We like little ‘uns. If you’re after London newborn portraits, Brighton family photography or a Los Angeles maternity shoot, let us know.

We love laid-back, at-home family shoots best of all, but anywhere your whole gang feels at home will do fine. (Running around Hove promenade or Hampstead Heath in wellies is always fun.)

Bella and Becky's london family shoot on the roof at the mondrian hotel in shoreditch

How to love your family pictures

First up, we have two small children of our own, so we know exactly what family life can be like. Don't worry. We'll just hang out and have fun. We won't be bossy, and no one has to smile if they don't feel like it. We'll let the children take some pictures on our big cameras so they're not intimidated.

Don't worry about making it perfect: when all the babies are grown and having babies of their own, the real-life shots will mean more than the posed ones. Your shoot will be really easy – well, as easy as normal life with normal kiddos can be. And the end result will be true-to-life, natural family portraits with no dodgy matching outfits or weird cheesy posing (unless you're big Awkward Family Photo fans and want dodgy matching outfits and weird cheesy posing).

One of the major things we've learned on our Los Angeles/London/Brighton family photography adventures is that adults tend to think that children are the difficult ones to photograph. It's not true at all. When the grown ups spend the entire shoot distracted by the idea that the kiddos are being difficult, that'd what can make a shoot start to feel less fun for everyone. So, a big part of being a family photographer is getting the grown ups to relax; the kiddos are easy. Now that we have children ourselves, we know relaxing is easier said than done. But, honestly, don't worry about it. If your toddler's temporarily gone demonic, it'll just make for more memorable pictures.

A FEW more TIPS

 include a favourite toy/blanket/kitchen utensil that'll keep the little 'un reasonably happy

 be somewhere familiar: home is ideal

 pick your photographer wisely (ie, if you want a staged studio shot, don't pick us)

 newborns look super wrinkly and usually quite weird: totally worth documenting, but not necessarily… pretty

schedule your shoot around naptime and lunchtime, because exhausted hangry children are unnecessarily tricky subjects…

 …and then let your photographer schedule for the light; between the two of you, you'll create the best possible setting

 remember to print your pictures afterwards; don't let them languish on a hard drive

Plan your family photography

Shoreditch family photography | Maternity shoot at The Curtain hotel

For all other enquiries: rachel@septemberpictures.com