Buying Camera Kit
by susan Porter Thomas | Nov 19, 2019 | adviceWhere do I start Buying Camera Kit? If you’re reading this, then you no doubt have kids, and you’ll know that it’s time to take photography seriously. Either you buy the kit, become a camera buff or you book a pro, but someone is going to have to...
What to do with 3 or more children on a family photo shoot
by susan Porter Thomas | Jul 2, 2019 | advice, FAMILY, family photographer london, family photography, Portrait photographyIs it harder to shoot a larger family? Thoughts on how to manage larger numbers of children Susan xo Tactics for 3 or more children on a Family photo shoot When I first started as a Children’s photographer I used to dread the family photo shoot that began with...
Why I switched from Canon 5D mk3 to Sony A7iii
by susan Porter Thomas | Feb 6, 2019 | adviceWhy 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...
What to wear for my Photo Shoot
by admin | Feb 23, 2017 | advice, photographyPhoto Shoot Clothing 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...
A London Family Photo shoot tips – Advice for Parents
by admin | Feb 10, 2015 | advice, family photographer london, family photography, lifestyle photography, photography, Portrait photographyLondon Family Photo shoot tips and Advice for parents How to get the most out of your Family Photo shoot with Susan OK so the reason you have booked me to do a family photo shoot is to take great photos of a happy and united family and to show to the world just...
21:50 14 Mar 23Really enjoyed my experience with Susan in her lovely home. I don’t usually like having my photo taken but I was made to feel very comfortable and had a lot of fun. The resultant photographs are... beautiful and a wonderful way to capture this special time during my pregnancy.read more
11:22 09 Feb 23I can't recommend Susan enough, we were completely blown away with the photos from my pregnancy photo shoot. After a long and difficult journey to make a baby, I wanted to celebrate the amazing thing... that my body was doing, but I felt so deeply uncomfortable with the whole idea. Susan not only made me feel comfortable but made sure that I looked my absolute best. We will treasure these photos forever. Thank you!!read more
22:22 02 Dec 22I was hoping to have maternity photo shoot with my husband and my boy this time to add to the family album and Susan did it beautifully. She managed to capture the moments that we all smiling and... laughing together. It’s totally a pleasure to have the final results as what I expect. It’s lovely to meet Susan and her assistant Lisa on the day. Thank you xread more
18:37 05 Nov 22Susan did my maternity shoot, new born shoot and this is our second family shoot. She manages two toddlers at ease and our outdoor shoot was done in an hour no fuss. The pictures are gorgeous! We... had much fun on the day.read more
20:57 08 Oct 22My wife and I had an amazing experience with Susan and we're very satisfied with the photos. 100% recommend.
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15:54 31 May 22She is an artist
10:26 21 May 22Susan is my go-to photographer for photoshoots. She is a brilliant, highly professional and I’m more than pleased with the final results. This is my third time shooting with her and I have booked... another new born photoshoot. She understands the client’s expectations. Shooting with Susan is always fun and exciting. She is very accommodating with client’s ideas and what better way to capture these precious moments with a beautiful experience. I highly recommend her.read more
15:06 07 May 22The best decision ever! My pregnancy was very stressful and I thought this would help create some positive memories. But it did far more than just that! I also got my hair and makeup done by the... lovely Si and it was the best makeup I ever had, felt a million dollars and felt at ease with how I looked. Susan has such a calming, relaxing and loving presence, both her and her assistant made my husband and I feel at home. Susan captured my dream looks even better than I envisioned. I loved that I did not have to worry about outfits, hair or makeup. I turned up with my husband and some chunky jewellery and rest is history. I cannot wait to do more shoots - let me be your muse! <3read more
19:25 27 Apr 22Susan is a brilliant photographer and I have no hesitation in recommending her! We are so pleased with our family portraits, both artistically shot and of timeless quality! Thanks Susan!
