Family & Child Photographer : my Summer

Family & Child Photographer : my Summer

Its been an incredibly busy Summer of family & child photo-shoots, so I thought I would share a few of my favourite images from those shoots I can share (some are still being kept as surprise presents for Grandparents)…


 An outdoor family photo shoot in Poole, Dorset

This photo session took place in the grounds of a stunning house and gardens in Dorset. The location had some stunning tree lined avenues, huge bamboo bushes and lots of space for the kids to run around in. I especially loved the bamboo garden which I thought made a really great backdrop for a family shoot.


Summer family photoshoot Hertfordshire


A family photo-shoot at Alice Holt, Hampshire


This shoot just goes to show how lucky I am to work with such great families. It rained pretty much the entire shoot, and a lot of the test images had mum, dad and the kids in their rain jackets and then we would whip them off for the shoot. One of my favourite images was of the youngest family member inside the tunnel. I had to climb right inside to get the shot but it was worth it! I also think the roundabout shot is great fun but I must say I did make a little bit of a fool of myself as I fell off while trying to get this shot. Like a true professional photographer I kept my camera aloft so only my pride was hurt 🙂 These were taken in Alice Holt forest which is well worth a visit if you live in Hampshire. It also has a high ropes course for the kids as well as lots of really great play areas. www.forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt


Photoshoot Alice Holt



An extended family shoot in Hemel Hempstead

Boxmoor is one of my favourite locations to photograph at as its very local to me and also it has some stunning fields which are easily accessible for family shoots. This family shoot was bought for mum by her 2 daughters and the entire family came along for the shoot. It was so lovely to get all of the grandchildren together and I have since photographed both family’s separately too so now I feel as if I know them really well.


Outdoor family shoot Hemel Hempstead


A family photo-shoot in Buckinghamshire

These images were taken in Buckinghamshire and Mum is actually a great photographer herself. She wanted some family shots where she was also in the photos, something us photographers often forget to do. The 4 children were such great fun and the eldest was amazing at giving me beautiful thoughtful expressions.


family shoot Buckinghamshire


Family photo shoot in Exeter, Devon

A little further than my usual locations, this summer I travelled down to Exeter in Devon for another extended family photo shoot. This shoot was bought by the sons and daughters for their dads birthday as an opportunity to get one great group shot of them all as well as Granddad with his grandchildren.  Before the shoot I also spent half a day with one of the family on a 1-2-1 session teaching her more about how to use her DSLR to get great photos everyday. A really fun afternoon and lovely to spend time with a family that clearly have so much love for one another.


family photo shoot in Devon


Child Photographer in Hemel Hempstead

This family shoot was again up at Boxmoor in Hemel Hempstead. We had a glorious day of sunshine and real fun searching for bugs in the logs and long grass and trying to catch the flying seeds in the field.


photographer Hemel Hempstead



An indoor / outdoor family photo shoot in St Albans, Clarence Park

I love working with families in their home and their home and then heading outdoors – the kids have an opportunity to get to know me and show me around their room and then by the time we head to the park we are ready to play. The girls looked gorgeous in their dresses but I loved that Mum & Dad would still let them climb their favourite tree in them – my kind of family 🙂


child photographer St Albans


An photo-shoot at home to celebrate the arrival on a new baby

This is the second time I have photographed this family and I loved meeting their new addition. We started the session in their daughters room and then progressed to a Peppa Pig cake baking session.

baby photoshoot Berkhamsted


If you would like to book a family photo-shoot in 2016 then please email [email protected]. I also train both beginner and advanced professional photographers and all details can be found here .

Nina Mace child photographer of the Year – The Guild of Professional Photographers  

Family photo shoot Stowe Gardens

Family photo shoot Stowe Gardens

Family photo shoot Stowe Gardens

I am always very excited when a fellow photographer asks me to take some family photos for them and I take it as a huge complment. My friend Neil from Neil Bowler Photography asked if I could take some photos of his 2 boys at Stowe Gardens Buckinghamshire. Stowe is a stunning National Trust property with lakes, gardens and amazing buildings. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the National Trust then visit here

We met up late afternoon and walked around the grounds letting the boys play and then at key locations asking them to sit where the light was best. Being a newbie to fitbit we tracked out steps and took over 10,000 so not only did we have fun exploring we exercised too 🙂

Below are some of my favourite images from the day and I was pleased to hear that Neil loved them (being a Craftsman, Associate etc. Neil really knows his photography)

Stowe landscape gardens

Stowe gardens photo shoot

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Stowe Gardens

Photo shoot Stowe Gardens



Nina Mace is a children & family photographer based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. She specialises in outdoor photography and has scouted locations all over Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. If you would like to book a shoot please email [email protected]. She also offers Beginners Photography Training and Mentoring for aspiring or professional photographers.

