What to wear for my Photo Shoot

The most commonly asked question by my clients once they have booked is what to wear for my photo shoot. Memorable family portraits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait’s success.  Planning your clothing for your family...

My New Scarf Collection

My Forray into Fashion!March 2020 The Spring of 2020 was a very difficult time for everyone, everything ground to a halt and business dried up.  Being a portrait photographer clearly this meant I couldn't do any photo shoots and so I tried to busy myself with other...

How to take flattering pregnancy photos at home

We all want to record our pregnancy as it’s such a special, unique time of our lives..but there is a good way to do it and a bad way! Let me show you how to take the best portraits possible at home if you can’t get to a photographer

How to keep on top of your family photos

How to get started on editing your family’s photos, get them printed and keep them safe for future generations to enjoy

Parachute Dress Photo Shoot

The behind the scenes look at the making of the Parachute Dress for maternity portraits by Susan Porter-Thomas Photography

Buying Camera Kit

Buying Camera kit can be very complicated but it’s so worth it. Susan explains why she has bought her own kit and by doing so goes through the decision making process..plus places you can go for advice and help

What to do with 3 or more children on a family photo shoot

How Susan deals with larger family groups on a family photo shoot on location

Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii

 Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii!A personal account So every year I go to the SWPP Photographic convention in London.  And this year I went with a view to take a good look at the mirroless Sony A7iii.  I had no plans to buy at that stage, but clearly I...

children’s photographer London Fulham

  A Family Shoot in Fulham in January!watching your family grow  Susan xoA recent family shoot in Fulham.  Just to prove that you don't need wide open countryside to find great light and colour here are a few shots from my first family shoot of 2019 which I took in...

What are the best ages for baby photo shoots

A baby is the best subject for a photo shoot, but what are the best ages for baby photo shoots, when are the cutest moments and stages to record and potentially go for a professional photo shoot? I will show you the best stages to photograph and why as well as the worst stages!

Flattering Lighting in the Studio

My Favourite lighting - so it's probably clear from my Instagram account what I like in the way of studio lighting..I'm a succour for moody, gently lit, soft lighting that flatters the skin and flattering to the body.  Not surprisingly as I do a lot of Maternity...

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What to wear for my Photo Shoot

What to wear for my Photo Shoot

The most commonly asked question by my clients once they have booked is what to wear for my photo shoot. Memorable family portraits take careful planning, and the clothing you choose is very important to your portrait’s success.  Planning your clothing for your family...

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My New Scarf Collection

My New Scarf Collection

My Forray into Fashion!March 2020 The Spring of 2020 was a very difficult time for everyone, everything ground to a halt and business dried up.  Being a portrait photographer clearly this meant I couldn't do any photo shoots and so I tried to busy myself with other...

read more
Buying Camera Kit

Buying Camera Kit

Buying Camera kit can be very complicated but it’s so worth it. Susan explains why she has bought her own kit and by doing so goes through the decision making process..plus places you can go for advice and help

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Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii

Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii

 Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii!A personal account So every year I go to the SWPP Photographic convention in London.  And this year I went with a view to take a good look at the mirroless Sony A7iii.  I had no plans to buy at that stage, but clearly I...

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Photo Shoot Voucher

Give the gift of gorgeous portraits.. £170 session fee only With fine art portrait photographer Susan Porter-Thomas Photography LSWPP (applies to all session types, either on location or in the studio) £50 credits can be added to buy prints etc...

