United Kingdom Family Photographers

Documentary Family Photography for United Kingdom, Europe

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

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FAMILY COMES FIRST - Recently, some of our Europe family photojournalists have communicated their readiness to work with families who are able to carry on with their normal life and who want it documented. Family Photojournalist Association professional members offer a distinct and natural style of unobtrusive photography that will capture genuine, candid moments of you, your children, and even extended family enjoying time together...everyone gets in the pictures and you will likely forget the photographer is even there.

The purpose of reportage family photography is to tell a story — your story. You will be able to feel the love that you have for one another in the images. You will see the beauty that results when you are not posed or directed by your photographer to sit in a contrived position and smile on command at the camera. The FPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, United Kingdom family photographers who are available right now. Find yours today!

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving United Kingdom

25 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

England and Cambridgeshire, UK family photojournalist Alice Chapman

Hello, I'm Alice, a photographer and mentor in Cambridge, UK. I have a family that is growing up too fast. My house is full of lego and my garage is full of books I might yet read. I like making things, children's stories about more than just falling asleep in the end, and dark chocolate but a Freddo will do. As a photographer, I love character, moments, connection, details, humour and telling a story. I love photos that mean something. I believe that being yourself in your photos is something to celebrate: I’ll be a champion for your individuality. Be yourselves. Best behaviour optional.

England family photography by Nina Raingold of the United Kingdom

Hi, I’m Nina, busy mum of two and fiercely passionate documentary photographer. In my career both as a photographer and picture editor I have won awards, commissioned some of the world’s top photographic talent and photographed some extraordinary people both in the UK and overseas. I’m driven by the power of photography to capture and preserve the magic in everyday moments. My real-life family photos show not just what your family looks like but more poignantly, what it feels like to be you at a particular moment in time. When we look back at our lives in years to come, what could be more special than seeing our memories reflected back at us in a way that feels truly authentic? When I’m not stumbling over piles of Lego / frantically pushing my two daughters out of the door for the school run, you will find me drinking a strong black coffee, escaping to an art exhibition, trying my best to read a good book without being interrupted or planning my next adventure in my 80s camper van. Get in touch if you’d like to start the conversation about capturing the story of your family life.

London family photography by Mauro Arena of England

Hi, I'm Mauro and I'm an Italian-born newborn, children and documentary family photographer based in London. I became a professional photographer in 2020 although my passion for documentary photography started in my teenage years when my mum gave me her 35mm film camera she bought in the late 60s. I never stopped documenting our family events, the days out at the beach and our travels since then. My work has been selected by the Historic England Archive as part of the 'Picturing Lockdown Collection' and I have been selected by the British Journal of Photography as the winner of Portrait of Britain 2021. I am happily married and live with my wife and our 6 years old girl. I know how exhausting, chaotic but also beautiful and funny life with kids can be but, with my photography, I want to show how your 'every day', no matter how ordinary or little interesting it might look to you, it is in fact so extraordinary and full of emotional ingredients that make your story as a family so beautiful and meaningful just as it is.

London family photography by Francesca Codispoti of England, United Kingdom

I was born in Italy and moved to the UK aged 23 for what I thought would be a few months of work experience, after graduating in philosophy. 17 years later, I am still in London! My fascination for photography started when I was a child and my father had a makeshift darkroom in our bathroom. Whether through journals, drawings, objects or photographs, I always loved documenting my life, and the lives of others. People often say that I just tell it how it is (which isn't always the best trait to have!) but it is my approach to life and work, and my photography reflects this. No poses, no fancy lighting, no prompts, just life as it is. There is so much beauty in the honesty of real life, especially in our world obsessed with filtered perfection and fakery.

Lifestyle portrait of Lancashire family photographer Charlene McNabb of England, United Kingdom

I’m guessing you’re here because you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional lifestyle family photography and videography? Like me, you HATE the idea of posing. You also know your kids probably won’t respond well to ‘direction’ to get that perfect family portrait or the baby will choose the photoshoot day to be grizzly! Whether you’re camera shy, worry your house isn’t ‘photo shoot’ worthy or simply struggling to find time to fit in a family shoot in then I may have the answer for you. Because my documentary approach to family photography allows me to capture those 'real', honest family moments. To capture the connections, the silliness, the knowing smiles and all the moments in-between that you may even miss in your everyday. So if you're after an alternative to documenting family life and want someone to come with their camera and make it feel more like a friend was hanging out with you...then it would be lovely to hear from you. We can chat some more and help you work out if I'm the perfect family photographer and videographer for you. Award-winning documentary family photographer and videographer based in Lancashire.

