Family portraits as wall art – a 60" wide installation

Using several bespoke frames to display a collection of photographs

Last summer I did a lovely family portrait session for a family in Manchester. Mum liked the idea of having a collection of photographs on their living room wall. But she didn’t want one frame with a selection of images. She wanted something that would make a statement and would look outstanding on the wall.Read More

Winter family portraits at sunset

That golden glow as the sun starts to sink in the late afternoon, or if it’s late November, around half past two. It’s magic light and creates wonderful portraits, loaded with atmosphere from the setting sun illuminating heavy skies.

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This session was taken a few weeks ago on the hills above the River Kent estuary in Cumbria, with Grange over Sands in the background.

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Winter is the best time of year for these types of portraits. They have strong colours from the sun lighting the landscape and adding a golden glow to the bare trees and dying grass. The dramatic skies, with clouds laden with rain and sun as yet another weather system crosses the country, add their own drama to the scene.

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Each season has it’s own distinct character and the atmosphere of winter is completely different to the other seasons. Winter portrait sessions can be unpredictable and we don’t always know exactly what we’re going to end up with. And that’s part of the fun.

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They’re always dramatic. Whether it’s bright sunlight across misty fields, heavy cloud, snowy scenes, or that flat light that winter days in the UK are famous for, the one thing they all have in common is that make they all make gorgeous portraits to display as wall art in your home.

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Portraits like these work at their best as large frames and canvasses as wall art in the main living areas of a home. The examples below show how the photos look when displayed in bespoke frames.

One little man and his dog

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Back in July I did a family portrait session for young family in South Cheshire. Their two year old son had recently been given a Jack Russell puppy and the two of them played together throughout the session. While I was getting the family ready to do some photographs in one of their fields, I noticed their son and his dog running along one of the tracks in the wheat field. They were oblivious to what he rest of the family were doing and I couldn’t resist taking this picture when I saw them.

This is one of my favourite photographs from a busy summer. Although you can’t see his face, you get the sense of freedom and the innocence of youth… and the bond between one little man and his dog.

You can find out more about our family portrait photography on our family portraits page.

Young families in early spring

When the first warmth of Spring comes through, it’s time to ditch the coats and scarves for a bit and enjoy being able to run about in a t-shirt again. Dawn and Adrian asked me to do a family portrait session for them and we were hoping for a sunny day. The weather was perfect for a family portrait session for a young family. Warm enough for the kids to run about and not too windy.

After a warm up at home so everyone could get comfortable in front of the camera we went to a local park, complete with duck pond for the second half of the session. Armed with plenty of bread, the children soon forgot about me and had fun feeding the ducks and running about. Mum and dad stayed behind the camera whilst I took photos of the kids doing what kids do.

Occasionally I’d ask them to do things but I was quite to watch and see how things unfolded, taking candid pictures all the while. The three photos below of the children on the park bench took a little bit of setting up and now hangs in pride of place in Dawn and Adrian’s dining room.

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Spring family portraits in Lymm

Although it’s still mid February and winter is still clinging on, spring is just around the corner. The daffodils will be popping up soon and the cherry blossom won’t be far behind. So, this morning I thought I’d post a family portrait session I photographed in Lymm at the beginning of May last year. Spring portraits are great because the environment has that really fresh look to it.

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Family portraits in Clitheroe

In July I went over to the Ribble Valley to do some family portraits in Clitheroe for Lisa and Tim, and their two children. Although it was high summer it was a bit cold and overcast and more like Autumn really. Steel grey skies and a strong wind, but that didn’t stop us. I’d met Lisa at an event for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at The Mere Resort near Knutsford in the spring.

I love Clitheroe. It’s a great place for an afternoon out with an amazing wine shop and Clitheroe Castle, where I did one of my very first family portrait sessions back in 2009, and weddings at Eaves Hall for Michelle and Andrew and Mitton Hall For Collette and Gary, so it was lovely to be up there photographing again.

As their two children were growing up fast it was a good time to capture them. We spent a couple of hours taking photos with the usual tea break (for people who don’t know me, my portrait sessions tend to be fairly relaxed affairs with stops for a cuppa and cake!). Thats keeps the pressure off and keeps the momentum going. We did a warm up at home where we had fantastic natural light inside with amazing views across the Ribble Valley. Then we ventured out and found shelter from the wind in their garden, followed by a quick trip to Stonyhurst College which is a marvel. It made a fantastic backdrop for the second part of the session.

Here’s a selection from the day.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Portrait photographer Lancashire; Portrait photographer Wigan; Portrait photographer Bolton; Portrait photographer Preston; Portrait photographer Ribble Valley; Portrait photographer Southport; Portrait photographer Ormskirk. Portrait photographer Blackburn; Portrait photographer Chorley.

Family portraits at Dunham

This was a fun session and very interesting because Jules and Jez live a few doors away from another of my clients in a very similar home. The sessions were done on the same day, just a few hours apart. But they couldn’t have been more different and style of the photos were radically different too.

We went down to Dunham Park and used the park land and the track approaching it as backdrops for their family portraits. There were loads of really quirky things to use but my favourite was the mounting step by the old stables. Everyone was up for doing something a bit different and this is what we did.

The final photograph was printed on Giclee fine art paper and framed in a large contemporary frame. It’s one of my favourites from 2014.

A family portrait session at Dunham near Altrincham in the Spring of 2014.

Little people exploring the magic of Lymm Dam

I took these photographs at the end of June last year when I did a family portrait session at Lymm Dam for Dom and Karen and their two children. The weather very much like today; overcast with drizzle in the air.

It didn’t stop us having a great session though, with lots of lovely black and white photographs. We made it into a big adventure and after a few shots I think the children forgot I was there.

Here are two of my favourites from the session.

A family portrait session two young children in the woodland close to Lymm Dam.

A family reunion in Lymm

A phone call one evening from Switzerland to book a family portrait session took me by surprise. It’s not every day that someone calls from Switzerland to book a photographer in Warrington. Annelise explained that all the family were getting together at her parents’ house in Lymm for the weekend. Her brother and his family were coming over from their home in Sweden so there’d be ten people in total.

The day of the portrait session was a warm and sunny one and Annelise’s parents’ garden was the perfect setting for most of the photographs that we wanted to take, with plenty of colour and space, as well as being convenient for the kettle and a cuppa.

Here’s a very small selection from the session.

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