Yorkshire Photographer | Family Portrait Shoots

The family portrait bookings seemed to have ramped up since the sun has come out!!

So what are 'family portrait' sessions??!....

In short..... a family shoot is a relaxed and fun hour or so, in front of the camera, as a family group, taking natural and candid images of you all, just being you!

While I do offer some light direction, to ensure that the shots are well lit and composed, my main objective is to capture you all as authentically as possible.  

Most of my family shoots take place outdoors, in the Yorkshire countryside (I have a few regular 'hang outs'!), however I am very happy to travel further afield. 

Family groups can be small (e.g. parent and child) or much larger (including siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles....even pets!)  

While 'snaps' are fab at capturing those day-to-day moments, there is often one member of the family missing....behind the lens taking the photo! Furthermore, the quality of these images can be limited when it comes to transferring the image to print. 

For tips on what to wear for these sessions, check out my last blog post; http://www.jennymaden.co.uk/blog/Wedding-Photographer-Yorkshire522-1

If you are interested in making a booking, or would just like some additional information, drop me a line (info@jennymaden.co.uk) or a call (07429017143).  

Jenny x




I'm Ilkley based photographer, but frequently travel around Yorkshire (and beyond) for portraiture sessions. If you are interested in booking a photoshoot, drop me a line (info@jennymaden.co.uk) or a call (07429017143).  

Jenny x

Yorkshire Portrait Photographer | Portrait Shoots....what to wear?

Clients that invest in professional photos, often have them displayed on the walls of their home for years to come, so it is worth giving outfit choices some consideration. I get asked about this pretty regularly, so it seemed to warrant a quick blog post! Here are a few things to consider;

  • First and foremost you should feel comfortable. Outdoor shoots in Yorkshire can be chilly, so layer up if its cold! This is especially true for little ones.
  • Choose clothes that are 'you'. It sounds obvious, but opt for clothing that you'd enjoy wearing on days you were not booked in for a shoot.  
  • Avoid large logos, heavy branding and loud patterns. 
  • Avoid items that crease easily.
  • Bring accessories along to the shoot (hats are a personal favourite). They lend themselves perfectly to a 'pop' of colour - and enable me to get a more diverse selection of images. Scarves, pashminas, ponchos, tutus, costume jewellery have all worked really well in the past too.
  • Group shots look great when the individuals are wearing clothing of a similar style and colour palette. But think co-ordinating rather than matching
  • Consider your home decor. If you have a specific colour scheme at home, this can be worth considering, if the images will ultimately be printed and framed on the walls.

Im happy to offer any further advice if needed :-)

I'm Ilkley based but frequently travel around Yorkshire (and beyond) for portraiture sessions. If you are interested in booking a photoshoot, drop me a line (info@jennymaden.co.uk) or a call (07429017143).  

Jenny x

 Beautiful portraits of babies and children

Child Portraiture | Beach Shoot

Im just back from an awesome week away in sunny Tenerife. I've left my cameras behind on my last couple of holidays....and regretted it as soon as we'd arrived. So this time I went armed with a camera and my favourite lens (....as an aside, the lens wipe was sadly deemed 'out of order' within a day, as it was used by a certain little lady to address her 'snotty nose'....not sure if this counts as good manners of feral tendencies?!) 


This stone beach lay just outside our hotel. A deserted expanse of shoreline, strewn with quirky piles of rocks (known as 'cairns', if anyone is interested?!)

So with a fab location and a cute kid at my disposal, it would have been a shame to miss an opportunity for a few photos.

Having coaxed the little one down the the beach, we almost had to drag her away. It turns out, playing with stone 'towers' is a right hoot....and this is exactly why i love photographing kids in the outdoors. As per my last post, there is absolutely no posing. The magic happens when you just let them loose to play and explore. 

By my reckoning, the light would have been at its absolute best, had we waited another 40 mins or so, however, our tummies were rumbling and there were G&Ts to be drunk.

Here are a handful from our little beach session, with our scrummy little cherub, busy being busy :-)