Richmond upon Thames Family and Baby PhotographerPhotography in the local Richmond parks or gardens, at your home or in my studio
Richmond-upon-Thames has some stunning locations for a family photo shoot
Richmond upon Thames is a beautiful outer suburb of London. It’s considered to be an aspirational place to live, and for good reason, as it is nearby some precious natural spaces. First there is the River Thames which curves generously to Kew from Richmond Town and upstream towards the green meadows of Ham Lands. Then there’s Richmond Park, with its glorious grassy landscape, famous views and roaming 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.
So which are my favourite locations for a photo shoot in Richmond?
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.
I do have a few favourites where I like to take families for a photo shoot in Richmond.
Firstly, there are the Terrace Gardens that stretch down the slope overlooking the river giving sensational views. These gardens tend not to be too busy, especially earlier in the day, and they have a variety of options for great group poses or more intimate shots. For example, there is a green picnic lawn, which can be a fun family shot, there are stone steps which are excellent for small people to stand whilst their grown-ups sit on the steps. The gardens also have a timber veranda, trees to climb, stone statues and lots of bushes and flower beds for kids to occupy themselves whilst I take natural photographs of them.
Secondly, further down the slope Richmond Riverside (once you go away from the bars and restaurants) has a rustic footpath, benches, styles and various gardens that similarly give plenty of opportunities for photos with children, but this time with the river directly in the background, which many people like. It does tend to be busier with dog walkers here, and there may be a few cows nearby! The grass turns a lovely golden in the summer so an early morning photo shoot here can be spectacular.
Richmond Park is another favourite location of course. Inside the park, Isabella Plantation is a popular place for photographing children and babies, mainly because the colours are wonderful and, being a fenced-in area, it 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. Of course, there are lovely areas all over the park for children and family photography.
The good thing about most of these locations is that there’s normally 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 you may want to have an indoor shoot, especially with tiny babies. Please do consider a home photo shoot, especially if you have large rooms with natural light, or come to studio over the river from Richmond. My studio is on Twickenham Green, above Maple Leaf Pharmacy. If you’d like a Newborn Photography session, I definitely recommend coming to my studio. It’s large, warm, comfortable and full of natural light.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the options available for a family or a baby photography session.