Alfreton Family Photographer
Amy Pitfield is a photographer based in the Alfreton area of Derbyshire but covers Chesterfield, Derby and the surrounding areas. She has years of experience photographing families and is known for her natural children and family portraiture.
Qualified in childcare, Amy combines her love of children with her passion for photography in relaxed and natural photo sessions on location. Her natural flair as a photographer is enhanced by technical skills gained at Sheffield Hallam University enabling her to capture those precious moments.
As well as outdoor family sessions, Amy provides studio photography for babies and toddlers in a very relaxed setting using natural light. For those who want to be photographed surrounded by their favourite things, Amy also provides family photography in the home. These lifestyle shoots document the family's genuine moments in their own surroundings, capturing memories that will be treasured for years.
"Growing up in The Yorkshire Dales, I was forever snapping my family in the beautiful surroundings and always knew photography was going to be a big part of my life. While studying at Sheffield Hallam University I developed my passion further and acquired the technical skills essential to produce timeless images that tell a story.
In 2010 I started a crèche and nanny business in my hometown of Skipton, North Yorkshire before moving to Chesterfield, Derbyshire and continuing with nannying. Working with very young children, I realised just how precious childhood is and how quickly it flies past.
Family memories are so valuable and it is vital to capture them before they slip away into the past undocumented
I understand having professional photographs taken can feel a little out of the ordinary. Attempting to have photographs taken with young children can be stressful! This is where my childcare background becomes invaluable. My style is very natural and relaxed - I spend time getting to know the family and build up a rapport with everyone before I get the camera out in order to capture genuine smiles and happy memories."
So much fun"You have created some amazing memories for us and those photos we will always treasure. During the photography session we felt at ease with you and it was so much fun. You have such a way with children and my baby boy absolutely loved you."
JUST SOME OF MY PHOTOS
Felt at ease straight away"To say we enjoyed our photo shoot with Amy Pitfield Photography would be the biggest understatement ever. Every single one of us was beaming from ear to ear by the end of our beautiful, crisp, autumnal walk. The kids loved Amy and felt at ease with her straight away, something that I think comes across in the photos. I cannot recommend Amy enough for anyone who is looking to capture a very natural moment in time, I know we will treasure these photos forever."
BOOK YOUR SESSION
Which session is right for you?
Depending on the ages of your children and your particular tastes, different sessions will work better for different families. Choose your session type from the list below:
You and your children choose a location in which they will be able to show off their own individual personalities – perhaps a park, the local woods or a favourite walk.
If you struggle to choose I know the local area well and can suggest some locations based on the time of year and ages of your children. I will take time to get to know your family and will make sure the children are comfortable with me before the camera is introduced.
I direct sessions subtly, allowing the children to lead the way; if they want to wander off, I will wander with them, if they want to stop to admire a puddle then they can! Every child is different and there is no rush.
IDEAL FOR SITTING BABIES/NEWBORNS
My studio is available for sitting babies and newborns so we can capture all those little squishy details- the baby curls, the chubby fingers, the chunky thighs, the toe fluff, the wobbly walk, the way she turns the pages of her favourite story and even the dribble. No, ESPECIALLY the dribble! If you're like me, you'll want to remember these beautiful little details forever.
The studio is a naturally bright room with no backdrop as such so they are free to wander around and explore as they wish while I snap away. It has wooden floors, a pretend bed and a few wooden toys but I always advise bringing your child's favourite books and teddies. These little objects are not only a huge part of yours and your baby's life right now, but in years to come they will be a huge part of your memory.
DOCUMENT THEIR CHILDHOOD
In the comfort of your own surroundings, I will come to you and document moments in the place your children feel most content. Perfect for families with newborn babies, these sessions allow us to not only capture your tiny baby, but they also allow us to document a snapshot of the bigger picture; your house, decor, the nursery- these are all things that will be remembered fondly in years to come.
These lifestyle photo shoots are also ideal for capturing older children as they go about their lives at home. Reading stories in their bedroom, tea parties in the garden, making dens, baking, playing with Lego - the memories will be treasured for a lifetime.
Cried joyful tears"Love love love love what Amy has created for us. Can't say I've ever cried (happy joyful tears) looking at photos before. That is until I saw our photos last night. Thank you so so much"
SESSIONS & PRICING
CAPTURING THEIR PERSONALITIES
My sessions are all about having fun and capturing your children as they grow and develop. From tiny babies with little personalities to energetic children full of character, I have years of experience working with children of all ages and aim to provide you with a beautiful record of their childhood.
Some people consider working with children to be a challenge; they want to play, explore, climb, run around and generally just have fun. I see this as a huge opportunity to capture natural images of children being children and document their expressions and curiosity as they interact with their surroundings.
All of my sessions are £70 which is taken at the time of booking. Then, when you have seen your images, you can choose which collection you'd like from the options below.
ALL Sessions Include the following:
Online Gallery or In-person SlideshowI'll send you an online gallery or come to your house for THE BIG REVEAL! This is where I present a slideshow of your images and you can have a look at some samples. The reason I offer to come to your house is so I can see your walls in person and offer helpful advice, enabling you to make informed decisions. I will be able to show you which size would work best above your fireplace, which grouping will go beautifully with your decor colours and which print finish will work best with the lighting in your room.
COLLECTIONS & ADD-ONS
Additional Products (optional)
I also provide a list of individually priced products including gift prints and wall art that are available to purchase alongside any collection. Prints start at £15. Please contact me for the full price list.
Photos are beyond perfect"Amy is a lovely, AMAZING photographer! She made my little girl feel super special throughout her shoot and the photos are beyond perfect - everything I had hoped for! Thank you again, you are truly wonderful at what you do!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Some families have a location in mind already as it means something to them as a family. But some have no preference so I’m happy to make suggestions based on the time of year and the ages of your children.
I will keep an eye on the weather and will be in touch if we have to rearrange. Grey skies aren’t a bad thing but if it’s really raining heavily then we’ll rearrange. You won’t lose your deposit.
Yes. Grandparents are more than welcome.
The sessions last around 2 hours but if your child is very young and you feel they won’t be able to walk for too long, I can work fast and we can finish earlier. There’s no pressure.
I take the £70 session fee to secure your date then nothing else is payable until you view your gallery and decide which collection you’d like to purchase.
I will bring my samples to the gallery reveal in your home where we can hold them up against your walls and decide which would work best.
Autumn Mini Sessions
** SOLD OUT **
This year instead of offering the 20 minute Christmas studio sessions, I’ll be running 30 minute autumn sessions in an outdoor location!
I am looking forward to running around in the leaves with your little ones during the October half term collecting conkers, hiding behind trees and searching for fairies.
The sessions are £125 including 3 digital images. Once you have seen your images you’re welcome to upgrade to more digitals, gift prints and wall art.
To book a session, please select a date and time and follow the instructions to complete your booking, I’ll be in touch following your booking but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
** SOLD OUT**
Unfortunately, these are now sold out. If you’d like to be added to the cancellation list then please contact me.
Family Photography for Beginners Guide
A comprehensive, 30 page guide for beginners wanting to improve their photography.
Suitable for anyone wanting to take better photos of their children on ANY camera, including phones.
– Downloadable PDF
– Photography theory- everything you need to know to get off ‘auto’ mode and start using the controls manually to take your photography up a level
– Basics including light, composition, depth of field and interaction with children,
– Specific section on phones
– Editing tips
– Optional access to exclusive forum for support, critique, extra editing tips and answers to specific camera questions.
The guide is based around child photography but the basics can be applied to any natural light portrait photography including adults and animals.