Family portrait shoot for Christmas

I am so lucky, I LOVE my job!!! Over my 20 odd years in business “people photography” has always been my greatest passion…. weddings and family groups, toddlers and babies. Each shoot is special to me and I capture people in a natural, informal way,  and work with the environment I’m in. 

Unfortunately, this year all but 2 of the weddings I had booked have rearranged to another date due to Covid. I’ve really missed doing them and cannot wait until the wedding industry is back on its feet again. Thankfully I’ve been extremely busy with the other side of my business which is property photography, as well as doing loads of family groups. 

A family portrait is something which can be treasured forever, and is often overlooked until children have grown up. It is lovely to capture a family at different stages over the years, and people should not put off having it done, as in years to come they may regret not having had one.

I think a family photo shoot is a perfect gift for loved ones this Christmas! The shoot can be booked in time to get prints or canvasses done as gifts. I also provide gift vouchers that can be given as a present and the shoot booked at a later date. 


As with all my photography, my style is very relaxed and natural. I love to meet a family in the comfort of their own home, or at a location special to them. Children feel much more relaxed in their own surroundings, rather than a studio, and equally location shoots are great for kids as they can roam around and not feel like they are posing for the camera. Whichever type of shoot is chosen, I always make sure I get loads of different group shots, plus the children on their own. I provide a huge choice of images and any can be colour or black and white. A photo shoot is a really fun thing to do as a family, and it captures those special times forever, as well as making a brilliant present for loved ones at Christmas!

£75 for a natural shoot, your home or location in York 

Includes 6 digital images chosen from many, high resolution copyright free and printable (Extra images can be purchased if required) 

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Katie and Gemma
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Nikki stood out from the other photographers we met from the point of initial contact. She was fantastic to work with and made us both feel comfortable during the planning stage and on the day. Nikki was able to tailor make a package for us that was kind to our budget but gave us exactly what we needed. We are delighted with our photographs of our day and are amazed that she was able to take so many.

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Lynsey and Colm
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From the moment I went with Nikki she made sure she knew exactly what I wanted, nothing was too much trouble. Nikki listened to all my ideas and was able to guide me in the right direction in terms of what would and wouldn't work both with the wedding day and the wedding album. On the 'big day' Nikki was patient, unobtrusive and I can honestly say made the whole photographic experience fun. She has been an absolute star with the patience of a saint. I plan to use the company again for other upcoming events.

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Christina and Simon

Aldwark Manor, Aldwark, York

Nikki was fantastic! She worked with us from the very first informal meeting to discuss our budget and what we wanted to achieve. She gave us guidance and ideas about the best photographic places in our wedding venue and what options we had. Nikki was not only very professional but friendly too and had the perfect tone for gathering everyone together for the photographs so there was no waiting around. I have since recommended Nikki to a few brides to be with no hesitation.

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Josie and Alan
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Nikki was brilliant on our wedding day: Professional, but personal at the same time. She made everyone feel so comfortable and, consequently, captured some really beautiful moments. As a "stressed out" bride, I really cannot compliment Nikki enough... in both the run up to our wedding, and afterwards, her communication was excellent - so proactive. She was incredibly organised and efficient. It really made this part of organising the wedding effortless. We would highly recommend her.

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Rowan and Ian
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I am so glad Nikki did our wedding photography, she went way beyond our expectations of our photograph's! We had a wonderful happy day with our family and friends, and she captured the atmosphere perfectly. She more than delivered the outline I had given her, and we have beautiful artistic memento's of our very special day. I love how she seized the moments of different parts of our day, both the formal and informal. We will treasure these photographs, and I could not recommend her highly enough! The trouble will be now just deciding what to leave out of the album!

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Nicola and Gareth
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The wonderful Nikki Bowling captured our day from bridal prep to the first dance (and beyond). We got the set pieces we requested and a plethora of candid, natural shots which capture our day perfectly. Nikki was very familiar with our venue and knew all the good nooks and crannies to get really wonderful pictures. A number of our guests commented on how great she was on the day. Getting her job done without imposing on the day and special time with family and friends. I would recommend her to anyone.