Photographing another family photographer near Whetstone, London

Apr 25, 2017 | Blog

Photographing another family photographer was a terrific experience!

Through a mutual friend I met another family photographer Felcity Lass (who, as it turns out lives on my road), thankfully we hit it off! We shared similar experiences, gave each other advice, went to trade shows but most importantly both admire each other’s work. So much that we even recommend clients to one another.

A few months ago she asked me to photograph her family, which I was absolutely thrilled about! We photographers, tend to take lots of photos of our children capturing special moments but we are always behind the camera and never in the pictures.

Both of us have such busy schedules but we finally agreed on a date, time and place to meet – near Whetstone, Friary Park, London.

On the morning of the shoot, the weather was extremely cold and foggy and at one point we debated about rescheduling. However, I decided to go ahead and tackle the challenging weather and I’m so glad they were willing to give it a go as well.

The thought of photographing another family photographer was nerve wrecking but I’m happy to say it was awesome.

Her boys (and hubby) were playful, lovable and simply gorgeous to photograph. She was absolutely wonderful taking on my direction, and being totally natural with her boys, she even let them rub their muddy hands all over her jeans. Felicity really appreciated being in the pictures with her boys.

Here are some of the beautiful images from her family session and I’m so proud of how natural and warm they turned out, despite it being a cold and foggy day.

Felicity thanked me for a lovely session and said her boys had lots of fun even in the cold!

She absolutely loved her gallery and here are some of her favourite images beautifully displayed in her house.

If you want me to capture your family photos looking natural and warm then I would love to hear from you.

Get in touch by either dropping me a line or send me a message.

 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.

1 Comment

  1. eric

    That must have been nerve breaking to shoot another photographer. I would love someone to take a photoshoot of my family. I need to find someone in my street! 😉


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