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Family Holiday Photography in Herefordshire

Family Photographer

If you are coming to Herefordshire for a family holiday, why not have some Family Photos done while you are here?! Holidays are a great time when everyone is together and can relax and enjoy themselves. You may be a large family that is spread about all over the UK or all over the world, so this big family gathering may be the first time you have all seen each other for a while – definitely calling for some photographs to remember the occasion! Or you might just be having a quiet break in the school holidays. Perhaps you are all celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or perhaps seeing grandchildren for the first time. Whatever the reason, and however large or small your group, it’s a great idea to have some professional photography done for the album while you’re enjoying a holiday together. I would love to help you with that!


Herefordshire is a jewel of a county, ideal for relaxing or active family holidays, with beautiful countryside as far as the eye can see. I consider myself very lucky to live here, surrounded by rural, rustic scenes, rolling hills, woodlands, rivers and all the colours of nature. This makes for amazing backdrops for your family photographs. Being a local photographer based in Hereford, I love to shoot outdoors on location in the Herefordshire countryside, and can offer many ideas of places for you to visit, where you can enjoy walks together or other exciting adventures, and have the family memories captured on camera. There are also lots of amazing holiday houses, cottages and barns here in Herefordshire for large and small groups to stay, ideal for ‘getting away from it all’ and unwinding. Many of these have their own gardens with views that would also be ideal for family photos, and may also have great indoor spaces that can be used in the case of slightly less clement weather.


My style of photography is relaxed and natural, capturing all the fun and laughter and preserving family memories for years to come! I’m very friendly and calm, and my aim is to get you to forget about the camera as much as possible, and just to enjoy being together. (Everyone always says that I made them feel really comfortable despite the camera and that they actually really enjoyed the session!). I shoot lots of organic documentary photos, naturally capturing candids of everyone, as well as orchestrating a few more structured group photos if you would like, getting the whole family together for posterity. You will have a beautiful collection of photographs to document your family time together, which you all can download for free from your private online gallery, wherever in the world you may be. You can make your own photo prints too, or I can help you with that if you like.

So, if you are visiting Herefordshire with the family and would like a local award-winning photographer to take professional photos while you are here, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I would love to hear from you.


Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding and family photographer based in Hereford, UK.

Family Photoshoot in the Forest

Family Photos in the Forest


Autumn time gives the most amazing colours and backdrops for Family Photography. I love all the golden and orange leaves, and the low sunlight is pretty special too. So I was delighted to shoot this little family’s walk in the forest at Crickley Hill this past autumn. Those of you who have been following me for some time may recognise these smiling faces – I have been Sarah & Andy’s photographer for their Engagement Shoot, Wedding, Maternity Shoot, Newborn Shoot and now lots of Family Shoots! It’s a pleasure to work with families for the long term in this way – the kids grow up getting used to Gem and her big camera so photos are always fun! Little Sebby (not so little now) was having a great time running about and playing in all the leaves. It was a lot of fun trying to keep up with him!

Here are some favourite photos from our autumn family shoot. If you would like some family pictures, whatever the time of year, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! x

Christening Photography

Herefordshire Christening Photography


It’s a well-known fact that I am always photographing weddings and families. But did you know that I also photograph Christenings or Naming Ceremonies too? Yes! I love Christenings and Naming Celebrations. I have been really lucky to photograph lots of lovely Christenings and celebrations lately, and it’s always especially nice when they are the babies and children of my previous brides and grooms. I mostly shoot Christenings in Hereford, Herefordshire and Worcestershire but where-ever it’s taking place I’m very happy to go. I love to capture them in the same way that I would a wedding, documenting everything in a natural, relaxed style, whilst remaining as invisible and quiet as possible. I capture lots of organic candid photos of the event and your guests, telling the story, as well as shooting any more ‘formal’ group arrangements that you would like to have to mark the occasion. This gives you a lovely collection of photographs to look back on to remember this special occasion (and to show your little one when they are older!). I have two options so that you can choose whether you either want me just to shoot at the ceremony itself, or whether you would also like me to come to any celebratory party or gathering you are having afterwards to capture even more of the fun. It’s a great idea to have a professional photographer capturing your Christening or Naming Day because then you don’t have to worry about getting any photos yourself – you can leave it all to me to capture all the memories for you! If you would like any further information, please do visit my website and get in touch! x

Thank you to Lisa & Rob for having me photograph their lovely Christening at Hereford Cathedral x

Family Photography in Herefordshire - Best of 2018

Herefordshire Family Photography

Herefordshire Family Photographer

As you know, I mainly shoot weddings, but whenever I can, I love to do Family Photoshoots too! Here is a small selection of favourite family photos from 2018. Last year I was very lucky to be able to join lots of families, in spring, summer and autumn, mostly in Herefordshire, some further afield. Sometimes we were indoors, sometimes we were outdoors, but all of the time we were having lots of family fun! It was really nice to be able to do lots of family shoots for my previous wedding couples who have now started their own families! You may recognise some faces here from previous wedding blog posts. It was especially nice to join previous family shoot customers who now have new additions to the family, documenting the continued growth of their families, and capturing the interaction between the new siblings! One couple recreated their wedding photographs, now with the addition of their children – amazing! I love to do family photos in my relaxed and natural style, so if you are looking for a family photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! x

“WOW!! We have just spent the last 20 minutes looking through them with huge smiles on our faces!! We love them, you have captured our crazy family perfectly!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to share them with family and friends at Christmas! Thank you again x”

“Thank you so very much for the pictures, we love them. You really managed to capture us all very well, providing us with some lovely memories for years to come. Thank you.”

