Family Photography at Mayfield Lavender Fields in Banstead
Hello – I’m Clare, a family and baby photographer based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
I photograph families across Surrey and South West London, and specialise in natural, relaxed outdoor family photography.
Every year I run a morning of family mini sessions at Mayfield Lavender in Banstead. On this page you can see some of my work from past lavender mini sessions, and find out more about having a family mini session with me. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What Is A Lavender Mini Session?
A lavender mini session is a short, outdoor photo shoot for up to 6 people from one family. The sessions usually take place in late July, which is the time when the lavender is in full bloom. They open for booking around 6 months before and tend to book up quickly. You can check availability for this year here.
On a mini session day I’ll photograph 4 or 5 families at pre-booked times. Each family’s session lasts between 20 and 25 minutes.
Each mini session package includes your photo shoot, digital images and a set of beautiful fine art prints delivered to your door. As I’m photographing a number of families in the same place on the same date, the mini session package offers big savings over my usual prices. You can find the up to date price and package details on my lavender mini session information page.
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What Kind Of Photographs Do You Take At A Lavender Mini Session?
During the session I’ll aim to capture a variety of different photographs including some of the whole family together, some of the children individually, and group photographs of the children if you have more than one child.
All of the photographs will be in the style of the photographs on this page and in my portfolio . I’ll give you lots of direction about where to sit or stand and what to do, but the end result will be natural and relaxed. I don’t use any props in my photographs.
When you view the gallery from your lavender mini session you can expect to see a gallery of between 15 and 20 unique images, each edited in colour and in black and white (around 30-40 images in total.)
What Happens On The Day Of Your Lavender Mini Session?
On the day of your session we’ll meet at the mini session ‘meeting point.’ I’ll usually email you details of where this meeting place is around a week beforehand.
I’ll have chosen this meeting point so that it’s close to where we take the photographs, meaning that we can maximise the time we have for capturing your family.
Over the next 20 to 25 minutes I’ll guide you to different spots and through different photographs so that we capture a good variety of different images.
Although my style of photography is natural, the photographs I take are not ‘unposed’, and each photograph is a careful balance of location, relaxed posing and lighting so I’ll give you lots of guidance about where to sit, stand or look and what to do.
Once we’ve finished the photographs you can relax! Lots of families choose to make a day of it and stay at Mayfield Lavender to have coffee, lunch or a walk around the fields.
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What Happens After Your Lavender Mini Session?
Two weeks after your lavender session I’ll send you a link to a private online gallery where you can see the fully edited photographs from your session. The photographs will be edited in colour and black and white.
The gallery will be live for 7 days whilst you choose the photographs you’d like to have as prints, and any other items that you’d like to order.
During this time I’ll be as hands on or hands-off as you would like me to be. If you would like some help deciding which photographs will work well together as prints I would be happy to assist you. Alternatively you may prefer to finalise your decision yourself.
Once you’ve chosen your images I’ll send you an invoice for the balance of your package and any other items you’ve ordered. When payment is received, digital images will be delivered within 24 hours and your prints will be delivered to your home 4-6 weeks later.
I hope that this page has given you a flavour of what it’s like to have a lavender mini session with me. You can find out more about this year’s sessions and book your place here:
I also run other mini session days around Surrey in the spring, summer and autumn. You can check availability and learn more about these here: