Southwell Minster Family Portraits

I’d like to share these Southwell Minster family portraits with you. Here are my favourites from my time with Abi and Andrew this week…

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

Southwell Minster family portraits

 

Southwell Minster Family Portraits

 

Abi and Andrew booked me a few years ago to photograph their beautiful wedding day at Wethele Manor in Warwickshire. This week I met up with them again to capture some family portraits for them in the grounds of Southwell Minster.

I love The Archbishop’s Palace and its Education Garden. The bonus being it is just a short walk from where I live.

I spend quite a bit of time in this garden with my children and it’s where I run Baby Bugs, my little free outdoor playgroup for local babies and preschool children. That doesn’t mean that I’m not constantly impressed by the way it looks and changes each week throughout the seasons. On the day of our shoot the sun was shining and the blossom was at its best.

This little family is so sweet together and I never get bored of spending time with previous couples to take photographs at the next stage of their lives together. I hope you’ll love these pictures.

Would you like some photographs like these of you and your partner or children? You can find out more about my portrait sessions on my Investment page above.

 

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Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Watching my clients’ families expand and grow is one of the pleasures of being a family portrait photographer. Take a look at my favourites from this Nottingham newborn shoot at home.

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham natural newborn shoot

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

Nottingham family shoot at home

 

 

Nottingham newborn shoot at home

 

I first photographed Jess and Dan’s family in 2013 after the birth of their first son during a natural family newborn shoot. I returned last weekend to meet their new addition when they booked another Nottingham newborn shoot at home.

 

What to expect

 

The arrival of a new baby, whether its your first or fifth can turn your world upside down. The ideal time for newborn photographs is before your baby is 2 weeks old. Booking me to come to your home in those early days takes the stress out of capturing those newborn moments. You don’t need to tidy the house or be feeling 100 % just yet. Everything you’ll need for your baby will be right there so there is no need to load the car with all the things needed to travel anywhere.

At just a week old, this little baby was the perfect age for a natural newborn shoot. I won’t pose your baby in unnatural positions or use them as a prop in a styled still life, you’ll just cuddle, feed, change and play with your baby as you normally would. There will be some light direction sometimes if I feel I need to, to get the shots in the style that you have chosen me for.

I want to give you photographs that remind you in luminous, timeless and beautiful photographs how your baby looked when they were brand new. It is also really valuable to provide you with a snapshot of family life right at the start of your new chapter. I love to capture the older siblings and their relationship with you and your new baby. In this case it was especially poignant as the last time I’d taken this little guy’s photograph he was no bigger than his new baby brother.

 

Newborn sessions at home

 

Newborn sessions are available from 1 – 3 hours, charged on an hourly basis which includes:

 

Travel within Nottinghamshire

My time and expertise during the session

Editing of your final images

An online gallery for viewing, sharing and ordering any prints and albums

All of your final edited images as low resolution downloads suitable for web use (not for prints)

A personal legal copyright licence to use and share your images

Your favourite image as a beautiful professional quality print up to 12 x 8/A4

 

The more time you invest in, the more images I’ll be able to capture and the more time there will be for everyone to be calm and relaxed.

After your session you can buy quality professional prints and albums. These really bring your images to life. Read more about why prints and albums are so important here

All of the high resolution files are also available to purchase as a digital back up for the complete collection, including the right to print as many times as you like, whenever you like, up to a large size and a comprehensive legally binding copyright licence.

For up to date pricing information, please check out my Investment page.

 

Here’s what Jess had to say about her photographs:

 

 

“Just beautiful, Lucy, thank you.

 

I love the black and white photo of Bay – beautiful boy!”

 

 

I think that might just be my favourite too

Family photo shoot 3 year old

 

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Woodland family portrait shoot

I first photographed this family on Lucy and Dan’s wedding day in York. I met up with them again last year after the birth of their second child for a newborn shoot and recently I took their family portraits for them. Take a look at my favourites from their woodland family portrait shoot…

woodland family portrait shoot

woodland family portrait shoot

woodland father son portrait shoot
woodland family portrait shoot

fine art nottingham couple shoot

woodland family photo shoot
woodland family portrait shoot

woodland family portrait shoot

Woodland family portrait shoot

 

I’m really fond of this bit of woodland at Rufford Abbey. It’s where I used to run my outdoor playgroup before we relocated it to Southwell. When I met up with this family for their woodland portrait shoot and crunched over the leaves to the spot where I’d found some good light, I smiled remembering other happy memories of this spot.

This family have been photographed by me before. This was their third shoot of what I hope will be many more. Watching their family grow as the children get older is a real pleasure. This is a milestone time for this family as their son has started school and their youngest turns 1. Adding a second child to your family changes the dynamic and suddenly makes the first one seem so grown up. But sometimes seeing them through someone else’s eyes, in this case mine, can help you see them in a different way. As a parent myself I’m constantly reminded of the passage of time which makes these kind of images all the more bittersweet.

I loved Lucy’s initial response to seeing her slideshow:

 

“The one of me and T where he is looking at you with his cheeky face makes my heart hurt!”

 

“I fell in love with him all over again looking at these photos. I said to Dan, in a few years we will look at them and he will seem tiny”

 

There are days when I look at my children and think, it’s ok, I’ll get a photo of them doing that tomorrow. Or next week. It’s ok, they’ll look the same. And then that photograph doesn’t get taken for whatever reason. And then months have passed and they do look different. The days are long but the years are short. Take the photo. Let me take the photo.

 

What to expect

 

My way of photographing families is fun and relaxed. I will have a few ideas in my head about location and composition and will offer light direction to get things going. We’ll chat whilst I’m taking your photographs and there will be some gentle direction. This helps in two way. It will create the look that you’ve chosen me to create and more importantly it will make you feel at ease. The plan is always to use my ideas as starting points and then be guided by you and the moments that unfold to record images which will be unique to you. Whether that’s an expression, a look between two people, a tender touch, a spontaneous laugh, I will be there to anticipate and capture it.

This shoot was an hour long. I aim to produce 10 to 20 great final shots from a session like this. Great shots are ones you’d be happy to print out and put in the family album or up on the wall. I like to edit them in a way that looks like real life, only better. My dream is to give you a collection of photographs that make you say “Yes! That is how I will remember these days”.

 

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