less awkward family photos
Bringing documentary-style sessions to you in your own home.
Your family. Your story.
Real and beautiful photos of the everyday.
As my friend threw his little nephew up in the air, giggles getting louder and louder, I pressed the button on my ancient, bright red, plastic point and shoot (it was unkillable!). When I developed the film, immediately I had a huge smile on my face – yeah, my framing was off and back then I knew nothing about natural lighting but it captured the feeling – you know when you get that one iphone shot that catches the moment perfectly? That was the start of it for me.
Fast forward 15 years and I take the leap, leaving a long (read ‘gruelling and fun’) career making TV documentaries – it took just one shoot with a friend’s kids to see how I could do family photography in a way that was more honest, more raw and more suited to people who are after something a bit different, those little moments you see each day and want to record forever.
Based in Richmond, London, I bring a documentary style to photo sessions in your own home, there isn’t the formality of a studio shoot, we get to hang out for an hour or so and create some great photos for your home.
When is best to do a newborn session?
Another option is to wait until around 7-8 weeks, when there’s a better chance of a smile or two. Or later – there are no rules!
The best way to feel completely comfortable at the newborn shoot is to do a pregnancy shoot with me first. This gives us a great opportunity to get to know each other before you have a whole new life in your hands, making sure our newborn session super relaxed. Drop me a line if you’re interested in a combined Pregnancy & Newborn package.
I'm not too keen on having my photo taken. Do I have to be in them?
Aren’t we our own worst critics?! Here’s the thing: all the people in my photos felt a bit self-conscious at first – this is totally normal and the great thing is that even if you feel like this, you can still come away with beautiful family photos you love.
I can chat to you on the phone about how I can help make this happen and you can get a feel for how it all works over on the sessions page.
Will my kids have to sit still?!
Not unless they want to! There is never any rush during our sessions – I photograph what you’re up to as a family, whether that’s eating huge piles of toast or running round the garden with your dog.
If you have shy kids or ants-in-the-pants toddlers, I’ve some handy tricks up my sleeve to help everyone enjoy the session, making sure we get some great photos along the way. We’ll talk about this in our pre-shoot chat, so we get the best photos out of our time together.