Michael B Stewart
12:22 24 Apr 22Beautiful pics!Pursuing the images of Amelia/Violet Brightman led me to you.I am a most frustrated photographer, gardener, nature watcher etc. etc.My most horrific experience was when I could no... longer use my Canon F-1 fully manual camera that I had been using for about 30 years!I bought a version of Kodak cameras with "advance?" lens control etc... Do not dare to mention the model which was so terribly frustrating to use... Perhaps I am so "old school"...however still was able to get some great pics... many lost because of our defunct "computer technology" after two computer crashes...computers which we treat as our most godly approach to the world that we are living in?Now I have this new (actually purchased several years ago) digital camera (Panasonic Lumix #DC-FZ1000M2) which I am still too afraid to use as all this "technology" seems to have cursed whatever creative spirit is left within me!!! (Technology et al has taken us "down hill" rather than really helping us climb that creative mountain?)Perhaps I am still more willing to drive a horse drawn carriage than the stinking, energy guzzling motor cars that seem to dominate our existence! ...and will soon send us to HELL in a basket if we do not WAKE UP from the "...flash of neon lights..." that has us so spell-bound!Out of complete frustration I smashed my most precious lenses- Vivitar 90mm close focus (1:1) lens as well as the f-5.4 300mm Canon lens. also the "hardware" needed to create an "out-of-doors" studio for nature photos.FYI: this Vivitar lens was also amazing for Portraiture work as well as living and moving life within the Natural World. However was never a "point and shoot"... you had to do a bit of mental work to get the right shot!!! (obviously something that is lacking in our present world!)TECHNOLOGY has its advantages if one is not consumed by it... rather need be used with a delicate and discerning touch. However there are few that will be even willing to grasp this.Again... I am still afraid to take even my first shot with this new (now already "old") camera...My KODAK camera is now completely dysfunctional... otherwise I would have included pics of my CANON F-1, lenses and whatever hardware I have left.How I long for my old FULLY MANUALLY OPERATED CANON F-1!!!read more
20:06 26 Mar 22First and foremost, the quality of Susan’s photography speaks for itself - this much is clear from a 60 second perusing of her portfolio. However, what makes working with Susan especially fantastic... is the way she puts everyone at ease during the shoot and gets the absolute best out of everyone. We had our pregnancy photos with her and will be going for our new born shoot on Monday. I will be recommending her to all of my friends and no doubt will use her for family photos in the future.read more
17:02 03 Feb 22We booked Susan for a maternity shoot and honestly we couldn't be more pleased with the final results. The communication was professional and everyone was all clear from the offset on expectations.... At the shoot itself Susan was warm and accomodating, she made us feel at ease straightway. We are quite particular when it comes to having our pictures taken and have a good idea of what we like and how we like to look in images and always go to long lengths to find the right photographer. Susan was honestly brilliant and was open to our ideas and style. When it came to post production, Susan was so patient and understanding when requesting specific edits and honestly we were so grateful for that. Susan really aspires to create photographic art that you will be completely happy with. We highly recommend Susan for beautiful maternity pictures she's amazing. Thank you for everything!read more
09:40 12 Jan 22Myself and husband had a maternity shoot with Susan. Being 35 weeks pregnant with twins I wasn’t feeling the most confident self to show case my body but Susan managed to make me feel comfortable and... at ease straight away. The makeup and hair service at the studio is a bonus so that I don’t have to get it done at another venue. The shoot process is easy and Susan is very professional with the photo set up and lighting. The photos turned out amazingly and I am so glad we were able to document this special moment of life. Thank you Susan!read more
11:09 22 Nov 21Susan made the photoshoot great fun, and we are delighted with the fantastic pictures that have come from it - so pleased to have them. Susan was very professional but relaxed and friendly too.... Couldn't recommend her more highly. Thank you Susan.read more
15:15 29 Aug 21This was a fantastic experience for Alina, the girls & I. We had so much fun with Susan and it really made us feel (and look) great... we would highly recommend Susan to anyone wanting to document... such a special and personal moment in their lives.read more
12:53 28 May 21Susan has done an incredible job with my maternity photos. She is uniquely talented and is able to create real pieces of art. We could not resist and did a newborn photo shoot with her as well and... ordered albums for both sessions. We are so grateful she immortalised those two special family moments.My husband was initially a bit sceptical but then when he came to the shoot he really enjoyed it and when he saw the photos he told all his friends he was so glad we did it.During the 2 sessions Susan was amazing at handling our 2 little dogs and managed to take great photos of us with them and then once the baby arrived she was amazing at handling him so brilliantly as well. She is a mum of 2 so I also got some very good tips from her on the day. :)We cannot recommend Susan more - she is better than any of those maternity photographers you can see on Instagram from all over the world!read more
