I’m a family photographer for Warwickshire and beyond

Your children are special. They each have their own unique character and personality. Let’s show those personalities in natural, artistic images that you would be proud to hang on your wall.

If you are looking for a general guide to choosing a family photographer, scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you like the look of my photography, keep reading here!

There are many deep bonds within your family. Between parents, between parents and children, and between the children themselves. One way to show the love and affection in your family is via beautiful photographic artwork to hang on your walls, or have in a gorgeous heirloom album. An amazing celebration of the most important people in your life.  For example, here are my photos of one child taken each year as she grew to be 6 years old.

I honestly love the job of children’s and family photographer. I understand family life, and I don’t mind getting muddy. By getting into their world (be it lego, fairies, princesses, football or minecraft!) and finding what makes them tick, I make it hugely enjoyable and I’ll be able to capture the way they really are.

We’ll also showcase your home, garden or favourite location. I’ll make suggestions if you don’t have anywhere specific in mind. And yes, we can include the dog and grandparents!  Some examples are action shots, a Warwickshire family outdoors, and my favourites from a couple of years ago.

“I can’t stop myself from looking at the wonderful images that you have created of our family and favoured pets. You have captured a precious family time and set it to evoke wonderful memories of a summer spent at home on the farm. I can’t thank you enough for having the vision for the perfect backdrops. Magnificent. How clever you are and what a fun time we all had ! The family have never been so happy. Well apart from the evening when you took the photographs.” 

Alison, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

 “Thank you Laurence they are stunning. I can’t stop staring at them”.

Samantha, Barnt Green, Birmingham

“It’s not how I thought it would be. Its lots more fun”

Theo, aged 8

The home environment is a great place to start.  Soon after I’ve arrived, children are relaxed enough to want to show me round (and like me being there). Whether you are in Birmingham or rural Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Redditch, Worcester, the Cotswolds, or are planning an international trip, I can create a personal heirloom that will only become more valuable as time passes.  I’m an experienced, specialist family photographer based in Warwickshire.

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How to choose the best family photographer for you – five of the most important things to consider before you book a family photoshoot.

Family photos are so important.  Imagine yourself and your family in ten years time. We all need a little help to crystallize our memories and transport us back to how we felt years ago. How many good photos do you have of you when you were young?  How many showing your relationship you with your parents ?

As children grow up, it’s never the same again, and you can’t get that time back.  Beautiful photos of your family on your walls or in gorgeous albums are a daily reminder of your bonds and togetherness. It’s an investment whose value to you increases enormously with time. Personalised artwork on the walls also makes stunning interior décor for your home.

We all take more photos on our phones but they rarely get printed and can’t be blown up large. Will they still exist in 20 years time ? And one parent is always missing!

Here’s five of the most important things to consider before you book a family photoshoot:

Style – do you want a posed style or a more natural feel ? The trend is away from formal, posed photography to a more natural, less posed style. A natural style suits children who won’t stay still ! It’s also best for people who aren’t that comfortable infront of the lens.

Location – in a studio, at your home, or outdoors. A studio shoot normally means a plain white background. This has been popular, but may look dated in a few years time. A studio suits some families, but not others. It can be a rather scary, sterile, unnatural environment for a shy child. Depending on the photographer, the experience may feel forced and staged.

Studio Family photography in Warwickshire
Studio photography usually involves a plain white background

Outdoors is a great option because children and the outdoors go together very naturally. The photo shoot can be somewhere meaningful to your family. Perhaps in your garden, the woods where you walk the dog every day, or a gardens or park.  Incorporating the setting into the images can really result in stunning photos, eg with sunlight pouring through the trees.  The children are more relaxed, can have a lot of fun, and you can be yourselves.  You do need a backup plan for very bad weather – usually this would mean rescheduling the photo shoot.

An indoor photoshoot at your home is very convenient for babies, especially newborn babies. You have all that you need to comfort your baby, and the style of the photos can be a studio “look”, you all in your home with a more natural feel, or a mixture of both.

Outdoors or at your home, the natural style  is often called “lifestyle” photography. Some photographers also offer “documentary” family photography, where all the photos have a fly-on-the-wall feeling from documenting a typical family day.

Family photography in a field in Warwickshire
Lifestyle photography is often outdoors and not posed

Choosing a family photographer – they have to be experienced and very good with children. The photos are so important, you don’t want to trust them to someone who has only just started as a photographer. Good questions to ask are: Is family photography a speciality of theirs?  Are they qualified in photography ? Are they properly insured ? And simple things such as do they have two cameras in case one breaks on the day ?

Will I look OK ? Everyone worries about how they will look in the photos. It’s natural. A good photographer will use the light, angles and make little suggestions to improve the way you may be sitting. Plus some subtle retouching to make you look like you would after a day at a spa always helps! It’s important to include yourselves as  parents in some of the photos, so that in the future your children can look back in time and remember how you all were.

Will my children behave or be shy on the day? This is where a specialist child and family photographer comes into their own. They will be able to deal with energetic young boys, shy girls, toddlers who wander around at will, grumpy teenagers and everything inbetween. They will have seen it all before, will be able to get on fantastically with the children and will have little ways of coaxing the best out of everyone. At the end of a photoshoot you should be able to say that you’ve had a lot of fun and the children have really enjoyed it.

It’s best to let the photographer draw out natural expresssions, rather than telling your children to “smile nicely”. That usually results in a grimace or forced smile!

Some families choose to have new photos regularly, perhaps every year or every two years. This way they build up a library or gallery of images that really show the changes in the children over the years, and how their looks and interests have changed. This is a priceless,  fabulous legacy for the children when they are older.

Whatever you choose, do make sure you get some photos of your family. I’m a family photographer in Warwickshire, and as one Mum said to me after a photo session on her small farm with her teenage children and the farm animals, “This is so good ! I wish we had done it earlier as well.”   For more information about my lifestyle family photography, please get in touch.

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