Natural School Photos – the realistic and natural perspective

Wednesday 27th October and Thursday 28th October

Last year, because of the pandemic and the limited number of people allowed into school, I ran my outdoor and natural school photos in the woods off the car park in Glendown Road. Due to the popularity of these, I have started to receive requests for me to run them again this year, because so many parents loved the more natural look of their children’s school photographs!

Because of this, I am proposing to run some more quick outdoor alternative school photos in the woods. These are by no means affiliated with school, and for many people, they will not replace the more traditional school photos. I like to think of these as the more realistic and natural school photos that represent our children, whether that be beautiful smiles in the Autumn light, or covered in paint and pen after a hard days learning at school. It’s really just so we can keep a lovely record of our kids as they grow up.

autumn mini shoots in winchester
girl poses in school uniform during natural school photos

How will it work?

You will book a 10 minute slot per child (you may prefer to book 2 consecutive slots for families with more than 1 child to allow more time to enjoy and generate more photos). We will meet in the woods and have a fun shoot where I will do my best to get the most from your child – they may be on crates, logs, climb a tree, throw leaves or run around – whatever reflects them and gets the best results!

I will shoot a range of portrait and landscape images of them on their own and with siblings (you’re very welcome to jump in too if you want photos with them)!

If you want them to be smarter than their normal post-school self, you are of course welcome to bring clean school uniform to change them into. Likewise, if you want to take advantage of your time slot your child(ren) can have an outfit change and you can have some in plain clothes too just to mix things up!

When will these shoots take place?

I will be running the shoots the week before October half term, so Monday 18th – Thursday 21st October (Friday is an INSET day). The booking system will run in 10 minute intervals between 3.10pm until 5pm. Based on last year’s experience with light levels, anything later just doesn’t work!

Where will the shoots be?

I will be based in the same woods as I was last year. If you head to the car park off Glendowan Road, there is an entrance to the woods on the right hand side. I will be waiting in there.

natural school photos in Chandlers Ford
natural school photos

How much will it cost?

It will be £15 per child, with each sibling being an additional £5 each  For this, you will receive a link to a private gallery, from which you will be able to download 3 images (all images will be available to download in either colour or black and white). The entire album can be purchased for an additional £15, which you can decide on once you have viewed all the images.

Other products will be available if you are interested including different sized prints, presentation boxes and mounted prints. Please feel free to check out my products page but do shout if there is something specific that you are interested in but can’t see.


I am always looking for images that I can use for advertising and marketing purpose, both on social media and on my website. If you would be happy to give consent for me to use your images, please could you arrive a couple of minutes before your allocated time, to fill in a consent form.

What happens afterwards?

I will endeavour to get the images back to you within a 2 week period. You will receive a private gallery link (and PIN) to your gallery of images, all of which will all be uploaded in high resolution. Your gallery will be set to a download limit of 2 images, so you will be able to download immediately. If you would like to buy the entire album then just let me know and I will enable that.

natural school photos in woods


The beauty of being an outdoor photographer using natural light, is that I have very few resources that need to be in contact with anybody else. I shoot with a long lens so always stay far away. I will be using logs and trees to pose the children, or my wooden crates if need be, although you are of course welcome to request that the children remain standing.

If you are happy to consent to me using your images, there will be two envelopes available- one with blank consent forms and one with completed consent forms for you to add to, although you are welcome to take a form away and return to me another time if you wish. I will leave anti bac wipes and hand gel out to wipe down any pens.


Now, all being well, the weather will be on our side and provide warm breezes and soft Autumnal light. If it drizzles, I will go ahead with the shoots (great opportunity for umbrella twirling and jumping-up-and-down-in-muddy-puddles photos). If the weather looks to be too miserable to proceed however, I will postpone to an alternative date!


It’s that time of year when we all get colds, let alone with COVID on the warpath, so I totally understand that sometimes we just can’t make things. But please could you give me as much notice as possible so I don’t waste my time, especially if somebody else could fill that space.