Children's Portraits and Family Photography 

"Every single photo is gorgeous and magical" ~ Daria, mummy to Ellerie aged 18 months.

"She has the ability to build and gain trust within moments of meeting a child" ~ The London Mum, mummy to 2 year old Little London.


Child and family portrait photography

I provide the very best in children’s photography and outdoor family portraits and have become known for my use of natural light to create beautifully soft, flattering photos.

Outdoor family photography

I live in Kensington, West London and travel to my clients and outdoor locations throughout SW London and North London. Holland Park and Chiswick House are on my doorstep; Richmond Park is one of my favourite spots and perfect even in the winter with all the long golden grass and bracken! On a frosty morning it is just magical. Kew Gardens is wonderful of course and perfect for those cloudy or rainy days because the hot house is full of beautiful, luminous light - and cosy in winter! Many of my North London family photoshoots are on Hampstead Heath around Kenwood House, which has blooming rhododendrons and meadows full of wildflowers depending on the time of year. 

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I am always discovering new and beautiful locations and keep my eye out for wildflowers and trees blossoming so have plenty of ideas for your session regardless of where you are in London. Of course I welcome your suggestions too!

What time of day?

My sessions take place around as early or as late in the day as possible (nap times permitting!) because that's when the light is soft and pretty and golden. I keep a close eye on the weather as our family photoshoot approaches and will suggest a back up date in case of bad weather. 


The session fee is £225 for up to an hour of photography and is paid for at the time of booking. The session fee pays for the time photographing you and your family (and my travel and preparation time). It does not include the edited digital images (which range from £350 to £625 depending on the number of images), or my beautiful fine-art prints or albums which can both be purchased after your session if you wish to do so.

What is your style of family photography?

I am known for my ability to create gorgeous, flattering, soft light for my family photo shoots, whether on a dusky summer evening, or early on a frosty winter morning. I specialise in outdoor portrait photography in natural environments (although more recently I have been doing the odd urban session too!). 

Sometimes clients will ask for the focus to be more on the child, or alternatively on photographs of the whole family together (because often one parent or other is always the one behind the camera). Please let me know what it is that you would really love to achieve! Otherwise, I will generally take a variety of group family photos, parent and child portraits and individual photos of the child/children. I aim for a mix of somewhat-posed as well as unposed images. 

I have a very relaxed style of family photography and will let things unfold naturally (whilst still keeping a game plan in mind!). I encourage children to run around and explore so that I can capture natural, unscripted moments; however, for nervous parents I am happy to give as much gentle direction as needed! I will usually suggest activities, such as looking at particular flowers, or one parent throwing a toddler in the air - whatever works to keep kids engaged and capture natural expressions! 

What happens next?

A selection of around 200 images from the shoot will be placed on a private online gallery for you to view and choose your favourite portraits to purchase. My collections start at £350 for a set of 10 high resolution beautifully-retouched digital images. 

Your portraits will be available on the gallery approximately one week after your session and will remain on the gallery for a further one week after publishing. Should you decide to purchase a collection of images, these are provided by digital download directly to your computer straight from your gallery. The photographs are yours to print, share and duplicate as you wish. 

Luxury prints:

I am passionate about creating beautiful wall art for your home; I believe that photographs of your loved ones should not live as jpegs on your computer, only to eventually get lost on an old hard drive somewhere! I offer beautiful luxury prints on museum quality fine art papers which start at £45 and will last a lifetime. You can see more details about printing your photographs here.

More information?

If you would like to chat about your own outdoor family portraits in London, or maternity photography, you can reach me right here.

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"Capturing beautiful, sun-drenched images is something that comes naturally to the talented Heather Neilson"