Natural School Photos

Saturday 25th November 2023

Hi and welcome to Caroline Jenkins Photography. I am Caroline Jenkins and I am outdoor photographer in Chandlers Ford. I started offering natural school photos in 2020 when I was approached by a Mum who asked if there was any way I could take some photos of her daughter after school one day, seeing as the school photographer wasn’t allowed in due to Covid!

It has taken off since then, whether it’s because the proper school photos aren’t great or because parents want sibling photos (which still aren’t available at Knightwood for some reason)!

Because I am outdoor-based, I have always taken the photos in a local field or woods near school and tend to do a few posed ones and a few more active ones, whether that’s sitting in a tree or jumping off a hay bale! This has worked so well for so many families who just want some lovely natural pictures of their children where the smiles extend to their eyes!

siblings playi9ng in a tree during natural school photos

How Will They Work?

You will be able to book a 15 minute slot per family, although if you think we may need more than 10 minutes please shout!

It might be worth arriving 5 minutes before your alloted time so that we can hit the ground running. I am anticipating my shoots being booked out so I will not be able to delay your slot if you are running late i’m afraid.

I will take several ‘sensible’ ones of individual children, some of siblings together and then any fun ones if we have time. Please note – there will not be time for parents or grandparents as well as this is just for children!

Normally I provide chocolate buttons or jelly snakes for bribery / encouragement purposes so please let me know of this is not suitable for your child(ren). I will also ask for consent to use your child’s image for future marketing and portfolio purposes. It’s absolutely fine to say no of course, but if you agree, please allow time to sign my consent form!

7-10 days after the shoot I will deliver your gallery and you will be able to choose your favourite 3 image to download in high resolution. There will be the oppportunity to buy the complete gallery if you are struggling to choose!

natural school photos


Forest Holidays Blackwood Forest
Larkwhistle Farm Road
SO21 3BG

First car park on your right.

sisters hug during natural school photos

What Should My Children Wear?

Clothing is completely up to you! If you want to replace the traditional school photos with these and capture the children through their school years, then you will probably want them to wear their uniform. If, however, you just want to capture the children as themselves then any of their favourite clothes would also be good. I will not be advising colours or styles as I would do with my family shoots, as this is such a short and focussed shoot! I would just dress them in whatever makes them happy and what they’re into at that time (if it were my son for example, it would be his favourite football kit at that time!)

Obviously I appreciate that in ONovember it may be cold, so I advise wrapping the kid(s) up in layers and then we’ll try and shoot without bulky coats. If you know they’ll get too cold though, then I would definitely advise lovely knitwear – scarves and jumpers rather than bulky coats. It’s absolutely not a problem if they do wear coats, of course – it just can be difficult to see faces sometimes when they’re so wrapped up!































See my Natural School Photos Portfolio



I really hope that is all helpful and you understand how my natural school photos will run. If you do have any questions though, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if it rains?

I try and push through as much as possible so if light rain is forecast then we will just have to embrace it and play around using umbrellas. If heavy rain is forecast then I will contact you the day before and we will reschedule to another day.

What happens if one of us becomes poorly before the shoot?

Don’t worry, I get it! There are so many germs flying around at this time of year that inevitably someone is always snotty at the very least! We will try and reschedule if at all possible.

I want to share the images with friends and family - how can I do that?

The online gallery is set up so you can not only share with other people, but they can download their favourite images too!