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Laura Cunha Leal
Laura Cunha Leal
12:30 20 Sep 20
Such a fantastic experience! I came with my husband and my two-year-old boy for maternity photoshoot. We felt very comfortable and relaxed at the studio, especially my boy who enjoyed playing in the... garden. Susan was very helpful to advise me on what clothes I should get for my boys, and this made the preparation process much easier. Loved all materials, I felt very comfortable at the photo shoot. Stunning photos!read more
neelima kumar
neelima kumar
22:07 25 Aug 20
We had a very nice stressfree session with Susan. She told us exactly what to do and that care of half the job. Very friendly and professional at the same time. The only stressful part was having to... choose the pictures as they were all good.read more
karen Mulvihill
karen Mulvihill
17:44 19 Jun 20
I have been looking for an extra large scarf for a long time. They seem hard to find and terribly expensive. But today I lucked out and purchased an extra large forget me knot scarf. I am... absolutely thrilled. it is absolutely exquisite and beautifully made and good quality silk. I wish I could buy all of them, they look amazing with dress up/ down casual and event pieces. I am going to float around in all my outfits with my lovely scarf, to show my friends. When they see it, they will also want to buy one too, Thank you Susan!read more
Marina Gordeeva
Marina Gordeeva
22:21 15 May 20
Great experience throughout and fantastic pictures - from the professional communication, friendly welcome in the studio, fast turnaround of the images from the photo shoot and absolutely stunning... pictures - I definitely recommend Susan to other moms-to-be.read more
Jasvin S
Jasvin S
21:39 07 Mar 20
We had a great time at Susan's studio and loved the style of photography and quality of the shots. Would definitely use again.
C J
C J
11:18 21 Feb 20
The whole experience with Susan was amazing. She was great and flexible around the booking for the shooting session.The session itself was smooth and fun and while we were worried about how our... toddler would behave, everything went so well thanks to Susan’s experience !We have then received the pictures within few days only (other photographers usually take much longer).Last but not least, the pictures were astonishing ! We never had pictures like these ones. We, and more particularly our toddler, looked so naturally beautiful in the pictures!Not only we will recommend Susan to all our friends but we will definitely use her again in the futureread more
Helena Bloomer
Helena Bloomer
19:33 17 Feb 20
Susan captures the most amazing images. She completely puts you at ease meaning they look natural and is a genius with lighting and angles. Her photos manage to make you look like you’re in... editorials from glossy magazines.read more
Sugha Murugesu
Sugha Murugesu
14:32 13 Feb 20
Beautiful photos - thank you!
Bhupendra Patel
Bhupendra Patel
11:48 12 Feb 20
Amazing pictures. Experience was very happy and relaxing.
Tim Gort
Tim Gort
06:51 05 Jan 20
This is the second time that my wife and I have had our photos taken by Susan; the first two years ago was for a maternity shoot and more recently we did a newborn shoot. On both occasions Susan put... us at ease, especially when I am uncomfortable behind and in front of the camera. Susan was very patient with our daughter in our recent photo shoot, she gave easy to follow directions and was very good with her.Overall we had two fun and enjoyable experiences which resulted in some lovely photos.read more
Analeesa Ciampi
Analeesa Ciampi
14:28 11 Dec 19
We recently moved to London from New York and wanted to take family photos to share with our friends and family abroad. Susan was very professional and fun to work with. She did a great job... capturing our 11 month old and beloved family dog as well as taking candid family moments. I would highly recommend her and use her services againread more
Veronika Pal
Veronika Pal
10:55 08 Dec 19
Me and my partner had great fun on our maternity photoshoot with Susan, she really made the whole experience easy and the photos came out great.
Oroblam
Oroblam
08:17 08 Nov 19
Gabriela Salomão Martins
Gabriela Salomão Martins
09:18 11 Sep 19
Susan is such a talented photographer! Just had my maternity photoshoot with her and absolutely loved it. We did outdoor pictures and the results were stunning! The session was really fun and she... made me feel relaxed throughout the process. I couldn't recommend more her services.read more
Benjamin Jinny
Benjamin Jinny
12:13 09 Sep 19
Great Photography...truly amazing.Very professional.
Rex Osafo-Asare
Rex Osafo-Asare
12:24 29 Jun 19
A true professional. Her work speaks for itself. 10/10
Tarana Shivdasani
Tarana Shivdasani
19:35 06 Apr 19
Susan was absolutely brilliant -- we did 2 sessions with her, and in both cases, she went out of her way to make us comfortable. She's an absolute pleasure to work with, and the final result is... exactly what we were hoping for!read more
