Family Portraits


Thanks Mat!
“Thanks for a stress free Saturday morning Mat, I was a bit worried about letting my two loose in front of the camera as they rarely do anything I ask lol, but they were putty in your hands and the pics are stunning! .”

— D.W. - Sutton in Ashfield (Facebook)

“I hate having my photo taken but really wanted some nice pics of the whole family.  You went above and beyond, totally relaxed after meeting you (great Pokemon knowledge by the way my son was very impressed). You made it so much fun and the photos are just incredible.”

— Clair W - Chesterfield (Email)

Spot on cheers
“Cheers Mat, everything we hoped for, my wife is already ordering canvases... can't wait to get them up on the wall.  My daughter loved every minute of it and Hardwick made the perfect spot for taking them.”

— Ron K - Mansfield (Email)

Getting to know you

I’m passionate about what I do and love to create unique images which capture people, personalities and emotion in beautiful real world environments. 

I aim to combine my experience, unique style, a beautiful location and your gorgeous family to create a set of images you will want to look at and share for years to come. 

We can choose the location together or I can suggest somewhere perfect nearby.  I can help with wardrobe suggestions, discuss any themes you would like to include and get to know a little about who is coming along, especially the interests of any children, a little Minecraft or unicorn chat always helps break the ice with them on the day!

I’m a dad to three fantastic children and my oldest daughter is autistic so whatever your family make up you can rest assured you are in safe hands. 

Relax and enjoy

At the beginning of your photo shoot we can spend a little time with introductions, I have a female assistant who sometimes helps with lighting if required, mums/dads can relax, kids will have lots of fun and between us all we will have a great time and get some fantastic pictures.

Your session will last between 60 and 90 minutes.  It can sometimes feel a little awkward to be in front of a camera but I have a great sense of humour, know exactly what makes a great picture, and as I spot scenes in my mind’s eye I will direct and suggest ideas to keep the whole experience completely stress free.

Sit tight whilst the magic happens

Once the photo session is all done I will take time choosing and then editing a selection of the best images from our day.  I generally shoot a combination of candid and naturally posed photos with the occasional serious face or grumpy frown thrown in for good measure. 

It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality, getting pictures that convey personalities, pictures of your family you will want to hang on your wall, look at and share with friends for many years to come.

Within ten days of your shoot you will receive your personal online gallary of fully edited, high resolution, water mark and copyright free images to print, share and enjoy however you wish.

Suggested locations

  • Hardwick Hall

  • Sutton Scarsdale Hall

  • Bolsover Castle

  • Sutton Lawn

  • Sherwood Pines

  • Wollaton Park

  • Bluebell woods

  • Clumber Park

  • Clipstone Park

  • Local wildlife parks, woodland and trails

Other services available:

  • Band promotional shoots

  • Ceremonies

  • Birthday parties

  • Christenings

  • Engagement shoots

  • Prom night photo shoots