Portraits - The Options And How They Work

I have been photographing babies, children and families for over ten years. No matter the personality of a child, I love to capture their essence; those personality traits apparent even as a baby, the connection between child and parent, brother and sister, between different generations.  I aim to capture informality and make it feel timeless.

Location Photography - £200 (including a £55 credit towards products):

Location photography is my favourite style!  When in their own home or outside in nature, children do not notice that they are being photographed and act more naturally.  The outside world also helps inspire my photography and I encourage clients to pick locations that have meaning to them.  This makes for much more personal photography sessions!  I shoot my location portraits in one of two ways: a classic session of planned individual and group portraits, or a 'story days' sessions where I capture the natural informality of your family life (info further below).

*  Photo-shoot up to 2 hours with your children and/or family at a location of your choice.

*  Prints, frames, modern wall finishes and digital files can be ordered.

Studio Photography - £65 (session fee only):

English weather being what it is, the predictability of my portrait studio is often the safest choice!  I have carefully designed my studio to mimic natural light and it enables me to inject the same informality and softness as shooting outside in nature.  My backdrops are all hand painted canvases and in combination with beautiful light, I create a modern, fashion influenced look that is very much in vogue.  No matter the subject, my studio sessions are relaxed, natural, and a lot of fun!  They last up to 90 minutes but this is always dictated by the youngest subjects.  30-45 minutes is typical for babies, 60 minutes for children and 90 minutes for larger family groups.

*  Photo-shoot for babies, children and adults in my professional portrait studio.

*  Prints, frames, modern wall finishes and digital files can be ordered.

'Story Days' Photography & Film:

'Story days' are highly bespoke portrait sessions and unique to Mike Thornton Photography in Cambridge!  Shot on location in candid black and white, a film and accompanying still images tell a story about your children, your family, your home, and about your family life.  Story Days are completely tailored to you.  Together, let's create something timeless...

Photography & Film Package - £995:

*  Filming and photo-shoot with your children and/or family at a location of your choice.

*  The shoot will take place in a morning or an afternoon and last a few hours.

*  Price includes activity/design consultation, video shoot, a 2-4 minutes film and 5 high resolution digital images supplied with a copyright licence.

*  Additional prints, frames, modern wall finishes and digital files can be ordered.

Photography Only Package - £550:

*  A photo-shoot with your children and/or family at a location of your choice.

*  The shoot will take place in a morning or an afternoon and last a few hours.

*  Price includes activity/design consultation, location photo shoot and 10 high resolution digital images supplied with a copyright licence.

*  Additional prints, frames, modern wall finishes and digital files can be ordered.

More 'Story Days' information can be found in the film section here.


"Mike is a fantastic photographer.  We particularly like the style of his photos (a cut above most of the others out there).  He is very professional, but also extremely good with babies.  Our 10 month old daughter can be funny around people and is clingy, but Mike worked hard to put her at ease and we got some wonderful shots as a result!"