Kew Family and Baby PhotographerPhotography in local parks and Kew Gardens, at your home or in my studio
Kew is a gorgeous leafy suburb with exceptional locations for a family photo shoot
For a lot of people Kew is synonymous with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Fortunate families living nearby will have a Kew Gardens family season pass, which means that in the middle of a busy suburb, it’s possible to get away from it all and roam one of the largest, most beautiful gardens in the country whenever you like. Kew Gardens also provides hours of exploration and entertainment for children, with adventure playgrounds, a treetop walkway, interactive art installation The Hive, temperate and tropical indoor glasshouses, and many hidden corners with trees to climb, rocks to jump from and glorious hide and seek games to enjoy.
As a professional photographer, I can tell you Kew Gardens is also a super place for a family photo shoot with lots of space for uninterrupted photography and a wide range of ideas as backdrops. We would need to organise a very reasonably priced photography permit in advance.
What other locations are good for photo shoots in Kew?
Kew sits on the River Thames which curves generously to Kew from Richmond Town. The Old Deer Park is an extensive green space fronting onto the Thames, with games pitches and decent grass, next to Pools on the Park in Richmond. It is home to sports teams and fitness groups on the weekend, but rarely crowded and there are some great shots with the river in the background to be had. (Don’t be confused by the name, by the way, there aren’t any deer in Old Deer Park, these are only to be found in the royal Richmond Park on the other side of Richmond town).
On the opposite side of the river to Kew is Syon House and Garden in Brentford. This stately property is open from March to November and has wonderful romantic views to enjoy of the gardens, the beautiful conservatory building, arboretum and summer flower meadows. You must buy tickets and for professional photography a permit must be requested in advance.
Then there’s the vast Richmond Park, a national nature reserve with glorious grassy slopes, iconic views to London and wild deer. The royal park stretches out towards Sheen, Roehampton and central London one way, and towards Kingston upon Thames in the other. It’s a huge nature reserve, with trails aplenty. Inside the park, Isabella Plantation is a good place for photographing children and babies, mainly because the colours are wonderful and, because it’s a fenced-in area, which means the deer can’t get in and the lawns are more manicured. The best time of year is late spring when the azaleas are all in bloom.
There are lovely areas all over Kew and Richmond for children and family photography, and we would need to check for a photography permit depending on your preference.
I have lived in the local area for seven years and worked as a photographer for five of them, so I know plenty of wonderful places for an outdoor family photography session. Happily most of these locations normally have a cafe nearby! Very handy when you have a small child who needs a bit of a treat.
Prefer an indoor photo shoot?
Depending on the season and the age of your children, you may want to have an indoor shoot, especially with younger babies. Please do consider a home photo shoot if you have large rooms with natural light, or come to studio over the river from Kew. My studio is on Twickenham Green, above Maple Leaf Pharmacy. If you’d like a Newborn Photography session, I definitely recommend a studio shoot, as my room is warm, comfortable and full of natural light, with lots of space to get settled and comfortable.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the options available for a family or a baby photography session.