Essex child & family portrait photographer

photoshoots in Suffolk, Essex and London


I am a warm, friendly experienced child and family photographer specialising in baby and child portraits for the last 28 years.

Having worked photographing babies through to families for so very many years, I have learned all the tricks to get even the trickiest child to take part in the session. I love sparking children’s wonder and imagination and have spent years collecting props, investing in training and developing my style into fine art portrait photography. I have a beautiful home studio where I can offer styled photoshoots or more formal fine art family and child portraits. I also really love outdoor location shoots and do many sunset shoots in the bluebells, woodlands, beaches. Everything goes back into taking wonderful photos of your child. I have an extensive portfolio as you can see, and I can add magic into photoshoots so we can turn your child into a fairy or elf. Or they can dress up in one of my gowns and have a carousel horse photoshoot, giant flower swing, Harry Potter photoshoots. If your child imagines, I can make them it. So if you are looking for simple child portraits, or something more magical please do email, because I have so many different photoshoots to offer I can give you a a more detailed price when I know what type of session you are interested in.

Cake Smash photography and styled photoshoots

I offer a range of cake smash session tailored to your taste, if you’d prefer your child to have a paint splash or fruit or food smash rather than a cake that’s fine. Each session can incorporate photos of your child before the smash in their own clothes, and then a smash and finish off the photo session with a splash in my beautiful rolltop bath. My cake maker is 5 star rated and can provide cakes catering for allergies. Cake smashes are really a stunning way to celebrate your babies first, second or third birthday creating beautiful memories of this milestone event in your child’s life.

This cake smash Mum decided she wanted a pretty photosession so I came up with this gorgeous floral boho vintage teepee cake smash. 

And if you’re looking for a shoot a little bit different capturing your beautiful little boy or girls personality – how about a my little star portrait session. Children love being the centre of attention and you’re not just making memories you’re hopefully putting a beautiful framed print or canvas on the wall of your home, it gives your child a real sense of their place in your family and confidence in themselves.

Glitter photoshoots for boys or girls

Who doesn’t LOVE glitter? (Well maybe not all over your living room floor)!  Teens, girls or boys love getting covered in glitter and blowing sparkling glitter all over the place in my studio. These shoots are just fun and make beautiful photos of your little one just enjoying themselves. Warning though! They probably will have some glitter on them going home. But it’s wonderful messy play whilst capturing your child’s fun personality. 

Fairy photoshoots in Suffolk and Essex

I can offer studio fairy photosessions or outdoor on location photography of your beautiful little fairy or Elf. I do tend to add wings afterwards in photoshop as I think they look more realistic and with little ones they can sometimes get distracted with wings being attached to their clothing, I have a range of dresses that can be used if you decide you like any or you can bring your own clothing to the session. These sessions are a stunning way to remember when your child was full of wonder and magic.

Carousel Horse photoshoot – styled child portrait photography

I may be a little obsessed with carousel horses and have a bit of a collection but this gorgeous real lifesize carousel horse is handmade by a specialist carousel horse maker modelled from original carousel horses. This was my treat to the portrait studio for when I opened to have a proper beautiful horse which I hand painted to fit my style. I was wondering if little boys or girls would really be into these sessions but I was so delighted at the reactions of the children and tweens so far that have had a carousel horse photo session experience. Who doesn’t love a stunning carousel horse! The horse has been made to sit on the floor on it’s hooves as a safety aspect, I have them raised but the maker said from a safety perspective it’s best to sit on the base on the floor. These sessions can by styled with flowers or stars and can either be in my studio or outdoor sessions. And for that truly special birthday how about a carousel horse birthday shoot in your garden. I do have a small range of beautiful gowns for girls to borrow either in my studio or on location. Mini sessions are run once or twice per year for these sessions or they can be undertaken as a full child session. They make beautiful images.

Gorgeous Christmas mini photoshoots

Last year this was SO popular, gorgeous fine art portraits of your child in Santas workshop, each child took a small gift left by Santa to thank the children for their help in fixing toys in his workshop on the run up to Christmas, but even better were the stunning fine art images of one of the most magical times of the year truly capturing all the joy and wonder that your child experiences at Christmas. This backdrop and set had the real wow factor and the parents loved how much their children enjoyed these shoots being a real life helper for Santa and fixing and playing with the toys. Santas workshop will be back for 2021 Christmas shoots. I designed this backdrop and had it printed by the very clever Props for Togs and it can be found on their website as a half room for photographers interested in offering these sessions.

To contact Liz Wood photography for a child or family photoshoot please fill in the form below roughly detailing the service you are interested in.

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Suffolk & Essex child photographer – fairy photoshoots

The fairy sessions are run as limited edition special sessions at a few times of the year. Please ask to sign up to our email list for dates of when the limited edition sessions run. These sessions are shorter sessions and themed and styled beautifully, providing exclusive pricing, and beautiful images in a 30 minute session. Sessions are very limited per year and on a first come first serve basis. Sets are exclusive as is the styling as I make my sets and design the backdrops myself.



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