Outdoor childrens photographer Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire

Outdoor childrens photographer Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire

Outdoor childrens photography by Nina Mace

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Nina and I am an Outdoor childrens photographer who is passionate about capturing children having fun on location.  I have 2 children of my own, who love to be outdoors and explore all that the UK has to offer. We are incredibly lucky to have such changeable seasons in England, and this means that we get the full range of stunning outdoor colours from the yellows and greens of Spring to oranges and reds of Autumn.

I am very pleased to say that I won the Children’s, Family & Lifestyle Photographer of the Year with the Guild of Professional Photographers and my work has been featured in major children’s photography competitions including Child Photo Contest and in Vogue.

I offer family photo shoots and I also now train beginner and professional photographers. Prior to becoming a photographer I worked as Brand & Marketing Manager and this has also led to my new Mentoring programme and Marketing for photographers course.

“Over the last 5 years Nina Mace Photography has become one of the UK’s top Outdoor childrens photographers
offering using the glorious natural backdrops of the UK as her inspiration”


Below are a selection of some of my recent favourite outdoor children’s images -if you would like to receive hints and tips for photographing children straight into your inbox then just sign up at the end of this email. I regularly share behind the scenes images, marketing tips and before and after edits.

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girl photographed in bluebells
Outdoor children's photographer Hemel
Girl walking in woods
Outdoor children's photographer Hemel
Mum and daughter outdoor photography
boy on swing photograph
glasgow photography workshop
family shoot on location

Outdoor family photo session Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Outdoor family photo session Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Outdoor family photo session Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

It’s been an incredibly busy month meeting lots of families for woodland photo sessions. I worked with Nick for a short time in the Marketing Team of a local holiday company and he got in touch a couple of months ago to arrange a photo shoot for him, his wife and his gorgeous little girl.  These images were taken on Boxmoor Trust land in Hemel Hempstead.

little girl with mum and dad Outdoor family photo session

playing in the woods Outdoor family photo session

Little girl with flowers Outdoor family photo session

mum and daughter Outdoor family photo session

About the Boxmoor Trust: Founded in 1594, The Box Moor Trust manages some 480 acres of agricultural and amenity land for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon.  A registered charity, the Trust’s mission is to manage the estate in an environmentally sensitive manner for recreation, biodiversity, the provision of diverse opportunities for lifelong learning and to ensure that the enjoyment of such initiatives is accessible to all.

If you would like to book a family photo session with Nina Mace Photography please visit here for more details

Nina Mace Photography launches Outdoor photo session dates for 2014

I will be running Group family portrait days in and around Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury, Harpenden, Reading & Basingstoke in 2014.  Dates for the first half of this year are shown below, including some information on the locations themselves. Please note these dates booked very quickly in 2013, so please get in touch early to avoid disappointment. If you, and a group of friends, would like to arrange an outdoor date at a location of your choice, please feel free to get in  touch to discuss your ideas.

Nina Mace Photography outdoor sessions

What is included in the outdoor photo session?

Your session will last 1-1.5 hours and will include a variety of posed family and lifestyle shots. Being outdoors means the kids can run free and these often makes the best, natural, portraits.

Cost of the session

The great news is, on these dates, the session fee is reduced by 50%, only costing £25.  This session fee covers the shoot time, editing of the images, and access to a password protected gallery. The prints and digital files can then be purchased on top and these range from £29 to £299. See below for more details.

– 1 print up to A4   £29

– 1 image as a high resolution files on CD, includes a free 10 x 8 print £49

– Digital Collection 1 : 10 high resolution images on CD plus a set of matching 6 x 4 inch professional prints £229

– Digital Collection 2 : All high resolution images on CD, plus 5 free A4 professional prints £299

* Please note there is a minimum spend of £100 on prints and digital files. 

How do I book?

 Email [email protected] or go to the contact page on my website.

Group outdoor sessions