Jenny from Jenny Smith Photography has been working as a baby, child and family photographer for 7 years now, ever since giving up her job in radio PR and she absolutely loves it.


Jenny who is based in Muswell Hill got into photography when she was about 10 years old and has dabbled in it all of her life, however, it was only when she went on maternity leave that she started to rethink her career.

We asked Jenny to share her photography style with us and her top tips for parents taking pictures of their kids.

“It was a scary decision to quit my job and to give photography a go but I’m so pleased I took the plunge. I love working with babies and children, they’re so much fun.  Each one is different and as such we get a very different set of photographs from family to family.  I particularly love taking close ups of children, you can tell so much about a child just from their eyes.


I always work outside on location or at my clients’ home where the children feel safe and relaxed.  My sessions are very informal and I try to make them as much fun as possible for the kids (and the parents).  I’m quite used to blaring out kids songs, jumping up and down, pulling silly faces or creeping up to the window to see if we can see the Gruffalo. I’ll try anything and everything to get the right expression from the children.


I work with natural light and the first thing I do when I arrive at a house is look all over to find the best rooms for the light. Sometimes that could be in a junk room or even a bathroom which some mums and dads look a bit worried about!  But if there’s great light then the photos will be great too, I just have to tell my clients to trust me.


Tips for parents taking photos of their kids:

How do I get them to smile?

Whatever you do don’t ask them to smile.  Get your camera ready and then make a silly noise, or start singing a nursery rhyme but deliberately get one of the words wrong, or challenge them NOT to smile (and then wait).    Natural smiles are always better than the forced ones.  But also, not all photos have to be happy!  Some of my favourite shots are of the children looking away from the camera in deep thought.

Holiday tips

Don’t take photos of your children with the sun shining directly on their faces. They will squint and you’ll get harsh shadows.  The best thing to do is look for ‘open shade’ and place them on the edge of it.  So the shade from a tree, a porch, or just inside a doorway will give you much more flattering images.

Get in close

Don’t be afraid to get in close to the kids. Or zoom in close with your camera.  Close-ups are stunning and help to show their true character, plus you’ll eliminate any unattractive backgrounds at the same time.”



Jenny Smith Photography



Phone: 07527711967


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