21:37 18 May 21My boyfriend and I recently had a maternity shoot with Susan. From the time my boyfriend and I entered her studio we was made to feel very welcomed and comfortable. Even though I was extremely shy... and nervous, Susan was able to capture beautiful shots of my boyfriend and I. I love her unique style and her materials used in my session are stunning. I'm so happy with the results of my pictures and I'm now struggling to narrow down my choices of images. Apart from the positive experience on the day of the shoot, communicating with Susan was fairly easy as she always responded promptly to any of my questions. I recommend her services any day. If you're looking for someone that genuinely admires their work and values the utmost customer satisfaction then Susan is your photographer.read more
21:03 25 Apr 21We had a newborn photo shoot in the studio with Susan and our two older children. We were a little apprehensive how our toddler would cope with the photo shoot but Susan was brilliant at engaging... him and the whole experience was effortless. We're very happy with the images and would definitely consider getting family photos taken with Susan in the future.read more
20:27 23 Dec 20Me and my husband enjoyed our pregnancy photoshoot with Susan very much. We got an advantage of a studio shoot with the professional photographer, backgrounds and light, combined with a very relaxed... atmosphere. Susan made us feel home but stayed focussed on the shoot. She gave us a lot of flexibility to experiment but also offered some safe and tried options. The whole process was nothing but fun - Susan has a great sense of humour.Communication was smooth and we’ve got the photos very quickly. We’re very happy with the result as well - we’ve got unique professional photos to celebrate this precious moment in our lives. Looking forward to a newborn photoshoot with Susan!read more
18:46 15 Dec 20Amazing photographer and highly professional! Her maternity photos are very unique and definitely worth every penny! Her webpage and ordering systems are very responsive and userfriendly! Definitely... highly recommended for anyone looking to make amazing memories of their pregnancy!Thumbs up!read more
Alix van Meerwijk
22:22 13 Nov 20Great service and great experience for both pregnancy and newborn photoshoot. Susan is highly experienced, photos are really amazing. I had a very good moment and I highly recommend Susan for taking... photos of the important and moments of your life.read more
Laura Cunha Leal
12:30 20 Sep 20Such 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
22:07 25 Aug 20We 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
17:44 19 Jun 20I 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
22:21 15 May 20Great 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
21:39 07 Mar 20We had a great time at Susan's studio and loved the style of photography and quality of the shots. Would definitely use again.
11:18 21 Feb 20The 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
19:33 17 Feb 20Susan 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
14:32 13 Feb 20Beautiful photos - thank you!
11:48 12 Feb 20Amazing pictures. Experience was very happy and relaxing.
06:51 05 Jan 20This 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
14:28 11 Dec 19We 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
10:55 08 Dec 19Me 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.
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Gabriela Salomão Martins
09:18 11 Sep 19Susan 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
12:24 29 Jun 19A true professional. Her work speaks for itself. 10/10
19:35 06 Apr 19Susan 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
14:35 06 Apr 19Susan 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
18:03 03 Apr 19We 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
18:31 03 Mar 19Susan 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
13:38 08 Feb 19I 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
21:09 14 Jan 19My 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
11:28 05 Jan 19Great 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.
14:49 27 Dec 18If 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
12:32 05 Sep 18I 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
22:21 03 Aug 18The 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
17:19 04 Jul 18Was 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
18:04 15 May 18Susan 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!
10:43 08 May 18Susan 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
22:17 19 Mar 18It 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
20:58 05 Mar 18Having 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
20:41 31 Jan 18Susan 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
18:01 22 Jan 18my 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
11:02 06 Jan 18Thank 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
16:20 14 Dec 17Susan 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
00:30 30 Nov 17We 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
10:19 22 Nov 17Its 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
15:27 18 Nov 17We 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
13:51 10 Oct 17We'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