Bella Y Wu Kostelec
Bella Y Wu Kostelec
14:35 06 Apr 19
Susan is amazing. Had my maternity photography in Susan's West London studio when I was 36 weeks pregnant, and also did my baby's 100 days photography with her as well.
Alex & Adolfo Custidianer
Alex & Adolfo Custidianer
18:03 03 Apr 19
We had a family photo shoot with our eight month old baby and absolutely enjoyed the experience! Susan made us feel very comfortable and the photos turned out amazing! We couldn’t pick just 5 so... ended up going for 15. Expensive but so worth the price, they’re a work of art and will be treasured for many years to come.read more
Hazel Tang
Hazel Tang
18:31 03 Mar 19
Susan is lovely! We went to her for a maternity shooting when I'm 36 weeks pregnant. My husband is quiet nervous when we have no idea what to do in front of camera . Susan was very patient and kind... that guide us to pose a couple pose and the result is brilliant. We are having so much fun while shooting. She's friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend!read more
Chanda Brae
Chanda Brae
13:38 08 Feb 19
I took a workshop with Susan and was so thrilled with the knowledge that I gained from just one day! I feel reinspired and cant wait to start applying the new lighting techniques into my business.... Susan is patient and professional, I would recommend her to anyone looking for fine art portraits or looking to learn from her at one of her workshops. She is worth every penny!read more
James Martin
James Martin
21:09 14 Jan 19
My partner and I had a delightful day with Susan. She spent the time teaching us some of the skills of portrait photography in studio settings and natural light. Her warmth and enthusiasm was... infectious and we came away thrilled with the photos we had taken under her guidance.read more
Ian Saxon
Ian Saxon
11:28 05 Jan 19
Great photographer, great assistant, lovely studio where we were made to feel comfortable throughout. True professionals. We did maternity and newborn and were very pleased with both.
Rachel Faber
Rachel Faber
14:49 27 Dec 18
If you're looking for a modern portrait photographer who can capture your family in an authentic vs staged environment, then Susan is a perfect choice. We were blown away with our maternity and... newborn photoshoots with Susan. Both the experience and pictures were more than we could have hoped for. We were made to feel totally comfortable and cannot wait to capture more memories with our beautiful family.read more
Ganna Yevtushenko
Ganna Yevtushenko
12:32 05 Sep 18
I would recommend any pregnant woman to enjoy the experience of maternity photoshoot! After months of changing body shape, focusing on having a healthy pregnancy, clothes that stop fitting and... scrutiny from the outside world - it is amazing to have a few hours dedicated just to you and beauty of your pregnancy. Susan made me and my husband feel extremely comfortable during the whole photoshoot and final images are just stunning memories of our pregnancy journey.read more
Samantha Allarton Pointer
Samantha Allarton Pointer
22:21 03 Aug 18
The whole session was so fun. I was very nervous to begin with and felt like I was shaking in front of the camera. Susan has a very calming presence and is very talkative, so I was quickly distracted... from those nerves and enjoyed posing in front of the camera by the end! Despite being so warm and friendly, she is also assertive & professional in directing the session and glides around capturing all the right angles and lighting to recreate your favourite looks or new postures that come to mind at the time. I had photos in quite a few outfits, with and without my husband, in different lighting, with different backgrounds and with dramatic chunky jewellery - and we absolutely love the portfolio - just a shame we can’t afford them all!! Nevertheless, we will treasure the photos we’ve chosen for a lifetime. Such fantastic memories of bump and the pregnancy as a whole. We can’t wait to see the prints on physical form (and maybe get one framed for the house). Totally recommend Susan for this creative type of photography! We can’t wait to return for a session with Bambi to capture both the “before” and “after” moments...read more
Rachel Hung
Rachel Hung
17:19 04 Jul 18
Was so impressed by my pregnancy photoshoot that I went back to Susan for our newborn pictures despite living right across London from her - they were even better! Susan is fun to work with and is... completely open to suggestions and ideas. Highly recommended.read more
Rüdiger Kloss
Rüdiger Kloss
18:04 15 May 18
Susan made us comfortable and we were able to do many different types of shots. We are very glad with the outcome and would highly recommend her!
Yvonne Ogorek-Zarate
Yvonne Ogorek-Zarate
10:43 08 May 18
