MINI FAMILY PHOTO SHOOTS
IN SURREY & LONDON

Natural, Relaxed Family Portraits In Surrey & South West London

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Every spring, summer and autumn I run a handful of mini session mornings in different locations in Surrey and South West London.
 
These sessions are popular with families who would like to try professional photography for the first time or have a short photo shoot every year to document their children growing up.
 
On this page you can find out more about what’s included in a family mini session. At the end of the page you can also check the next mini session dates and locations, and book your place.
 
If you have any questions about booking a mini session please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
 

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An autumn family portrait in Surrey, taken by London and Surrey family photographer Clare Murthy
Mum and baby portrait in the lavender fields by London photographer Clare Murthy
Family portrait taken at a mini session day in Esher by Clare Murthy

What Is A Family Mini Session?

Mum and baby portrait in the lavender fields by London photographer Clare Murthy
  • Mini sessions are short and sweet family photo shoots for up to six people from one family.
  • The sessions take place on selected dates each year. On a mini session day I’ll photograph 4 or 5 families at pre-booked times.
  • Each family’s session lasts 20 minutes, and gives us plenty of time to capture some gorgeous family photographs.
  • Locations vary from  gorgeous parks and woodland areas, to Surrey’s stunning lavender fields.
  • Mini Sessions make it easy for you to update your family photographs without a huge investment of time or money; perfect for families who would like a few new photographs to frame or give as gifts, and those who like regular photo shoots to document their children as they grow.

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What To Expect From Your Family Mini Session Experience

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Before Your Family Mini Session

Before your session I’ll ask you to complete a questionnaire so that I can find out all about your family and tailor the shoot to you.

You’ll also receive emails from me, packed with tips to help you feel prepared, including a guide to choosing your family’s outfits.

What Happens On A Mini Session Day?

During the session I’ll guide you to different spots and through different photographs so that we capture a good variety of different images.

I’ll give you lots of guidance about where to sit, stand or look and what to do so you don’t have to worry about feeling awkward or your children pulling big cheesy grins!

Once we’ve finished the photographs you can relax! Lots of families choose to make a day of it and stay in the local area to have coffee, lunch or a walk. 

outdoor portrait of a toddler standing under a canopy of trees in Wimbledon SW19
a mounted fine art print featuring an image from a family photo shoot in Esher, Surrey with photographer Clare Murthy

How Do We See The Photographs From Our Mini Session?

a mounted fine art print featuring an image from a family photo shoot in Esher, Surrey with photographer Clare Murthy

Two weeks after your mini session I’ll send you a link to a private online gallery where you can view the fully edited final images and choose which photographs you’d like to include in your package.

The gallery will be live for 7 days whilst you choose which photographs you’d like to have as prints. I’ll be on the end of the phone if you would like any help choosing your photographs or deciding how to display your new prints.

This is when you pay for the balance of your package. Once payment is received your digital images will be delivered within 24 hours and printed items will follow 4-6 weeks later.

A mother and her daughters sitting on a rug in a london park by london family photographer clare murthy

How Much Does A Family Mini Session Cost?

Each family mini session costs £325. This package includes:

  • preparation emails to help you feel relaxed and prepared for your photo shoot.
  • a 20 minute family photo shoot for up to 6 people from one family at one of my mini session days.
  • a viewing gallery with a minimum of 15 fully edited images to order from.
  • all images from your gallery as high resolution digital files, delivered by digital download.
  • five museum quality prints measuring up to 12″ x 8″, ready to frame or give as gifts.

 

Payment is made in two instalments:

  • £125 at the time of booking
  •  £200  when you choose your prints, and within 3 weeks of the session date.

Mini Session Dates and Locations

The next mini session dates and locations are:

  • Saturday 11th May 2024, Wimbledon Area.
  • Saturday 22nd June 2024, Esher Area.
  • Saturday 20th July and Saturday 27th July 2024, Mayfield Lavender, Banstead.

In case of rain the session will be rescheduled to exactly the same time on the following day – please make sure you are available to attend on both days before you book.

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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.

I’m sure you’ll want to know that it’s the right kind of photo shoot for your family before your make your investment.

This article explains what’s involved in a mini session, who the sessions work well for, and why sometimes they aren’t the right fit for every family: Is a mini session right for my family?

I’m sure you’ll want to know that it’s the right kind of photo shoot for your family before your make your investment.

This article explains what’s involved in a mini session, who the sessions work well for, and why sometimes they aren’t the right fit for every family: Is a mini session right for my family?

When you book your mini session you will see that there is a backup date that we will reschedule your session to if the weather is so bad that we can’t go ahead. This is usually the day after your booked date. 

In the run up to your mini session I’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast, and I expect you might too! Regardless of what the forecast says, I won’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.

I add new mini session dates a couple of times a year.

If you can’t see a date that works for you here, please click on the link below to join the mini session waiting list. I’ll send you an email next time new mini session dates are added.

Click here to join the mini session waiting list

Yes. Each mini session package includes all of the images from your gallery as high resolution digital images. 

Yes, mini sessions make a lovely gift as the recipient  will not only receive the session but also some digital and print images too.

If you would like to buy a mini session as a gift, please send me an email at clare@claremurthy.com to let me know. Once you have paid for the session I can send you a lovely gift voucher to give to the recipient on the big day. The voucher will be valid for 12 months, and the recipient can contact me directly to book their slot at one of the mini session days planned in that time.

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

This article may be helpful as you prepare:

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

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.

Meet Your Photographer

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

As you’re thinking about booking a mini session with me, you might like to know a little bit more about who will be photographing you…

I’ve been photographing families for the last 8 years and am based close to Hampton Court, on the Surrey / London border.

I’m known for natural, relaxed photography without any cheesy props or awkward posing.

Over the years I’ve photographed hundreds of families and know just how to get the best from little people in a short amount of time.

I’m also a mum of two so I know just how how busy family life can be, and keep the process of having a photo shoot as easy and simple as possible for you.

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

Book Your Mini Session

Saturday 11th May 2024
Wimbledon Area

Available times: 9.15am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am

A portrait of a child sitting on a log in Wimbledon, SW London
A toddler holding his mother's hands in a field of wildflowers in Esher, Surrey. Photographed by Surrey photographer Clare Murthy

Saturday 22nd June
Esher Area

Available times: 9.15am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am

Saturday 20th July
Mayfield Lavender

Available times: 9.15am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 11.00am, 11.30am

Natural mother and baby photography by London photographer Clare Murthy

Saturday 27th July
Mayfield Lavender

Available times: 9.15am, 9.45am, 10.15am, 11.00am, 11.30am

A family sitting in a field of bluebells and shady trees, interacting naturally together. Taken by London and Surrey photographer Clare Murthy

Join The Mini Session Waiting List

If you’d love to book a mini session, but can’t make the next mini session dates, please click on the link below to join my mini session waiting list. I’ll send you an email as soon as new dates are announced.

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