To me, photographing children is much more than being asked to sit still and smile at the camera. I aim to capture the essence of what makes your children special; those shy smiles, the head thrown back in laughter and even the frowns! Capturing them as they really are and the special connection you have as a family.
No uncomfortable posing, no kids getting bored and definitely no hard sell.
I want your family photos to be timeless. My style is modern, but not faddish. So you will still be as proud of your photos in 20 years time as you are today.
I believe that your family photo shoot should be a treat and something to look forward to. I do everything I can to ensure that your experience is fabulous throughout.
"Vicki's photos are absolutely beautiful as is the quality of her frames and albums. Friends always comment on the pictures we have up in our house.
Vicki managed to capture such special moments and traits that pass by so quickly when they are little. Vicki is also very personable which really puts people at ease. I would thoroughly recommend Vicki and will absolutely be using her again to take pictures of my girls as they grow up. We love the photos – worth every penny.”
— Sarah Atkins
"Worth every penny"
"“Vicki – the photos are absolutely, absolutely wonderful – thank you so much! I can now understand why you get booked up so far in advance, so I’d like to book you for next year! You are the most exquisite photographer. You are also the loveliest person to work with and we are delighted to have met you!
Thanks again – beaming smiles (as captured by you) all around!”
- Fiona & family
"The most exquisite photographer"
My custom family photo shoots are fun, relaxed and as unique as your family.
This is your chance to take an hour or so out of your busy lives’ to relax and enjoy each others’ company. This is as much about the experience as it is about the photos.
I capture joyful, heart-warming photos of your family by making the whole experience a great one for you all.
I find out all about your family when we chat before the session, so I know how to get the best out of your children during the shoot. I pride myself out of getting the best out of the most reluctant of subjects, big and small!
I will then work with you after the shoot to help you decide how to display your gorgeous images in the most beautiful way; from stunning fine art albums to
I've been photographing happy families around Surrey since 2008 and I've photographed hundreds of families in that time with 100+ five star Google reviews - so you're in safe hands!
I’ve loved photographing families throughout Surrey since I set up my photography business in 2008. I've photographed well over 500 families which means I have the experience necessary to get the best out of your family and capture the joy and connection you all have.
My photography style has been described as natural, joyful, expressive and beautiful. I love to capture families authentically (no cheesy poses or fixed ‘cheese’ grins allowed) but making them look beautiful at the same time!
As a mum of two boys myself, and having photographed hundreds of children over the past decade, I’ve seen it all!
I’m known for my ability to get you belly-laughing and cuddling during your session, and you’ll leave the mini session feeling like you've made special memories and reconnected as a family.
"All these years and sessions later and I still struggle to find the adequate words to express how talented you are. Honestly I LOVE the photos, really thrilled. I
I’m not really comfortable in front of the camera as I think I’m pretty un-photogenic at the best of times, but you have a great knack for making us all so comfortable and I think it really shows in the photos. They look so natural and happy. Thank you!””
— The Husain Family
"Simply beautiful pictures"
"We are absolutely thrilled with everything, especially the beautiful fine art album. It looks and feels so luxurious and we think the images are stunning. I know that we will cherish it for many, many years to come. We can’t wait to start showing it to our friends and family. We have really enjoyed the whole process so thank you for making it feel so special.”
- The Fry Family
"We are thrilled"
Not knowing how to pose - don't worry, unless you're a professional model, why would you! I have well over a decade of experience of photographing families and will gently guide you into relaxed poses during your session.
Being awkward in front of the camera - 99% of my clients say this before the shoot! And they all say I made them feel relaxed and they actually enjoyed being in front of the camera. I give you lots of prompts and things to do, so you're never stood there wondering what to do with your hands!
What to wear - before the shoot you'll get my comprehensive preparation guide with clothing tips and we'll chat on the phone so you can ask any questions you may have.
Finding a location for the shoot - I will help you with this and have lots of suggestions!
Within 2 weeks, an online gallery from your shoot will be ready for you to view. Exciting! You will have 5 days to view your photos and make your choices.
The fun part! We spend between 1-2 hours together and I capture your family having fun and enjoying each other's company. The shoot can take place at your home or out on location.
