Family Location Photography London
Over 12 years experience as a London Children’s Photographer!
Family Photography is why I started as a photographer over 12 years ago, ever since my own children were born, Its the kids that make me love my job. Children are a joy to work with, and no, I’m not just saying that! I end every shoot on a high, having had a brilliant time with them. I know I’ll be able to give you some fantastic images for your walls and albums, which will tell the world just how much you love them. And they will think you’re the best parents in the world for making them look fantastic rather than saving all the naff ones of them grumping (which you obviously bring out at their weddings!). Don’t loose that moment, they are only little for a short period of time, capture it now and it’ll be there forever even though your children will have to grow up.
Why book me?
Apart from the 12 years of experience that I have with children and families, I thoroughly enjoy my job and I hope you can see that in my work. I am also very conscious of not doing The Big Sell on my clients. I really hate it when I feel I am being manipulated or forced into buying things, and so I have vowed not to do it to my clients. Your images will go online and you can view them in your own time at home. My aim is for the images to speak for themselves, I want you to love them so much that you want to buy them, rather than have me persuade you to buy them. What I will do however is help you if you’re unsure which ones will look best either on your wall or in an album, so don’t feel you’re on your own.
Why Outside shoots..?
For Family Photography London is spoilt for amazing places to go. I strongly believe that location photography is the way to go with younger children, they are far more relaxed, are easily entertained and distracted and are free to move and to explore, all of which lead to far better expressions and a really lovely family experience. I will lead the kids around from one setting to the next staying just long enough to get some great shots without them getting bored before moving to the next place. There won’t be much walking as all the places I like to shoot in have great locations really close together, and I wouldn’t want the children to have to walk too far as it may effect their mood!
If you’re concerned about how your children will react to a shoot, read this blog I wrote and don’t worry… Family photo shoot tips and advice for parents
How old do the children need to be?
Children need to be old enough to either sit or walk on their own to make the most of the shoot outside. I would not recommend a newborn or a crawling baby, as newborns will generally be wrapped up so tight when outside that it’ll be hard to see them properly, and crawling babies won’t sit still long enough for portraits to be taken. They want to be on the move which, when crawling, means they have their head down which is not great. So as long as they can walk or sit then we’re ok.
What do we need to wear?
I will give you a call to discuss clothing and colours to use, taking into account the children’s characters and colouring and the time of year to choose clothes and props that will compliment them and make the most of their session. In general you should aim to compliment each other and the colours of nature at the time of year you’re having your shoot. Take a look at this blog for my advice on clothing and colours.. WHAT TO WEAR
How long is the session?
The location shoot would take around an hour and the edited images will be ready to view from your home computer within a few days. I will take both black and white and colour images, I think they work equally well and are both going to stand the test of time.
I am happy to photograph siblings together and separately and parents with each child, it may take slightly longer to do 3 kids but I work quickly so as not to have them run out of steam and I find that the kids truly love the sessions and feel very special having their portrait taken.
What does it cost?
The session fee for a studio shoot is £170 but this price does not include prints. Individual prints start at £45 and digital packages start at £350. I have some gorgeous wall display options in my price list as well as fine art prints and albums.
Do I have to come back for a viewing?
No, I know how busy my clients all are and so I make life easier by giving you an online viewing gallery of your images within a few days of the shoot. You can then order your images from the comfort of your own home, however I will always be on hand to guide you if you need a hand in choosing either images or products.
When shall I book you?
My weekend sessions book up to 2 month ahead of time, though weekdays can be booked up to 2 weeks ahead so it’s worth thinking ahead about when you want to do your shoot.
It’s a great experience for both proud parents and beautiful children. Do give me a call to discuss your options- 07815 864884.
I quite often do seasonal offers so it’s worth checking out the Specials page
See what it’s like
If you’re still not sure, then have a look at a video of me at work with some kids in Kew Gardens –
Susan Porter-Thomas LSWPP Family Photography London