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Emerald Photo UK

Family photographer bristol

Based in Bristol- Available in Somerset 

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Bristol family lifestyle photographer with a touch of art


I’m Eszter, a lifestyle family photographer based in Bristol, but happy to travel within Somerset. I understand that every family is unique, with their own story. Regardless of the size or composition of the family, there are always memorable moments that make them stand out.

My priority as a family photographer is to capture those little honest moments that make each family unique. I believe these candid shots create memories that will last a lifetime.

Regarding the location of the photo session, I am always happy to work with the family’s preferences. Whether it’s an outdoor shoot in a park or the woods or an indoor shoot in a photo studio or family home, each location offers unique opportunities for creating intimate and personal images. My goal is to capture the essence of your family and the special moments that make you who you are.

Eszter Szalai, documentary-style photographer, the owner of Emerald Photo UK

Family pictures with a unique style

As a family photographer, I understand the value of capturing the significant moments spent with loved ones. Family pictures are a timeless reminder of the love and bond shared among family members.

Children are tiny miracles, and I believe every moment spent with them is precious. As a family photographer, I am fascinated by the little joys and grievances on their faces. It’s truly an incredible sight to capture them when they are delighted.

As a family photographer, I am committed to helping you preserve the love and bond shared among family members. I approach each family photo session to encourage participation in this miracle. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor photography session, I use a documentary style to capture raw and honest emotions. I aim to create memories you will cherish forever, capturing the moments you want to remember the most.

The reason Why ?

If you want to capture some fantastic memories with your family, book a family photoshoot.

Your documentary-style family lifestyle photographer doesn’t want to make you pose in awkward positions. Instead, I like to capture genuine, candid moments that showcase your family’s unique personalities and relationships. You’ll end up with photos that truly tell the story of your family rather than ones that look fake or staged.

Plus, as your documentary-style family photographer, I’m taking the time to get to know you and your family before the shoot. That way, I can tailor the session to your needs and preferences and make you feel comfortable and relaxed during the shoot.

How it works!

After sending your enquiry form, the next step is for us to arrange a meeting and a consultation, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you already have and to get to know what you want from your family photo session.

I always prefer to meet in person, but a video call/zoom meeting is also a great option. If you decide to proceed, we will secure the photo session with a deposit.

We will constantly communicate with the whole organising until implementation and ensure you will be satisfied with your forever-treasured photos.

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Free No- obligation consultation and planning.

Discuss your vision for the session. We’ll talk about location, outfits, and any other details that are important to you.


We’ll meet at the agreed-upon location on the day of the shoot. I’ll guide you through natural, relaxed poses that feel comfortable for you, and we’ll also capture candid moments that showcase your love story.


Receive your full-resolution, refined, high-quality retouched pictures so you can sit back, relax, select your beautiful wall art or album, and share it with your loved ones. Depending on my workload, you can usually expect to receive your pictures within 1-2 weeks.

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Mini family photo sessions

To capture smile, moments and joy.
£ 149
  • 30 min indoor studio or outdoor photoshoot
  • 15 professionally edited high resolution digital images
  • A secure online private gallery

Full family photo session

Family stories told through photos.
£ 259
  • 1.5 - 2 hours indoor studio or outdoor photoshoot
  • 40 professionally edited high resolution digital images
  • A secure online private gallery
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What is family vs lifestyle photography?

As a family photographer, I often get asked about the difference between family and lifestyle photography. With family photography, you’ll get everyone looking at the camera and smiling, while lifestyle photography captures natural moments of your family’s personality and relationships. Family photography is more posed and traditional, while lifestyle photography is more relaxed and candid.

Both styles have benefits, depending on what you’re looking for in your family photos. Family photography is the way to go if you want a traditional family portrait. But if you want something more candid and unique, then lifestyle photography is the way to capture your family’s memories.

What should we wear for our family photoshoot?

I advise wearing something you feel comfortable in that reflects your family’s style. You don’t want to be fussing with your clothes during the shoot.

Coordinating your outfits is a good idea, but don’t worry about matching exactly. Pick a colour scheme and have everyone wear different shades of that colour. When choosing your outfit, consider the location and season, and ensure you’re comfortable.

Most importantly, have fun with it! You want to feel confident and relaxed during the photoshoot, so you can enjoy the experience and capture those special family moments.

How long will the photo shoot last?

So, the length of a family photo shoot depends on a few things, like how many people are in your family, where we’re taking the photos, and what kind of shoot you’re after. Usually, a family photo shoot lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

If you have a smaller family or want a few specific shots, a shorter shoot of around 30 minutes might be perfect. But if you have a big family or want more variety in your photos, we might need more time to get all the shots you want.

Don’t worry; when we work together, we’ll talk about what you want to achieve from the photoshoot, and we’ll figure out the best length of time for you. Most importantly, we get those fantastic family shots you’ll cherish for years!

Can we include our pets in the photo shoot?

As a family photographer, I love when families include their pets in their photo shoots! I understand that pets are essential to the family, and capturing them in your photos is necessary.

Let me know if you want to bring your pet along so I can plan for it. We can discuss any special needs or concerns you may have, so we can make sure your furry friend is comfortable and happy throughout the photoshoot.

When the day comes, we’ll work together to get some fantastic shots of your pet alone and with the whole family. I’ll do my best to ensure your pet is having a blast and that we capture their unique personality.

Are you ready to book your family photo session?

Feel free to ask about my family photography packages or my mini-session prices!

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