Susan was such a professional and made the whole experience very, very memorable. From offering me a fresh strong coffee after a tricky night with my little one, to making her big sister feel very... special and included, it was a day and show to remember. The pictures are magnificent and they will be treasured for a lifetime. Worth every penny.read more
Qian Yu
Qian Yu
22:17 19 Mar 18
It has been great experience to have Susan capturing both the bump and newborn sessions for us. Susan is professional, lovely and easy to work with. These impressive shoots from her mean so much to... us.read more
Eliza Moldovan
Eliza Moldovan
20:58 05 Mar 18
Having a baby is such an amazing and wonderful experience. Susan managed to capture this happiness. I am so pleased with our newborn and family pictures. Again and again, Susan proves herself to be a... professional photographer and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants the perfect photoshoot experience. Thank you Susan.read more
Helen Lin-Chhatpar
Helen Lin-Chhatpar
20:41 31 Jan 18
Susan is an incredibly talented and professional photographer with a gorgeous elegant yet demure style. She is fun to work with, and very understanding and supportive of what you want to get out of... your portrait experience. I absolutely love how my maternity portraits turned out and 100% recommend her to anyone that wants a keepsake with some "wow" factor.read more
Anne Raleigh Rees
Anne Raleigh Rees
18:01 22 Jan 18
my sons got me the most wonderful gift- a family photo shoot! Susan was lovely to work with and we are all happy with the finished product- thank you for capturing the family so beautifully and... accurately- you even managed to get the dog in a few photos!read more
Aspa Psaradellis
Aspa Psaradellis
11:02 06 Jan 18
Thank you once again Susan for a great photoshoot! We used Susan for a newborn photoshoot with our firstborn. We did it in our house so definitely more challenging for a photographer compared to... being in a studio. Susan was amazing! Second time, again a family photoshoot with our second baby in our home. As always, Susan was great with the kids, and super efficient! We love our pictures! She managed to capture spontaneous moments full of laughter and happiness that to us are very precious! Thank you once again!read more
hpoonie
hpoonie
18:08 26 Dec 17
had a fab time at the shoot. Susan put us at ease.
Anna Maggioli
Anna Maggioli
16:20 14 Dec 17
Susan is the perfect photographer to create beautiful memories of your family! We truly love her pictures, full of personality and love. We also enjoyed very much the shoot at her studio. She is... simply professional and highly recommendable! We look forward for our next shoot with her!read more
Kelly Wu
Kelly Wu
00:30 30 Nov 17
We had lovely photo section with Susan, Susan was friendly and helpful. The images taken with Holland park in Autumn were gorgeous ! They are even better than I was imagined. Thank you so much Susan... !read more
Nadia Strone
Nadia Strone
10:19 22 Nov 17
Its a pleasure working with Susan. Our exchanges before the shoot were great - I knew exactly what to expect and we got good advice on location and what to wear. The shoot went very smoothly, and... Susan was able to capture fabulous shots, ticking off everything on my wish list. She was flexible and worked well with my two-year old daughter, dog, and husband - who does not like posing for the camera! I cant wait to work with her again.read more
Junya Hosaka
Junya Hosaka
15:27 18 Nov 17
We had great experience with Susan.The shoot place were primrose hill.Her arrangements were perfect.Especially, she instructed us just right position and took us with sunlight filtering through... the trees ingeniously.Our sons really enjoyed the photo shooting.The photos are so good and much exceeded our expectations.The photos and the experience are our precious memories in London !read more
danielle wright
danielle wright
13:51 10 Oct 17
We've just had our third photoshoot with Susan and are delighted with the photos yet again. Susan always makes us feel comfortable during the photo shoots and has captured some amazing images of our... children.read more
Iivika Considine
Iivika Considine
18:35 04 Oct 17
We really enjoyed the entire session with the excellent Susan. She was prepared and patient (an essential skill when working with newborns) and was able to help Mom and Dad to enjoy the experience... also! I'd have no hesitation in recommending Susan to capture those never to be replicated moments with your new arrival!read more
Miguel Oliveira
Miguel Oliveira
22:24 18 Sep 17
Susan was amazing through the entire journey: the photo session was delightful, in a very relaxed environment and it was a truly pleasant experience for both of us.The resulting pictures were... absolutely fantastic: the attention to detail and expertise Susan put in the whole process made us feel more than happy with the pictures we chose.We highly recommend Susan's photo sessions.read more
Eliza Moldovan
Eliza Moldovan
10:24 17 Sep 17
