Photoshoot #5: Kate and Jamie

This time last year I had a moment of bravery and decided to offer five free family photoshoots to friends so that I could build up a portfolio of work and prove to myself that I might actually be able to turn my passion for photography into a viable career.

The first three happened in fairly quick succession throughout October and November, and then winter hit and things got put on hold.  The fourth shoot took place in the springtime, leaving just one more photoshoot for a really lovely family to complete before the twelve months had passed.  It took several weeks of trying to arrange a date that worked for us all and we had to reschedule various times due to poorly tummies and inconvenient torrential downpours.

When the day finally dawned and I woke up to glorious sunshine (on August bank holiday weekend, which is normally notorious for being more than a bit soggy!) I couldn’t wait to get started.  I’ve been looking forward to capturing this particular family on camera for ages.  I’ve known Kate, her husband Jamie, and their lovely children Rachel & Jack since my middle daughter was small – she and Rachel were in the same nursery class together.  They ended up going to different primary schools but remained friends, having playdates at each other’s houses from time to time.

It had been two or three years since I’d last seen them all but it felt comfortable from the start and we chatted easily as soon as we met at the location I chose.  I decided on this particular spot on Cannock Chase for a few reasons – the main one being that the purple heather was out in all it’s glory, which, combined with the spectacular views across the county, made for some great backdrops for photos.

It was my first time photographing a Dad (other than my husband of course!) and I think I was as nervous as he was.  Neither of us needed to worry though – log climbing, blackberry picking, eskimo kisses, wrestling and lots of laughter were the order of the day.  The connection between the four of them was irresistible.  Jack provided continuous comendy moments with his quick-witted remarks and Rachel asked me endless questions, curious to know as much as possible about me.  I turned the tables and asked her lots of questions too, and it was so lovely to seeing her light up inside when I asked her what her favourite thing about her Mum was.

I had so much fun with them and when Jack gave me a big cuddle at the end of our time together (much to his Mum’s amazement), I knew they’d enjoyed themselves too.  Capturing moments of love and laughter for families is quickly becoming an obsession for me.  It’s so much more than photographs.  It’s who they are in that exact moment, frozen in time forever.  It’s a legacy that will be passed down through the generations.

This is their story…

If you would like to book your own family photoshoot with me, please email me at  You can also find out more information about the different types of sessions I offer on the Family Photography page of my website.  I look forward to hearing from you soon 🙂

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  • Reply September 26, 2017

    Sarah Christie

    Ah these are all so lovely I bet they are absolutely thrilled with how you have captured the little moments x

    • Reply September 28, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thanks so much Sarah. I think they were pleased!

  • Reply September 27, 2017


    Wow Chloe, you’ve caught this family so beautifully! I started off picking one or two that were my favourites but then there were so many I didn’t know which to pick! The close up ones of their faces are full of character and seem so natural. Gorgeous pictures that I’m sure this family will treasure. Wish I lived nearer! xx

    • Reply September 28, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thank you so much Suzanne! Whereabouts are you based? If you’re ever in my area let me know (and if I’m ever in yours I’ll be in touch – I’m contemplating offering travel sessions!)

  • Reply September 28, 2017

    Heledd - Running in Lavender

    These are so beautiful!! Again you’ve captured the heart of this family with some truly stunning pictures. Congratulations hon, they’re a triumph! Start charging I say ; ) xx
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    • Reply September 28, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thank you Heledd 🙂 These initial five were to build up my portfolio and give me some experience. Phase two starts now 🙂

  • Reply September 28, 2017


    Oh hunny you are really talented these are darling and what a beautiful setting to take them for this beautiful family. #wrc
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    • Reply September 28, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Thank you Jenny. They made my job easy really – they are such a gorgeous family 🙂

  • Reply September 28, 2017

    Jess Soothill

    These are beautiful and so happy! What a fab setting too. Gorgeous photos xx
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  • Reply October 1, 2017


    Such a good idea to build a portfolio by offering free shoots. The photos are gorgeous too, well done you! xx
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  • Reply October 2, 2017


    These are utterly gorgeous Chloe. You are so very talented and have captured this family beautifully xx

  • Reply October 3, 2017


    Truly beautiful photo’s Chloe, I love all the colour and location. You captured their little family so well x
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