fbpx Skip to content

Preparing for your Family photoshoot

We hope you will enjoy your family photography session at the Memory Gate Studio. As your family grows so does your children’s character. We easily forget how quickly this happens and how fast time passes when we’re busy getting on with our lives. Photography is all about capturing a moment in time that will never be repeated. It’s more than just a snapshot on our phone. Photographs of our family should be a momento we keep long after they’ve grown up and had children of their own.
Our job as photographers is not only to give you a great experience but to give you something you can actually treasure forever.
Who to bring with you
That entirely depends on who you’d like to have pictures of! Our studio can comfortably accommodate at least 10 adults and we’ll more than happily photograph the family pets too.
Please be aware that we do not have disabled access to our studio which is located on the first floor of the building.
A few extra suggestions to help you get the most out of your session:
Be prepared for Mum and/or Dad to take part in some of the shots….after all…when was the last time you had an amazing family portrait taken all together?
Talk about any particular ideas or images you would like us to capture and we will accommodate these wherever possible in order to make your session personal to you.
Think about any personal items, eg. a favourite toy that you would like to include.
Kids love to dress up so feel free to bring along any princess outfits or football kits!
Bring the family pet…and treats!

Arriving at the Studio

Please try and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time so that we do not overrun and have enough time to get the best pictures we can. It’ll also give you plenty of time to relax and feel comfortable before the fun starts! When you arrive at the studio you’ll be able to see samples of some of our work and amazing wall art in The Photo Cafe. This is also the chance for us to discuss what type of pictures you’d like us to create. Arrive early enough and they’ll certainly be time for a delicious hot chocolate or flat white before your session.

Your family photoshoot

We allow an hour for each family photoshoot so there’s plenty of time for varies poses and looks during the shoot. In terms of clothing, it is best to bring a change of outfit for yourselves. We have a variety of backgrounds from simple white to bright and colourful.

After your family shoot

At the end of your photo session we will arrange a convenient time for you to return for your personal viewing appointment where you will then get to view your edited photos. Any additional family members are always welcome too.


I’m afraid not. Photography and videography is not permitted in the studio.
  • Food for baby
  • Spare nappies (more than you think you need).
  • Change of clothes for you and baby
  • A dummy (if you use one)
  • Any personal items for the shoot such as blankets or toys.
Typically the newborn shoot lasts an hour or two. During the week do allow plenty of time in between shoots so there’s no worry about overrunning.
It is highly likely that baby will need a top up feed during the shoot. Sometimes this is just a comfort thing and quite normal.
That entirely depends on who you’d like to have pictures of! Be aware that the session can last a couple of hours so if you’re bringing siblings then it’s probably a good idea to bring something along to amuse them. The Photo Cafe does have a small child friendly area you are free to use. We do like to have both parents at the photo sessions as it is always nice to have some family pictures during the shoot. Our studio can comfortably accommodate at least 10 adults and we’ll more than happily photograph the family pets too.

Christmas Mini Sessions

3rd of December