The Best Places For Spring Family Photographs in Surrey

best places for spring family photographs surrey

If you’d love to have some beautiful, outdoor family photographs taken one of your first questions may be about location. When you’re investing in professional photography you’ll want to make sure that every detail is right. So that you walk away with a gorgeous set of photographs that bring a smile to your face when you look at them, and that you’re proud to share.

As an outdoor family photographer, location is usually one of the first things that I discuss with the families I work with. Sometimes a family already knows exactly where they would like to have their photographs taken. More often than not though, we work together to find somewhere that will give their photographs exactly the feel that they would like them to have, and that reflects their family’s personality.

In this article I’m going to share the five of the best places for spring family photographs in Surrey. I hope that it helps you to find the perfect location for your family photo shoot.

Location Fees and Permits in Outdoor Family Photography

As you work through this list of locations, you’ll notice that they are all private properties – some are owned by the National Trust, others by other organisations.

Increasingly, many private and public properties require photographers to have a permit before photographing families on their land so you may find that your photographer will need to secure permission from the owner and / or pay a fee before confirming your shoot. Other photographers will ask you to arrange this yourself.

You can read more about location fees and permits in family photography here.

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Winkworth Arboretum

The National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum sits between Godalming and Hascombe. It hosts a huge number of spring flowers, which results in plenty of colour throughout the spring. From daffodils, to azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolia, and camelia there is plenty to see. Winkworth Arboretum is also well-known for it’s beautiful bluebell walk, which will typically come into bloom from mid April to early May.

Claremont Landscape Gardens

The National Trust’s beautiful Claremont Landscape Garden is somewhere that we spend a lot of time as a family. It’s beautiful all year round, but during the spring it bursts into colour, with lots of greenery and daffodils. Both of these make a wonderful backdrop to photographs, and give them a lovely spring time feel.

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Update your family photographs in this gorgeous spring time location on 11th May 2019.

The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden, part of Windsor Great Park, is located close to Virginia Water. During the spring it comes to life with daffodils, magnolia, blossom and more than I can list here! The beautiful video below, made by Windsor Great Park, does a brilliant job of showing you just how gorgeous the garden is during the spring time.

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park is another National Trust property in East Clandon, close to Guildford. It really is a beautiful place to spend time during the spring and has a huge amount of colour to offer.

This is another location that boasts a gorgeous bluebell wood. In addition, you’ll also find daffodils, cowslip, and lilacs as you walk across the park.

london family photographyLeith Hill

Leith Hill sits close to Dorking, and is home to a shady Rhododendron Wood that was planted by Caroline Wedgwood who was the sister of Charles Darwin.

The Rhododendron are best seen during spring and summer, and the wood is also home to azaleas and bluebells giving plenty of variety to your spring family photographs.

Over To You

Spring is a fantastic time for outdoor family photography. The variety of flowers on display means that there is a huge choice of gorgeous backdrops that will add colour and interest to your photographs.

I hope that this article has given you some ideas about where you could have your spring family photo shoot, and the assurance that there are plenty of options when it comes to location.

Do you know where you would like to have your spring family photographs taken? Or would you like to have a chat about which location is best for you? I’d love to help. You can send me a message here, or let me know in the comments below.

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Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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