capturing your family
It’s so true. A chubby hand squeezing yours, long fluffy eyelashes, the smell of a baby’s skin. A favourite game or teddy, a love of jumping in puddles or shy eyes peeking out from behind your legs. Or their soft cheek buried in your neck when they need a cuddle.
The moments that make the sleepless nights all worth it is what I will capture for you. Mostly you’re so busy parenting or taking snaps yourselves that you forget to be in the photographs but these family portraits I create for you will become more and more valuable as life’s chapters fly past. They're the images that your children will show their children and grandchildren.
We're capturing a part of your family's history. In a word, priceless.
Mostly we don’t remember the days, we remember the moments.
“Photography is a way of feeling, touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…
It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything”
Portrait photography sessions in your own home add that element of authenticity to your family portraits, offering a backdrop that will become more meaningful to you as life's chapters fly past – memories of where they spent their early years. Their ever-increasing heights marked on a doorframe, ‘creative’ baking in the kitchen (aka flour in every crevice), carefree cartwheels, a cosy nook with a favourite story or even bubble mohicans in the bath.
It’s very important to me that we have a relaxed, unhurried few hours together so I can take time to get to know your children, engaging with them to capture authentic, characterful portraits of you all in your natural habitat.
At home lifestyle family photography
I am so grateful to have a job that I passionately enjoy. I have met some wonderful families with whom I am proud to have forged lasting bonds and who entrust me with creating valuable memories of the most important people in their lives. It's a responsibility I undertake with great care and passion and I would love to do the same for you.
On location family portraits
Natural scenery provides a special backdrop to your images and I love to capture the ‘Britishness’ of our beautiful countryside – imagine lush green woodland and golden autumnal colours, wispy ethereal long grass in late summer or windswept sand dunes next to a gently lapping shoreline.
We’ll find somewhere that speaks to you as a family, perhaps a place where you love to spend time together, where the kids can run free-range with the wind in their hair. We'll spend a couple of hours seeking out pockets of gorgeous light to capture your family’s bond and connection with each other. I shoot early or late in the day when the light is at its most atmospheric and there are some beautiful beaches, parks and woodlands in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset where I often photograph. Together we'll find the perfect spot for your family portrait session.
Maternity & newborn photography
The first year of a baby's life goes so very fast and they literally transform in front of your eyes...those tiny fingers, baggy knees and gorgeous gummy first smiles. It is so important to capture this time as once it's gone, it's gone…and you simply won't remember how adorable and tiny they once were. Even less will you remember what it felt like to be pregnant and feel your baby kicking.
Let me record the anticipation and excitement of your new arrival and the tender moments of those early days as a new family, focussing on the bond and emotion between you, your baby and any older siblings. I offer maternity, newborn and 6 month sitter sessions either at your home or at my home studio in Salisbury. More details are available below.
BESPOKE PORTRAIT SESSION - £350
includes £200 credit towards your chosen display products: frames, prints, albums or digital images (all printed products come with a digital archive copy of each image)
All sessions include:
Pre-shoot planning session & styling advice via video/voice call
2 hour portrait session at home or on location (travel charges apply for 20+ miles from Salisbury). Additional charges may apply for extended family groups - do get in touch
Full post-production and editing of your images, at least 50 (usually many more)
Viewing session online or at my studio to choose & order bespoke products
Online gallery for sharing and ordering
Considering a newborn shoot?
Tell the whole story of your new arrival with a 1hr MATERNITY or 6-month SITTER session for £75 when you book a full session for your newborn as above.
Does not include any images, must be booked at the same time as newborn session
Displaying your photographs
BEAUTIFUL WALL ART AND HANDMADE ALBUMS
Almost all my clients choose their favourite images to hang on the walls on their home. I am proud to partner with the industry's leading frame makers to design and craft bespoke wall art that will perfectly complement the decor of your home. Art that will make you smile every time you walk past.
Many also choose to have their images put together into a beautiful handmade album which can be handed down to future generations. I create a bespoke design to tell your family's unique story and use album makers that share the same meticulous attention to detail, creating a timeless album that will have have pride of place on your coffee table. Share memories together as you explore the pages of a moment in your family's history.
Full details and creative inspiration can be found in my product guide.
AMY & LUKE
We were thrilled with every aspect of our photo shoot, you really made all of us feel at ease and you achieved the natural photos we were hoping for, all in a perfect setting. Thank you for being so flexible and making us feel so welcome!
CATHERINE & JOHN
Gemma has a remarkable ability to tease out the personality of even the most shy of children and record it on camera. There is an ethereal quality to her imagery that evokes a strong emotional reaction to each and every photograph.
JONATHAN & KATE
We will treasure these images forever. When I'm old and wrinkly, I'll be able to show my grandchildren what their parents were like as kids. You captured their spirit and our love as a family perfectly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.