Hi I am Laura, I am a family, business and product photographer based in London, WELCOME!

I help families capture memories which last a lifetime with photography celebrating the wonder of creating life. My shots are beautiful and vibrant, with a natural, relaxed and calm approach. I focus on the love and connection in your family to ensure the day goes off without a hitch; by the end of the day, you receive stunning photos to last a lifetime.

I am currently taking bookings for Winter 2021 and Spring 2022, so if you would like to book a family photography session, get in touch now.  


Newborn Photography in your home

Family and Newborn Photographs can take place in your home while adhering to any current social distancing rules. You can book a photoshoot today in complete confidence that every effort will be made to ensure the shoot proceeds safely.

Newborn babies usually feel most comfortable in their own environment, and when the baby is happy, we tend to find the parents are too.

However, I also offer newborn and maternity newborn photography in my home studio which is a homely environment and also very comfortable for both babies and parents.

I am now taking newborn photoshoot bookings.

Newborn & family photography, South West London

Outdoor Family Photography 

Outdoor family photoshoots can take place in local parks in South West London or in Central London. I can advise which location works best for your family’s needs and the children’s ages.

Shoots in Central London can be great fun, especially those taken at iconic London landmarks or parks.

I am currently taking bookings for Autumn Family Photoshoots.

Upon booking, I will send you my fantastic style notes so you can prepare without getting stressed out about the photoshoot. These notes include tips on: what to wear, what to bring with you & how to get the kids ready.

Book a Family Photoshoot, London Photographer

40 People Over 40 Campaign 

I am inviting 40 women and men in their 40s, 50s & beyond to collectively change the narrative about age and to celebrate who we are  today!

We will create beautiful portraits that are assets and lifelong memories. What is included?

– Professional make-up

– Guided and styled photoshoot

– An invite for you and a friend, to an exhibition style event 

– A feature in the magasine

– A portrait of your choice professionally edited, printed and matted.

40 over 40 project, Tooting photographer

Publications and Awards

I was so happy to have one of my photos published on Vogue Italia Online in May 2020. I took this photo in a poppy field in Guilford; such a beautiful place! There have been a few more added to my Vogue portfolio this year, photos taken in Wales and in Seven Sisters Cliffs. 

Vogue Italia Online Portfolio

I was also delighted to win two Bronze Awards from the Portrait Masters International Awards, an assesment of high professional standards in November 2021.

The winning images are from a photoshoot with a client from my 40 over 40 campaing. As a busy mum and professional, it was a special experience to be able to take these portratis that celebrate her for who she is today. 

Laura Shimili Mears Photography Portrait Masters





Headshot & Business

Professional headshot & Business Photography for businesses ready to take their brand to the next level



What style of photography do you prefer? Posed, natural, professional, playful? The style of photographs you like is very important to me and informs how your photos will look, and helps you in preparing for your photo session. To view my work, please take a look at my portfolio. For upcoming events, personal projects and a glimpse behind the curtain, come and connect with me on my social platforms: Facebook and Instagram.


I would love to give you an idea of how my services work, from the moment you pick up the phone or drop me a message, to the shoot day and what happens after. Please see how a session with me works.


So glad you are here! I am Laura, a family, business  and product photographer in Tooting Bec, London. I am on a mission to make you love being photographed!

I know that it can be daunting to be in front of a camera; I take pride in helping you relax and enjoy the experience, including providing tips on what to wear to a family shoot.

I specialise in family and newborn photography, and I have a wealth of experience in this area, photographing babies and families in London since 2017, after training with many renowned photographers. 

Professional Headshot photography can help you establish a professional image which builds trust with potential clients and employers. I offer professional LinkedIn headshots and professional headshots in London, as well as various other commercial photography services. See more in Headshots & Businesses.

Great photographs take time, attention to detail and creative flair, and I am generous in the time I spend with you. I always go above and beyond to deliver your brief and beyond.

To discuss your session, call me on 07934788100, email photography@shimilimears.com or fill in the enquiry form below.



I love Mediterranean food, french crepes (galettes) and a glass of proseco in a summer’s evening. We go on holidays to the South of Albania, my home country every year for a month, soaking in the sun and the salty waters of the Ionian Sea. 

Through my work I also support a number of charities with fundraising events I run regularly where I offer photography in exchange of contributions.

