Photographing a ballerina and a musician

December 05, 2017

Photographing sisters is always a special experience, but when one is a tiny ballerina and the other a talented musician, it takes me to another level of excitement! Planning this autumn photography session was a great exercise for my artistic creativity, with mum happy for me to take full creative control of her two beautiful girls, a stunning tutu and a tuneful guitar.

We started by capturing some sibling photographs in the autumn leaves, giving everyone a chance to get to know me, warm up to the camera and have some fun. Then after a quick change and a change of hairstyle, the performing really began!

I was a keen ballet dancer myself as a youngster, so posing and directing this tiny ballerina felt natural and rather nostalgic for me. We played music, she danced and skipped, and I captured a mixture of whimsical, carefree photographs and more formal, balletic portraits.

Using a much-loved musical instrument as a prop gave a purpose and direction to teen photography, as well as providing a very pleasing soundtrack!

At the end we had great fun blowing and throwing glitter for something a bit different, and the result was a really varied gallery of photographs for the family.

If you're interested in photography for your family, with or without props, please get in touch using my contact form in the menu bar above or via email


Sisters in autumn countrysideTwo sisters by Katie Lister photography

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Young ballet dancer in autumnBallet photography by Katie Lister, Surrey family photographer

Ballet dancerBallet photography by Katie Lister in Surrey

Ballet girl blows glitterDance photography by Katie Lister

Teenage girl playing guitarTeen photographer Katie Lister photographs girl playing guitar

If you're interested in photography for your family, with or without props, please get in touch using my contact form in the menu bar above or via email


Autumn family photography in Esher

November 15, 2017

This autumn has been filled with warm days, striking sunlight and beautiful autumnal leaves in yellow, orange, red and gold.  Add in a happy family and together these factors all combine for gorgeous autumn family photography.

In the first of a series of blog posts showcasing some of my autumn photoshoots, I'm taking you to Esher where I met this lovely family with a 6 month old little boy. The leaves were just starting to turn and it was still warm enough to venture out without coats. Six months old is a great age for baby photography, as I am able to get lots of interaction and smiles with the camera.

For this photography session we started outdoors with family photographs in West End, Esher, and then moved indoors for some individual baby photographs. During the cooler months it's helpful to take some baby photographs indoors as the ground is not always warm or dry enough to lay down your baby without layers of clothing and blankets!

It won't be long before this little cutie is up and walking around, so it's a great time to document his baby days...

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Family photography in Surrey with a newborn and a toddler

August 22, 2017

One of the best parts of my job is revisting families as they grow. Two years ago I met baby Flora and her parents, and last month I returned to see her all grown up, and meet her little brother!

It's always fun to see the babies that I photography grow into little people, and I do believe that the familiarity of using the same photographer helps my families to relax and enjoy their photography session.

If you're interested in a photography session for your family, I have limited space available for 2017, so please get in touch soon!

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Capturing motherhood on camera

August 03, 2017

Mothers are so rarely in the frame. We take the photos, we step aside, we usher in the children and try to make them smile.

"Where were you mummy?" my daughter asks as we look at photographs together. "I was taking the photograph", I explain.

I'm also guilty of not stepping into the frame often enough. That's why in my photography sessions, it's so important for me to capture mum. I photograph mum looking beautiful, feeling loved, and having fun.

Motherhood is precious. Don't forget to take a picture.

Photography with grandparents

July 26, 2017

I often get asked to photograph an extended family - grandparents, with their offspring, partners and grandchildren. It's always a lot of fun, with plenty of laughter to be had by all!

Grandparents and extended family photography