The Family Shoot

The Family Shoot and what to expect!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to have a family photo shoot with me? 

"What do you wear? What will I shoot? Where will we shoot? What if the kids throw a wobbler! Will you have to tidy up? Will I make you look thinner? Will you have to pose? Will it be fun? etc etc..

You have absolutely nothing to worry about!  I'm about as friendly as they come and my aim is to give you the best experience possible. I'll leave you at the end of your shoot all happy-exhausted, probably wondering if a shoot even took place!  We're just going to hang out and that's all there is to it. You will of course have so many pictures to remember it by and they will be beautifully authentic, honest and real!

"What do I wear?"

Absolutely anything you want (but please (grown-ups) let there be clothes!)

I'm here to document your life as it is right now and if that means you want to wear your pyjamas then wear them!  If the little people want to be superheroes or ballerinas - please let them! I'm a huge fan of letting the kids dress themselves. With me there are no rules! There's no need to colour match your outfits, nor do you have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Nobody has to wear matching white tops. I am going to document a bit of (or all of) an ordinary day in your life - so be comfortable but most of all be you.

What will you photograph?

Everything! And I mean everything - unless of course you don't want me to (then just tell me!) I'll take pictures of moments (lots of them!). Details too - I love details! I'll get in really close and sometimes I'll shoot from afar. I'll be like a cat in the room and sometimes I'll play games with the kids! I'll document the laughs, the tears, the arguments the tantrums and the everything in betweens!  


The whole time I'm shooting your session I'm constantly looking out for moments. These can be anything from a hug, a kiss, a touch of hands, a laugh a knowing look anything small or big that makes an interesting picture and tells a story!

In this picture, I love the connection Sienna has with the viewer. 


"Why do you capture the details? They're so... insignificant!  The details (however unimportant they seem right now) are woven around the moments to make up the story of your day.  Little hands and feet soon won't be so little, the endless cups of coffee you never got round to finishing will soon be a memory. When you display your pictures the detail shots complete your story. Maybe right now they seem insignificant, but one day (and trust me on this) - they'll mean a lot more!


I'm always looking to make good creative compositions. I love lines in a picture and I love reflections too! You might sometimes catch me pointing the wrong way and think 'should I tell her we're over here?!' but I'm probably shooting through a mirror! I like compositions that break the rules too and I love shooting through stuff - anything really but prisms are a favourite.


If your home is bright and airy, try and turn off the lights for your shoot and let the natural light come in.  If it's dark, artificial light doesn't bother me but if theres a heavy mix of tungsten and daylight I might convert the image to black & white. Whatever the light though, I love being creative with it and making the most of it to produce a varied selection of images.


I'm constantly changing my perspective when shooting families.  A good tip when photographing your own children is to get down low. There's much more of a connection when you're at the childrens eye level! I like to mix it up too by offering different perspectives  - high, low, wide, close.  Anything to keep it varied!





Have you ever wondered what we get up to on one of my mini sessions!?  Here are the gorgeous Garvey family who I had the pleasure of meeting (finally!) last weekend!   I love the forest. It's literally on my doorstep and I spend many hours stomping round Delamere with the family or letting our spaniel burn off some steam.  It's always fabulous to work there too - not that it ever feels  like work!

Thanks Nicola, James and Annabelle for booking a Mini Session with me - I'm so glad you love your photos! 

To book a mini session with me, please click here

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Christmas Mini Sessions

Well this blog post is ridiculously overdue!! Sorry about that - life's been pretty busy lately! But cast your mind back to last November - I spent the day at Marbury Park in Cheshire for some photography sessions with some amazing families! It was freezing cold but we definitely lucked out with the fog on the Sunday - it made the photography so beautifully atmospheric!

I'm a documentary photographer by heart so the sessions largely take your lead, but we also make time for some great (non-posey) group photos too!  Mini Sessions are a great way to dip your toe in to the world of lifestyle photography and gift vouchers are also available.

I'm about to have another jam-packed-full day of mini sessions tomorrow & I can't wait! If you're looking to book onto a mini session with me, please email me at hello@louisejacob.co.uk

Cheshire Family Photography - Documentary Photography and Lifestyle Photography throughout Cheshire and the UK.

