February 12, 2020 | Posted in blog

Seasonal Photoshoot Ideas for Families

As the first Spring blooms emerge from the ground, and the days are finally getting longer, families everywhere are looking for ways to blow away those cobwebs after months of gloom.

Read further for some tips on when to take advantage of the seasonal colour at some stunning locations throughout Surrey and West Sussex.

Family Photos in Spring Blossoms, Sussex

Spring is a popular choice for family photoshoots, and Wakehurst Place is one of my favourite locations to use during Spring – the maintained gardens and footpaths provide a mud-free opportunity for children to run and be free.

With plenty to see and do, the daffodils, blossom trees and colourful blooming shrubs offer a variety of backdrops for photo opportunities.

The best dates to catch the blooms depends on the variety and weather – last year we nearly missed the daffodils and magnolia trees whilst visiting mid-April, so this year I am planning to visit end of March.

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 28th March 
– Sat 4th April

Family Photos in Bluebells, Sussex

Bluebells flower only once a year in Spring – usually from mid-April to late May according to the Woodland Trust, depending on the weather. If spring is mild they tend to bloom early.

The National Trust lists some beautiful places for Spring Walks and Bluebell Woods to visit if you want to make a day of it with the family.

It’s important to note that Bluebells are protected in the UK – it’s against the law to dig them up, and can be easily damaged by visitors trampling them. 
They can take years to recover after footfall damage – if a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise, risking the flower’s ability to reappear the following year.
So please do take care when visiting, and stick to the woodland pathways.

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 18th April (back-up date: Sun 19th April)

Family Photos in Rapeseed, Sussex

The bright yellow flowing fields you may have driven past during Spring in the UK are crops – Rapeseed (or canola if you prefer) is harvested to produce oil, often used in cooking, or as an ingredient in soap and margarine.

It can be tricky to pinpoint a location with access every year, as farmers tend to rotate their crops in order to maintain nutrient levels in their fields, which helps to reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility to yield more crops.

So every year I’m scouting for new fields – usually I find some with a public footpath running straight through it, but if not I get in touch with the farmer for permission to stick to the tractor paths, so as not to embarrass clients with the risk of trespassing!

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 25th April (back-up date: Sun 26th April)

Family Photos in Wild Garlic, Sussex

Last year I stumbled across seemingly normal riverbanks that had been completely transformed with clusters of tiny white flowers – and if you love the smell of garlic you are in for a treat!

I believe you are in fact allowed to pick wild garlic, and this tasty recipe includes how to pick it at its best.
Even Nandos uses wild garlic as an ingredient in the mayonnaise for one of their burgers 🙂

Not to mention that they make a stunning backdrop for fun family photos!
The riverbanks I use are located in part of Horsham’s 20km Riverside Walk, which passes through beautiful countryside and the town centre.

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 2nd May (back-up date: Sun 3rd May)

Beach Family Photos, Sussex

The UK is not short on stunning beaches to use as photo locations.
The beach I use for family photoshoots appears on The Beach Guide’s list of Top 10 West Sussex Beaches.

Goring Beach offers many options to keep families engaged – beach huts, large grassy areas, a tree tunnel, and fishing boats.
It is a pebble beach, with a large expanse of sand showing at low tide (the best time to go in my opinion).
And an ice cream or bite to eat at the Sea Lane Cafe afterwards is the perfect end to a great day out.

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 6th June (back-up date: Sun 7th June)

Family Photos in Lavender, Surrey

These fragrant purple rows provide the perfect summer backdrop for family photos, and will take your breath away as you enter Mayfield Lavender Farm!
There is a small window of opportunity to use the lavender as a location, since it looks its best in July and August before it is harvested.

With tractor rides for the children, and a cafe offering a huge selection of sweet treats and savouries, it truly is a great day out for families.

2020 Mini Session dates:
– Sat 4th July (back-up date: Sun 5th July)

Autumn Family Photos, Sussex

As the sun sets on Summer, something magical happens… Colour comes alive, and Autumn becomes a playground for your family to reconnect.

Cosying up on cooler evenings with fluffy socks is good for the soul after a day spent amongst the changing colour at Wakehurst Place gardens.
With a vast selection of trees offering up a mixture of Autumn hues, this is by far my favourite place to photograph families in this season.

If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, Buchan Country Park has been recognized as one of the best green spaces in the UK, winning the Green Flag Award every year since 2010.
It offers a gorgeous lake, ferns turning shades of orange, and plenty of fallen leaves for children to throw into the air.

2020 Mini Session dates:
To be confirmed – waiting list now open!

Which would be your favourite?
Let me know in the comments below!

Bookings NOW OPEN

Every year I offer Seasonal Mini Sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.
With each date limited to only four time-slots, these are the perfect introduction for those new to the concept of hiring a professional photographer.
They offer a budget-friendly package with less time on location than a full family shoot, with the option to upgrade if you love more than the number of images included in the package.

To secure YOUR spot, simply send me a message via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Pricing Details for Seasonal Mini Sessions

HALF PRICE weekend booking fee secures your preferred time slot
– this is usually £80, reduced to £40.

Then choose from either of the following Mini Session packages, payable on the day:

  • TOP 3 – £95 for 3 digital images
  • TOP 5 – £125 for 5 digital images

All Mini Sessions include:
– Advice on what to wear and how to make the most of your photo session.
– A 30-minute session on location.
– Private online gallery.
– Your chosen number of professionally retouched digital images.
– Print Release, to allow for personal printing and sharing.
– A complimentary mobile app as a keepsake, to keep your favourite photos close at all times.

If you love more images once you have seen your gallery, you are welcome to upgrade to one of the higher packages detailed on the Families page.

We had such a lovely morning with Kelly as our photographer. All her photos are so awesome that we're struggling to pick the best of the bunch. She took exactly the kind of natural photos I love and even managed to get plenty of our toddler who hates to smile for the camera!!!
Loryn Liddiard
Kelly is fantastic with our daughter, who is completely relaxed and really enjoys the sessions, which means we get the most natural and beautiful photos that we always receive compliments on.
Sarah Scott

I'd like to reserve my spot!

Have any questions? Feel free to call, email, or Whatsapp - I'd love to hear from you.

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1 Comment

  1. Isha
    February 21, 2020

    Nice blog i like it

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