Family Photography in London | By London Family photographer | Laura Shimili Mears

A photoshoot for your family and growing children

Would you like to record beautiful memories with the people you love the most?

I can help, I am an experienced family and portrait photographer based in South West London.

I offer family photoshoots in various locations across London. 

Capturing precious family memories is invaluable; I invite families to capture the special moments before they pass by booking family photoshoots regularly.

If you are expecting a newborn baby, and want to capture the maternity stages & the super precious first few weeks, I can help with newborn & maternity photoshoot.

To enquire about my availability for booking a family photoshoot in London, you can call me on 07934788100 or email me directly at photography@shimilimears.com. Alternatively you can complete the form at the end of this page.

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How it works?

I love capturing the magic of family and expressing the love and connection in beautiful family photographs that will become very precious with time. 

I can be flexible with how and where your photoshoot takes place so that you can relax and enjoy the session.

If you aren’t comfortable posing for photographs worry not, with my experience and ability to put you at ease, you will start to enjoy it and we will have great results. 

We may go for a walk, play hide and seek and I will invite you to interact and play with your children all along. 

My clients often tell me how relaxed they felt and how happy they are with the results. They are especially pleased with how I interact with the children and keep them engaged during the whole shoot.


Laura made the whole family feel relaxed

“We are delighted with our photos from Laura! There are a few special ones which will create happy memories forever! Thank you, Laura!” The McCarthys


Session Fee

To book your family photoshoot with me, there is an upfront session fee, £99 during the week and £150 at the weekend. 

The session fee covers the day of the shoot and secures your preferred date and time for it in advance. Also included in the session fee is an 8×10 inch frame with a corresponding print of your favourite image from your shoot.

Should you wish to purchase more images from your family’s photoshoot, your photos will be available in collections that can be purchased in addition to the session fee and start from £350.

Photo collections


The prices of the collections are in addition to the session fee.

The collections range from £350 to £700 and include digital images, matted prints, and album options. Wall art products are available too, with ready to hang frames starting from £150.

A full price list is available ahead of your photoshoot. Request it now and it can be delivered directly to your inbox.

Typically, I find clients choose to invest between £500 – £1200 for their photoshoot, images, and products.

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Let’s discuss your photoshoot

Before you book your session, we will schedule a call to discuss the details, from the style and look you are going for, the location you want your photos taken in and how to prepare for the day of the shoot.

From there we will also book a date for your photography session and I will provide you with my style notes ahead of your shoot. The notes contain tips on how to prepare for the photoshoot, including what to bring, what to wear and how to get the kids ready.

How to choose your favourite family photos from the shoot

Once you’ve had your family photoshoot, I will create a gallery of the images that have been taken on the day and share them with you so that you can choose your 8×10 print and the collections that you’d like to purchase (which are in addition to the session fee).

Family photoshoot locations in London

As a London based photographer, I offer family photoshoots in various locations.

Outdoors in local parks
we will discuss at the pre-booking stage the best outdoor location for your family. It can be a local park or somewhere further afield like the lavender Mayfield farm.

A landmark in London
these are not only for tourists. Many families living in London and moving out want to document the time they’ve spent there—and I can help with that! We can discuss your favourite London location and make sure it’s right for your children and what they like to do.

It’s possible to use a mixture of different locations as part of your shoot, but we may need to allow more time for the session.

Why work with me

I have worked with over 70 families a year for the last 6 years since I started my business.

I love getting to know the family, the children and their interests, I make the sessions light-hearted and relaxed and with lots of humour and fun. We don’t stay still and children often become my little assistants during the shoot.

My journey into photogrpahy followed a long-time passion, until the time was right for me to take the leap and start it as a business. Take a look at my reviews, there are more on my Google Business page.

If you have just had a baby, a family and newborn photography photoshoot  might be ideal.


Family in a beautiful photograph that will be cherished for years to come
Lavender Family photoshoot, London photographer
Autumn Family Photoshoot, Tooting photographer
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Book a Family Photoshoot, London Photographer
Autumn Family Photoshoot, London photographer
Photograph of two sisters at the Rookery park in London
Family photoshoot, doorstep and outdoors, Tooting Photographer
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Family in a Christmas tree decor
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Lavender Family photoshoot, London photographer
Photograph of father with his daughter at the Rookery park in London
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Image shows a family of four, with parents and young children smiling happily in Cannizzaro Park, Wimbledon.
Lavender Family photoshoot, London photographer
Family Portrait Photographer
Photograph of mother with her daughters at the Rookery park in London

The kids really liked Laura

“We had our family photoshoot with Laura and everything went really smoothly and nicely. The photos were great, and the kids really liked her. I highly recommend Laura as a photographer!!”

Ready to make an enquiry?

If you’re ready to book a photoshoot, great! Then please fill in the form via the button below with the details of your enquiry.

If you’re not ready yet, please scroll down for more information and some commonly asked questions from previous customers.




We had the pleasure to have a family photo session with Laura. She is a caring and reliable professional and was very patient with our kids.

Melissa C, London 


See below for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Have I left something out? Please do get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

How to reserve a family photography session?

Get in touch via my contact form to schedule an initial phone call ahead of your shoot, from there we will pencil in a date and a time that is suitable for your session. 

To reserve the booking, I ask for a session fee of £150 upfront. Payment can be made via bank transfer, which I will send you the details of once we have confirmed a date and a time that suits you.

Where does the family photoshoot take place?

For family photoshoots in the studio, the session can take place in my home studio in Tooting Bec.

For a family photoshoot outdoors, we will discuss at the pre-booking stage the best outdoor location for your family. It can be a local park, somewhere further afield or a landmark in London.

For a family photoshoot in your home, we can discuss the details together, which room to use and how you can prepare.

It is possible to do a combination of outdoors and in your home starting with a phtoshoot in your home first and we would need to allow for more time.

What can you bring with you for the family photoshoot?

I recommend that you have your children’s favourite items, such as their favourite soft toy, musical instrument, or books, with you for the shoot as this will help your kids feel more comfortable during the session and make the photographs even more unique and memorable for your family.

How do we choose the final images?

Following the family photoshoot, I will make a gallery available where you can view and choose the photographs and the collections you’d like to purchase.

What is the cost for a family photoshoot?

Typically clients spend between £500-£850 depending on the collection they choose.

If you would like to receive a price list, drop me an email and I will send that across to you.

In the press

To document a moment in history and to bring joy to families in my local area, I took Doorstep Photographs during the pandemic in 2020, as a fundraiser for St George’s Hospital. £2000 were raised all together.

The project was captured in an article by the South West Londoner together with another local photographer taking photographs of families in South West London staying at home.

South West Londoner article.

South West London stays at home for St George’s 

Fully insured & trained

I am trained in studio photography, children & outdoors photography and newborns.

I am fully insured and am a partner with Clapham Mums online magazine designed for mums, dads and carers with the most up to date information on events & activities in Battersea and Clapham.  

I am also a partner with  with Lady Wimbledon, an online magazine and website about all things Wimbledon. 

I look forward to meeting you soon.