Essex family & lifestyle photography

Hi I’m Gemma, an Essex photographer based in Braintree. I specialise in family and lifestyle photography, capturing milestone moments in a comfortable and relaxed style.

CAPTURING MILESTONE MOMENTS IN A

RELAXED STYLED

Little ones are constantly changing and growing, making it challenging to keep up with them. That’s why I believe photographs are invaluable in preserving those precious memories to look back on.

maternity, newborn & family photography

If you’re here, you’re likely searching for a family photographer who can bring new life to the frames in your home, filling them with gorgeous photos that you’ll love and cherish.

I offer on-location family and maternity shoots, as well as lifestyle newborn shoots in the comfort of your own home. My aim is to capture the essence of your family, allowing you to relax and be yourselves in front of the camera. 

natural photography

THAT REFLECTS YOUR FAMILY

Whether you’re seeking to update the frames around your house with beautiful photography, preserve special memories as your family grows, document yourself instead of always being behind the camera, or desire natural photography that reflects your family, I’ve got you covered.

Please take a moment to read through the frequently asked questions, discover the timeline for working together, and find detailed information about pricing below. I can’t wait to embark on this photography journey with you and create timeless memories for your family.

We recently booked Gemma for a family photoshoot and are absolutely over the moon with the photos, we would highly recommend her as a photographer.

 The photos are gorgeous and Gemma has captured memories that we will treasure forever. We cannot wait to cover our walls with the beautiful photos.

Thank you so much, Gemma, it was a pleasure and we will definitely book you again for future photoshoots!

THE WEIRS

Sible Hedingham

frequently asked questions

WHERE SHOULD WE HAVE OUR PHOTOS TAKEN?

When it comes to the location of your session, it is great if it has a personal meaning as it will help to tell your story. Maybe the session could be your favourite place to going walking or exploring.

You could have your family photos taken at home, these sessions make for photos that are really laid back, cosy, and have a true to life feel to them.

If you’re unsure with where you’d like to have your photos taken take a look at my locations ideas just below!

*Please note family sessions are not undertaken in London and travel expenses will apply if more than a 20-mile radius from Braintree. 

HAVE YOU GOT ANY LOCATION IDEAS?

There are lots of lovely locations in and around Essex for family sessions, here are some of my favourite locations:

+ Coggeshall Hamlet
+ Bocking Nature Walk
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Highwoods
+ Bishop Stortford Southern Country Park
+ Melford Country Park
+ Hylands Park
+ Dedham Boating
+ Flatford Mill
+ Marks Hall Gardens*
+ Beth Chatto Gardens*
+ Thaxted Village
+ Shalford Bluebell Wood (bluebells in April/May)
+ Paper Mill Lock
+ Heybridge Basin
+ Mersea (East or West, both are different and equally good for photos)
+ Cudmore Grove Country Park
+ Brightlingsea
+ Your home
+ Your favourite walk

*Please note the starred locations have addmission fees.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

If it rains we can take umbrellas and go with it, or alternatively we can reschedule. Often when there is light rain you can’t see it in the photos. 

WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR PHOTOS?

A few hours before sunset or just after sunrise (this time is known as golden hour) is the best time in terms of lighting as this is when the light is at its softest and looks magical.

With that said I know this time isn’t the best time for families with young children. If you have a little one I would advise picking a time of day they are most happy, whether that be after nap time or after lunch. I would just suggest we chose a location that has shady areas so we can avoid the harsh light when the sun is high.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

I’d advise wearing whatever makes you feel comfortable as this will make you feel most confident.  Whether that be rocking up in your favourite pair of jeans or a floaty summer skirt, whatever makes you feel ‘you’. 

I would personally avoid bold clashing colours/patterns. You can’t go wrong with neutral colours and the added benefit is that neutral colours go with most home interiors when you get the photos printed.

One piece of advice I would give you is, as we live in England we see a fair bit of rain, if you are wearing a pair of shoes that you don’t want to get dirty bring a change of shoes. In fact, if you did want to bring a change of outfit to the session, feel free. I recommend a spare outfit for kids for those just incase moments!

CAN WE BRING OUR DOG TO OUR FAMILY SESSION?

Yes, of course, they are part of the family! Please be sure to check that the location allows dogs. A little tip when bringing your fur babies would be bringing a couple of treats and their favourite toy to help get their attention in the photos. 

HOW DO WE BOOK?

If you are interested in booking me to capture your family photos please get in touch via the form below and I’ll guide you through the booking process.

To secure your date I require a 50% non-refundable booking fee to be paid.

WHAT DO WE DO IF WE CAN NO LONGER MAKE THE SESSION?

Please let me know as soon as possible, depending on the location of the session I can leave up to an hour before the shoot.

timeline of working together

Get in touch

If you think my style of photography would complement the walls in your home I’d love to hear from you! Booking in your date couldn’t be easier, the first step is getting in touch via the contact form on this page. Once you’ve secured your session we can begin discussing locations and ideas for where you’d like the session to take place.

Photograph your gorgeous family 

So we’ve decided on the perfect location that reflects your family, we meet up and take some photos. I love to keep the photo session relaxed because I believe this helps you to feel more at ease in front of the camera. I’ve been known to throw in the occasional game to take your mind off of being in front of the camera and getting some natural reactions. 

Download, print, share

2 weeks after your family photo session you will receive a link to a password protected online gallery where you can download the high-resolution images, print and share with loves ones.  

Repeat

It doesn’t have to be the end of our photography journey! Families are forever changing and growing, let’s make this a yearly tradition and keep those frames up to date! I always love catching up with families, meeting the new additions and hearing their stories. If you time the session well you could always gift photos of your little cuties to loved ones for birthdays/Christmas.

£50 print voucher

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Secure your maternity and home newborn shoot at the same time and enjoy a £50 print voucher to use on your online gallery. The voucher can be split between the two shoots or save it for one.

Currently available when maternity and home newborn shoots are booked at the same time.

family photography collection

Digital COLLECTION

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Essex family photography

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My time and creativity on location up to one hour

Online downloadable gallery

30-40 digital images

Photos ready in 2 weeks

PRICE £300

get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Here are a few details I need to know before booking in your family session. You’re one step closer to beautiful photos and I am already excited to capture some special moments for you.

I aim to respond to all messages within 2 working days, so if you haven’t heard back please check your spam folder.

Be sure to take a look at my pricing above before you get in touch.

T: 07950 555625
E: info@gemmagiorgio.com

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Family Contact

Family photos in Highwoods, Colchester

Gemma did an amazing job photographing our wedding and we love all our wedding photos so, when I saw that she was doing family photography, I couldn’t wait to get some photos of our son and they have completely lived up to expectations!

The photos are brilliant – we’re so happy with them and were sent through so quickly. Gemma is really professional, thinks of everything and even made a shoot with a 7 month old who was refusing to smile fun!

THE QUINLANS

Colchester