You complete a questionnaire so I can find out more about your family and what you're after. I send you my 'what to expect' guide and we chat through everything on the phone before the shoot
You choose some gorgeous ways to display your images, from storyboard frames to stunning albums. Your order will be delivered to you within 5 weeks.
Photos that will be passed down throughout the generations (that aren't phone snaps and that actually include you!)
£300 WEEKENDS /school holidays
+ A digital guide with details of what to expect at your shoot including clothing tips and more
+ A telephone consultation in the week prior so I can find out more about your family and customise the session to your needs
+ A 60-90 minute relaxed & fun photo shoot at your home or a location of your choice* for up to 4 family members (each additional person £10 extra)
+ My time spent selecting the best images from your session and digitally perfecting each individual image
+ An online gallery where you can download your photos
+ A private online gallery of the best images from your session (around 40-50 in total). The gallery will be live for 5 days for you to enjoy & make your selections.
what's included in the session fee?
I know it can be quite daunting when you’re looking for the perfect photographer for your family.
So I make it as easy as possible for you. I ensure all of my photography prices are completely transparent so there are no nasty surprises and certainly no hard sell.
My sessions are relaxed and fun, and they take place out on location or in your home. I’ve been in business for well over a decade and have the experience to ensure that you get exactly what you want from your photo shoot.
The session fee is payable when you book your shoot and does not include digital files or prints. Once you have selected your favourite images, you can order products from an exciting product list. Most of my clients invest between £1000-£2000 on their family photography, and purchase a variety of beautiful products that make them smile every time they look at them! Mounted prints start from £40 and I have collections starting from £1200.
Please note that my weekend sessions are normally booked up around 3 months in advance.
If you are interested in a shorter session with just a few images included, check out my mini session mornings.
"This is the 2nd family shoot that we have done with Vicki and we have been completely blown away by the images on both occasions.
Vicki makes the whole process so easy from start to finish. She is a natural with kids, ours had a great time on the photo shoot which meant that we got some fantastic really natural shots of them full of smiles, fun and a little bit of mischief!! The kids are growing up so fast, we are so lucky to have these wonderful photos capturing special moments with our little ones.
- The Street Family
"We will treasure these photos for years to come"
"Thank you so much for our gorgeous photos! You have captured a moment in time for us perfectly. I know I will look at these every day and smile. You have managed to bottle happiness, childhood & sunshine in one shoot.
You really are very talented.”
- The Hinton Family
"One of the best investments we ever made"
"We’ve just had another magical family photo session with Vicki. We’re just as delighted with the images this time as we were the first time!
On the day she managed to put everyone immediately at ease. Vicki captures emotion and connection between people that shines out of the images, a few tears were shed when looking through our online gallery! We can’t wait to get our favourite images up on the wall."
- The McKay Family
"Vicki captures emotion & connection between people"
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No, you can wait until you have seen your gallery of images before you decide what products you want to go for and which images you wish to purchase.
Your session fee is payable in advance to confirm the booking, then the rest is payable when you order from your gallery. Most clients spend between £800-£1700 on products after viewing their gallery (this is in addition to the session fee).
I wish I had a pound for every time a mum had said this to me! It’s totally natural for us mums to feel a little insecure about how we look, or the fact that we’re still carrying a bit of baby weight.
I pride myself on making the most camera-shy of mums (and Dads) look fantastic. I give you tips before the session on things to do when I’m shooting to make you look great, and I guide you towards the most flattering light before I start shooting. And please don’t wait to have a family photo shoot until you’re back to your pre-baby weight; your kids (and you) really won’t care if you’re carrying a few extra pounds when they look back at these beautiful photos in years to come!
I think all parents worry about this, I know I do whenever I have my family photographed!
The great thing about my style of photography is that it takes place outside or at your home. So instead of your children feeling under pressure in a hot studio, they can run around to their heart’s delight! I have photographed hundreds of families and I've been doing this since 2008, so I’ve experienced many different types of children, and I pride myself out of getting the best out of each different personality.
I will chat to you on the phone before our shoot and find out all about your children so I know how to get the best possible photos of them. Although shoots tend to last 60-90 minutes, I don’t have a set time limit. So if your little one decides to throw a mega wobbly half way through the session, it’s no problem. I’ll just start shooting again once they’ve cheered up!
