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Family Photographer Cornwall – James Darling Photography

I love family photography especially in my home county Cornwall but do travel for commissions. I use the same unique, natural, reportage photographic style as I do when photographing a wedding, so the photographs are authentic; they look and feel real – because they are real.

Many families come on holiday to Cornwall, so many of my family shoots are centred around the beach, using lovely Cornish light and capturing those idyllic childhood moments. To see more do take a look at some of my favourite family photographs.

WC Fields once famously declared “never work with children or animals. They are scene stealing and completely unpredictable.” Ironically this is exactly what I love about photographing families.

Challenging, yes, but always so rewarding, especially when you capture that special family moment which would otherwise become a distant memory. Photographing children and families, you never know what’s going to happen next, which is just the perfect recipe for an exciting, interesting and real set of photographs to treasure forever.

“We all had such a fun time when James came and spent the day with us. There was a huge amount of laughter from our two boys as James captured their real characters jumping off sand dunes, surfing and climbing trees – we had never met James before but he put us all at ease and we almost forgot he was photographing us which made for fantastic, natural photos which we absolutely love.”

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Inspired by my own growing family and the desire to capture the amazing moments that childhood presents, my relaxed, natural, reportage approach to family photography is a world away from formal studio photography. Children evolve so quickly and once that time has gone…it’s gone.

“James took the most outstanding and skilled photographs of our little baby girl. His manner is professional, approachable and relaxed for the children who without exception found him easy to connect with and were completely at ease. He has a great talent at catching these ‘special’ moments naturally and spontaneously. This makes everyone (parents included) feel that you’re just having fun together and I hardly noticed that James was snapping away.”

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I offer two Family Photography packages:

The choice of location is yours. I can photograph at your home or somewhere you all enjoy spending time – the beach or park. The idea is to capture your time as a family as unobtrusively as possible. You enjoy yourselves, forget I am with you and I photograph the day.

Option 1:
£890 including an A4 book style album of around 25 photographs

Option 2:
£550 no album

Both packages include:
– James Darling photographing your family for half a day (2-3 hours). Longer photo shoots can be arranged.

50-100 individually edited 7×5 inch photographs delivered around 7 days after your photo-shoot.

High resolution USB/disk/Wetransfer of the photographs. The disk is supplied to you with an unlimited perpetual licence meaning the images are yours to do with as you wish, except for commercial profit.

Password protected online gallery with reprint ordering service for use by you and your family.

– Travel within Cornwall. I am very happy to travel anywhere, although an extra charge will apply for travel and expenses.

– I can also a condensed shoots of one hour for £299 (no album) – fine for small or young families, though I won’t capture as many spontaneous/natural shots as a full session. These condensed sessions usually result in 30-60 7×5 inch prints, high resolution USB & online gallery (as per Option 2).

“Timeless beautiful photographs which I will cherish forever on my walls for all to see. They are pieces of art as much as photographs. I will keep coming back to James for more as my babies grow and develop into young adults!”

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To find out more about the family photography I offer, please do contact me.