Once again, we had such an amazing experience. Susan has a great personality and a spot on eye, able to improvise at any minute while we were outdoors. My daughter felt relaxed and happy and so did... we. The pictures were fabulous and that is why I keep coming back to Susan for more and more photo sessions. I would recommend Susan to anyone who would want long lasting, quality memories.Thank you Susan, you've been brilliant again! xxread more
Steph
Steph
17:12 15 Sep 17
I really enjoyed my maternity photo session with Susan last weekend. She is warm, friendly and immediately made us feel comfortable. I wasn't really sure what I wanted, other than for us to capture... 'the bump', but I love the varied, beautifully lit images she has produced. I'm happy we'll have these to look back on and remember this time. Definitely recommended!read more
Allegra Hardy
Allegra Hardy
13:47 08 Sep 17
Susan is – extraordinary.It’s not just her astonishing ability to catch light that sets her images apart but also her innate skill at immortalising the relationships her subjects share. While her... artistry is undoubtedly a well-honed gift, her easy going, welcoming and truly practical approach puts her subjects at ease and allows her to deliver startling portraits. Thank you Susan. Cannot wait till next time!read more
古見祐梨
古見祐梨
09:06 08 Sep 17
Susan is such a lovely lady. She was so kind and friendly to our kids. We all really enjoyed the photo shoot. It was relaxing and so much fun! And all the photos came out amazingly beautiful. I... definitely recommend her:))read more
Cátia Silva
Cátia Silva
15:35 15 Aug 17
Our daughters just love Susan! She's quite a talent with kids! Loved the pictures!
Heather Goodsir
Heather Goodsir
19:51 05 Aug 17
We have just enjoyed a family photo shoot with Susan and have to say, the whole experience was fabulous from start to finish. Susan is absolutely lovely, warm and relaxed, putting us all instantly at... ease. My children thought it was such a treat and even my husband discovered his inner diva! The resulting photos are gorgeous - I definitely recommend her!read more
Vincci Chan
Vincci Chan
21:53 26 Jul 17
Susan was so professional, photos were so naturally beautiful. Absolutely amazing. Enjoyed the shooting. Highly recommend her.
Kirsten Aldridge
Kirsten Aldridge
08:16 21 Jul 17
Susan has photographed both our sons as newborns and we treasure the beautiful family images she has created. Susan has a lovely style, immediately putting everyone at ease, enabling her to get... fabulous photos even when her subjects are not naturals in front of the camera!read more
Chris Vos
Chris Vos
16:18 15 Jul 17
Amazing photographs, kids were really at ease. Many thanks
Yuki H
Yuki H
21:04 22 Jun 17
She knows how she can take pictures of best moment of family.
Franck Sauvage
Franck Sauvage
14:11 12 Jun 17
Lovely people. Always happy
Tomoko Ohigashi
Tomoko Ohigashi
10:45 28 Apr 17
It was a fantastic experience. We all enjoyed every moment in the photo shoot. My children were so excited and love Susan! Photos are absolutely brilliant. Beautiful, warm, and stylish.I love the... magic of natural light.read more
Aisha
Aisha
18:41 21 Apr 17
Susan is amazing! The pictures are beautiful and magical. She made me feel very relaxed during the photo shooting and It was lots of fun! The results are absolutely gorgeous! Highly recommend her.
Yuka Aoki
Yuka Aoki
19:19 28 Mar 17
Susan was absolutely amazing on photo shooting as she made us very relaxed and took beautiful photos of our family which will treasure forever! Thank you Susan!!!
Michelle Tolfrey
Michelle Tolfrey
11:54 17 Mar 17
I had a lovely experience on my maternity photo shoot with Susan. She had a range of suggestions for the photos and created a comfortable and fun atmosphere. I'm so pleased with the results and... will treasure these photos forever.read more
Marian Bavington
Marian Bavington
12:35 04 Mar 17
Wow! I am truly blown away by the photographs that Susan shot of my children. I can't stop looking at them. She has managed to capture such beautiful, gentle, elegant yet powerful images. I will... treasure them forever. Susan made the children feel totally relaxed and at ease, they loved every minute of the shoot and had lots of fun. We have had professional shoots before but they have been nothing like this and it shows in what she has produced. Thank you Susanread more
Shiv Sriranjan
Shiv Sriranjan
14:25 18 Jan 17
Susan came to our house to do a photo shoot of our 2 month old son. She was very prompt in replying to email messages and kept in touch to confirm our appointment date and time. We did not feel... rushed and Susan allowed plenty of time to take photos of our son allowing for changes in his mood. We even walked around with him and played music to settle him when he was crying. We love the photos and hope to have another photo shoot with Susan when he is a bit older.Thank you.Shiv and Senread more
Meena More
Meena More
09:38 11 Jan 17

