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 documentary 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

28 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

England and Cambridgeshire, UK family photojournalist Alice Chapman

Hello! I'm Alice, a photographer in Cambridge, UK. I have a young family and a cat who misses the quiet life. 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 natural light, real life, true personalities, details, humour and telling a story. I love photos that mean something. I believe that being yourself in your photos is something to celebrate and champion. That's why family photojournalism makes my eyes light up. My documentary family photo sessions range from 1.5 hours to a full day. Be yourselves. Best behaviour optional. For photographers, one to one mentoring is available.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Gloucestershire documentary family photographer Jennifer Adams of England UK

I’m a documentary family photographer based in Gloucestershire, working all over the UK and beyond. Families are photographed in their natural everyday environments with no posing or directing. Following 4 years photographing weddings I’m adept at catching fleeting moments and working with whatever light and space I’m presented with. If you’re anything like me, you love your children fiercely but see that they are changing before your eyes. My hope is that more and more families discover documentary family photography as a way of making sure they can remember life as it is now, in all its glory. I aspire to take stunningly beautiful and utterly honest photographs of the every day, helping families to remember life exactly as it is today. It’s my hope that the resulting images become heirlooms, treasured as much by this generation as by those that follow.

London Family Photographer Ana Ruivo

I’m Ana. I’m a mother of two beautiful girls and since I had my first baby they have been my inspiration. That’s when my passion for photography arose. Documentary photography has opened my eyes to the magic in the everyday. I want these photos to capture the true essence of your family, your relationships, the stage of life you are currently experiencing. I want it to be real, in all its tantrum-ing, messy, teary, silly, beautiful glory. I want to capture this chapter in your story so that you can look back and remember exactly how it looked and felt at this very moment. Don’t let time and life pass you by without being in images with your children.

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

Award-winning documentary family photographer and videographer based in Lancashire. 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 photo shoot 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.

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
County Durham family photography by Andy Hudson of England, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm a multi award winning photographer who has a decade of experience photographing weddings, families and all manner of random and wonderful things. My main focus these days is families and I love nothing more than doing something fun with awesome little people, and photographing their unique and amazing personalities. I don't pose people, I don't order them about and tell them what to do - it's all about the children just living their best lives, and when that happens I can create incredible memories that are REAL and represent exactly how that family was in that specific moment in time. It's these images that really tell the story of a family, and it's an huge honour to get to be the one to preserve that snapshot of their lives.

Adam Riley works all of United Kingdom, England and Greater Manchester as a family photojournalist.

A father of two wonderful boys, I'm absolutely set on documenting their lives. The moments that are overlooked by most are cherished by me and something I strive capture for other families. My documentary portrait sessions capture real personality. Removing the pressure of a studio environment results in a relaxed environment that children are far more comfortable in, and the images taken are more reflective of their usual self – standing out from your standard photography studio shots. I photograph your little ones playing, baking, reading and laughing, parents can get in on the action too, and my “document your day” sessions allow me to capture family life at home as it unfolds.

London Family Photographer Marion Pelletant also serving Kent and Surrey

I’m Marion, a family photographer looking to capture the heart and soul of families with its raw love, energy, and playfulness. I offer natural family, children and baby photography to capture the wonder of childhood through your children’s eyes, big or small. I also offer maternity photography for mums-to-be. I am based in South East London near Kent.

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
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
Bath Family Photography by Jess Cheetham, of Somerset England

Hi there! My name is Jess. And I am a documentary family photographer from Bath, UK. And to put it simply, I adore photographing people. Babies, children, adults, elderly people, you name it, whoever you are, I want to take your picture. I live with my wonderful husband and my two beautiful boys, 4-year-old Edward and baby Rex who is 9 months. And of course, we mustn’t forget our feisty cat Agatha, who is a little forgotten now since the children arrived (sorry Ags!). I have a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art. During my degree, I spent 6 months on an exchange programme at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence USA, where I studied Painting, Art History, and Documentary Photography. My short time living in America was really where my love of photography was born and has continued to grow and develop over the last 12 years. After I graduated I worked in the art world for a number of years at a contemporary auction house and then onto a modern and contemporary private gallery. It was during my time at this gallery that I was asked to curate their first photography show (having only exhibited painting and sculpture up to this point). The exhibition was called ‘With A Conscious Eye’ involving three different documentary photographers. It was this exhibition and working with these photographers that really confirmed for me that documentary photography was a genre that inspired me the most and one I wanted to explore more. After I became a Mum I didn't realise I would find so much inspiration in all the smaller life moments with my child; the ordinary, day-to-day stuff. And only a few months into my new motherhood journey I had this urge to document our real life, in all its gritty, raw, struggling beauty. Every day, ordinary, mundane life. So that one day I can look back and know exactly what our life was like at that moment of our lives. Not us posing in a studio or with a scenic backdrop, wearing beautiful outfits with freshly washed hair. No enhancements to try and make our lives look ‘better’ or our family to look ‘picture perfect’. A real snapshot of a real family living their actual life. My approach is a mixture of documentary and fine art portraiture to create a series of beautiful images that tell the story of your family. I promise you will feel at ease in my company and there will be zero awkward posing. There is so much beauty in normal life. Let's create some art together.

