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Family Photography

Capturing Lives in Natural Settings

In case you hadn’t yet noticed, one of my main specialities is on-location family photography. I believe that sometimes the best photos are created when you’re in a natural setting, where you can truly be yourself. It’s a fantastic way to capture the relationship that you and your loved ones share. Whether it’s allowing the children to run wild and show their personalities or letting your pets play around in autumn leaves, location photography is a special experience that produces wonderful images.

You can discover more about my family photography sessions below and you may even find some inspiration for where you’d like your shoot to take place. I understand that planning a photoshoot can seem daunting for many people. I’ve tried to cover everything about the process below, but I know that you may still have questions to ask. If you still have anything you’d like help with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let me try to assist you!

My Family Photography Sessions

One of the most important things we should do is cherish the relationships that we have with our loved ones. I think there’s no better way to do that than to capture timeless memories that can be treasured for generations.

On-location family photography allows me to capture the spirit of your family in a setting that you find comfortable. When in a location that you know and love, you can feel relaxed and be yourself. Family photography sessions, for me, are all about creating an experience that is tailored to you where you can feel at ease and just have fun with it.

When it comes to choosing a location, it’s completely up to you. I have taken commissions from around East Anglia, London and further afield. Whether it’s your home, your favourite local park, river walk or woods, I love to explore new places. You might enjoy a visit to some of my favourite spots in Felixstowe or explore some of the picturesque Suffolk coastal towns. With my wealth of experience in family photography, if you need any ideas, I have plenty of suggestions that I can share.

Don’t forget your four-legged furry friends – pets are cherished members of the family and may often deserve a portrait session of their own! Environmental photography is the perfect setting for dogs and horses – by capturing the personalities of your pets outdoors, where they feel more relaxed, I can create stunning images that you will love and enjoy for years to come.

“It’s one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

Paul Caponigro

What to Expect on Your Shoot

An on-location family photography session with me is all about creating an enjoyable experience for you and your family. By ensuring that your experience of portrait photography with me is relaxed and enjoyable, I can concentrate on the creation of fantastic photographs that truly capture your personalities.

Hate the thought of “having your picture taken”? I understand that you may feel uneasy in front of the camera. Many people feel that a photoshoot isn’t for them. This is because there is a common notion that it’s about rigid poses and awkward smiles. That’s where I come in. You will be made to feel at ease and I have a knack for creating an environment that you can feel relaxed in.

Here’s what to expect:

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Preparing for your shoot

The first step is preparing for your shoot. This is your chance to discuss any special requests you have and your ideas on how you will display your portraits. That allows me to create an experience tailored to you & images that will look fabulous on your walls at home.

On the day

Many people don’t like having their photos taken which is why I focus on letting you have fun and be yourself. I will offer guidance and direction towards creating the style of portraits that look informal & natural, without looking staged.

Viewing

After your session I select the best pictures, sprinkle them with a bit of digital ‘magic’ and put together a video presentation to ‘wow’ you. This is the time when, together, we work through the images and choose the ones you want to order & the best way to display them.

Enjoy your memories

Each client’s order is hand-finished and professional advice is provided on how to get the most from your portraits, and with a peace-of-mind guarantee that your wall-art will be replaced at no charge if there is a problem due to materials or production failure.

Session Fees

Tuesday to Saturday

Sundays

Home and location sessions

from £150* from £200*

*(these may not apply in the case of a prize, a voucher or other offer)

Where appropriate, the sitting fee is payable at the time of booking to confirm the arrangements. All prices include VAT at the current rate and may be subject to change without notice. All major credit cards accepted.

Examples of My Work

Your Questions

How many people can I have at my portrait session?

Working on location means the numbers of people and pets rarely restricts us in your session, as long as I know the numbers in advance so that I can prepare accordingly. At each family photography session, I’ll take a variety of images & poses using different settings so, if there is a large group, you will each get the pictures you wish for.

How do we see our pictures and how long will it take?

Your images are shown at your own special design & consultation session, on a large screen. I will be on hand to help you select your favourite images and suggest the best way to display portraits at home. Most people take 60-90 minutes to choose and make their order. You will not be rushed or pressurised into making the wrong decisions, you will just be shown superb pictures that you may find hard to resist!

Why is there a session fee and what is included?

The session fee secures your appointment date & time. It includes your portrait session of 1 – 2 hours, the creation, editing and production of your portraits, and your design consultation & ordering session of 1 – 2 hours. Any images you order will be extra (unless stated otherwise e.g. prizes, gift offers etc.).

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in when standing and sitting and keep it casual. I find that the best images are taken with people wearing everyday clothing. It’s always best to pick a basic colour pallet across the whole group, so try and keep colours similar (but avoid matching outfits as this can look too contrived and unnatural). Pastel shades look good together, so don’t be afraid of mixing these lighter colours. Many families opt for white T-shirts or shirts with jeans or light trousers. Don’t be afraid of one person adding a brighter colour or pattern in the group, but don’t overdo it! Comfy footwear is a must and waterproof too if the ground is wet. If you are outside in the winter, dress in layers, lots of them!

Please do not wear spectacles with tinted, transition or photochromic lens.

What happens with bad weather?

We are constantly looking at the weather forecasts (why does it always rain on a Saturday???) and always contact you a day or two before your shoot to talk about your family photography session. When it comes to dog portraits I find that most people don’t mind a bit of rain, but if people are part of the photoshoot, and the forecast is thick clouds, heavy rain and strong winds, I shall be happy to change the time if possible or the date. What is not essential are blue skies and sunshine.

Have a Question?

If you still have any question about on-location family photography, you can find more answers on our FAQ page.

Still need help? I have a friendly team who would be more than happy to talk to you about organising a photoshoot on location.