’s a good idea to make sure everyone’s ready – everyone has brushed their hair, cleaned their teeth and washed their faces! It’s amazing how quickly little faces seem to get dirty. My 4 year old can attest to that!
WHAT IF IT RAINS FOR OUTDOOR SHOOTS OR MY CHILD IS ILL?
Professional photo shoots in overcast weather can turn out lovely, with even lighting bringing out everyone’s features. Unfortunately, my camera doesn’t like being outside in the rain and neither do most people! I keep a close eye on the weather and if I think the weather will be bad, we can reschedule. My rule of thumb is to make the final decision the day before.
As a mum to a 4 year old, I know that life can sometimes be unpredictable. I always allow families the option of postponing their shoot if their child is ill. Your booking fee is transferred for the rescheduled date. In the case of mini shoots, I will refund your booking fee if your spot is filled on the day. Otherwise, you can use it for your next mini shoot.
Children grow really quickly
Childhood passes in the blink of an eye
As a mum and family photographer I appreciate how quickly babies and children grow and change.
If you want time to pass quickly, have a child. In the blink of an eye, my daughter went from being a newborn baby to celebrating her 4th birthday. I almost find it hard to imagine she was once a tiny baby that would fall asleep in my arms. I see this change in action when I take photos of the same family over a few years. It’s remarkable how much their children change from year to year.