FIND YOURSELF SCREAMING THAT EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT YOUR CHILD? YEP, ME TOO. CHILDHOOD IS FLEETING.
NATURAL FAMILY AND NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY IN SUSSEX, SURREY AND KENT
Welcome! I'm Jo, a newborn and family photographer based in Surrey and I'd love to freeze a moment in time for you and your family. But choosing a family photographer is a big decision. It's not just about the photos you end up with but the experience you have in getting them. Am I the right fit for you? Why not take a little look around my online home to help you decide.
My newborn and family photography sessions are bespoke, built just for you because every family is unique. What do usually have in common though are the reasons that we get family photos taken and for most of us, they all tend to apply to some degree.
Firstly, as mums, we are acutely aware of how quickly our kids are growing up, how quickly they change and we just want to stop time. Capture a memory. To be able to look back and remember them just as they are now. A beautiful, natural photograph will do just that for you.
And whilst we have more photos of our kids than any other generation before us, how many of them are you actually in? As I was going through the hundreds of photos I took on our last holiday I noticed I was only in one. As a reflection in a pair of sunglasses! It's my own fault, I hate having my photo taken, but when my daughter is all grown up I will probably regret that I didn't get more of us together when she was so small.
And the other reason? We often just want to delight those nearest and dearest to us with some beautiful photos of our kids. Grandparents are always thrilled with new pics, far-flung aunts, uncles, godparents, cousins we hardly get to see.
So as a mum myself and a family and newborn photographer, I get it because I am driven by those very same reasons. I want to freeze time for you, I want to get you in the photo, and I want to create a set of images you'll be proud to share. I strive to capture natural, unposed images that let the magic of childhood and innocence of a brand new life shine through. I also make it my personal mission to get more of these photos up on your walls. I want you to get the warm and fuzzies every time you walk past one of your photos, not just once in a blue moon when you open that digital album.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
I live with my husband, daughter and our Labradoodle, Bella. That's them up there.
Our little girl is seven now and I still can't quite believe how quickly she is growing up. So I totally get it. I get that desire to capture their innocence and purity before you forget it. Childhood really is fleeting.
On a more personal note, I love reading. I fall asleep most nights with my kindle in my hand. I've probably seen Dirty Dancing more times than anyone should really admit to, and I don't think there is an episode of Friends I haven't seen dozens of times (I'm an 8?!).
Chocolate is my weakness. I'm not above stealing from my daughter's stash if there is nothing else to satisfy my craving. Ssshhh....
HOW I WORK
I aim to capture natural, light-filled images of your family during your photoshoot. So rather than shoot the more traditional family portrait in a studio, my sessions are informal and relaxed. You can choose an in home photoshoot or we can go out and about somewhere lovely. A park, a woodland, or perhaps even a castle (as there are quite a lot of those around here).
I offer full-sized family and newborn sessions, bite-sized family mini sessions, mummy and me shoots as well as the odd mini shoot of the fixed-date-and-time variety, such as in the Bluebells, Lavender and at Christmas.
Whichever you choose, I'll be looking for genuine moments and real smiles that will tell your family's story in the most authentic way. I want to capture their personalities so that when you look back at your natural family images in years to come, you will remember not just what they looked like but who they were.
I also know that more often than not it is mum who takes all the photos and that means that you're never in them. So I take extra care to make sure I capture some lovely shots of you with your babies. Shots that you won't want to delete, that you'll be proud to display and share. I promise!
So if that sounds good to you, then let's chat...
AREAS I COVER
I live in Lingfield and cover areas in Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent. Travel within one hour of Lingfield is included in my session fee. I am more than happy to travel further afield for a small fee to cover the extra travel. Towns I cover include, but are not limited to:
Billingshurst, Brighton, Cobham, Crowborough, East Molesey, Esher, Forest Row, Godalming, Hartfield, Haywards Heath, Leatherhead, Lingfield, Mayfield, Oxted, Petworth, Pulborough, Reigate, Richmond, Sevenoaks, Thames Ditton, Tunbridge Wells, Virginia Water, Weybridge, Windlesham
“JO HAS CAPTURED SOME TRULY BEAUTIFUL IMAGES OF OUR DAUGHTER. SHE IS VERY PATIENT AND HAS BEEN FANTASTIC AT PUTTING OUR CAMERA-SHY DAUGHTER AT EASE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER.”
— RACHAEL —