NATURAL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
IN LONDON & SURREY UK

Natural, Relaxed Family Portraits, With No Cheesy Grins Or Awkward Posing

london family photography outdoors by Clare Murthy

Life with children never stops. A whirlwind of things to do, places to be, and a million little moments you want to freeze in time.

My family photography sessions capture these precious years with natural, relaxed photographs in beautiful outdoor locations across London and Surrey.

Pressing pause on a moment in time so that you can remember and enjoy your memories forever.

london family photography outdoors by Clare Murthy
Natural family portrait taken in South London
extended family photography on Wandsworth Common in South West London by Clare Murthy
A portrait of a family sitting on a rug in Richmond, London, taken by photographer Clare Murthy
Black and white family photograph taken in Wimbledon, London by photographer Clare Murthy
A portrait of a family standing in a park filled with autumn colour by London photographer Clare Murthy

A Relaxed Family Photography Experience In London & Surrey

Black and white family photograph taken in Wimbledon, London by photographer Clare Murthy

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Clare Murthy Photography. It’s wonderful that you’re thinking of booking a family photo shoot! 

As you explore the world of family photography you’ll no doubt find that there is something out there for everyone. Every photographer has a different approach, and their own unique style. So what can you expect when you work with me?

First – a natural, relaxed approach. I’ll give you plenty of guidance before and during your session, so you never have to worry about where to stand or how to pose. But my approach is all about creating natural, happy photographs – no cheesy grins and no awkward posing!

Second – a professional experience. Booking a photo shoot with me is not just about turning up on the day – I’ll support you every step of the way and only work with a small number of families at any time to ensure that you receive the very best experience. 

You can find out more about booking a family session with me below. If it sounds like we’re a good fit and you’d like to chat about booking your shoot please do get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

Interested, but not quite ready to get in touch? Click here to join my mini session waiting list instead.

Mum and baby portrait in London UK

What To Expect From Your Family Photography Experience

Mum and baby portrait in London UK

Before Your Family Photo Shoot

Having a photo shoot isn’t something you do every day, and I know it can feel a little daunting. Over the years I’ve photographed hundreds of families and am here to support you every step of the way, so you can relax and enjoy the experience.

Before your session I’ll be at the end of the phone to answer any questions you have, and will share lots of practical tips to help you prepare including what to wear. Saving you the stress of worrying about whether you’ve chosen the right outfit or forgotten something essential. 

I can also help with choosing a location for your session. Over the years I’ve got to know a number of beautiful London and Surrey locations, and when you get in touch to book we can chat about which is the best fit for your family.

What Happens On The Day Of Your Family Photo Shoot?

On the day I’ll guide you through the session to make sure we capture your family at your best.

From where to stand or sit, to what to do I’ll give you lots of guidance so that you don’t have to worry about feeling awkward. I’ll also have plenty of games up my sleeves to keep your little ones entertained.

My goal is to capture the energy and personality of your family without any cheesy grins or awkward posing.

A South West London family photo shoot
Natural black and white family portrait taken by Clare Murthy in London

Viewing Your New Family Portraits

A week or two after your session you can view the fully edited photographs from your session online, from the comfort of your home, and choose what you would like to order.

I know how easy it is to have a photo shoot, buy the digital files and never get around to printing them, so as well as digital images I also offer carefully curated range of expertly made wall art and albums.

Complimentary delivery to your doorstep is included too, so you can have your beautiful new portraits up on the wall in no time!

outdoor family photography in London
a family photo shoot in bluebells in London UK
North London family photo shoot
Family photoshoot in Greenwich Park, London
Outdoor family portrait with parents and tweens in South London
outdoor family portrait in a colourful lavender field by London photographer Clare Murthy

Meet Your Photographer

A portrait of Surrey and London newborn, baby and family photographer Clare Murthy

As you’re thinking about booking a session with me, you might want to know a little more about who I am.

As well as being a photographer I’m also a mum of two girls, and live close to Hampton Court on the London / Surrey border with my husband and daughters.

I’ve been photographing families professionally for the last eight years and absolutely love what I do.

I know first hand how hectic family life can be, and I do everything I can to make your photo shoot experience relaxed and easy.

Now that you know more about me, I’d love to learn more about your family and start planning your session. Click on the button below to get in touch.

Interested, but not quite ready to get in touch? Click here to join my mini session waiting list instead.

A portrait of Surrey and London newborn, baby and family photographer Clare Murthy

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m sure you’ll want to make an informed decision about who you choose to photograph your family, and you might have some questions. If you can’t find your question here please send me a message using the form at the end of the page, and I’d be delighted to answer it for you.

Family session fees start from £150 and include a planning consultation call, emails and calls to help you prepare, your photo shoot and my editing time.

Digital and print packages are purchased separately after your session and start from £399.

You can find the full pricing information here: 

Click here to view the family session pricing

Family session fees start from £150 and include a planning consultation call, emails and calls to help you prepare, your photo shoot and my editing time.

Digital and print packages are purchased separately after your session and start from £399.

You can find the full pricing information here: 

Click here to view the family session pricing

I offer sessions on weekdays and Saturday mornings. It’s best to book your session at least two months in advance to ensure availability. This also gives you time to arrange outfits, hair cuts for the family, and any other preparations you’d like to make. 

At my busiest times of year Saturday mornings can be booked up several months ahead. So if you’d prefer a Saturday session it’s best to book as early as possible.

Photographs of your children are always going to be special. But there are some ages and stages that tend to be easier than others. You can find out more in this article:

What’s the best age to have my child photographed?

In the run up to your shoot I’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast, and I expect you might too! Regardless of what the forecast says, I always recommend that we don’t make any decisions until the evening before your shoot. The reason for this is that I find the forecast can change frequently over the course of a week, and a day that is forecast to be rainy in a week’s time, can often be forecast to be a lovely dry, sunny day once we reach the day before.

If we can’t go ahead as planned because of the weather you can reschedule to another date free of charge. If you’re booking a mini session, we will already have a back up date planned. In the case of a signature session, we’ll work out a mutually convenient date for your session together.

Yes, absolutely! I hear from lots of families who are getting the whole family together to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary and would like to use the opportunity to have some photographs taken.

In these situations families usually have a very specific date in mind for the session and so it’s best to contact me as far in advance as possible to ensure I am also available on that date.

I take your privacy very seriously, and will only publish pictures from your shoot in my online portfolios with your permission. If you do give permission the pictures are always shared anonymously (I would never share your or your children’s names.)

I will ask you about this when you book your session, and if you don’t want me to share the pictures from your session you can let me know then.

In the run up to your session I’ll share lots of information to help you prepare – including some tips on what to wear.

This guide to choosing clothes for your photo shoot may be helpful as you prepare:

The best clothes to wear for a family photo shoot outdoors.

autumn family photo shoot london

Ready To Start Planning Your Family Session?

autumn family photo shoot london

I’d love to hear from you and to start planning your session!

Click on the button below to get started.

Interested, but not quite ready to get in touch? Click here to join my mini session waiting list.

Let's Start Planning Your Session

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It’s great to hear that you’re interested in a family session. Click on the button below to book a no-obligation chat about how I can help.

Not quite ready to book a call? Send me a message using the form below or click here to join my mini session waiting list.

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Please fill in the form below to send me an email. I’ll always respond to your message by the next business day (Monday to Saturday.) If you haven’t heard from me during this time there has probably been some kind of technical hitch. Please do get in touch again.

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