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Want five EASY ideas to banish the dreaded cheese face and get your kids to smile naturally and beautifully in photos?

Then you’re in the right place! Just drop your email below!

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What’s in the guide?

This guide contains five super simple ideas for getting great smiles out of your kids in photos. They can be adapted for children of any ages, although they are probably most suitable for kids up to pre-teens.

I use these ideas on my nearly 5 year old son all the time to engage him in activity driven photos and more posed photos, depending on what I’m after (and he’s hardcore into the dreadful cheese face phase!). Plus one of his first full sentences was “no more pictures, Mummy!” (yes, my heart broke a lot!)

If I can still get my reluctant, over photographed little one in the camera and get his gorgeous smile on show, I know it’s possible for you too!

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The shoot, which I was kind of nervous about because I’m not fond of photos, was such a blast!! Tori is amazing with children. She formed a bond with mine early on in the shoot and then was able to capture us during a great day out. It was so easy and fun. And the best part? The photos are so, so gorgeous. I’m having trouble picking which ones to get!
Daniella - St Albans

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Do you ever feel like this?

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You’d love heart-bursting photos of your amazing kids but you end up with a camera roll full of gurns and photos that would make even Chandler Bing feel uncomfortable?!

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You are aware of how quickly time is passing but you never get those amazing photos that you dream of. You just want ONE great photo of your babies!

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You’d love a fab photo of all of you together but selfies aren’t flattering on any of you between the angles and the dreadful forced smiles – how is getting one family snap this difficult?!

The good news is, I’m here to help!

If you decide photographing your own kids is just too hard, or you realise that you’re not in any of the pics why not let me help you with heart-bursting, gorgeous family photos?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get those beautiful photos of your children that you dream of AND knock presents for the grandparents out of the park this year?

Download the guide and then let’s chat?

We are absolutely thrilled with our family photos.  They were exactly what we wanted – a more relaxed and authentic feel for what family life is like (without the tantrums).  Tori has such a warm and approachable personality that works perfectly being a photographer.
Kim - Harpenden

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I’m Tori and I’m here to help you tell the amazing story of your family!

I take heart-bursting photos for gorgeous families like yours. I’m a moth-hating, travel loving, metaphorical plate-spinning Mum who laughs at inappropriate things (but often doesn’t get jokes that others find funny). I also happen to be an award winning photographer based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. I travel all over the UK and further afield too (before the pandemic of course!).

When I’m not taking photos of amazing families and businesses, you’ll often find me eating my family’s chocolate while wearing a Comfy (which can only be described as a hoodie for a giant!).

I’m really passionate about helping parents write photo love letters for their children’s futures and getting Mums back in the photo.

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