East Molesey Family Photographer | Natural Family Portraits

a sibling portrait in East Molesey, Surrey

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website! I’m Clare, an experienced family photographer based in East Molesey.

I photograph families across Surrey and London, and specialise in natural, relaxed outdoor family photography.

Last autumn I had the pleasure of photographing a lovely family who were visiting East Molesey because of some special family connections to the area.

They wanted to capture their time here with a family photo shoot, and we spent a lovely morning together doing just that.

An outdoor family portrait, taken close to Hampton Court Bridge in East MoleseyOur Outdoor Family Photo Shoot In East Molesey

We started the photo shoot in the morning to make the most of the best light.

Typically, the best time for outdoor portraits is in the first couple of hours after sunrise and the last couple of hours before sunset. The light is softer at these times than in the middle of the day, and as a result creates more flattering portraits.

outdoor family photography in East Molesey, Surrey

Choosing The Best Locations For Family Photographs

The best location for family photography is a careful blend of views and light, and as we walked around the area, I guided the family to different spots that I knew would make lovely photographs.

We started our walk close to the river and the shops on Bridge Road, and finished up near Hampton Court Palace.

We began with some photographs of the whole family together – I find this to be a good way for everyone to warm up, get used to being photographed and relax into the session. 

After everyone had warmed up a little, we mixed things up a bit with photographs of the family in  smaller groups, individual photographs of the children, and some candid, unplanned shots.

a sibling portrait close to the river in East Molesey by family photographer Clare Murthy

Choosing The Best Clothes For Outdoor Family Photographs

I know that one of the things that families spend the most time thinking about before their photo shoot is what everyone should wear. I understand this completely; if you’re investing in professional photographs you’ll want to make sure every detail is considered. 

And the reality is that when it comes to clothes and photographs, a little bit of planning can have a big impact on how polished and impactful the final photographs look.

Before each session I share a style guide to help each family plan their outfits. The idea is to be coordinated, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has to be matching. As you can see this family chose a lovely, bright colour palette which worked perfectly on this autumnal day!

colourful family photography in Bushy Park,

outdoor family photography in East Molesey, Surrey

father and son portrait by East Molesey photographer Clare Murthy

Book your family photo shoot today

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favourite photographs from this family’s session. If you’re interested in having your family photographed, please do get in touch. I’d love to find out more about your family and how I can help.

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Clare Murthy

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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