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family photography

Real moments, real memories,
the ultimate family album
by York Place
Let's make some memories together
Quirks, eccentricities, connections. What really makes your family tick?
Family photography is at the very heart of what we do as reportage photographers. Whether we’re shooting weddings, lifestyle photography or a family holiday, our work is all about connections between people, and nowhere are those connections stronger than between family.

Our family photography reimagines what a family album can be, ensuring that no family member is hidden behind the camera all day and that your memories are captured not just as snapshots but as pieces of art that can be framed and mounted in your home or collated into one of our extra special custom family albums. Our family photography is not a traditional “shoot” or a collection of highly posed faces, it is a record of a day in the life of your family, whether that’s at home, on holiday, on a day trip or celebrating a special family gathering or event.
Our family photography looks to truly celebrate the family dynamic, exploring your personalities and how you interact and capturing you just being you. We don’t stage moments, we capture real memories – memories that take you back to those special days together as a family.

We believe that family photographs are the most important and meaningful of all. Our photographs don’t require an epic backdrop, they don’t need everyone to smile and say cheese, we look to take ordinary moments in the life of your family and create extraordinary images from them. Every moment spent with loved ones is an important part of your family history, and nothing could be more photo-worthy.

This is real family life, real memories, real moments that really matter.
I LOVE them. You are geniuses. Thank you so so much. I am totally blown away. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I asked you to do this. Thank you a million times over. There are so many wonderful, meaningful and funny moments. I don’t think I’ve taken them all in yet. I know how good they are too - it’s like I’m looking at them with two heads - I appreciate them just as much as I love them. Everyone loves them. Thank you so much for doing something so very special for us.
- Alice Chapman (Fellow Family Photographer)
Family Day Out photography on a beach by York Place. A Man is crouched down looking in a rock pool on the left of the image. Next to him is a bucket and opposite someone wearing wellington boots is standing holding a spade with a crab painted on it. In the centre of the frame in the background two girls are playing.

Family adventures - Photographing a Family Day Out

From beach days to forest walks to theme parks, zoos, picnics and fairgrounds a family day out is always so much fun. They’re the days you always look back on, the days where you make memories together as a family, the days that’ll pop into your head years from now and spark the question “hey remember when we went there and that thing happened?”

With all the family relaxed, happy and actively pursuing an activity the opportunities for real, spontaneous, candid reportage photography are enormous. Free of any household stress or distractions the focus is on everyone having fun together, sharing jokes and being yourselves and our family day out photography truly celebrates that ideal. Capturing real memories as they unfold we capture everything in a relaxed, unposed friendly style to create beautiful photographs of your family doing something amazing; Photographs that you can cherish forever.

We can travel anywhere in the UK or just hit the beach in our hometown of Scarborough - get in touch to discuss what your perfect family day looks like.
London family at home photography. Little boy with a pacifier stands in the doorway looking out to the garden. Outside is a play tent with a Postman Pat toy leaning against it

Day in the life - Photographing your family at home.

Your home is the centre of family life. It’s the place that reveals who you are as a family more than anywhere else. The place where everything is familiar yet significant. The place where you’re most relaxed.

Our family photography is all about capturing your personalities – not a performance, but who you really are and there’s no place better to do that than at your home. Our family at home shoots celebrate a real day in the life of your family in the place that means the most to you and where you’re at your most comfortable. Amazing moments with your family don’t just happen when you leave your home, they’re happening every day of your lives together and these memories of a home and the family that lives there are the most important photographs we can ever take.

It's not about dressing up and smiling for the camera, it's about documenting a family home. The way it looks, the way it feels: photographs that encapsulate exactly who you are at this time in your lives. Beauty isn't perfect, it's the imperfections that reveal the beauty of who we really are.

Professional Family Holiday Photography

Planning the trip of a lifetime? Let us help you remember it.

We all fondly recall our favourite family holidays: the places we visited, the sights we saw, the stories and even family legends that came out of them. These memories, these family holiday snapshots are always a prominent part of any family album, but what if they were more than just snapshots?

World-renowned reportage photographers Dom & Liam are available to fly out and join you for part (or all) of your holiday and document the time you share together to create a truly epic photo album of your trip. Dom & Liam will discretely capture the memories as they unfold in photos with the distinctive humour, warmth and affection upon which their photography always centres, showcasing the true family dynamic and creating wall-worthy art from your holiday.

Click on the image to visit our special family-orientated website and find out more about our unique, creative family holiday photography.
Family Day Out photography on a beach by York Place. A Man is crouched down looking in a rock pool on the left of the image. Next to him is a bucket and opposite someone wearing wellington boots is standing holding a spade with a crab painted on it. In the centre of the frame in the background two girls are playing.

Family Gatherings & Special Occasions

Birthdays, anniversaries or even just annual get-togethers and barbecues. Family parties and gatherings are always truly special occasions and full of memories that deserve to be captured.

Whatever the scale of the event we love to photograph these special events in family life. Using the same subtle humour, creative compositions and investment and empathy with people that we apply to our wedding photography, we capture family events and parties in the same street photography inspired reportage style that has been so popular with wedding couples and fellow photographers around the world.

Our work has always been about capturing relationships, personality and connections, and nowhere are those stronger than when family come together. It's not just about the celebration itself, it's about celebrating who you are and what makes your family so special.

Nothing posed, nothing staged, stay in the moment and relive the memories.

Photography: A Family Business

An old black & white photograph from our own family album. Family members on the beach. Woman in deckchair reading paper on right of frame. Man in deckchair who appears to be smoking a cigarette (centre) with young girl to the right of him standing. A young boy in front is digging a hole whilst to the right we can see a man standing in the background smoking a pipe and the edge of the back of another deckchair with a woman's legs poking out and another newspaper in her hands. The sea can be seen in the background.
An old image from our own family album. This picture has even more significance to us now than it had at the time it was taken due not only to the people in the frame but where they are and the way the image is composed which is strangely similar to our own compositional style!
A Family Photograph can be captured in a fraction of a second, yet its power lives on for generation after generation

Family photographs are not only beautiful images to have around the house right now, they’re also important family heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation.

That’s why we believe that family photographs shouldn’t just show what you look like, they should show a little bit of your personalities and who you are as a family. When your children or grandkids look at these photographs in years to come we want them to understand more about you and the lives you shared. We want them to recognise the family dynamic and the relationships between you all, to learn more about their parents, their grandparents, themselves as children. No matter where the photographs are taken – at home, on holiday, on a family day out; nothing could be more important than capturing your own family history.

Memories made to be printed

Beautiful wall art and our exclusive York Place Coffee Table Book
family photographs bring life to the walls of a beautiful family home
All of our family shoots include high resolution digital downloads from your own private online gallery that you can carry with you day to day on your phone or tablet, but family photographs are not just for your phone, they’re made to decorate your home.

That's why all of our family sessions also include one of our beautiful coffee table books, filled with family memories for you to browse and relive.

Your gallery also includes options to purchase beautiful framed prints and artwork direct from our incredible print partners, all personally customised to get the absolute best out of your images.

Family Videos Professionally Filmed or Edited

We're often asked what our favourite film is, but whilst the Hollywood debate rages, in truth our favourite films were made a little closer to home.

There's nothing quite as emotive or magical as watching a family video and reliving your memories in motion. We know how important those memories are and that's why our video team offer a dedicated family video service, joining us on a photoshoot or creating a standalone film to create the ultimate family video experience. 
Or if you'd like to turn your own recordings into professionally edited films we can help there too!

Want to hear more?

To read more about documentary family photography, why it's imporant and how it works, click the button below to read our article on the subject