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Yorkshire Family Photography






Does any of this sound familiar?

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Why is family photography important?

I feel your pain, we've all been there! I was always the parent, who lost their child up the tree or had them walking back to the car with wellies brimming with water, complaining their feet were cold! Yes, that was me and now these days are gone, I'm pleased to tell you they both made it, they're still with us. Looking back on these days now brings so many fond memories, I'm not sure I would have thought that at the time, but I do and I'm thankful for all the memories I have to look back on. I only wish I were present in more of them. You see, I was the photographer, just like you probably are in your family. 


Your children might not stand still, your partner might not like having their photo taken and the children might be at that "funny" age, but that shouldn't stop you from capturing your evolving family, they'll all appreciate your efforts in years to come, you can be sure of that and if you're here reading this, you certainly will. 




It doesn't matter if the kids are running around like crazy, mini-beings or if your teenagers are scowling at the camera because you're going to laugh about it afterwards and that's the best part. If your photos make you laugh, smile or tell a story then I consider that a job done well, my relaxed and candid photography is so much more than just a photo. It's not the photos it's about the fun you were having when they were taken, it's an experience.

What happens in a family photo shoot?

My photo shoots are meant to be relaxed, lifestyle sessions, where we plan to meet in your home, somewhere picturesque or special and go for a walk together (I have a list as long as my arm, so if you're stuck for ideas, please ask). We'll chat as we go and I'll capture you along the way when I feel like you're relaxing into the session, we can get some slightly more formal photos of you all together. 


These sessions are meant to capture the authenticity of you as a family.  


I encourage the families I work with, to be themselves to do what they usually do to get the younger ones engaging, once they're onside we can get some great photos. My best advice to you is to play with them, tickle them and throw them up in the air (if they like that kind of thing). Hopefully, we'll get them climbing trees, jumping in puddles and chasing each other around, wait until you see just how incredible and happy you look as a family.


Come with the mindset that you're probably going to get dirty and you won't all be looking at the same time. You're ALL going to be involved because it's a family photo session and you're all a part of this. It's an experience, you should enjoy so that when you look back at these photos you'll remember the feeling you felt at that very moment.  

It doesn't matter if the kids are running around like crazy, mini-beings or if your teenagers are scowling at the camera because you're going to laugh about it afterwards and that's the best part.

You're right, you did spot me and LOADS of my family and friends in this little snippet, and I really need to update this with the addition of some more recent photos from our times spent together. Every year, I create a photobook which wouldn't be complete without a shedload of lifestyle photos, these are the ones I like best. OK, there are a few "portraits" in there too, but in comparison to the ones of us busy doing stuff, they're minimal. Some may argue, that you would only choose the portraits to frame and put on your wall, even so, I would say I have 6/10 that are lifestyle and the rest are your typical portraits, this is because I like to chat about the ones I've chosen to display. 


This is how I aim to achieve the same for you... 

First up, I want you to come with an open mind. I'm probably going to tell you to do some absolutely ridiculous stuff, even so, bear with me and trust me, it's all about the interaction and then finally, the reaction. When I take your family portraits the most important thing to remember is to focus on each other and NOT the camera. You're about to see yourselves in a whole, new light for the very first time. When you book a session like this you'll get to see the real you, guards down just enjoying one another's company. 

How does it sound so far? Hopefully not too scary; we'll take a walk through your location together and explore our surroundings along the way, your only expectation should be to have fun, enjoy the beautiful surroundings you chose and depending on how big your group is, a few different mix up of characters for the series of images we're bout to make.




Don't be surprised if you get leaves in your hair or covered in mud, it's all part of it because...






Everyone's here to have a great time and I'm here to photograph it all, in all it's glory! Pay attention to the people you wanted to be involved, I'll get everyone's attention when the time's right. This is the end of the photos where the parent's are pointing at the camera looking stressed, shouting looking this way. Take your time, let's work around the small people, we've got this.

​If you like the sound of this then please take a look at my packages, I try to make sure there's something to suit everyone' if you have any questions feel free to ask or see if I've covered it in the FAQ's


Arranging to have your photos taken by a professional might seem daunting but it could be the best thing you ever do.

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