Autumn Mini Family Photo Shoots in North London

Aug 29, 2016 | Blog

This year I will be running Autumn Mini Family Photo shoots in North London!

Mini photo shoots are ideal taster sessions for busy families whose time is precious but still want to capture some family fun together!

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons to photograph. I love taking my children out for a walk, jumping in muddy puddles, collecting conkers and throwing crunchy leaves in the air! I absolutely love the beautiful, rich deep colours autumn has to offer.

This autumn I am super excited to be runing a morning of mini photo sessions where each family gets to experience a fun packed photo shoot and your kids get to be …. kids!

How are they different from a normal family session?

  • They are quick & fun (great news for dads!)
  • They are at a set location and on a specific date and time slots
  • Great way to try out an outdoor lifestyle photo session with me.
  • Wish to update your current family photos.

It isn’t for you if:

  • Your children are shy or need longer time to warm up
  • You have more then 3 children.
  • You would prefer a longer session with your family in which case a full bespoke family lifestyle session is more suitable.
  • Don’t like to be outdoors!!

When and where are they?

Saturday 5th of November 2016
5 Times slots:  8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 11:00 and 11.45am
Location – The Mill Field, Mill Hill, NW7

How much are they and what does it include?


  • Questionnaire emailed to you before the session to find out more about your family
  • Welcome pack on what to expect and guidelines on what to wear.
  • 25 minutes of family time where I focus on capturing your children having fun with you.
  • Online gallery of 25-30 of the best images from your session available to view for 7 days.
  • A gorgeous tailor made linen folio (20x20cm) delivered to you featuring 3 of your favourite chosen images from the session and one smaller one on the front.
  • The same 4 images sent to you via email as digital images for reprint & web use. All images can be bought as digitals for extra cost but there is no obligation to purchase.

The normal price of this package is £400 so its great value for money and you can use the photos for Christmas presents!

There are only FIVE 25 minutes slots available so don’t delay and book now!

 by Follow these top 10 tips to take better photos on your mobile phone.



I know this may sound obvious, but you will be amazed by the amount of dirt and smudges you find on your lens build up from your pockets, handbags and kids.  So, get into the habit of cleaning your phone with a tissue or soft part of your clothes (do not wipe on your jeans or fingers!!).


The best way of achieving straighter images (especially for landscape) is by enabling the grid feature on your phone. This should be in your camera settings and nine equal boxes will appear when you switch your camera on. Use the 3×3 grid to align your images and hey presto no more leaning tower of Pisa!


Understanding light is one of the most important factors in any photos. It can transform the mood and atmosphere of the photo. Try to use natural light on your subject and avoid using built-in flash as they are usually unflattering or can be too harsh.


By zooming in too much the quality of your image decreases, and it appears more pixelated. To get better and sharper images try to get closer to your subject or use minimal zoom.


Ever wondered how professional portraits stand out? (Well, the “not so very hidden” secret is that we create a shallow depth of field by setting our aperture wide). You can achieve this look by using the portrait mode on your phone. The camera phone blurs the background and puts the focus on the subject. Best used for individual, couple’s portraits and even makes food look good but practice by varying the distance.


Light is key when taking good photos so understanding where your light is and how to position yourself/subject is important. Put your camera phone on selfie and do a full spin to see where the light is hitting you most flattering. You may also want to try backlight so when the light source is behind you, it creates a halo effect.


Phone cameras are normally set to automatic focus but sometimes the subject is not so obvious, or you may want to change the focus point. To adjust where you want your phone camera to focus, simply tap on the subject and a square icon will appear. This will shift your focus and sharpen your subject.


Rather than taking the same type of shot over and over again, try changing the perspective (go higher up or lower down). Another tip when photographing building or landmarks is to use the panoramic mode vertically (going up or down). This lets you take a series of photos and stitch them together into one wide or tall image.


Nobody likes blurry images, well unless you are creating a purpose blur! To minimise camera shake use both hands or lean on a surface, wall or even a friend’s shoulder to create stability. For low light conditions, time lapse and long exposure, purchasing a small tripod can be more helpful.


Taking a good photo on your mobile phone is just the first step and with a few tweaks you can turn your good photos into great photos! Most mobile phones now come with editing features such as exposure, contrast, white balance, crop, sharpness, and magic wand. If you want to further edit your images, there are editing apps such as Snapseed, Adobe Photoshop Express and Instagram offer further features as well as one tap filters. Try converting your image to black and white to create a certain mood!

I hope by following these top tips you will see a difference and start taking better photos on your mobile phone. Practising and experimenting is the best way to learn, so have a play on your phone and see what works for you but most importantly have fun!!

If you want to further develop and compose photos creatively then why not sign up to my adult mobile phone workshop. I will be running them at my home studio in North London, N20 from January 2024. Contact me for further details.


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