A lifestyle photo shoot with Sally Langstaff

The lovely Sally Langstaff Photograpy has been photographing our family since we first met back in 2011 when we were just a family of three.  She did a family shoot followed by a fabulous engagement shoot for us and then shot our wedding the following year. 

Fast forward three years, we’re a family of five and it was definitely time we got Sally to take some more shots of us as a family.  Sally isn’t actually all that local to us but we managed to organise a date where she could do a number of shoots in Manchester all on the one day to make it worth her while.  I suggested we use Heaton Park as our location for the day as it’s somewhere our children love to visit and I knew it would provide some gorgeous backdrops for the shoot.  Now at the end of March we were rather hoping for beautiful spring sunshine and blossom.  In reality, what we actually got was rain. And lots of it.  I honestly don’t know how Sally managed to get the photos she did in between the raindrops.  We lost quite a lot of our shoot time trying to find the right spots to take pictures or waiting for the weather to improve which meant we missed out on a few shots I’d hoped for – pictures of Dave and I, of all the kids together or of Mich & I.  But the photos we did get are fabulous and I wanted to share a couple of my favourites with you now . . . 

I’ve got a huge space on the living room wall which I’m planning on filling with a selection of photos from the shoot – I just need to get round to making a trip to IKEA for all the frames!  I will, of course, share the finished display with you once I’ve got it all done! 




  1. Pippa Ainsworth
    July 17, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    I really love these photos, I want an outdoors shoot of all of us when Little E is walking.

    • July 17, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      I can't recommend Sally highly enough Pippa x

  2. July 17, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    These photos are beautiful! I love the one of Ben kissing Chloe, so cute! x

    • July 18, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      I just can't wait to get them up on the wall!

  3. September 15, 2015 / 7:03 am

    What beautiful photos, I love to see families enjoying themselves. X

  4. September 15, 2015 / 7:09 am

    I'd love to do this one day, your photo collection is wonderful, I bet it will be a real pleasure choosing frames for these.

    • September 15, 2015 / 6:14 pm

      Yes I've got a huge spot on the living room just waiting for me to have the spare cash for printing and framing them!

  5. Philippa Tyrer
    September 15, 2015 / 8:26 am

    What beautiful pictures of you all! She is a very talented photographer. I like the one at the end with you and your daughter under the umbrella – really natural and fun 🙂

    • September 15, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      That's my favourite too 🙂

  6. September 15, 2015 / 7:28 am

    gorgeous photos, you all looked so relaxed and at ease #triedtested

  7. September 15, 2015 / 7:35 am

    What stunning photos – lovely outdoor shots #TwinklyTuesday

  8. September 15, 2015 / 8:09 am

    I love the photo of you all working off on an adventure – just lovely #TriedTested

  9. September 15, 2015 / 8:50 am

    It's so nice when you find a nice photographer you can keep going back to – these are lovely photosx #TriedTested

  10. September 15, 2015 / 8:52 am

    It's lovely to get such natural shots. I'm not a big fan of studio based ones.

  11. Emma Lofthouse-Burch
    September 15, 2015 / 10:31 am

    These photos are gorgeous, the park was the perfect setting too #triedtested

  12. Mummy Melton
    September 15, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Such lovely memories, we have had some family photos inside but never outside, definitely worth thinking about #triedtested

  13. September 15, 2015 / 10:15 am

    These are gorgeous. I'm not a fan of ones done in a studio, even though my mother in law is begging me to have some, I'd much rather have ones like this xx

  14. September 15, 2015 / 10:33 am

    what a talented photographer, and such wonderful memories. Its been so long since we had a family photo shoot maybe its time to think about another, Thanks #TriedTested

  15. September 15, 2015 / 10:50 am

    OH my goodness so cute and what stunning family photos you have. I love all these. Very talented photographer and captures I love the candid ones so much. #triedtested

  16. September 15, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Those photos are just gorgeous! What a talented photographer x

  17. Kerri-Ann Hargreaves
    September 15, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I love the shot of you walking away. Such a beautiful picture.