Mini Sessions at Marbury Park

Mini Sessions at Marbury Park

Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Mini Sessions are so much fun and hugely different to studio photography

Mini Sessions are so much fun and hugely different to studio photography

Cheshire Family Photography
The fog made the pictures look so different

The fog made the pictures look so different

Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography
Cheshire Family Photography

For more info email hello@louisejacob.co.uk 


Mini Sessions

My Autumn Mini Sessions were in full swing this weekend at Marbury Park and I had A LOT of fun catching up with some of my favourite people and meeting some lovely new families too!

Here's a little taster of what we got up to..

Full galleries will be ready to view in 2 weeks :)

Cheshire Family Photography - Sam and her boys


When Sam contacted me a few weeks back and asked me to come and document her morning with her boys as a present for her husband, I literally jumped at the chance. 1. She lives right around the corner in Cuddington and 2. I absolutely love how this type of photography is evolving and more and more families are wanting to get involved and realise the importance of authentic documentary portraits.  

What a joy it was too to catch a glimpse into their world.  These genuine moments will one day be a precious reminder of how life was with 2 young boys because we all know how fast the littles grow and all too soon Sam's daily life will look very different.  Sam and her family now have some wonderful documentary portraits to keep forever.

Forget saying cheese and explore the exciting world of Family Photojournalism!

For more information and to book a Family Documentary Session with Louise, please send a message below.

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Cheshire Family Photography - Nat, Kieran and Matilda

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing an in home family photography session with this lovely family.  I love documentary sessions at home because you are your most relaxed when you're in familiar surroundings.  Yesterday was no exception and we had such a lovely time just hanging out doing normal everyday stuff.  The sun was even kind to us and we got to venture out into the garden for a bit too :) 

Do you know anyone who would like a family documentary session? Completely fly-on-the-wall and I tell your story through observation, freezing an otherwise ordinary day in pictures for you to treasure!

These sessions make great gifts too and I do gift vouchers so contact me if you'd like to find out more - I'd love to hear from you.

In the meantime, rest your eyes on these....



Cheshire Family Photography - Faye, Chris and Cohen

Have a look at this little Mini Session I did on Friday for Faye, Chris and 10 month old baby Cohen.  Such a fun morning and a little snippet into their daily life.

If you like the idea of Family Photojournalism/Documentary Photography/Reportage Photography (they all mean the same thing) in your home then embrace the chaos and the mundane of everyday life and let me document it in pictures.  I love how these little ordinary moments will now be treasured forever.

For more information on booking a Mini Session with Louise Jacob Photography, please contact me here

Cheshire Family Photography - The Vujovics

Back in December (gosh that seems like such a long time ago) Sonja contacted me to buy a gift voucher for her husband, for a 2-hour Family Documentary Session. Fast forward to April 3rd of this year, I was welcomed into their gorgeous home to document their life right now with their gorgeous little boy who's just 7 months old. It was such a fun morning filled with giggles and smiles... I'll be back with them next weekend for Part II and I can't wait!

Oh, and would you just look at that amazing bookcase! Seriously! I have big bookcase envy!


Cheshire Family Photography - The Beauty of Motherhood

I was contacted by the very lovely Helen a while back, who asked me to to document the 'crazy' that is her 'right now' at home with her four children in a Motherhood Mini Session. I absolutely jumped at the chance (naturally) and I was so excited to meet them and give them some wonderful pictures for Helen to adore now and the little ones to cherish in the future. 

So often we neglect the everyday.  So many moments are rarely noticed but when captured in a picture they are frozen forever.  Perhaps otherwise forgotten (this makes me sad!).

I love how 'Bear' has lost all his stuffing. I used to have 'Monkey' when I was little who was armless, legless and nearly headless :( but I don't have a picture of him to look back on - I so wish I did!

If you like the idea of a family documentary session without the pressure of being something that you're not, then please send me a message I would love to hear from you!

And thank you Helen, from the bottom of my heart for inviting me into your home. It was an honour to spend time with you!

Lou x