Winter outdoor family photography session at Coulsdon Common {Coulsdon family photographer}

If you and your family love the outdoors and are willing to embrace the cold with some extra layers, winter can be a magical time for family photos. The light has a truly unique quality to it, filled with cool but rich tones, while the sun is softer and hangs lower in the sky meaning you don’t need to get up with the birds or keep the kids up late for the best outdoor light.

I met this lovely family for outdoor family photography session at Coulsdon Common in Surrey’s North Downs. Fast becoming one of my favourite locations, Coulsdon Common offers a wonderful mosaic of grassland, scrub and woodland to explore, along with some beautiful views across the Downs. The children were delighted with the touch of left over snow from the previous week. I won’t lie - it was pretty chilly but with a bit of running about and hill climbing we soon warmed up and as the light was so even I only really needed just over an hour to capture some lovely, natural portraits before it was time to head home.