"Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Close up of boy laughing outside in woodland on Tunbridge Wells Kent family portrait shoot Rachel Hayes Photography


Family and children are our world. Sometimes we have so little time to step back and pause for a moment to appreciate the wondrous little people in our lives, as before we know it they are all grown up!

Captured With Light's children's portrait photography shoots are tailored to your requirements and the personality of your child; because no two are the same.

If your child loves climbing trees and jumping in puddles that's great! Lets pick a woodland location for the portrait shoot where they can be themselves. Or if your child prefers dressing up and pretending to be a favourite pop star then the photography shoot can include chances to change outfits and capture their desire to perform.

These portrait sessions are about bringing out the personality of YOUR child through breathtaking images that you will treasure forever.

Down Syndrome female toddler looking to camera Tunbridge Wells Kent Portrait sessions Rachel Hayes family photography


Portrait sessions are designed to be relaxed so as to best capture your child's character with emphasis placed on creating the very best possible images with minimum fuss.

Authenticity is at the heart of Captured With Light Photography. The images created are not contrived; they are moments in time that have unfolded naturally that capture the character and personality of the child in front of the lens.

Rachel specialises in using natural light where possible to obtain beautiful and timeless photographic artwork of you and your family that you can enjoy looking at every day for years to come.

Rachel allows longer slots for newborns or for children with additional needs to allow for feeding and settling so as not to put pressure on parent and child.

Small blonde boy on a steam train carriage with rose Tunbridge Wells Kent Portrait sessions Rachel Hayes Photography


PRE-SHOOT CONSULTATION A telephone consultation in the week prior to your shoot so that Rachel can find out more about your family and customise the session to your needs.


EDITING AND RETOUCHING OF ALL IMAGES FROM THE SHOOT Rachel's time spent selecting the best images from your session and digitally perfecting each individual image.

A PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY OF THE BEST IMAGES After your session, you will be able to review the photographs in an online gallery and pick the photographs of your choice. The gallery will be live for 7 days for you to enjoy and make your selections.

HIGH-RESOLUTION DIGITAL IMAGES Each shoot includes an agreed number of high-resolution digital pictures emailed to you, with the option to purchase more if desired.

We advise a minimum four week lead time for weekdays and up to six weeks for weekend sessions as they are particularly popular.

Full Family Session Package 1

- Time spent selecting the very best photographs from your session and digitally perfecting each individual image.
- Your choice of 10 high-resolution digital format images.
- 1 hour session at a location of your choice.


Full Family Session Package 2

- Time spent selecting the very best photographs from your session and digitally perfecting each individual image.
- Your choice of 20 high-resolution digital format images.
- 2 hour session - can include more than one location.


Mini Family Session Package 3

- Time spent selecting the very best photographs from your session and digitally perfecting each individual image.
- Your choice of 5 high-resolution digital format images.
- 30 minute shooting time at a location of your choice.


Fun-filled children's shoots

Children's portrait sessions are run so as to be relaxed so that the kids can do what they do best - be themselves! A stress free environment will help to relax your child who can then bring more of their natural character and personality to the session. Children generally feel more themselves in familiar surroundings, or in an open space outside. Each session is tailor made and can combine bespoke portraits in your own home through to a scenic shoot on location.

Down Syndrome toddler in Halloween outfit waving to camera family photo shoot Tunbridge Wells Kent childrens photograph

Themed and mini sessions

Themed sessions are available throughout the year; such as spooky Halloween shoots, Christmas card shoots, Spring time Easter bunny shoots, Lavender field shoots, Mothers day, Fathers day, and much more. Rachel can tailor a themed shoot depending on your requirements. Mini sessions are also available throughout the year at pre-arranged beautiful outdoor locations in and around Tunbridge Wells to keep your family album up to date all year round.

Head shots & commercial

Rachel provides professional head shots to other creatives such as designers, influencers, business owners and speakers to capture new professional content for you. And if you run a business in the area of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Sussex, London or beyond, Rachel provides photographic services including promotional imagery taken for all your corporate marketing needs such as websites, brochures, leaflets, business cards and social media. Please get in touch for more details.

Kind words

Kind words

The Radbone Family

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"Rachel Hayes joined our family on the SPA railway for a stream train ride. Our boys are train bonkers so it was a great setting for a tailor made photo shoot. Rachel is professional, friendly and had a natural rapport with the kids. She captured some beautiful moments and their personalities perfectly. We absolutely love the images Rachel has taken and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a family photo session. We will be back for more photos with Rachel for sure!"

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