Family Photography in Cornwall

Family photos last a lifetime and more. While children are growing up, it can be challenging to get a perfect moment for a photo. And then they leave for college, move out, start their own families...


The truth is, the perfect moment you are waiting for, may never come. Every moment is perfect. Every milestone in the child's life, every year is important to remember, and pass the memories on to further generations.

Family Photographer in Cornwall

At The Old Mill Studios, we would be honoured to capture your family’s memories. It can be on a beautiful Cornish beach, on the lenghthy clay path, or at our photo studio in St Austell, Cornwall. Maryna has welcomed people for family photography since 2013.

Upon booking, we will choose the date suitable for you for the photo session.

You are welcome to bring up to 3 outfits of your choice for yourself and family. We will aim for a variety of photos. Some relaxed poses, some more traditional, Maryna will do her best to make the process as fun, as possible. Regarding the clothes for the whole family, we always recommend to go for

– smart casual;

– neutral natural colours: white, beige, grey, blue, mauve;

– colours in the similar shades for the whole family.

Carefully selected outfits bring extra unity in family portraits

Usually the session lasts about 1 – 2 hours. During this time we will take a various images of the whole family and individual family members.

Cornwall has plenty to offer location wise, from magnificent beaches to romantic woods. Location photography is the way to go with younger children and larger families.  They are much more relaxed and kids can run around and explore. All of this will lead to far better expressions and a fun family experience.

After the session we schedule the date (usually within 7-10 days) for you to view your edited images in person at the studio and decide on which package/photo product you’d like to go for.

To book there is a £35 non-refundable session fee for the studio and locations within 7 miles of St Austell. For the further location, there is £40 travel fee. You should be able to add this option when checking out.

To have a chat, discuss your requirements and check the available dates, please do not to hesitate to contact us.

Family Session

Up too 2 hours session

In Studio


Non refundable session fee

(no images are included with the session fee)

Unlike other photographers, we do not hide our photo packages prices. Please view them below.



>Full use of props and outfits

>Personal viewing appointment

>5 high res. edited images on USB




>Full use of props and outfits

>Personal viewing appointment

>All images slideshow to music

>10 high res. edited images on USB

>10 matching 5x7" prints




>Full use of props and outfits

>Personal viewing appointment

>All images slideshow to the music

>25 high res. edited images on USB

>25 matching 5x7" prints in storage box

>£100 off photo album

>£50 off themed session package

>£50 off Wall Art

"Maryna is a talented photographer who our children warmed to straight away. On both of the occasions we have used her so far, the photographs have been stunning and good value too. A lovely photographer - highly recommended!"

Emma & family, Wadebridge

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I wear for the family photo session?

A: It is always best to wear clothing in natural colours (blue, beige, white, brown) that are free from large logos, letters and numbers as these can be distracting.

Please do not choose black and white boldly patterned and stripy t-shirts or tops and try to avoid beach shorts and flip-flops! Though they are great for holiday wear, they do not contribute to good portraiture.

Collared shirts of a single colour or with a very gentle pattern are the best for men and boys.
Brightness and business of clothing make pictures look busy and distract attention from the main focus which is the person in the photo.
For family and sibling portraits, colour coordinated clothing is best. Bringing a few changes of outfits will make for a greater variety in your pictures. We will help you to mix and match if you are not sure.

Q: How many people can take part in the family session?

A: No family is too small or too large. We have photographed large groups of around 20 people. In the studio however it could be a little bit busy with very big families, but it is still possible

Q: What if my child will not cooperate?

A: Young children can be a handful and cause parents a lot of stress during the photo session. The way we deal with them is to give them time and not to force them to do anything, and eventually they may want to come and join in. The more stressed the parent becomes, the naughtier the toddler is, so the best approach is to stay calm. Photo sessions on location tend to be a bit more relaxed for the kids as there is more space for them to run around.

If however, nothing works, we can reschedule the session for another day (it has, however, never happened!)


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