Bath family photographer Rose Dedman of Somerset, UK

Hi! I’m Rose and I have three young children, two pesky cats, and one very patient husband and we all live together near Bath. I absolutely love the fun of having young children, but I also know how very tiring and testing this time can be. I often have moments looking at my small people when I just wish I could freeze time, bottle their cuteness and remember how these moments feel: admiring the gorgeous squishy-ness of my toddler; looking into the joyous face of my pre-schooler as he dances with no inhibitions; being outwitted by my 8-year-old negotiating on pocket money. Photography is my way of recording all these precious stages in our lives, just a little bit – for myself, my children, and for other families. I love to capture the real moments, as you live them. The joy, the tears, the love, the raw emotions. Doing what you normally do. How you normally do it. I want an image to take you right back to that time in your life, and how it felt to be there. Your little family. Just as you are.

England and Norfolk are home to documentary family photographer,  Rob Dodsworth

I live in the beautiful Norfolk Broads with my wife and two children. I have been photographing weddings and families since 2010. One of the best things in life is a good story and that's what my approach to photography is all about. I get a real buzz capturing those special moments, moments you might not remember or, perhaps, did not get to see. Even moments which, at the time, might have seemed insignificant will take on greater significance as the years roll by. I get my best images when you're just being yourselves - natural light and natural emotions!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Karen Flower, Surrey Family Photographer for England

Hi I'm Karen and I'm a family and brand photographer based on the London / Surrey borders. To me, family is everything. Milestones are important, they mark our journey through life, but for me those everyday connections with the people you love are what we will want to remember. Over the last twelve years of being a professional photographer I've witnessed and documented so many wonderful moments within families whether it be at celebrations or everyday life at home. I know from experience how fleeting childhood is ...even if it doesn't feel like it at the time! I can't believe how quickly my three boys grew up and I'm so glad I had my camera around to document most of it. As parents, we need to be in the photos too so that our children can see how much they are loved and re-live the many funny, messy, emotional moments that make up family life. When I'm not photographing families, you'll find me out on long walks with my dog, exploring a bit of street photography or trying to perfect the ultimate Thai curry.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Bedfordshire, UK documentary family photographer Sharron Gibson

Hugger. Mother. Earl Grey tea drinker. And, oh yes. Rather importantly, I'm obsessed with light, finding it and looking at it. I love just watching different qualities of light and seeing how it moves and changes the world. I'm a former BBC journalist who went on to study an MA in Photojournalism and follow my photography passion. Photographing families and creating memories for them was born out of that passion.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Catherine Hill is a Channel Island based Day in the Life Photographer

I'm based between Kent and Jersey in the Channel Islands, my family home. I've had a love of photography from an early age and I've been lucky enough to have been photographing weddings professionally for 11 years, and more recently families. I have a passion for creating authentic, honest imagery and have fallen in love with documenting family life. As a mother myself, I know all too well how quickly children grow up. I would have adored having those wonderful, funny, tricky, chaotic, emotional, real moments captured and that I had been in the frame! I love capturing the connections and dynamics between a family and freezing those moments that often as a parent go unseen. Magical moments in isolation. I come from a family of creatives so I suppose it was no surprise photography would be in my life. When I'm not behind the camera, you'll find me in the garden where I can totally lose myself or making sourdough!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lifestyle Portrait of Nicola Hudson, West Sussex Family Photographer

The gal looking through that window into your world. I'm mum to a nearly 18yr old forensic science student, mummy to a 3 yr old climbing princess with goggles on her head and always in a tutu, step-mum to a 10yr old flamingo-obsessed singing mermaid, and an 8yr old footballer! I should probably mention my gorgeous and supportive hubby who can not only fix the electrics but also cooks me delicious dinners and spoils me rotten. Life here is organised chaos, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I have a very relaxed style of photography and like to let things unfold naturally, encouraging children to run around and explore so that I can see them naturally, keeping them engaged and capturing their individual expressions and unscripted moments, this is the point in lifestyle photography. I’m always happy to give gentle direction with any type of portrait and even with family lifestyle sessions, I will generally take a handful of group photos, parent and child portraits, and individual photos of the child/ children, aiming for a mix of a small number somewhat posed as well as the main bigger bulk of the images being un-posed and true. They don’t have to be elaborate affairs, some of my favourite photos were normal, simple, everyday moments - captured beautifully and naturally, using natural light, which I’m known for.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
United Kingdom Family Photography by Dominique Shaw.

