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Mini family photo shoots in Somerset

Each year, I offer a limited number of mini family photo shoots. These are shorter family photo sessions that take place on selected dates, at locations that I choose. The sessions are fun and relaxed, and last for around 25 minutes.




  • 25-minute location photo shoot 

  • Advice on styling and preparation for your shoot

  • 3 high-resolution digital images, selected from a proofing gallery of 15-20 photos

  • Printing rights for personal use

  • Matching professional photographic prints, up to 12x8" in size

  • A guide to printing and archiving your portraits, along with reference prints of your chosen images

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Upgrade options

Once you have seen your photos, you will have the opportunity to upgrade your mini shoot package. To keep things simple, I offer two options:

Full gallery upgrade

  • All of the portraits in your proofing gallery (15-20 images) as high-resolution digital files

  • Five matching professional photographic prints, up to 12x8" in size

  • A guide to printing and archiving your images, and reference prints of all images purchased 

Gallery and wall art upgrade

  • All of the portraits in your proofing gallery (15-20 images) as high-resolution digital files

  • Five matching professional photographic prints, up to 12x8" in size

  • A guide to printing and archiving your images, and reference prints of all images purchased 

  • A handcrafted 24"x24" multi-aperture frame featuring your favourite portraits 

  • Your choice of image layout and frame

  • Frame design service, and advice on image choice

  • Mock-up of your frame in your chosen room

Is a family mini shoot right for me?

Mini shoots are suitable:

  • For smaller families (with up to two children - or up to three children, if all are over the age of three)​

  • For children who are comfortable in front of the camera

  • If you would like a small number of images to update your walls, or to gift to family and friends​

  • If you are flexible on date and location

If you have a larger or extended family, a child who's shy in front of the camera, or would like more images to choose from, consider booking a bespoke family shoot. This session will take place at a location of your choice, on a date that suits you, and be tailored to your family. 


"We were lucky enough to take advantage of one of the first family mini shoots and the whole experience was brilliant. Sarah put my two girls (2 & 5) at ease straight away and had lots of tricks to get fab natural photos that you just wouldn’t get yourself. 25 mins is the perfect amount of time to keep little ones interested and we were completely delighted with the images which we will treasure forever. Brilliant value for money!"

– Rebecca

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Gift vouchers

Treat a friend or loved one to a gift voucher for a family mini shoot.

Gift voucher holders will be the first to be notified of mini shoot releases, and offered first refusal on dates and time slots. 

Book a family mini shoot

When I release a mini shoot date, I publish it here. If there are no dates displayed, please complete the form below to join my VIP list. I will notify you of mini shoot dates before their general release, and let you know if I receive cancellations.

Now booking

The Monks Yard Sessions

Wednesday 12 April 2023

At The Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY

Join the priority mailing list

If you'd like to be notified of future mini shoots before their general release, please complete the form below to join my priority mailing list. 

  • When’s the best time for a newborn shoot?
    If it’s sleepy, snuggly newborn photos that you’d like, the best time to capture these is between 7 and 14 days old. This is also the best age to photograph the tiny details, like eyelashes, lips and toes. But, given my approach to newborn photography, I place no limit on the baby’s age.
  • When should I book my newborn shoot?
    I only schedule a maximum of two due dates per week, to ensure that I can accommodate babies around their actual delivery dates. So, I’d recommend booking your shoot after your 20-week scan. This also allows time for us to meet in advance, and for me to familiarise myself with your home.
  • How should I prepare for my shoot?
    A couple of weeks before your shoot, I’ll send you a digital guide on how to get ready for it. This will include advice on outfits, preparing your home, and readying your baby for the session.
  • Why will my newborn shoot take place in my home?
    The benefits of an at-home newborn shoot are numerous. From a practical perspective, it saves you the challenge of leaving the house. You can also ensure that your house is warm enough for any unclothed shots that you may like of your baby. Then there’s the advantage of having toys at hand for young siblings, and snacks and refreshments for anyone who wants them. And, if your baby needs changing or feeding, everything you need will be right there. At-home shoots are also much more relaxed, which helps me to capture more natural shots of your family’s interactions.
  • Do I need to tidy my house for the shoot?
    I’ll usually only use one or two rooms (often the master bedroom and living room), so you certainly won’t need to clean the house from top to bottom. Where possible, I’ll carry out a pre-shoot consultation at your house. Among other things, this will give me a chance to get a feel for the layout of your house, and where the light falls. That way, you should know in advance which rooms I’m likely to use on the day.
  • How long will my shoot take?
    Usually, newborn shoots take around two hours. This allows time to feed and settle your baby, change their outfit as required, and drink as many cups of tea as you’d like! It’s important to me that your shoot feels relaxed and unrushed. That’s why we’ll be led by your baby, without clock-watching.
  • What time of day will my shoot take place?
    In my experience, mid-morning is the ideal time to carry out a newborn shoot. Babies are often most settled at this time of day, and it allows time for everyone to have breakfast beforehand. Usually, we’ll finish in time for lunch, and you can have the rest of the day to yourselves. If, when your baby arrives, it would suit you to have the shoot at a different time of day, that’s no problem. Yours will be the only session of the day, so we can move it around as necessary - subject to the availability of natural light.
  • Which areas do you cover?
    My photo shoots usually take place in Somerset, Devon and West Dorset. I’m happy to travel further, though – I simply charge mileage at 45p a mile for shoots beyond a 30-mile radius of Ilminster.
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