I am Peter Nutkins, a specialist Children photographer who travels to your home, or your favourite location, to capture studio style portraits.
I help people just like you create precious memories of your children and your loved ones that radiate just how beautiful you really are. Memories that you will revisit time and time again, but will outlive us both and become a treasured heirloom for generations to come.
The photograph below is typical of a child portrait during one of my family portrait sessions. The young girl is seated on wooden boxes. I bring some of my own props that I find make posing your family easier. When I visit your home for your pre-photoshoot consultation we will talk through how you would like your photographs to look, and that includes props.
This particular young lady is wearing a dress and has long blonde hair. Because you are in your own home you and the family can try lots of different clothes and change your hairstyle to suit. It is great fun!
During your family portrait photoshoot, I will give gentle direction so that you all know how to look your best. The pose you can see is a little like a capital N. There are parallel lines and triangles in the way the girl has shaped her limbs. This makes for an intriguing portrait.
Arms and legs can often make a big difference in your portrait. In the image below the boys raised arms help you to look straight at his face.
First and foremost, the most important consideration is that you should dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. This will help achieve relaxed and natural photos that reflect your real personality and character.
For your family photography think to coordinate rather than match.
Any way that your family can complement each other, in style or colour, can really pull a portrait together. A good idea is to lay down each family member’s favourite outfit on the bed and view whether the colours broadly go together.
Intuition is fine – you shouldn’t worry about hard rules.
Owning an heirloom portrait is something very special. It will become a priceless treasure to you, your children, and your future grandchildren.
A beautiful fine art portrait of your son or daughter on display in your home is a real statement about what you care about. It is a daily blessing to you, and a boost of confidence to them.
We take photos of our children all the time. Instagram, Facebook, Email - there are more photos being taken every day than were taken every year when you and I were children!
An heirloom portrait is an investment in your memories
When your children have grown up it will bring back all the memories of when they were young. You may want to feature a specific part of their childhood - that special dress they loved so much, the teddy that went everywhere with them, their favourite book or toy. Your portrait is not just a picture - it is specifically designed to capture memories.
An heirloom portrait grows in value
With each generation your portrait will grow in value. Imagine your grandchildren giggling or staring in awe as they look at their mummy or daddy when they were young? What stories will be told? Now imagine further still, when their children have the same experience a generation later! What an amazing way to enthral generations of your family!
An heirloom portrait is an investment for the long term
Your framed portrait is a visual piece of art. It is made to be seen. It deserves to be appreciated on a daily basis. Unlike a digital image that comes and goes so quickly, your portrait is printed on 100% cotton rag, framed by hand and is protected by reflection free 'art glass'. Your framed portrait is so much more than just a digital file. Do you look at the photos on your floppy disks? What about Minidiscs? Technology comes and goes. Your framed portrait lasts a lifetime - and beyond!
An heirloom portrait is not just for you
I have so many clients that tell me that they do not like having their photo taken. In the past they have been told they look ugly, or are not photogenic; they are overly self-conscious about their nose, or chin, or teeth. My portrait sessions with adults can be quite emotional as I help them overcome these fears, and they see how beautiful they really are! What if your son or daughter grew up knowing that they are beautiful? When they look at their portrait they say 'Wow. I really was beautiful...and happy. Look at my eyes and that smile!' What if that fear then stops their family having pictures? You are already planning for the question 'What did you look like at my age Mummy?'
My secret is that I capture interactions, not photos; personality, not formality. I spend time getting to know your son or daughter, interacting, listening and making them feel special. The camera is my way of recording the interactions we have, and this results in natural, characterful, powerful portraits.
I know my secret works thanks to the number of parents who cry when they see their portraits for the first time. They are looking at a photo of their son or daughter and they can see the real them. It is more than a likeness.
We have four children. I know that going anywhere with children can be stressful. Children + you being stressed = bad portraits. So I make it easier - I come to you.
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A wide selection of frame styles are available and fall into three categories - narrow, medium and wide fitting. Mounts can be single, double, triple with options such as V grooves. Additional prints, frames and products available on request.
If you would like to schedule your child heirloom portrait then get in contact with me today.