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How to take flattering pregnancy photos at home

We all want to record our pregnancy as it’s such a special, unique time of our lives..but there is a good way to do it and a bad way! Let me show you how to take the best portraits possible at home if you can’t get to a photographer

What to do with 3 or more children on a family photo shoot

How Susan deals with larger family groups on a family photo shoot on location

What are the best ages for baby photo shoots

A baby is the best subject for a photo shoot, but what are the best ages for baby photo shoots, when are the cutest moments and stages to record and potentially go for a professional photo shoot? I will show you the best stages to photograph and why as well as the worst stages!

Flattering Lighting in the Studio

My Favourite lighting - so it's probably clear from my Instagram account what I like in the way of studio lighting..I'm a succour for moody, gently lit, soft lighting that flatters the skin and flattering to the body.  Not surprisingly as I do a lot of Maternity...

Simple and elegant Maternity Shoots in London studio

I have done thousands of maternity shoots in London over the last 15 years and a lot of my clients prefer to go for the impact of lighting and pose rather than the addition of materials and movement. I love this style, we can work on great lighting and amazing shape...

Maternity portraits in the studio

Maternity Portraits in the Studio in West London last week. You can see here how impactful the studio can be for maternity shoots, you don't have any distraction around and behind, we can create beautiful lighting and take time to pose correctly to make the most of...

Maternity photographer West London

For a maternity photographer West London has a wealth of mums to be, however this gorgeous bump came all the way over from Canary Wharf with her husband and mother in tow. Truly stunning, I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot, she had...

Maternity Photo shoot London

Having a Maternity Photo Shoot London is getting more popular as the years go by. Especially as mothers to be want something artistic that is going to record their pregnancy for their children to see. There is something magical about a pregnancy and I find it very...

Family photo shoots Hampstead

For family photo shoots Hampstead is truly one of the loveliest locations in London. This shoot was taken on one of the darkest dreariest and coldest days of the autumn and yet the vistas and colours and great backdrops are endless. I love the fact that there are...

West London Photographer

It's always great when you get a little person who is able to take direction and loves the attention I give her. Little Rose was so sweet and loved the wind machine. I've been a West London Photographer for 11 years now and every now and then I do special offers for...