Mini Shoot Days


Mini shoots are just that… shorter family photo shoots in the beautiful countryside around Cambridge and Newmarket.  Children love to run around and explore the great outdoors, so as a Cambridgeshire photographer, I find the great glorious outdoors a perfect backdrop to capture special family photos.


Cambridgeshire photographer, Louisa French, pictured with her dog


Hello there… and thanks for stopping by.  I’m Louisa, a Cambridgeshire photographer specialising in natural and relaxed family portraits. I photograph fun-loving families in the glorious great outdoors and my mini shoot days are all about having fun together as a family and capturing real, genuine smiles.  I love to make beautiful and timeless portraits that will bring a smile to your face whenever you see them on your wall!

Here, I’m going to tell you a little more about my family mini shoot days, so if you’re interested, scroll down to find out when my next dates are scheduled and to book your timeslot!

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Family Mini Shoot Days

Throughout the year, I offer a small number of mini shoot days – typically on weekend dates, and usually throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons.  I choose a date and suitable outdoor location for sessions to take place, then families who wish to book a mini shoot can choose their times slot to come along and meet me on that day. 

The shoots last around 40 minutes and run back-to-back, but don’t worry… they are still a fun and relaxed experience.  Being in the glorious open spaces around Cambridgeshire and Suffolk means there’s plenty of space and room for children to run and adults to breathe. 

You’ll receive a stunning selection of around 15-20 images to choose from afterwards, and my mini shoot package includes your 5 favourite photos to download with matching professional prints.

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A Spring family mini shoot in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge family during a photoshoot at Wandlebury
baby girl sitting on a rug in autumn leaves during a family photo shoot in cambridgeshire
children photographed in the Autumn leaves in Cambridgeshire
family walking through wandlebury country park during a mini shoot
family on an Autumn mini shoot in Cambridge
little boy peeping through the autumn leaves during a family photoshoot
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mother and baby on a family photoshoot in cambridge



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Your family mini shoot package includes a 30 minute photo shoot on location, PLUS five digital image files to download AND five matching professional prints.

Once you’ve seen your photos, if you feel 5 just isn’t enough, you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade your mini shoot package to include more digital images, prints, frames or wall art if you wish.

“WOW!  Stunningly beautiful photographs capturing a moment in time for our family!  It was such a relaxed and fun mini shoot that we all thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you!”


Helen – Saffron Walden

“Louisa is not only an exception photographer.  She is fabulous with the little ones and has the whole family giggling and feeling stress-free!”


Gemma – Cambridge

An incredibly talented photographer, who effortlessly put us all at ease and made the entire shoot fun for everyone. We are delighted with the results and feel very lucky to have had such an enjoyable experience


Melissa – Newmarket


Reserve your time slot here…


I’ll be running two family mini shoot days this Autumn.  These will be in beautiful outdoor locations near Cambridge, that reflect the rich colours and warm tones of the Autumn season.  The exact locations will be chosen around a week before the sessions, according to how the landscape looks at that time. 

There will be plenty of space for children to roam and explore, and you are welcome to bring dogs. These sessions are perfect if you want a few gorgeous new photos to update your walls and photo frames at home.  They make wonderful gifts for family, friends and loved ones too!

If you’d like to be added to the waitlist to receive booking information as soon as dates are released, sign up here!

I offer a limited number of mini shoot days each year, so they often sell out fast.  Grab your time slot here before they all go!


These family mini shoots will take place on Saturday 18 September and Saturday 16 October at outdoor locations near Cambridge.  Mini shoots are ideal for anyone looking for a few new family portraits, or who perhaps want to try a professional family photo shoot for the first time. To keep things simple, my mini shoots are an all-inclusive price of £200.  This includes the photoshoot PLUS five high-resolution digital images of your choice, AND 5 matching professional prints up to A4 size.


Your Questions Answered

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What's the difference between a family photo shoot and a mini shoot?

I get asked this a lot, and the short answer is flexibility.  With a full family photoshoot, the experience is fully bespoke – you choose the date, time, location and we plan the session around your exact requirements.  On my mini shoot days, I choose a date and a location, then families can book a 40 minute timeslot for their shoot on that day.  I run a limited number of mini shoot days each year, whereas family photo shoots can be booked on any date convenient to you.

Are mini shoots suitable for babies?

Yes!  Due to the style of my work, babies need to be able to sit independently – usually from around 6-7 months old.  I would also add that since mini shoots are 40 minutes long, if your baby takes time to settle or requires a feed or change during your mini shoot, we may run out of time.  You may prefer to consider a family photoshoot which would give more time and flexibilty for planning around your baby’s needs.

Do you photograph large family groups?

Yes!  I love photographing big family groups.  Often, a family photo shoot is bought as a gift for a grandparent’s birthday or anniversary, which is a great way of sharing the cost of some beautiful new portraits for everyone. Since mini shoots are only 40 minutes long, your selection of final images may be reduced if your extended family group is large. This is because extra time is needed to gather and pose larger groups of people – you may prefer to consider a family photoshoot which can be planned completely around your family. andallows around 2 hours.

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely!  Pets are just as much part of the family as people and I love including them in family portraits.  I’ve photographed families with all sorts of pets – from dogs and cats to horses, guinea pigs and ferrets!

What if it rains?

I keep a very close eye on the forecast in the lead up to a mini shoot day and if rain is due,  we’ll start by moving the time of your shoot to avoid the rain.  If the forecast looks set to pour down all day, we’ll move your mini shoot to the next mutually available date.

What if my child is ill on the day?

As a Mum myself, I know you can never plan for children being ill.  If your child is unwell on the day of your mini shoot,  just let me know as soon as you can and we can re-schedule your timeslot for one of my next available mini shoot days.

What should we bring with us?

Snacks, snacks and more snacks!  Keeping children fuelled and full of beans is essential during a photo shoot.  I also advise to bring a change of clothes for each child (just in case), a drink, some wipes for young children, and anything else you may usually take out for a walk with your family.

How do I book?

You can book your timeslot right here on this webpage – just above this section.  Simply click on your prefered date, choose your timeslot, and follow the checkout proceedure.  Please note payment is not taken online.  An invoice for payment will be emailed to you after the checkout process.

little girl being swung playfully by her mother during a family photoshoot in Lode, Cambridgeshire


Family Photoshoots

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If you prefer the flexibilty of being able to plan your family photoshoot at a time and place of your choosing, you might be interested in my bespoke sessions.  These sessions are planned completely around your family’s requirements and allow a little longer – perfect for very young children and larger family groups!



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