Outdoor Family Photography

Relaxed Photoshoots in Nature With a Professional Family Photographer

The core of my photographic training has always involved outdoor photography. Every time I get an excuse to use it, I will.

As much as I enjoy taking photographs of baby’s in the studio, I also enjoy taking the studio outside, and literally working outside the box! And I think kids prefer it too.

Some children are naturals in front of the camera, to be sure. But after shooting hundreds of babies and their families, I can promise that most will start a little shy, then become a little bit cheeky, before they become their natural self. As both a parent and a photographer, I’ve seen it all!

The number one thing I enjoy about running family documentary-style photography sessions outdoors is that children warm up to the camera faster when they are outside. 

Kids need to feel comfortable, be allowed time to get used to having their photograph taken, and start to enjoy being the star of the show – which happens much faster when we’re out taking photographs out and about. 

And I get to capture beautiful moments between you and your children, occasionally asking you to hold a pose, but mostly allowing all of you to just be yourselves.

The £125 photoshoot session booking fee is payable when you book and secures your date & time in my diary. It does not include any product or digital files.

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Professional Family Photography

What’s the process …



A 15 minute call is the quickest way to go over all the details and answer any questions you have about working together.

If you feel we are a good creative fit, we can get your photoshoot scheduled.

A session booking fee of £125 is all that is required to confirm your booking.


I’ll send you a prep guide, a few days before, but I am always happy to set up a time to chat if you want additional help.

Please allow up to an hour, and there is plenty of free parking available at my Studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2HP.

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Viewing your portraits is THE best bit of the whole experience. This is where you get to see the moments we captured, and your portraits are projected larger than life in your own private film screening. 

During your appointment, you will be able to select as few or as many portraits as you desire (be prepared to love most of them!) and then you choose how you’d like them to be displayed in your home. 

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Every family photoshoot takes place within the grounds of my studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex.

This out-of-town riverside location has plenty of free parking, and the odd sheep or duck.

I operate on a by appointment basis to ensure that each family has the time they need with me.



What should we wear for our outdoor family photoshoot?

I would dress for comfort and warmth, as outdoor photoshoots tend to be more relaxed, so the clothing should match. As in the studio, it is best to avoid loud patterns or clashing colours.

Where does the outdoor portrait experience take place?

In the private grounds at Parndon Mill, Harlow.

What happens if it rains?

I’ll get wet! No, seriously we’ll review the weather on the day of the portrait experience, and agree on a plan, rescheduling if appropriate. Often the weather does something different to anticipated.

How long will the session last?

Allow up to an hour.

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What colours work based for family photos?

It’s best to dress in similar tones. Use nature for your inspiration. If it’s cooler use layers to keep you warm, rather than a bulky coat.

Still have a question?

Please drop me a line here.

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🧡 Hello, I’m Sue, a photographer who captures your family memories.

Here’s my thinking, booking a portrait experience is an investment of time, money, and energy, and I also believe you should print the photos that you love. Someone once said to me “digitals are temporary, prints are generational.” I offer both options and would encourage you to make use of your print credit in your gallery store to achieve this.

I created my podcast Photographs in a Shoebox to inspire you to preserve your memories in print, and share ideas on how to do that. You can listen here.


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