Lifestyle Family Photographer South Wales - Outdoor Family Photos - A Playful Sister and Brother

This week I’m bringing you a very playful session with these fun outdoor family photos! Helen got in touch with last year wanting to book a session as a surprise present for her brother. I thought that was so much fun and I still can’t quite believe she managed to keep her niece and newphew, Sam and Neive, quite about the whole thing too!

Helen, her Mother, Sam and Neive met me at their friends remote fields right by the rushing River Usk. It was a gorgeous afternoon, the air was crisp but the warm light from the slowly setting sun warmed us right up. We made our way through the plentiful mud, much to Sams delight, and we found ourselves right alongside the water.


Before creating any outdoor family photos I like to start my session with kids sitting down with me. So I asked Neive and Sam to sit with me in the grass and have a little chat. I discovered that Sam is passionate about dinosaurs and he was pretty pleased to find out that, thanks to my own dinosaur crazy son, I had a good bit of dino chat up my sleeves! All the while Neive rolled her eyes and joked as every girl should when dealing with their little brother! It was a great way to start our session, a chance for the kids to see that this was going to be fun and they could see me as a friend. This was something they really took to heart….

It wasn’t long before we were running full speed around the fields, playing tag, what time is it mr wolf, stuck in the mud and so many other play ground games! And when I say WE I mean WE. I was right in there playing too! Honestly I’m not quite sure how I managed to create these outdoor family photos whilst running around playing with the kids! But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I will match the energy of your kids during a session to be sure I can create images that capture what they’re all about!

I really feel like we capture the playful, funny and loving relationship that this brother and sister share. There was one moment where I asked the two to sit on the root of a tree, partly to give me chance to catch my breath. Sam sat at the top and popped his foot up on the root, adopting the stance of a proud grown man surveying his land. This cracked us all up, Neive included, she immediately ruffled his hair laughing and I just thought that it was such a sweet little moment between the two.


Then the moment of peace was passed and it was back to running at 100mph and having brave sword fights with sticks! It was chaos and I LOVED it! This is exactly why I love bringing a natural approach to outdoor family photos,! Capturing images that feel so authentic, images that truly capture the wonderment of being a kid and the personality of each individual child.

Lots of laughs were had it really was such a fun time and I’m sure Neive and Sam will always think fondly of this afternoon they spent playing so freely together!


If you want to see another fun session where I created more fun outdoor family photos then check out this blog.

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Sarah Haile is a Mother, Wife and Photographer based in Abergavenny, South Wales. Since her transformation into Motherhood she uses her camera to celebrate and empower the journeys of the Mothers she meets.

….she also quite likes speaking in the third person..

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