Laura Shimili Mears



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Samiha Sumar
Samiha Sumar
22:24 29 Nov 20
Laura was so accommodating of our needs and really took the time out! Fantastic photos 🙂
michael benham
michael benham
15:38 15 Oct 20
Really good head shots. Super professional and enjoyable service. Laura is fantastic!
Jenny Alex
Jenny Alex
10:51 01 Oct 20
Laura did a wonderful job taking pictures of our team! She was on time had all the equipment and instructed us well!... The end result was great! High quality pictures and a huge selection. If you would like to deal with a true professional Laura is your person.read more
MaryAnne Shiozawa, D.C.
MaryAnne Shiozawa, D.C.
10:03 01 Oct 20
Laura took pictures of my daughter and the whole session was so relaxed and fluid. She made her feel very comfortable... so that her personality shined out. Laura is incredibly talented, and it was a pleasure to work with her. I'll definitely work with her again! Thanks!read more
Ellie Pyemont
Ellie Pyemont
21:09 28 Sep 20
Just did a great business/social media session with Laura, I'm an uncomfortable 'model' and she put me at total ease. I... really love the images she produced. Would totally recommend!read more
Randi Weaver
Randi Weaver
12:14 16 Sep 20
A 5-star experience from start to finish. Laura provided me with some stunning professional headshots taken very... creatively in an outdoor setting. They capture perfectly the image I want to project in business. Highly recommended.read more
16:19 03 Aug 20
Overall, a lovely friendly professional experience, resulting in some great photos which I can use for my business. ... Thank youread more
Laura Neuveglise
Laura Neuveglise
05:06 16 Jul 20
Laura shot my product images in her home with her beautiful children as models. She was prepared, we had previously had... a phone call about what I wanted and she went to great lengths to ensure she shot many many pictures in the time we had. She sent through the images for me to choose and the final shots in record time. I couldn’t be happier. Highly recommend!read more
Lorela Dem
Lorela Dem
10:17 15 Jul 20
Me, my husband and my mum together had a wonderful maternity photoshoot with Laura. She was lovely and professional.... The photos were beautiful and the whole experience was fun. It is very good value for money. I have already recommended her to my family and friends. ?read more
Freya Curran
Freya Curran
09:16 22 Jun 20
Laura came to take some doorstep photos for us during lockdown to mark our daughter's first birthday. Laura was very... professional, patient and friendly and put us all at ease. She also got some lovely shots which we are really pleased with. We'd highly recommend Laura.read more
Kayne Poole
Kayne Poole
08:47 19 Jun 20
Laura came to our garden during lockdown to photograph us as a family with our newborn baby and I cannot think of... anyone better for the job! She was so patient (two tantruming toddlers also in tow!) and full of fun and energy that got all of us in the mood for photographs with brilliant results. She conjured up genius ways of keeping our 2 and 3 year olds entertained whilst also getting some lovely baby pictures and even miraculously managed pictures of the five of us all together! Cannot thank her enough for her patience and enthusiasm and for allowing us to capture our family with its latest member in such a special way during these strange times.read more
Matthew Dowell
Matthew Dowell
19:17 28 Apr 20
We are delighted with the newborn baby pictures that Laura took for us and have had many comments on them. Laura came... to our house to do the shoot and was very patient with our other two children as well as making them at ease for family pictures which turned out great. We would highly recommend her!read more
KellyAnn Schiavo
KellyAnn Schiavo
09:24 16 Apr 20
Laura is wonderful & welcomed me into her home at the last minute to do the shoot. She had lots of ideas and offered... different styles and looks to what I had in mind. The end result was a good mix of relaxed and super professional shots for my website and social media. Can't recommend Laura highly enough.read more
renuka ravichandran
renuka ravichandran
12:31 08 Apr 20
I had some business headshots done with Laura and I'm so pleased with the results. She made me feel very comfortable... and had great suggestions in terms of styles photos, which I was not sure about. The selection process is also easy and efficient. I'm really happy with the outcome and I'll definitely be back. Thank you!read more
Maria Benaki
Maria Benaki
20:31 18 Mar 20
Super pleased with Laura and her service! We had our newborn photos taken by Laura at her home studio, which was really... nice and calming, also lots of props to photoshoot the little ones! Laura was easy to work with, very friendly from the beginning to the end, professional, confident with babies and clearly has experience working with them. I would definitely recommend her in taking your family photos!read more
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