  18. September 15, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Such gorgeous photos. Lovely to have someone who has been with you every step of your life to take photos. It makes it extra special.

  19. Hannah - Budding Smiles
    September 15, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    What gorgeous photos, it's so important to capture the different stages of family life and she has done that perfectly xx #TriedTested

  20. September 15, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    This looks great and such gorgeous photos. I really need to get some family photos done of my family soon. Feel like I have lots of photos in the house of my son but hardly any of Harlow. She's only 8 months but would be nice to have an equal ish number!

  21. Laura Pilkington
    September 15, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    These are lovely photographs. It's brilliant having the opportunity to capture your whole family and I love the fact that you've used the same photographer for your earlier pictures too.

    Laura x #TriedTested

  22. September 15, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    What a fab collection of photos and yes great to go back to a photographer you trust. Shame the rain limited the photoshoot opportunities. Are they on the wall now? #TriedTested

  23. September 15, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Love those shots – especially the tulips just like Mummy's bouquet xx #triedtested

  24. September 15, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    I love these photo's. Shame about the weather but it's lovely to have some of you all together. We always end up with only half the family because someone has to take the pic's. #TriedTested

  25. gina caro
    September 15, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    What a lovely collection of photos! It's always nice to have ones of you all together as a family. #TriedTested

  26. September 15, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    I would never have known if was such a grotty day – your photos are fantastic. I love it that you chose colours to match the blog. Good planning!

    • September 15, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      I'm nothing if not coordinated 😉

  27. September 15, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    I've been loving seeing these photographs across your social media for many months now you have a very beautiful family and as you know Heaton Park is a place that is very close to my heart. To get such a great selection of shots that capture your smiles so well must have been a difficult on such a rainy day but Sally has done a fantastic job!

    • September 15, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Jen 🙂

  28. September 15, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! I can't wait to have some family photos done when we have this baby 🙂 xx

  29. September 15, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    You must be over the moon with the photos! They are so beautiful! 🙂 #TriedTested x

  30. September 15, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    These photos are beautiful, so cute and natural looking. I look forward to seeing them framed once you've been to good old IKEA!


  31. Rebecca Farrelly
    September 15, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Beautiful photographs! I really hate my photo being taken so I haven't yet plucked up the courage to book a family shoot yet but its something I would love to do. Glad you had a nice day even though it chucked it down! 🙂


  32. September 15, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Such lovely photos – it's a real treat to get professional shots of the family. We had our second done recent and I wanted almost every one! #triedtested

  33. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
    September 15, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    what lovely pictures, weve been considering a family shoot but our last attempt was a disaster! You obviously have a very brilliant photographer #triedtested

  34. September 15, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    What a lovely photo shoot, the pictures are stunning, as are all of you.
    Wonderful memories to treasure x #triedtested

  35. September 16, 2015 / 10:03 am

    Lovely photo's and a lovely setting! Shame about losing time to the weather though, but looks like the shoot was definately worth it despite that. Really want to go to Heaton park, not been yet but here great things about it xx #Triedandtested

  36. September 16, 2015 / 10:15 am

    These photos are lovely! I keep meaning to have a family shoot sorted as we've never had one. It'll be nice to be able to have them as focal point in our hallway. #TriedTested

  37. September 16, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Lovely pics! I don't know about you but I generally find I'm not in many of our family photos as I'm normally the one taking the pictures, it would be lovely to have something like this done! x #triedtested

  38. September 17, 2015 / 9:47 am

    What lovely photos, especially the brother and sister one, how adorable!.
    We keep meaning to get one done. 🙂 x #TriedTested

  39. September 17, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Lovely photos, she is very accomplished and I ams sure they will look brilliant in your living room. Thank you for hosting #triedtested

  40. September 18, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos; really lovely particularly seeing the children together. #triedtested

  41. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    September 22, 2015 / 7:17 am

    These photos are amazing, how wonderful. I really need to get some photos taken of Boo my husband and I, I keep meaning to but we never quite get round to it!

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