Which session time is best for your outdoor family session… with Jenna Marshall Photography, Hertfordshire

As a family photographer (based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire), July, August and September are my busiest months for outdoor family photography sessions. I offer these sessions at different times throughout the day. This post will give you an insight in to what difference the time of your session will make to the overall aesthetic of your images. Obviously the weather will also play a part, be it cloudy or sunny. Here are examples to help you choose which time is best for you and your family.

Sunny Day – Morning light (sessions around 9am)


Morning light can create an interesting portrait with a lot of contrast between light and shadow. My favourite locations to use are often in direct sunlight in the morning not leaving much diffused light. I love the brightness of sessions at this time. These sessions are often a favourite with parents as children have recently eaten and are fresh from a good night sleep ready for the day. 





Cloudy Day- Morning light (sessions around 9am)


Do not be put off by a cloudy day. Morning sessions on a cloudy day can give beautiful evenly diffused light. 




Sunny Day- Early Evening Light (sessions around 5pm)

The sun has usually moved around create a nice shaded area in my favourite location during the evening sessions. These sessions can often be a little bit awkward for children as it is usually around their dinner time but I highly recommend changing up the routine for that day to make the most of this beautiful lighting. 



Golden Hour Lighting on a Sunny Day (one hour before sunsets)


This is probably my favourite kind of lighting for sessions. The low sun creates such a beautiful warm feel to portraits. The sessions can be hard for children to not be tired, especially in the summer when the sun sets so late. These two portraits were taken at 7.30pm in June. I ensured both the kids had their dinner before we went out for a walk. Being outside immediately woke them up and they enjoyed playing around between photos. They felt like it was a treat being allowed out so late too. 




Packages available for outdoor sessions

Mini A La Carte Package available for £85
30 Minute Session
2 Digital Images included
If you find it too hard to choose just 2 images to own from your gallery then after your session you can purchase files individually for £30 each or the whole gallery for £165. *Optional print and other products also available to purchase after
*£35 Deposit required

Mini All Inclusive Session – £249
30 Minute Session on Location
15 Portraits will be enhanced and supplied to you as high resolution files with print release
10 7”X5” Lustre Prints
*£75 deposit required

Full Family Session – £399
60-90 Minute Session on Location
30-40 Portraits will be enhanced and supplied as high resolution files with print release
15 x 7″x5″ Lustre Prints
*£75 deposit required

We have a handful of family sessions available over the Summer still contact us for the available dates

Stevenage Newborn & Family Photographer | Everything you need to know about Cake Smash Sessions | featuring Anna

Cake Smash sessions have become a very popular way to celebrate your little one turning one. There are so many different ways to hold these sessions. I know lots of photographers who do themed sessions such as Disney, rainbow, dinosaurs etc. I know some photographers who hold these sessions in the clients home as a lifestyle session and I know others who hold them outdoors. Personally I keep away from themes and stick to the more minimalist, clean and classic look. I do not want your images to look dated over the years. Most sessions take place in my home studio using a white backdrop roll and some simple decoration, usually stars or flowers. I am also happy to hold lifestyle cake smash sessions in your own home.


When should I book my session? 

I usually only take 2/3 Cake Smash bookings per month due to keeping spaces available for pre-booked newborn clients. The sooner you book the better. We rarely take bookings with less than 5/6weeks notice

What is included in the £299 fee and do you have any other packages available?

I have found it is much easier to just have one all inclusive package for this type of session where everything is included and there are no extra costs after your session. Included in the fee..

1 Hour Session in three parts


Cake & Simple Decorations in your choice of colour

25 Portraits will be enhanced and supplied to you as high resolution digital files with print release

10 X 7”X5” Lustre Prints

Do you offer any discounts?

Anyone who has had a newborn session with myself is entitled to a 10% discount off the package fee.

Can we have some family portraits too?

Yes. There are 3 sections to this session. The first 15 minutes are for clean and classic portraits either of little one on their own, with a sibling or with the family. The second 15minute section is the Cake Smash followed my section 3 which is the bath. The sections are only 15 minutes each as one year olds have a very short attention span so get bored pretty quickly!

Can we have a custom cake?

Custom Cakes are an optional extra with enough notice. There is an additional fee for this service starting at £15+ Dairy free cakes are also available

How do I book a session?

Simply contact us to see which dates we have available, once a date has been agreed you will receive a link to pay the £75 deposit required. Once this has been paid your date will be reserved. The remainder of the package fee will be due one week before your session date.

Any other questions just pop us a message 🙂

Stevenage Newborn & Family Portrait Photographer | Myles

You would be forgiven for assuming because I have hardly been posting work from my newborn photography sessions that it has been quiet here at Jenna Marshall Photography. It is quite the opposite! I have been struggling to find the time to post recently as I have been trying to keep on top of all the editing from recent sessions. We have been incredibly busy I have been neglecting not only my website but my social media platforms too. I am determined to get back on top of this! I have some very exciting blog posts planned so sign up to the newsletter to be sure not to miss any! 

Here are some of my favourite images from a newborn session with Myles a couple of months ago. I had the honour of photographing this little mans big brother when he was also a newborn. It is always such a joy seeing families again!

If you are planning on booking yourself a newborn session please remember to do so between 12-35weeks pregnant 

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