Family Photography Tips and Advice


It’s that time of year when my Family Photoshoots diary starts getting full – spring is just around the corner, summer isn’t far away, and families are thinking about having their family photographs taken in the holidays. So here are some helpful hints and tips for families who are looking forward to having a family photoshoot but maybe have a few questions about what to expect…

Family Photography in Herefordshire

1. What should we wear for our family photographs?

This is probably the question that I get asked the most – what to wear. My advice is always to wear whatever you would like to be wearing in your family photos – the ‘look’ that you want for your photos is entirely up to you. For example, some families may want to have a smart look for their photos, whereas others may want a more relaxed, casual look. These photos may be to mark a significant point in your family’s timeline where looking smart is important to you, or they may be photos that are to record natural family life as it happens, where being casual is the norm.  As long as you are all on the same page about what style you are going for, so you are all at the same level of smartness or casualness, then anything is fine!

Within that, there are a few bits of advice that I would offer –

Think about how all of your clothing choices are going to look when put together. There’s no need to be ‘matching’ – for example, don’t think that you all have to wear blue jeans with white shirts. Different is good. But try to avoid wearing colours that are going to clash with each other. Wearing colours that subtly tone together can be nice to make your photographs more consistent.

Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. The most important thing for me is that you feel you can be happy, natural and relaxed in your photographs and enjoy the photoshoot session – the clothes we wear can have a huge impact on how we are feeling about ourselves, particularly when there is a camera involved. So wear that dress which makes you feel amazing! Wear those trousers you feel really comfy in. Wear that jumper or jacket that you felt was made for you! It will make a real difference to how you are in the pictures.

Bear in mind the environment that we are going to be shooting in. If we’re going for a walk on the beach or in the meadow, choose clothes and footwear that are going to be appropriate for this. Also consider whether it’s likely to be hot, cold etc. We can always have a change of look if you want to add/remove coats/jackets/jumpers etc once we’re there.

It’s a known fact that small children will mess up any nice clothing that they are wearing within about 2 minutes flat, so we will do our best to get lots of photos before that happens! But if they do get muddy knees, don’t worry about it, it’s all part of the family lifestyle and a lot of fun!

2. Where should we do our family photoshoot?

The choice of location for your family photoshoot is, again, entirely up to you, but I can definitely help with ideas and suggestions. I am based in Hereford in Herefordshire, so I have lots of ideas around these parts. I love to get outdoors so I always recommend that a family photoshoot is done outside in the countryside, with beautiful backdrops. I love to include nature, trees, flowers, green rolling hills etc, so anywhere with this kind of scenery will look great in your photos. You might have a favourite countryside park that you like to visit as a family, or a riverside walk or woodland near you. You may also have these opportunities in your own back garden, which is great. You might alternatively like to venture further afield to a castle or the beach, for example. Some locations might need you to check first whether we need to get permission to shoot there, but most places are usually fine – please ask if you would like further help with this.

My style of photography is very natural, relaxed and informal, with plenty of candid documentary shots of you interacting together and having fun as a family, so anywhere that gives us plenty of opportunity to have some natural family time is great. It may be that we are walking along on a stroll, or having a picnic – whatever you would like to do together as a family that will give plenty of nice photo opportunities. I also like to do a few more structured group arrangements throughout the session, so somewhere that has the space and the different backdrops for this is ideal.

3. How long is our family photo session likely to last?

The length of time of your shoot will vary depending on where we’re doing your shoot, how many people you have in your family, and how much time you are happy to spend shooting! I don’t set a time limit but it’s usually between 1-2 hours.

4. What should we do / how should we pose for our family photos?

As mentioned already, I do love to shoot in a natural and relaxed way, capturing fun family moments together and making real memories. So for me, you just being yourselves together is great! Laugh lots and enjoy it. Walking along together chatting, playing a game, throwing a ball, having a picnic, sitting together, or other activities you like doing as a family are great for natural photo opportunities. Then we can also do some more structured photos where you are together in a group, looking at the camera but again keeping it happy, fun and natural. You will probably feel a bit strange doing this with a camera around, snapping away, but often this initial awkwardness is only there for the first few moments and then you will get used to my friendly, informal style as I work together with you and your ideas.

I’m all about things being ‘real’, so I’m not going to make you stand in weird poses or cheesy arrangements. I like things to be natural and I want to capture the essence of you as a family – whatever that may be!

5. Can we bring our pet dog/lama/other?

Yes, absolutely, if they are allowed at your chosen shoot location! Pets can make a photoshoot even more fun as they give something for you to interact with naturally, plus they are a part of the family too!

I hope that you have found this useful! If you have any other questions that you would like answers to, I would be delighted to help!

If you are looking for a Herefordshire Family Photographer and you would like to find out more about the photography services I offer, please do visit my website and get in touch!

Best wishes x