Animals and children – always work with them! Family portraits in the Lake District

My dream family shoot always includes a little bit of madness and sometimes a lot so this family portrait in the Lake District was perfect. We met up on a wintry day to mark a grandparent’s milestone birthday and it had to include the family dogs. And of course they took centre stage but that was fine as they distracted from the cold and added the always essential element of spontaneity and laughter. What a gorgeous location this was though and the snow on the hills really added to the atmospheric landscape. I drove over to Overwater Hall near Ireby in Cumbria where they had gathered to celebrate and it was worth the challenging but scenic route over the A66. Family portraits with a big group of people can be challenging as it’s hard to do much other than line everyone up. This time though, those lovely dogs added a surprise element and stopped it all looking too stiff. Although this great family are anything are so much fun it was never going to be boring…

Lake District family portrait


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