Outdoor Portraits

I’m Alison McKenny, a Professional Photographer since 2011 and trained specialist in Women’s Beauty Shoots, Fine Art and Lifestyle Portrait Photography for people and pets. I am based in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk and based on our Family Farm so we have lots of beautiful, outdoor locations available.

However, some of my clients prefer to choose locations that are special to them so I am available for shoots in Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

As I have my own dedicated home studio, indoor sessions are possible if that is your preference. Please click here if a Studio Session is more your cup of tea!

There are many options available when booking Alison McKenny Photography for your outdoor Portrait session, and the choice is yours depending on your personal preferences.   To start, I would recommend viewing the galleries above to get a feel for the different options on offer, and then contact me to have a chat about what you would like to get from your session.

The outdoor choices include:

Family Portrait Photoshoot,

Natural or Fine Art Individuals Portraits,

Portraits with Pets.

Family Portrait Photoshoot

Outdoor Family Shoots are how I started in Photography and probably what I am best known for. They are happy, smiley, colourful images that are full of fun and action.  I will put you in a nice spot with lovely light, give you something to do so you aren’t necessarily thinking about the camera and then photograph you all interacting with each other.

These shoots suit those who just want to have some fun with their family and have a preference for natural-looking photographs.

Here is the slideshow from one of my favourite outdoor Portrait Family Shoots last year.  I have photographed this lovely family since their eldest was a newborn and the Mum Danielle is our Hair and Makeup Artist from Butterflies Hair Design.

Natural or Fine Art Individuals Portraits

This is my most recently developed style and you will see it scattered amongst most of my galleries. Having trained with world-renowned photographers Sue Bryce and Elena Shumilova, I have been inspired to capture children, teenagers and adults in a creative and timeless way.

These images are not the usual smiley portraits that you see in lifestyle or standard studio sessions (although I will always include a few smiles of course) but are beautifully lit with a soft light achieved by shooting either earlier in the morning or later in the day when the sun is dropping or even better during golden hour just before sunset.

These images have soft tones and emotive expressions that make you wonder what the person in the photo is thinking about at that moment.  I love doing these shoots as they allow me to be creative and it takes the pressure off my clients to ‘smile for the camera’ all the time.  These sessions can be focused around one or two people or include the whole family if you like.

If you would like your hair and makeup done for the session, this can be added on to your session fee (prices vary depending on numbers).  See the video below to get an idea of what to expect from this type of session that includes some studio portraits followed by some portraits taken outside on our farm.

Portraits with Pets

So many of my clients ask if they can bring their family pets along to the shoot as they are very much a part of the family.  I love animals especially dogs, cats and horses, and actually did a degree in Equine Studies when I was younger so am very confident in working with and photographing horses.  Pets can join in on a Family Lifestyle session and if you like that more natural, unposed look and we can even try for some action shots of your pet chasing a ball or doing tricks if they enjoy that.   We can take some individual photos of your pet as well as with family members, as they often have a special bond with certain members of the family.

Or we can photograph you with your pets in more of a Fine Art style, which is a more classic, styled type of image, and there are some examples of these in the gallery.  I have even done a shoot with a sheep!  These are the images that have a very neutral tone to them rather than bright and colourful as you see in the more lifestyle images, and I usually try to capture some calm interaction between pet and owner.   If you would like to discuss this more, feel free to contact me.

Whichever option you go for, we can talk through your hopes and aspirations for the shoot beforehand so I know exactly the sort of images you desire, and we can go from there.

I look forward to hearing from you and creating some beautiful images for you to treasure always!

Contact me via my contact form or call me on 07966 468944