No I hate the hard sell as much as you. The reason I provide online galleries is so that you get a chance to choose the images in your own time rather than being put under pressure to make a decision as you would in a studio environment. I don't put you under pressure - my aim is for the images to sell themselves instead!
It is important however that you ensure you have the budget to purchase products from your gallery, there is nothing worse than seeing all of these beautiful images of your family that you aren’t in a position to buy! For a custom session I would recommend you have a budget of at least £1000 (including session fee) to ensure that you can purchase something lovely to hang on your wall, an album/digital files and some gift prints. Most clients I work with spend between £1000-£2000 in total on their family photography experience.
If you would love to have a shoot with me but would just like to have a few prints and digital images, then a mini session would be good for you. They start from £345 for a 25 min session including 4 gift prints and 4 digital images.
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The most important factor in a location is that it is a place where you and your family feel happy, relaxed and comfortable. For babies that aren’t walking I suggest doing the shoot in your home, as that is normally where they are happiest. For toddlers and children I think location shoots are best….I have lots of ideas for great local places to shoot and always welcome new ones!
My family shoots generally take place in the morning when I find kids are at their best and locations are quieter.
Living in the UK this is a very valid question! If I decide on the day of the shoot that the weather is unsuitable then we can reschedule at no extra cost. I have done family shoots in the snow, drizzle and cold before and got some beautiful photos, so don’t despair if it’s not 25 degrees and sunny! An overcast day is absolutely fine and actually the most flattering light to shoot in. It’s just if it’s pouring down that we may have to reschedule.
Yes absolutely! I have dogs myself and understand how they are an important part of the family. I love photographing children with their four-legged friends.
Please let me know in advance if you wish to bring your dog along to the shoot so I can ensure we choose a suitable location for the shoot (and I can make sure I have some treats in my pocket!)
I'll also done family photo shoots with many other pets including horses, cats, chickens, hamsters & tortoises!
Yes absolutely, a poorly baby/child isn’t very conducive to happy photos! I am happy to reschedule your session to another date at no extra cost, please try and give me as much notice as possible. Please note if the session has to be rescheduled a second time due to illness, there is a 50% re-booking fee will be applied.
Please note that the above is only relevant to my custom sessions. Due to the limited nature of my mini sessions, the deposit is non-refundable.
Customer service is very important to me and I pride myself on delivering a bespoke service to my customers from start to finish. I want you to enjoy the whole experience. I don’t want you to be ‘pleased’, with the final result, I want you to be delighted and tell all of your friends!
My aim is for you to come back to me year after year as your family photographer.
The finished images (around 50 images for a custom family shoot) will be uploaded to a secure web gallery within 2 weeks of the shoot.
This is live for 5 days for you to share with friends and family and choose which products you wish to order. I will create frame mock ups for you to make it easier to visualise how it will all look. I am on the end of the phone or email at any time to help you decide!
Your online gallery will be live within 2 weeks of the session taking place and is live for 5 days for you to choose. Your order will be ready within 4-5 weeks of payment being received (within 2 weeks if you order the digital collection and prints only)
I will either deliver your products myself or arrange for a courier delivery to your door.
Yes absolutely. We live in a digital world (not a material one as Madonna led us to believe. 😉 ) and I understand that you may want to have your images in digital form so you can print them yourselves or enjoy them on your mobile devices. I consider digital files to be a premium product as you have complete freedom to do as you wish with them.
Individual digital images are only available with another product purchase and are priced at £70 each. Or you can purchase the complete set of processed, print-ready images on a USB flash drive for £800. The digital files are included in my collections which also include some of my favourite products . Please fill in the contact form to get a copy of my full price list.
I shoot with Sony A7iii cameras. I shoot with a 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 75-180mm lenses. I also use a reflector and occasionally on-camera flash when it’s needed. I use mainly Lightroom for post-production.
Yes I've been training professional photographers since 2014 and have offer a step-by-step online course showing you how to run a thriving family photography business, a family prompt guide and 121 mentoring.
You can find out more about my training for family photographers here.