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
Hertfordshire family reportage photography by Emily Renier of England

I am Emily Renier, a calm, sensitive and quirky Belgian-born photographer with a passion for being who we are unashamedly. My commitment is pure and simple - to tell your story sensitively and with humanity. Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire but working across the UK, I produce images and photo albums that you will cherish for decades to come.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
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
England and London family reportage photography by Kate Elliott of the United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Kate (my family photography business name is Arrow + Lo) and I have been working as a professional photographer and visual artist for over ten years. I am also a mum to four-year-old twins Rowan (aka Arrow) and Lotta (aka Lo). ‘Beautiful chaos’ is how I often find myself describing family life, and I am all about trying to reflect this through my photography, in an authentic yet striking way. Through a combination of documentary-style images and beautiful portraits, I will create a series of photos that tell a story - your story - at a particular moment in time.

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
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
London Family Photojournalist Julie Kim

I love the pull of a powerful photograph to evoke memories of a particular moment and feeling in time. There is no greater love than that of a parent to a child, and I believe when you view an image of your child, you are not just seeing a picture of a boy or girl, but all the characteristics and quirks that make your child so special. Yes, we can have that same feeling with pictures taken on our phones, but having a set of images where you are all interacting with each other, bonding as a family, are memories worth making.

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
Liguria Documentary Family Photographer, Sabrina Losso

Mom of twins and professional photographer since 2006, I live in the North of Italy, near to Portofino and Cinque Terre, where I run a photographic studio that specializes in newborn, kids and families. The Story Teller project is born to suit the needs of families to have a different kind of session, to create for them memories of their real everyday life. I speak Italian, English and French. Our lives are so busy, there are millions things to do in our everyday life check list, we run so fast that sometimes we don’t even remember to breath. I ask you to stop for a while, to take an entire day only for your family, to realize how lucky you are to live this crazy beautiful life. I will follow you for 24 hours, documenting with my camera all the spontaneous moments that make your family life so special and let you realize how precious it all is.

Valencia Spain Family Photographer Antonio Calatayud

I have always been passionate about cinema and since childhood, I was clear that I wanted to devote myself to audiovisual art. Hanging from a camera wherever I went, I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself professionally to my passion. I enrolled in Audiovisual Communication to acquire knowledge and become a specialist in different languages: photography, cinema, videos, multimedia, television, and radio. During the last years of my career, I launched myself into the world of work and began to work in films as "meritorious decoration." It was an interesting job because of my passion for cinema, but the decoration was not my thing, so I started to alternate different jobs as an edition and camera assistant. In 2004 I graduated and at the time I had the possibility, I took a camera and started recording and working as a camera operator. It was what I really liked and where I was going to put all my effort. During my professional career, I have worked with many producers, making fiction, advertising, corporate and programs. From each and everyone, I draw a valuable experience.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lifestyle Portrait of Family Photographer in Portugal - Ana Pratas

I’m Ana and I am a family photographer in Portugal, specializing in documentary photography. I make honest photographs of families as they live their day and life happens and am available to travel anywhere in the world to photograph your family’s day in the life.

Lisbon family photography by Debora Prates of Portugal

I started investing in photography after the birth of my first child, 12 years ago. I bought a camera to record these moments and I was very disappointed with the result of the images. So I decided to study and I haven't stopped until today! In a short time, this great passion and the desire to transform other people's lives also emerged, and in 2013 I finished my professional photography course in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I participated in many congresses and workshops around the country and specialized in the area of ​​family and children's parties. At this time I founded the company Imagine Love & Photography and what was a project developed in parallel with the career of a civil servant, finally had full-time dedication, after moving to Portugal in 2017. Graduated in Digital Multimedia and with experience in the journalism field, I love being connected to the world in every way and I explore social networks to generate content and promote real networking between people. I believe that life is a journey, not a destination.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
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
Portrait of Utrecht family photographer Chantal Brands, of the Netherlands

My experience as a documentary family photographer started in Hong Kong 3 years ago. I lived there with my husband and was in the position to focus 100% on my photography business. Before that time I only would photograph as a side business. The last year I stayed in Hong Kong (2018) I mainly would use a documentary approach with families. This period of time in Hong Kong really influenced my vision of photography, it was such an amazing experience that I wanted to capture the essence of living abroad as a family. Living in small apartments with children en be creative with the space you have. It made me realise there is no perfect picture. Only a perfect story. Now I am back in the Netherlands. I would like to continue this way of photography. I want to take my personal experience and photography skills to different families and places in the world.

Spain family photographer Nacho Alba works for clients in Madrid.

We are also a family. Therefore, we know how important it is to have memories and to keep them, despite how quickly time passes. One day we wanted to photograph happiness, and we asked ourselves, where is it? At that moment we realized something that we had not been able to see. We were able to understand that happiness does not come from trips or specific things we can do, from an event or a celebration, but that real happiness is with us every day, in the routine of our life, of our home, together with the people we love the most: in games, in the bedtime story, in the afternoons lying on the couch watching a movie and eating popcorn, on walks to the park ...

United Kingdom Outdoor Family Photography

Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photo shoot 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 sincere photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and laid back 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.