A documentary-style family photography session in High Peak, a week before Christmas

Kate and Mike got in touch with me a few months ago to arrange a family photoshoot over the Christmas break. With a baby and a four year old, they’re keenly aware of the passage of time, the way that children change so quickly, and all the little moments they want a visual memory of. Although they’re not local, Mike’s parents and sister live in Derbyshire, so they got the whole family involved to have a photoshoot at the grandparents’ home.

I trekked out in my tiny car on an icy Sunday, and discovered a beautiful farmhouse in the hills. I adore this part of the Peak District. It feels remote but not desolate, dramatic without being severe. I spent many a happy afternoon delivering cases of wine in this area and just marvelling at the natural beauty of the place. Thankfully Kate and I were on the same page, and agreed together that the landscape definitely needed to be featured in their photos.


a small boy in a big landscape - peak district photographer

A family photography session to remember

Four young children and six adults made this my biggest family photography session yet! But we had prepared. Kate assured me that she didn’t want any posed shots except for a big family photo at the end which I just loved. We decided together that a documentary style session would be the best way to capture these young cousins just playing together. I knew we were off to flying start when my arrival was immediately greeted with the offer of a warm drink and some food. I had found my people!

Indoor photos….

There was still snow on the ground outside, but the Christmas tree was up and the old house was cosy and welcoming.

black and white photo of a girl having her hair brushed - peak district photographer

The three older children played together beautifully, playing shops and running around while the baby napped. When the youngest of their crew arrived onto the scene there was an enormous dynamic shift, which was so interesting to capture.

I love the sense of time and place in this gallery, which I know is exactly what Kate was seeking when she hired me.


…and outdoor fun

Towards the end of the session we togged up and ventured out into the snow, the beauty of the landscape just begging to be captured. The snowy peaks served as the perfect backdrop to the kids having fun. I think there’s no better way to get photos of happy kids than letting them run wild and being in the right place at the right time with a good camera.


I adored this session. I know that Kate was looking forward to viewing her gallery and I can’t wait to see what she chooses!


three generations of a family out in the snow - peak district photographer


Kate and Mike chose to have a documentary-style family photoshoot. If you love this style as much as I do and want to find out more, please contact me at hello@carolinegoosey.com.