I love family photography, the real life kind; photographs that can be believed where people (whether it’s mums-to-be, children or families) are just being themselves. My photography is authentic and I like to create an honest visual diary of family stories from all stages of life. There are of course those big moments we like to photograph, the beautiful bump, the newborn brevity, the birthday celebrations and other significant milestones. But there are also the every day stories – the ones that are made up of the little as well as big things. There doesn’t actually need to be a reason for you to document your family time, as the perfectly ordinary days are not ordinary at all. Many of us reflect fondly upon the less glamorous moments of our lives; painting the nursery eight months pregnant, having lunch as a family, giving the baby a bath, the lazy Sunday mornings and all of the things that swish by amidst the chaos of parenthood. These moments deserve to be documented most of all.

Each family is unique, with its own rituals and quirks which change from month to month and year to year. Kids in particular grow before our very eyes and their little idiosyncrasies change bit by bit. I don’t know about you but my memory starts to become hazy the further time goes by; I think I’ll remember these things but I quite often don’t. Having a photo session to preserve any of these moments is simply priceless. I’d like my session with you to be unique to your family, and I hope that my family photography will become illustrations to the “Remember whens…” of your future.

My family photography is about real life and are meant to be a true interpretation of you and/or your family as you are now. My intention is that it’s a comfortable experience, where for the best part you don’t feel like you’ve been in front of the camera. You might be bringing a newborn baby home, having an adventure or walk outside with the kids; planning a trip to the park, painting indoors or your family might be decorating the house ready for Christmas (these are just a few suggestions there are millions more).

Whatever you decide, I will capture your family connections, finding real expressions and character and do so naturally with minimal posing and intervention – I’ve had to do it this way really – my children rarely sit still and smile for anything! All packages are ideals for families at any stage of their lives. Whether you are parents-to-be, parents already or even grandparents wanting photographs of yourself or your family, the opportunities are endless so please contact me anytime to discuss how we can tell your family story.

Photoshoots are also available as gift certificates and are perfect presents for family and friends on special occasions

Packages

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Regular Package £189

This is a really popular package for those looking for natural family photography with an interest in capturing a small slice of family life. This might be at your home, in your garden or somewhere familiar where you like to spend time – in the park, woods, beach or local playing fields. If you are interested in this package for a newborn shoot it will take place indoors at home. It includes:

• 2 hour natural family photography session at your chosen location (inc. up to 5 people, each additional person is £15 extra)

• 20 high resolution images (but I do not limit the number of shots I share via a private gallery so you can hand pick your final collection)

• 10 6×4 professionally printed proofs

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Extended Package £599

If you are looking for true documentary family photography then this is for you. This is quite similar to the Regular Package (above), but it lasts longer. Why? Because we don’t often know what we want to remember so sticking around for most of the day means I capture the more authentic moments in the story of your family. Generally these sessions can start at breakfast until after lunch, or capture an entire afternoon and evening through to dinner and bed. Each session is generally unscripted and best for people who want to approach photography in a more spontaneous way. Its a great thing to do yearly to remember a typical day with your child(re) as they grow up! It includes:

• 5-6 hour documentary family photography session at your chosen location (inc. up to 5 people, each additional person is £15 extra)

• 150-200 high resolution images presented on a branded stylish USB device (but I do not limited the maximum number I share with you)

• Your favourite images presented in a professional printed story book

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The Family Project £475

This is for people interested in documenting a ‘year in our life’ – a photographic time capsule you’ll want to sit down and share with your family in years to come! It is particularly popular for those wanting to capture pregnancy progression, bump to baby or their baby’s first year. It includes:

• 3 separate ‘Regular’ sessions (one half price) lasting 2 hours each at your chosen locations (incl. up to 5 family members, each additional person is £15 extra)

20 high resolution images per shoot (but I do not limit the number of photographs I share via the viewing gallery so you can choose your final collection 

• 10 6×4 professionally printed proofs per shoot

• All (75) high resolution images across all shoots presented on a branded USB device at the end of the year

Extras

Additional Images

Once you have access to your viewing gallery you may wish to increase the number of images you receive (this is entirely optional – no hard sell!) Simply select the number of images you would like and the additional cost is invoiced separately afterwards. Fees start from £11 per additional image

Prints and Frames

Having invested your time and resources in capturing the story of your family, it’s vital to get the right finish. It’s important to me to provide you with products that not only look amazing, but are also made to a high standard.

Mounted family prints, bespoke framing, canvas wraps and coffee table (story) books are available as a bespoke addition. Additional products can be ordered either before or after your shoot and I don’t impose a time limit on when orders are placed. Quality is paramount, so the range of products has been carefully chosen to ensure they will last the ravages of time. For a full price list please get in touch.