• Winter family photography sessions in Scotland and London

    Happy New Year everyone! (I know, I know, it's not that new any more) I hope that you all had a lovely festive season and have been able to give yourselves a gentle start to the year.

    January is one of my favourite months; new diaries, new pens, few social obligations, and starting to think about new family photography sessions.

    The winter isn't often a time that people immediately think of when they consider getting family photographs taken - the weather isn't always great, people aren't always that comfortable in their skins after December feasting, and bank accounts have taken a beating from Christmas. And yet, it's one of my favourite times for family photography.

    The light! Oh the crisp, bright, fresh light of January and February. Maybe snow, definitely bare branches and pink noses and wooly hats. Hot chocolate, warm kitchens, family cuddles - you and your people together in all of your cosy glory.

    It seemed like a good time to share these photos from one of my favourite January family photography sessions a couple of years ago - it turns out that being there for someone's first snow is kind of a career highlight!

    I'm currently planning a trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh in early February and one to London in early March. I'll post more details soon but I'd love to hear from you if you are interested in capturing some small moments of magic together! I can't promise snow but I can promise that we'll have fun.

  • Family Photography Sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow - June 2018

    Family Photography Sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow - June 2018

    Now Booking! Documentary family photography sessions in Glasgow and Edinburgh the weekend of June 24th and 25th.

    I would love to spend some time with you capturing the small moments that tell the story of family (whatever form that may take - grown children, no children, grandparents, pets, partners...) and documenting the everyday magic of your perfectly imperfect lives together! 

    Sessions are::

    // two hours long
    // can take place in your home or a favourite location or a bit of both 
    // are entirely relaxed and informal (nobody puts baby in a basket) 
    // cost £300 and include over 100 high res images to use as you wish on a personalised USB with a selection of mini prints.

    email me at cara@birdandbear.co.uk, let's capture some magic together <3 

  • Family Photography in Edinburgh and Glasgow

    Family Photography in Edinburgh and Glasgow

    Hi! It's been a while since I've been able to schedule in some family photography sessions but it's for a pretty good reason, I recently went back to university to study for a defree in Fine Art and uni + kids = one tired parent! But I'm thoroughly enjoying it and the ways in which stretching my creativity is feeding back into my photography in new and exciting ways. 

    Anyway, I'm planning a trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh in November and I would *love* to spend some time with you and your family (in whatever form that might take) capturing the moments that tell your story with its minor miracles and everyday magic. 

    Sessions are 2 hours long and can take place in up to two locations, usually starting at your home capturing your family time and space and then going out into a place that you love - a park, museum, cafe, favourite walk.... the options are endless! 

    You can get in touch with me by email at cara@birdandbear.co.uk or via facebook or instagram, whichever works for you! 

  • Family Photography in Bristol and Birmingham - June 2017

    I will be travelling to Birminham and Bristol on June 23rd and 24th and would love to do some documentary family photography sessions with you while I'm there! 

    We will spend two hours together in one or two locations of your choice, capturing the everyday miracles of your beautiful family life and the small moments that make this particular stage of childhood so special. 

    Call me! 

  • Family Photography in Glasgow and Edinburgh, four families

    In January I spent a couple of days in Glasgow and Edinburgh, hanging out with these lovely families and capturing some of the small moments and everyday miracles that make up their lives. We spent a few hours here and there, playing and drinking tea and feeding the squirrels on and around Arthur's Seat, the Meadows and Glasgow Botanical Gardens. 

  • 2016, a Year of Sessions

    Looking back over the family photography sessions I did this year gives me such joy. It wasn't my busiest year, balancing family life with travel from the Western Isles with having started a full time college course in Art & Design meant that I had to scale back my availability a fair bit in 2016 but the sessions that I did do were among some of my favourites ever. 

    I revisited some families for the second or third time and I met some new ones too. I photographed 6 week old babies and 90 year old grandparents and everything inbetween. I spent just an hour or a whole day with families and was invited in to capture a little bit of their lives together which never stops being a joy and a privilege. 

    Thank you to all of the families who invited me into their lives in 2016, who shared their time and their space and their love for each other with me and I hope that maybe I'll get to see some of you again in 2017 to capture another chapter in your family story. 

    You can see my favourites from all of my 2016 sessions here

  • A Dawn to Dusk Family Photography Session

    I know I say it a lot, but there is something extra special about photographing a family as they grow, about documenting their journey from couple to threesome to a family of four. I photographed Marcie and Oli when they were expecting their first baby, I returned to photograph them when their son was a few weeks old and then again a mere 18 months later when their family grew to welcome and enfold their daughter. This progression and growth, change and adaptation, this story is what I live for as a photographer. It's no small thing to be given a glimpse into another family's story for a couple of hours but to bear witness to it over the course of years... that's where the magic is. 

    I spent all day with Marcie and Oli and their family, all three generations and two branches of it. I joined them in the morning as babies were being wrangled into rompers and teeths were being brushed and I put the cameras away again 10 hours later, as babies were being wrestled into rompers and teeths were being brushed, a full circle of a day. 

    I took so many photos and was so unable to edit them down to a managable blog post that I created a new page just for my favourites from this day. You can see the whole session here

    Email me if you are interested  in your own Dawn to Dusk family session, they're such a perfect way to capture the small moments of the day that add up to your one, precious (family) life. 

  • A Family Photo Session in Holland Park

    I absolutely love when past clients ask me to come back again and again.  This is the third session I have done with this lovely family and it is a joy and delight to not only to see their kids grow from babies into children but to document that for them.

    I first visited them in their home three years ago, when the twins were just four months old, caught up with them again at a National Trust property a year ago before I moved to France and this session was a few weeks ago in Holland Park, while I was making a brief visit to London from our new home in the Western Isles and I have loved every session.  

    A record of your family growing is such a precious thing and I'm so happy that I have been able to do that for these guys. 

    * I will be back in London later in the Summer for more photo sessions, email me for more information. 

    I will also be coming to Glasgow again soon too so please do get in touch if you are intersted in booking.