Thoughts and ramblings of a yorkshire wedding and family photographer

The Importance of Family Photoshoots

June 25, 2024

As a mum of three young children myself, I know how important it is to capture those fleeting moments of childhood. Even more so now in the fast-paced world we live in, where time seems to slip away effortlessly, capturing precious moments has become more important than ever.

Family photoshoots have evolved beyond studio setups, with an increasing number of families opting for the natural beauty and spontaneity offered by outdoor settings. Here’s why I absolutely love outdoor photoshoots for families: 

Natural Backdrops Enhance Aesthetic Appeal: 

One of the most compelling reasons to choose an outdoor family photoshoot is the breathtaking beauty of nature. Whether it’s a serene park, a sandy beach, or a rustic countryside, the natural backdrop adds a timeless and picturesque quality to your family portraits. The changing seasons and elements contribute to a dynamic and visually stunning album that captures the essence of your family in different environments. Harrogate has a wealth of beautiful locations for photoshoots making it easy to get your beautiful memories. 

Authenticity and Candid Moments: 

Outdoor settings provide the perfect canvas for capturing candid moments and genuine emotions. The relaxed atmosphere allows family members to express their true personalities, resulting in authentic and heartwarming photographs. The laughter, playfulness, and shared experiences under the open sky create a narrative that goes beyond posed pictures, telling the unique story of your family bond. My style means you will get a gorgeous selection of both candid and posed moments, with my wealth of experience in photographing families making it easy and enjoyable. 

Unlimited Creativity and Versatility: 

Outdoor photoshoots offer a wide array of creative possibilities. I can play with natural light, experiment with angles, and utilise the surrounding environment to craft visually striking compositions. Whether it’s capturing a family picnic, exploring a forest trail, playing in the park or enjoying a sunset, the possibilities are endless, allowing for a personalised and versatile collection of images. 

Physical Activity and Engagement: 

Being outdoors encourages movement and physical activity, making the photoshoot an interactive experience for the entire family. Whether it’s playing games, strolling along a path, or simply enjoying nature together, these activities not only create memorable moments but also showcase the genuine connections and dynamics within the family. 

Timeless Memories for Generations: 

Outdoor family photoshoots result in timeless images that transcend generations. The natural settings and candid moments captured during the session become cherished memories that can be passed down from one generation to the next. These photographs serve as a visual legacy, allowing future family members to connect with their roots and appreciate the shared history captured in each frame. I have lots of experience photographing generational family groups, so you can get the whole family involved for some treasured memories. 

Stress-Free and Relaxed Atmosphere: 

Outdoor environments often provide a more relaxed and stress-free atmosphere compared to studio settings. Children, in particular, tend to be more at ease when surrounded by nature, resulting in natural smiles and expressions. This relaxed environment contributes to a more enjoyable experience for the entire family, fostering genuine connections and allowing me to capture the true spirit of your family. 

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, investing in an outdoor family photoshoot is not just a way to capture beautiful images but a means of creating lasting memories and strengthening family bonds. The combination of natural backdrops, authenticity, creative possibilities, and the timeless nature of outdoor photography makes it a worthwhile experience that your family will cherish for years to come. So, step outside, embrace the beauty of nature, and let my lens capture the unique story that is your family. 

As a well established Harrogate photographer, I offer family photoshoots all year round. Visit my services page for more information on my packages


Sarah is a fantastic wedding photographer. From start to finish, she was utterly superb. In the run up, she was helpful and replied really quickly to queries. On the day, she made everyone feel relaxed and at times you hardly knew she was there. We are delighted with our final photos. We highly recommend Sarah Warne for an outstanding wedding photography experience.

Helen carter edwards

Sarah is amazing, really lovely person and an excellent photographer !! She made our wedding day so special, nothing was too much trouble and she was so flexible to what we needed on the day. I wouldn’t go to anyone else now for photographs, she puts you at ease and is so gifted in knowing how to capture the perfect shot. Thank you so much

rachel orr

Sarah is a wonderful photographer. Not only are the photos we recieved beautiful and more than we could’ve imagined, she is a lovely person! She got married at our venue herself years ago so she knew all the best spots which helped when we didn’t know where we wanted them, she was organised with a list of groups we wanted and was fantastic at directing all of our guests and both me and my husband! We chose to have a second photographer in our package (Ginny) so that we had photos of my husband getting ready and other photos through the day from different angles, and I’m so glad we decided to do that! Ginny was awesome, and throughout the ceremony etc you wouldn’t even know they where there, they fit in as if they where guests and made conversations with everyone and made us all laugh! They both made us feel at ease, Sarah even helped my mum with the buttons on my dress in the morning as there was so many! I cannot thank them both enough, and we will definitely be using Sarah again for family photos and I have already recommended her to a few people! Thank you for capturing our day so beautifully, and for the quick turn around with getting the photos back (5weeks!!) ❤️

Katie Walker

Sarah is a wonderful family photographer. She always gets the best out of our two young boys and we always get such beautiful photos! Much appreciated Sarah ☺️

Stephanie cook

We had the best shoot with Sarah. We’ve never had a family shoot and were really nervous but Sarah put us at ease straight away. With 2 energetic boys I wouldn’t have blamed her to feel overwhelmed but she was so calm and in control. She kept things fun and my 5 year old was sad when it ended as he was enjoying it so much.

We were so happy with our gallery that I ended up buying them all.

We have now asked Sarah to photograph our Wedding and I need to get an Autumn shoot booked in! Thank you Sarah!

Emma Gough

I cannot recommend Sarah enough. She arrived ahead of time on our wedding day and was very prepared. She commanded the attention of our guests and easily assembled everyone for the group shots, showing great patience! Sarah came up with lots of different ideas for creative photographs yet was open to suggestions from us. At many points in the day, Sarah seamlessly integrated into the wedding party, snapping from a distance without disturbing the proceedings. We are blown away by the photos we have received from Sarah so far. Book today!