Environmental portrait of child in garden, clasping face with hands.
Child on adult's shoulders outside.
Mother and child's hands touching.
Child gripping onto a shoe and laughing.
Family scene at dinner with Grandad kissing baby.
Child placing his paper crown on a wooden statue.
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Unordinary Family Photography

For your beloved unordinary life

London, Surrey and everywhere

You’re here!!! But where are they?

Sun illuminating marks on an interior window.

Doing crazy shit?

A child's hand in the foreground producing shadows on an interior wall.

Taking ‘5’?

A family garden picnic scene, with dad taking a rest.

Just too busy with real family* life?

Mother carrying child through an interior scene after an evening bath.
*I am forever re-examining the meaning of this word. My own family evolves anew each day. Which is a bloody challenge. And amazing.

Well, in that case…

…You are absolutely extremely honestly in the right place. To see photos of your treasured, unordinary, real life together. Real like you crave to remember. Find them through the orange thing. They are called:

(Because they are yours. And that would be grammatically correct.)


Family photographer London - Ben Heasman with his son Leo

London Family photographer

Hi! I’m Ben – a husband, dad, wannabe badminton player and documentary family photographer in London. I have a background in fine art and teaching and a foreground in toddler parenting. I am fluent in the language of beautiful photography and am also a pretty good people-person.

I love light, atmosphere and occasionally musing on my own family. And I use unposed documentary photography to capture the specialness of your real life – the one that you really love and really want to remember.

Read more about the documentary approach that I take over on my blog. And chat to me about your everyday days and your special days coming up – and how they can turn into beautiful artwork for years and years to come.


Have a look at a selection of photographs taken from a variety of family sessions. You will find real emotion, connection and joy. This is natural, documentary family photography.


Give me a call or an email. I love chatting about all things family and photography, and I’m sure I can help you out with any questions about sessions, pricing, and process.


Family photographer London - Ben Heasman with features on DFP.


My approach – as a family photographer in London

From a regular day with your family to your most special event, I document genuine human stories – the characters, exchanges and surprises that colour your life. The things that make it so relatable, and that make you know it all afresh. I respond to emotions, details and moments as they unfold, and I use a camera to make of them something artful: to show the suddenness of a shock, the atmosphere of a particular time, the ‘plumness’ of a plum (that’s a line from the English Patient – but you get the idea). I work discretely, with lots of feeling and with a keen visual eye. I love the genre of photojournalism but I don’t feel restricted by it. And I like plums every now and then.

family photographer London - documentary image of a lovely ice cream moment.

family photographer London - sessions by Ben Heasman

Your real family

What I love to photograph more than anything in the world is people and situations as they are. There is always a beauty, an emotion, a significance – ‘there’ – right in the fold. I like nothing more than to reveal one, two or a torrent of these moments in a visual form – a form in which I have training and, I guess, my own history, significances and references. It’s important to say that I bring all of this ‘artistic literacy’ into my work as a family photographer in London, or wherever. To help give a language to those moments of genuine intrigue, of revelation, or pure fun.

The value of documentary family photography

Most importantly perhaps, what I bring to my work is… myself. I value the feelings, the trust and situations of those I work with. I have an unobtrusive manner – although I prefer the word ‘responsive’, as I understand that being ‘unobtrusive’ sometimes means being ‘part of things’ and, at other times, means giving you space to be who you are. As a family photographer, I’m not ‘in your face’ or interfering, neither am I cold or aloof. I will respond to the energy and emotion and atmosphere of a situation; and I will photograph meaningful, human moments because I will recognise them, value them, and shake them by the hand.

family photographer London - sessions by Ben Heasman


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London family photography locations:

Before entering the special world of documentary family photography I spent many years practicing lens-based art and teaching photography – and I bring this experience with me wherever I go. I am based in South West London and provide family photography sessions to areas such as Twickenham, Teddington, Richmond, Wimbledon, Esher and Kingston without batting an eyelid. However, all areas of North London and South London are covered with relish. Family photography sessions are also available further afield in counties such as Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. This green and pleasant land is a nice place to travel.