Outdoors lifestyles photography

Outdoor lifestyle photography is so much fun, we can play, get muddy, get wet, climb fences all within an hour. These were all taken at the bottom my garden. They are things we do all the time but I don’t always bring my camera out. My niece was here today both her and my daughter went straight for the mud kitchen, one dressed as a princess both covered in mud while my son played football. I love to just watch them play and that’s why I love lifestyle photography. You get to capture their little world and adventures. My son told the girls that snakes were in the the cage they found in the lake so they came up with a plan to get the cage and capture the snakes again. These photos tell me a story and that’s why I love them. 

DIY photo studio

To create great fun photos you do not need to spend an absolute fortune. I can show you how to take some stunning head shots in your own home just by using some coloured paper and your camera nothing more. I love to do studio photography but I sometimes I want to create something a little more interesting than your standard white backdrop shoot and this is a really easy way to do that.

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No backdrop stand or Flash 

For the background I brought a roll of coloured paper from eBay for £6, 76cm x 10m - Non Toxic Display Paper. I brought yellow and pink as I wanted two colours that would really pop in the pictures. I cut the paper to fit a head shot size (around A0) and stuck the paper on the wall with some tape. This paper is quite thin so you might struggle to re- use it for a few shoots once it has been cut.

As I was shooting in my living room I had no space for a backdrop stand. Taping the paper to the wall saves space and money. I chose the wall in my living room right next to the door as the glass let’s in some great defused natural light. I also have a window on the same side which lets in quite a lot of light. By using the natural light found indoors I didn’t need to use my flash which I would normally use in a studio shoot. 

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My lovely assistants are 2 years apart and there is quite a big height difference so I got my little one on a step. This just saved on using more paper it is also more appealing to the eye. 

Natural Lighting

I shoot on a canon 5D mark iii and have a Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 lens which allows me to let in more light through the f stop, if you do not have access to a low aperture lens push up your ISO and you should be ok to get the lighting right without the picture becoming to grainy. These photos were taken f2.8 with an ISO 1000

Using the natural light does create shadows and highlights on the face so just and adjust this on the camera to save time in post production.

I like to make these shoots a little more playful, I don’t have the room to do full body shots so I try and really make it about the expressions in the face. Getting the kids to pull faces and getting real belly laughs always look great.

I hope you found this helpful. Let me know, if you try it your self.

How to prepare for your newborn shoot | Berkshire photographer

Photographing newborns is so special and I absolutely love doing it.

A newborn shoot normally last between 2-4 hours, this allows time for feeding, changing and settling your little ones and all sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.

If possible please crank up the heating before I arrive so that we can keep your little ones as relaxed and hopefully as sleepy as possible


My shoots are leaning more to the lifestyle genre, so although the babies are posed, these will be baby lead poses. I will not be happy to put your newborns into position that I feel are unsafe for them, like the frog poses. Yes they actually call it that !

I do aim to get a few photos of both parents with their newborn as I honestly believe that we need to be in more pictures with our babies and not just in phone selfies. Please do not stress about what you look like, you are beautiful and that will show in the images. The main focus is on the connection between you all. For these pictures all we need is a room with good natural light .

What to wear

The main thing is to be comfortable, go barefoot with lose bottoms or a flowy dress. Try to avoid black and neon colours. Try to stick with neutral /light colours that will match the softness of your newborn.

Dad’s, nothing too bold in patterns, try not to be too matchy with mum, t-shirt in lighter colours or button down shirts are great .

For the babies, on the day of your photography session I will bring some blankets and wraps to use, but the simpler the better, either no clothes or a white baby vest looks great. If you have any specific blankets that you wish to use that is not a problem at all. I do not tend to use props in my photos but if there is something that you want photographed do not hesitate to let me know

Best time for shoots

The best time for a newborn shoot is when your little one is between 4-14 days old this is when they are at their most sleepy and we can move then around with out them getting too cranky. mid morning is often better than the afternoon, around 10am.

If you have any other questions just let me know.