Extended family photo shoots are often the result of a little bit of travel, and this one was no exception! The grandparents jetted in from Austraiia and North Wales (ok, the North Wales contingent did not arrive by jet, but I’m sure the train was just as spectacular!), to join their grandchildren for a Surrey family photography session in the beautiful woodland.

Although I’m British, I lived in Australia for 5 years and am really proud to be able to call myself an Aussie as well as a Brit. I meet so many Australians through my photography, and this year alone I have photographed five families with Australian connections. It gives us plenty to talk about, although there was no shortage of conversation on this photography session…

The boys were really keen to take me on an adventure to the pond (which we never did find, but that did not seem to matter!) and Grandad was delighted to tell me all about his couch to 5k, and also have me photograph him running so that he could analyse his technique. I get asked to photograph all sorts of things, but this was a new one on me!

One of the most common things I hear from parents when I first meet them for a family photo shoot is, “my child bumped his/her head yesterday, can you fix the bruises in Photoshop?!” Kids will be kids, and it is always the way that they encounter some sort of temporary facial bump/scar/spot immediately before a photography session. So, when I heard this question at this particular shoot, the answer was, “yes, of course!”. I challenge anyone to spot who was injured, where and how!

My name is Katie Lister, and I am a Surrey family photographer. I’m based in Walton-on-Thames and photograph families in beautiful locations across Surrey and South-West London. If you’d like natural and expressive family photographs, please get in touch.