Dom began York Place Studios at the tender age of 21 along with elder brother Liam. With her film photography background and fine art influences she entered the world of family and wedding photography with the idea of doing things a little differently and in doing so created the founding principles of the York Place Style. Her passion, bubbly personality and sense of romance puts emotion at the centre of her imagery.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Family Photojournalism in UK, England and London by Lyndsey Goddard

I live on the Kent coast with my husband Steve, another photographer, and our French Bulldog, Ozzy. I've been a full time wedding photographer for almost 10 years, and have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I love the unpredictability of weddings and capturing moments that could never be preconceived. I take the same approach in my family photography, simply spending time with you all and seeing what happens and where the shoot takes us. Life moves by so fast; we all grow older, tiny babies become children, those children become teenagers and before long they are independent adults. With family photography, there's no time like the present to capture you all exactly as you are, at this moment in your lives. I have been a member of the WPJA since early 2010, and was their top UK photographer in 2016. In early 2017 I was awarded the title of ''Wedding Photographer of the Year'' in both the regional and national finals of The Wedding Industry Awards. My work takes me all over the UK telling stories with my camera. Visit my website and let me know if you would like me to tell yours.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
UK England and Staffordshire are home to family photojournalist Cris Lowis

I’m a full time wedding and family photographer from Stafford. I’m happily married and live with my wife Katie (who as it turns out was a fantastically tolerant model in the early days). We’ve got two kids – a gorgeous daughter, Ava, who was born in 2013 and an awesome son Finley who was born in 2015. Whether its a wedding or a family photoshoot, or even just taking photos of my own children, I’m always so much more drawn to the unposed shots over the posed ones… I think its because the smiles and emotion is real. In fact the photos I love taking of my kids are just them being kids and capturing that snapshot in time.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lancashire Family Reportage Photographer, Janina Brocklesby

I am a proud Mummy of two amazing children Michael and Grace. These two certainly keep me on my toes. I have been married to my best friend John since 2010, therefore family means everything to me and we love spending time together. Hiking, travelling, making memories and having fun are extremely important to me. I am a morning person and often I will get up at 5 am just to enjoy a good coffee, early mornings are a perfect time to do that. I love an outdoor lifestyle! Therefore long walks and campfires are right up my street! I am a huge animal lover, I used to have horses but now we only have our dog ‘Freeman’. He is a huge part of our family! I’ve grown up in a home where all forms of art were greatly appreciated. My Grandma still owns an art gallery. Photography has always been my hobby and passion! I speak Italian and Polish thanks to my family bloodlines! I like pizza, cheese, gin, pizza, cheese, pizza (did I mention that I like pizza?) I also love holidays, driving, reading and obviously I love PHOTOGRAPHY! Above all, a good night out with friends is a must now and again! Although I love travelling and meeting new people. I also always find time to go to the theatre to see a good show too.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Hertfordshire family photography by Erica Hawkins of United Kingdom

I enjoy creating images, through photography, design, film, or drawings. My drawing skills are less impressive than my photography ones, but I still enjoy a good doodle! My family and friends are what keep me ticking, photography taking a close second place. I cherish the happy moments in life and get pure joy from my kids when they smile. I have a degree in media production and feel fortunate I have been able to put my creativity into practice, both professionally and personally. I love photography and cameras, a day spent playing with my camera, or experimenting with a new lens is a great day in my book! I am a geek, camera specs interest me. After working in the art publishing world for almost 5 years and 9 years within a photography marketing company, I am lucky enough to have worked with artists and photographers that inspire and motivate my own ambitions.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Paul Rogers is a photojournalist that worked for The Times newspaper in London and now photographs UK families.

I've been a photojournalist ever since leaving university, firstly for The Times newspaper in London, lately for engaged couples and new families. My clients value high quality documentary photography, and love the work I produce. Photography is very much an art, in that the work produced reflects the photographers personality and background. It's why ten different photographers will produce ten different pictures from the same scene. Find the photographer who's work connects with you. Then get them to help your family build their heirloom.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Family Photojournalist Alex Benyon

