A BLISSFUL SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE LEVINE’S | PREVIEWS | THORNDON COUNTRY PARK | SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.

When Hannah messaged me a few months back saying her family are looking to get together and have a family session and would I be interested? Of course I said yes!
I have known Hannah since college as we both studied photography together so it was definitely an honour to be asked to photograph her and her family. After the arrival of her beautiful niece Sophie, they all decided it would be lovely to get some memorable photographs together for keepsakes.


As I already knew Hannah and knew she has the most beautiful doggies I said she should bring them along, who doesn’t love animals on a family session, they are family too! Plus a bunch of adults, 3 dogs and 1 baby will be easy to photograph right? Yes, yes it will! Hannah and her family decided on Thorndon Country Park for their session which is a beautiful country park near Brentwood in Essex. Great for the dogs to have a run around too which is a must!


Sunday afternoon I was greeted by Hannah, her Mum and Dad, Brother Matt and her other Brother Daniel with he’s wife Jess and daughter Sophie. It really was a fun filled family session with a whole bunch to photograph. Lets not forget their dogs, three beautiful Alaskan Malamute’s; Tikaani, Skye and Teyah that obviously made it into the family portraits.

We explored a big chunk of the country park, over looking a big lake and into the woods. Some big portraits on a broken down log and lots of baby cuddles of course! Ending with a little baby feed and some howling from Tikaani. It was brilliant!


Thank you for an amazing family session and hope you love your previews!

LITTLE DARLING DELILAH | HOME NEWBORN SESSION | SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.

A couple of weeks ago I spent my sunday morning with a new little arrival and her family. Baby was just shy of 4 week at the time of session and still had all the newness!

Mum opted for a home session. These are so perfect and ideal with newborns. It makes the experience so much more relaxed and comfortable for everyone involved. It also allows us the time we need to get the perfect shots.

My newborn sessions are my only staged photographs, by this I mean positioning baby and waiting for them perfect moments. Baby during this session was a dream to work with. It took a little longer to get her settled in moments but thats why home sessions are so ideal when it comes to newborns.

On preparing for babys newborn session Mum had got a few outfit changes ready and we also arranged for some family pics. This is another part of newborn sessions I love, who says it just had to be baby alone? For all, a new arrival into a family means a family unit and that to is something that warrants to be photographed.

I shot most of the photographs in a window bay in the front room of their family home. The perfect lighting was beaming through giving the clear vision of daylight. She woke for some of the shots with her eyes wide open looking around, she especially loves looking out the window!

“Thank you Shianne, you have captured a whole lot of beautiful memories in each and every shot of baby. I could not of asked for anything more, I am so glad you were the one to capture the moments of her while she is so small. I will treasure baby’s first photos for a lifetime and you made the experience just magical”