I’ve been a Nottingham Family Photographer for 11 years and there’s never any better time to update your family photos than right now.
My children and family photography sessions takes place in outdoor locations, such as country parks or other scenic places in Nottingham and Derby.
UPDATE: As of 14/10/20, I am photographing families outdoors following Government guidelines of up to 6 people from the same household (or bubble).
FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY: NATURAL AND RELAXED
THE RESULT: CLASSIC AND TIMELESS PHOTOS WHICH WON’T DATE.
Outdoor portrait sessions are great for children who like to roam a little whilst allowing me to capture natural and fun expressions. They work really well when photographing young children as they are not confined to one spot unlike a studio.
I find people of all ages are more relaxed in an outdoor environment. This ultimately shows in the photos and is perfect for those adults who don’t like having their photo taken.
OUTDOOR FAMILY PHOTOS – FAQ’s
Where do you go for children and family photography in Nottingham and the East Midlands?
Examples of places I go are Wollaton Park, Rufford Park or Elvaston Castle. If there is a special place where you like to go with your children, your session could take place there. I’m always open to suggestions and constantly on the look out for new places. I will also choose places based on the time of the year the session takes place. Some locations work better in spring/summer than autumn/winter and vice versa. There’s so much beautiful woodland across the East Midlands, we’re really spoilt for choice!
Sessions can also take place in your garden.
How long does an outdoor portrait session last?
The time can vary depending on the number and age of children being photographed. For a full session, I generally ask you to allocate 1-2 hours. Some locations may take longer to walk around and some children need a snack break. I don’t rush my sessions and like to make sure children get used to me being so if a session takes a little longer, then it’s not a problem. Some parents will also bring a change of outfits.
How do outdoor sessions differ from a studio session?
Outdoor portrait sessions are informal and a relaxed way of capturing children and families. I’ve been a Nottingham Family Photographer for 11 years, 4 of those in a studio. In comparison, I have always found outdoor photo sessions less restrictive than a studio session especially for young children. Young children can quite easily get bored and may want to run around or move onto somewhere new quite quickly.
I use use the backdrop of the outdoor scenery to creatively edit your photos into something extra special.
Can parents be included in the photo session?
Absolutely! I really do recommend having some photos taken with your children … even if it’s just a few. Even though I’m always behind the camera rather than in front of the camera, I value the photos I have with my son and family so much. Whilst the main focus of your photo session may be for your children, think about having a few family photos too.
What happens if it rains on the day of the session?
We have a couple of options. If it’s light rain and your child is happy playing in puddles or it’s a family photo session and you don’t mind a little rain, your session can still go ahead if you wish.
If that doesn’t appeal or it’s heavy rain, we can re-schedule for another date. As the weather forecast is often wrong, I usually wait until the morning of the photo session before rescheduling.
I’m worried my child may not co-operate or he/she will be shy with you?
This is probably one of the questions most parents worry. More so with toddler age children as they can be so unpredictable or a little shy with new people. All I can say, is please don’t worry because I’m patient, not pushy and I’m a mum. If your child needs a little more time, I will completely understand. I’ve been photographing children of all ages professionally since 2009 and no portrait session is the same.
Do you offer outdoor portrait sessions outside of the Nottingham/Derby area?
Yes, I am happy to travel further afield and quotes for other locations can be provided on request.
We would like our extended family photographing – can you help?
Of course. I often photograph extended families from different parts of the country who meet up in the East Midlands as a meeting point. They use their “meet up” as an opportunity to have professional photos whilst they are all together. Note: If there are restrictions in place due to Covid-19, these will be adhered to so please do let me know at the time of your enquiry if your booking is for extended family.
Would you like to see more of my work? Below are two albums of outdoor portraits in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.
Whether you have a preference on season or not, you’ll see we have some great locations in Nottingham and Derby for outdoor photo sessions.