I’m Alex and I’m a multi-award-winning photographer, husband to an amazing wife, and father to a beautiful daughter. Currently living in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. I’ve been doing this for several years now but I still feel incredibly fortunate that I get to take photographs full time for a living, and I absolutely love shooting documentary wedding & family photography. This isn’t a job to me, it’s a passion! I absolutely love documenting real family life, whether it's my own or my clients. This photojournalistic style of family photography is about capturing all the wonderful things that make your family story so unique. No posed group shots in matching sweaters here! My job is to photograph you guys doing what you do best, being a family. Think of me as a friendly fly on the wall, with a camera, and a beard. I offer several different photography packages, from quick 2-hour mini-sessions to a full 'Year In The Life' documentary package. So whether at your home or on location, these sessions will capture what real family life is all about. The laughter and love, the tears and tantrums. Real, genuine, and honest images that are yours.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Istanbul Family Photographer Ufuk Sarisen

I am a documentary wedding and family photographer who lives in Istanbul and Izmir but can shoot anywhere in the world. I guess that having the flexibility of traveling also stems from the fact that; I am a travel and documentary photographer. I have worked in photography committee of travel, geography and culture magazine Atlas which is published in Turkey and Europe for a long time and I have photographed and written my themes. Apart from that, I also worked for a while as a photo editor for Skylife magazine. I took photos for many magazines and newspapers. I did editorial shootings for numerous magazines and newspapers. I think these different fields that I came to grips with in past enabled me to look at wedding and family photography from different angles.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Mariana De Albuquerque Simoes, Family and Lifestyle Photographer

My approach to photography is simple and honest. Storytelling is at the heart of what I do. My purpose is to tell your unique story in a way that is genuine, natural, and meaningful. I balance the realness of documentary family photography with the refined look of film. This results in an image collection that is filled with joy and connection, yet with gorgeous skin tones and a timeless aesthetic. I am based in Toulouse, and I am available for family and baby sessions throughout France, Europe and UK.

Hong Kong Family Photographer Ronnie Szeto

I studied History back in my University time, but besides my major study, I joined a documentary filmmaking course taught by a local veteran producer. That was when I started to discover my interest in videography and photography. Once graduated in 2008, I saved most of my salary from my first job and bought my first ever camera. I became more addicted to photography, and especially family photojournalism, because it has the magic to freeze a moment and tell a great story. Thanks to another experienced teacher, I was able to learn from him more advanced photographic techniques and philosophy, and gradually I have engaged myself with wedding and family photography.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Ireland documentary family photography by Marie O'Mahony

When I take pictures of someone, I fall in love - each person becomes the most fascinating & beautiful person ever. I want nothing more than for you to see yourself and your family through my eyes - because your life story is worth celebrating. You’ll find out in about 2 seconds of us talking that I’m not Irish - I’m American. You see, I met my (often) wonderful and (always) sexy husband 15 (fifteen! eek!) years ago while I was studying at the University of Limerick. I’ve been taking pictures for about that long as well. But something happened when our oldest was born. Time started to go at an alarming rate, and I became driven to capture as much of life as I could - the good and the bad. That passion became my calling and my profession, and I've been invited to share people’s lives in the most beautiful ways.

France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is where Ambre Peyrotty photographs her families.

Ambre is an award-winning wedding and family photojournalist based in Auvergne. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in photography in the Ecole de Condé, Northern France, in 2014, and her work has been exhibited in France, Portugal and Canada.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist

United Kingdom Outdoor Family Photography

Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photoshoot in an outdoor location with small groups of people or families. Your FPJA United Kingdom family photographer can easily capture candid moments of the kids playing and interacting from a safe distance. These days, outdoor sessions are often the best option for genuine photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and casual while they are outside and unrestricted. In these large, open spaces, you and your family can simply spend time together doing your typical routine while your photographer focuses on the art of storytelling.

United Kingdom Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL

There is something appealing about the imperfections in an ordinary day. The best gift that you can give your family now and in the years to come is the investment in authentic photographs that showcase a real day in your life. These stress-free sessions, designed to capture the realness and honesty of an average day for your family, produce the most genuine images, and these are the ones that you will cherish for years to come.

United Kingdom Birth Sessions at Home or Hospital

The birth of your child is an experience that is filled with both beauty and chaos. It’s a moment in time that you won’t want to forget, yet it’s an experience in which the details may fade away in the coming weeks, months and years. To capture the first moments in which you meet your baby and those first special hours together, you should enlist the help of a United Kingdom documentary birth photographer. An experienced family photographer who specializes in documentary birth sessions will be able to capture your labor journey, the birth experience and the immediate reaction that you have when you see your baby’s face for the first time — all while respecting your space. The right photographer will be able to use discretion while focusing on the fleeting moments that you will want to remember from your birth experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home or at the hospital, you can book a documentary birth session with a professional reportage-style birth photographer.