SUFFOLK FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
I’m Alison McKenny, a Professional Portrait Photographer since 2011 and trained specialist in Family Photography. I am based in a village called Stoke By Clare, which is in Suffolk but right on the Cambridge and Essex borders so we are easily accessed from those area’s too. I am lucky enough to live on our Family Farm and we have lots of beautiful, outdoor locations available for photo shoots including our very own wild flower fields.
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.
I do lots of outdoor portrait photoshoots but I also have my own dedicated home studio, so indoor sessions are also possible if that is your preference.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and there is lots more info below including prices and the answers to many of my clients frequently asked questions.
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"Alison is so patient, wonderful with children and has the most beautiful setting for photoshoots."
“We have used Alison McKenny photography for a number of occasions now and have always been so pleased with the photos we have received. We will be back to see her!”
– Holly & Craig
"If you are thinking of having a family shoot, go ahead and do it."
To book any of the photoshoots below, a session fee is charged up front. This is not included in the collection price and it does not include any digital or printed images but secures your date and time.
At the session, we will make an appointment for your viewing and ordering session which we can do in person or via Skype.
1 – 2 Hour Session
viewing & ordering session
gallery of 10 – 15 (Mini Sessions) or 20 – 25 images (Full Session) to view before choosing your collection below
midweek or weekend dates available
20 High-Resolution Digital Images
20 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£100 credit towards wall art 0r album
£100 credit towards Folio Box
SEALED WITH A KISS
2-hour Photoshoot at my studio
midweek or weekend dates available
15 High-Resolution Digital Images
15 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£100 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art
midweek or weekend dates available
10 High-Resolution Digital Images
10 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£50 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art
Available midweek only and includes:
1-hour Photoshoot at my studio or outside on our farm.
Viewing and ordering with a gallery of 10 to 15 images to choose your favourite
4 High-Resolution Digital Images and
4 Matching mounted 8×6″ prints.
PRINTS, PRODUCTS AND ADDITIONAL DIGITAL IMAGES
In addition to my Collections, you are also welcome to choose products from my A La Carte Collection:
Additional Digitals plus matching mounted 8×6″ print – £70
Luxury Picture Folio Box (14×11″) perfect for displaying and storing your mounted prints – £425
Album (8×8″) – £400
Framed prints from £395 (20×16″)
Acrylic Wall Art from £395 (20×16″)
Archival Canvases from £325 (20×16″)
"We love that she has captured such special times for us so beautifully."
“Ali has taken photos for us on a few occasions now, including maternity, newborn, and more recently a Family Shoot. Ali makes the photoshoots so fun and relaxed and I always love every picture! The framed prints that we have bought have been of amazing quality and look brilliant about the house marking those special moments. We will definitely be booking her again in the future.”
"The pictures are absolutely stunning"
“On a scale of 1-10, I would give Alison a 12! She is responsive to emails, a consummate professional when it came to giving clear instructions to prepare for the photoshoot so that we got the very best out of it and most importantly, she had a robust written, safe and effective COVID safe set up for the pictures, so we felt very well prepared and safe. The pictures are absolutely stunning of our family and in particular our baby, we ended up getting all of them as they were so good and I’ve received so many compliments from friends and work colleagues who have seen them. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!”
YOUR FAMILY SHOOT
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.
I take individual portraits of your children, then sibling photos, photos of Mum and Dad together (as they often haven’t had a nice portrait taken of them together in forever!) and any other combination you can think of.
These shoots suit those who just want to have some fun with their family and have a preference for natural-looking photographs.
If you would like to bring along a family pet, including horses, you are more than welcome as I love animals and love photographing their bond with my clients and their families.
Most of these sessions are based outside on our family farm, but I’m happy to go to a location of your choice if there is somewhere special you all like to go. Or if you would prefer some photos in the studio, we can do that too. These photo shoots are specifically tailored to you and your family.
The shoots are 1 to 2 hours long and we can take breaks throughout if you feel like your kids need a moment, or a snack or a few minutes to run off some energy! It’s all very relaxed and fun and an opportunity to have some quality family time together.
My clients love them and often come back year after year to update their images as their children grow.
What should we wear for our shoot?
Most of my clients ask this question and I always say the same thing. Choose something that you are comfortable in and feel good in first of all. My preference is when clients choose something in block colours rather than those with large prints or logos as they distract the eye from your lovely faces. If you are a real print person, than wear your favourite print and get the rest of the family to wear colours that compliment your print, as that way you still have a cohesive look to your images. And if you are having an outdoor shoot, I’d recommend avoiding black as it really drains the colour from the image. I actually wrote a blog post with lots of ideas and inspiration so click here to access that info: What to wear for your photoshoot
Can we bring a pet?
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.
the grandparents want to join in too, is that ok?
Absolutely! I love doing extended family photoshoots and especially as families have been separated so much due to COVID, I know a lot of my clients are keen to get photos of their parents with their grandkids, as they missed them so much. I am following lockdown restrictions though so can only do extended family shots when it’s permitted for multiple households to mix.
What happens if the weather is bad?
I always have a chat on the phone with my clients a couple of days before the shoot and we always have a discussion about the weather. Using weather apps, it’s possible to get a good idea of what to expect. If the weather is bad in that it’s rainy or really windy (15mph or more), I’m happy to either change the time of the shoot to later or earlier that day, or to another day altogether. I will always offer the option of a studio shoot instead, but if outdoor photos were what you really wanted, I’m happy to reschedule. I’d rather that then having my clients hair blowing across their face in every image.
I just want Digitals! Do I have to buy a Collection?
There is no pressure to buy anything at all but you can buy an Album or piece of Wall Art from the A La Carte list rather than a collection if you prefer.
However, Digital Files, Mounted Prints and Luxury Folio Boxes are only available to purchase with a Collection.
Having been in this industry for 11 years now, I know a lot of my previous clients who just bought Digitals have never found the time to do anything with them, which is such a waste. When investing in a Professional Portrait Shoot, I want my clients to have photos that they can display around their home and enjoy every single day.
As I use the best suppliers I know my clients will receive top-quality products that will last for years and years, so that future generations can also enjoy their family portraits.
I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to contact me using the form below.