Am I the right photographer for you – lifestyle and documentary family photography in Swansea

If you’re here, it’s because you’d like to have some family photos taken in Swansea.

The thing is, there are so many different baby and family photographers to choose from in the Swansea area, so how do you know who will be the perfect fit for you?

I would love to be the right photographer for everyone, but realistically that’s just not going to happen.

I offer a style of natural, lifestyle and documentary family photography that might not be for everyone.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more than photos of you and your family in a plain studio, smiling nicely for the camera, then keep reading to see if I might be the right photographer to give you something a bit more special.

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I suppose the best place to start, to save you some time, is with a few questions that will help you know if I’m NOT the right photographer to take your family photos in Swansea.

Here we go:

  • Are you looking for posed, styled newborn photos?

If you’re looking for photos of your baby wrapped up in pretty blankets, fast asleep and gently positioned into sweet poses in a bucket or basket, then I’m not the photographer for you.  There are other photographers in Swansea who create these kinds of images, and they are beautiful, but that’s not what I do at all.


  • Do you want themed photos, with special outfits and editing?

There are photographers who do themed sessions, like princess or fairy sessions where your children can dress up and have their photo taken on special sets, with magical elements edited in later.  Again, these photos are amazing and there are photographers in Swansea who are really talented in this area, but this isn’t something I offer.


  • Do you just want a few photos of the family together, smiling for the camera?

A lifestyle family photo session with me does normally include a few more traditional photos of the family together, but it is so much more than that.

If all you’re really after are some photos of the family, to capture what you look like right now, then I may not be the photographer for you.


If you’re still here with me, hurray!

Now lets take a look at some of the things you might want that you can get from a session with me, to help you decide if I am the right photographer for you.


You want photos that capture genuine expressions and connections

I think we all know that slightly forced smile you see in photos where you’ve been asked to say ‘cheese’ or smile for the camera.

With the mix of lifestyle and documentary approaches that you would get in a session with me, you would get so many more genuine and authentic expressions in your photos.  Natural smiles and real laughter.  The look of concentration on your toddlers face as they measure out ingredients to bake with you, or that determined expression they get when they go to face the fireman’s pole in Brynmill Park.


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You want photos that show the love that you and your family have for each other

You’ll also get photos that show the love and connections between you all.

The way your baby looks you at you when you feed her.  The way your child holds your partners hand as you walk along the beach at Swansea bay.  The hugs and the shoulder rides that are part and parcel of this stage of your parenthood journey.

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You love photos where no one is actually looking at the camera

We will get some photos during your session where everyone is looking right at the camera.  But there’ll also be lots of photos from the session where not everyone is looking.

There will be some photos where no one is looking at the camera at all.

Because a session with me isn’t just about ‘nice’ photos of you all.  It’s about your life as it is right now.

It’s about giving you photos that show the way you look at each other, not how you look at the camera.

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You want to remember more than what you look like, you want to remember how your life feels right now.

A few years ago I saw an exhibition at the Glynn Vivian art gallery here in Swansea.

It was full of all sorts of photographs, including one of a little girl sitting down and smiling for the camera.

Next to it was a quote of a question that the child was asked, and the answer she gave:

“What are you doing in this photo?”

“Having my picture taken”

It has stuck with me ever since, and drives me to offer so much more for my clients than just ‘having your picture taken’.

I want you to look at your photos in the future and remember how you felt at that moment in time.  The routine of your life at that stage.  The little details that will be long gone as your children grow.

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You like photos that are natural, relaxed and real

Like I said at the beginning of this post, if you’re looking for creative, fantasy photography with props and digitally enhanced images then I am not the photographer for you.

If, on the other hand, you want photos of your parenthood journey that are natural, relaxed and real then we really should talk!

Real is the new perfect after all.

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You want your photo session to be fun.

You want your session to feel like a normal day with your family rather than a stressful experience where you worry about everyone behaving.

The whole point of a session with me is to capture your life as it is right now, not to capture photos of you in front of a screen, worrying about the children smiling nicely and staying still.

With a lifestyle and documentary session your real family memories will be captured.

Before your session we’ll discuss a few activities that you like to do as a family.  It might be baking fairy cakes at home, feeding the ducks in Brynmill park and having an ice cream from the kiosk or building sandcastles and flying kites on the beach at Swansea bay.

Whatever it is that you tend to do as a family at the moment.

This way the whole family can feel more relaxed.  There’s no pressure on the children to ‘be good’ and sit still.  They can run wild and have fun doing the things they like to do.

And the photos we’ll create together will mean you can look back in years to come and remember how much you loved doing these things together.

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If you’re still not sure if I’m the right photographer for you, here’s a bit more information about what I do.

My approach to sessions is a mix of lifestyle and documentary family photography.  

During a session we’ll get some lifestyle images; these are the ones that are a bit more posed, where I’ll give you a bit of direction to guide you into position and encourage genuine expressions.  These photos are most likely to be the ones where you’re all looking at the camera.  The grandma shots if you will.

But in a session with me you get so much more.  With the documentary approach there’s no posing and no real directions from me.  You just do your thing and I’ll photograph it for you.  So you get the in-between moments.  The little details.  The unposed, unscripted moments that are your real life.


If this sounds like something you would love to have for you and your family, please do get in touch to have a chat about a session.

I can’t wait to meet you!


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.


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