Love Is Love: The Beauty Of Queer Family Portraits

I. Parenthood is Parenthood: Celebrating the diversity and joy within LGBTQ+ families through the lens of emotive photography

I hold the belief that families, whether with queer parents or not, are unique and beautiful in their own ways. It has come to my attention that some LGBT+ families have experienced rejection from certain photographers based on their sexual orientation. While acknowledging that true equality is still an aspiration, it is disheartening to hear about instances where individuals are denied the respect and fairness they deserve. This revelation has prompted me to write this blog post, extending a warm welcome to all families, irrespective of their backgrounds. Parenthood is Parenthood and it should be celebrated, regardless if you are trans, non-binary, cisgender, gay families, or anyone from the LGBTQ rainbow.

The heartbreak and disappointment such families may have encountered are profound, and I want to emphasize that this space is one where they are embraced wholeheartedly. A family photoshoot should be a sanctuary, a place where you feel secure enough to be vulnerable, openly express your love, and co-create captivating images. Every family has a story worth telling, and no one should ever feel compelled to conceal their true selves. The time for hiding is over, and I’m here to ensure that your unique narrative is honoured openly and authentically.

II. Why Capturing LGBT+ Families’s Portrait

Visual Narratives of Love

Photography is a potent tool for sharing the narratives of LGBT+ families and dismantling stereotypes. Sharing images publicly contributes to the advocacy for equality. However, the decision to make your family photos public is entirely yours. If you’re confident it’s safe and won’t affect your well-being, employment, or home, it’s wonderful to be that voice, but only if you feel comfortable and secure.

Why Representation Matters

According to the 2022 survey by Statista, approximately 3.% of Londoners identified as Gay or Lesbian, 2% as Bisexual, 0.9% as Other, and 4.3% did not know or refused to answer. While these percentages may seem relatively low compared to Brighton’s 11%, it still accounts for a significant number of families.

Despite feeling like a small contribution, each year adds another brick to the foundation of visibility and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. So, keep showing up—change is happening, one step at a time!

III. Capturing Love in Every Photograph

Behind the Lens: Perspective of Photographer

As an emotive family photographer, my aim is to establish a deep connection with the families I work with well before the session begins. Through video calls, I initiate a dialogue, sharing my personal journey into family photography and encouraging them to open up about their own stories—their journey, challenges, and their vision for the session. This preliminary effort allows me to truly comprehend the individuals in front of my camera, influencing how I approach each session.

For instance, this weekend, I’m photographing a mother who has experienced four miscarriages and recently lost her mother. In light of this, my focus will be on capturing a poignant moment—her and her daughter snuggling closely. I’ll highlight the tattoos on her forearm, representing each lost baby, and frame her ring holding her mother’s ashes. My objective is to encapsulate the blend of struggles and love that makes their story uniquely beautiful. Through this process, I strive to create art that resonates with profound meaning, emphasizing the importance of understanding and honouring the individual narratives that grace my camera.

 Each story is beautifully unique.

Creating Safe Spaces and Embracing Diversity in Poses and Expressions for raw and intimate photographs

In the rich tapestry of family life, same-sex couples are every bit as diverse and remarkable as their traditional counterparts. Recognizing and respecting individual comfort levels, such as public displays of affection, is integral to my approach.

Before any session, I make it a point to connect with families over the phone, breaking the ice and fostering a sense of familiarity. It’s important to talk about the family’s visions and what they’re comfortable doing. Getting to know the unique narratives of each family is the cornerstone of my process. Once familiar with their stories, I carefully select a location that not only makes sense but is also adapted to the ages of the children, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for exploration.

I firmly believe that capturing the essence of a family requires allowing children to be themselves without imposing artificial poses or restrictions. Providing ample space for them to move and climb freely is crucial, allowing their true personalities to shine through in the photographs.

During my sessions, I initiate from a distance, allowing families time to acclimate to my presence. Dressed casually and fostering a light-hearted and warm personality, I aim to create a safe space where individuals can feel comfortable and genuine. This initial period of adaptation sets the stage for capturing authentic moments that truly reflect the family’s story.  As the session progresses, I gradually step in closer, focusing on details that add depth and variety to the final gallery. This thoughtful approach ensures that the resulting images not only tell the family’s unique story but also capture the authenticity, bond and warmth that define them.

IV: Showcasing LGBT+ Families

Styling Tips for LGBTQ+ Family Photoshoots

When it comes to styling tips for queer people, the principles are largely the same, but there are a few nuances worth considering. You can find detailed content on styling in this blog post “How to Dress for Amazing Family Photos”. In addition to that post. here are some specific suggestions that may come in handy:

  1. For two mums:

    • If both partners lean towards feminine attire, opt for long dresses, overalls, long skirts, or trousers for the photoshoots, as short dresses can be impractical for sitting shots.

    • Choose dresses in different colours and styles to avoid merging into one another. Adding distinct jewellery pieces can also accentuate individual styles and personalities.

  2. For two dads:

    • If you both embrace a masculine style, avoid being too matchy with identical trousers, T-shirts, and open shirts, as it can appear monotonous.

    • Experiment with different yet complementary colours and textures to add depth and visual interest.

    • Don’t shy away from trying accessories like hats, scarves, and jewellery to inject personality and uniqueness into your look.

Remember, the key is to express your individual styles while ensuring a harmonious blend that enhances the overall aesthetic of your family photos. For more detailed insights into styling considerations, be sure to check out my dedicated blog post on the subject.

V: Tips for a Successful Queer Family Photoshoot

A Guide to Relaxed and Authentic Portraits for Queer Families

Here are some valuable tips to ensure a relaxed and enjoyable family photoshoot experience:

  1. Prepare Outfits in Advance:

    • Have all family outfits ready 1-2 weeks before the session.

    • Send a flat-lay photo to me for a quick review and any necessary tweaks.

  2. Wrinkle-Free Attire:

    • Iron clothes the day before the session and store them on hangers if driving.

    • Bring a second outfit change, especially for little ones prone to unexpected mishaps.

  3. Rest and Relaxation:

    • Ensure a good night’s sleep before the session.

    • Avoid planning activities before or after, allowing for a rested and relaxed atmosphere.

  4. Punctuality Matters:

    • Arrive on time, as golden hour lighting is crucial for stunning photos.

    • Early arrival allows time for a snack before the session begins.

  5. Hydration and Snacks:

    • Bring water and snacks that dissolve easily to avoid stains.

    • Pre-cut apples or marshmallows are convenient and mess-free options.

  6. Camera Stress-Free Zone:

    • Don’t worry about the camera; sessions are relaxed.

    • Your role is to be yourselves, explore, and have fun with your children.

  7. Pre-Session Self-Care:

    • Consider getting a fresh haircut the day before.

    • Treat yourself by hiring a makeup and hair artist for added confidence.

  8. Embrace Confidence and Love:

    • Radiate confidence and love during the session.

    • Find recommendations for hair and makeup artists in your styling guide.

  9. Organise Belongings:

  • Bring your belongings in one easily portable bag to keep them out of the photos.

  • Opt for a bag that complements and is convenient for me to carry while we move across the location.

10. Control Freak? Explore Resources:

If you like to be in control, explore resources on my blog and Instagram for tips on preparation, styling, and session activities.

With these tips in mind, you’re well-equipped to create beautiful and memorable moments during your family photoshoot. Enjoy the magic!

VI. Conclusion: Love Beyond Boundaries

LGBTQ+ Family of 3, two mother and their teenage son standing on a pontoon during the autumn family photoshoot. They are laughing and looking at eachother.

In honouring LGBTQ+ families through emotive intimate photos, this blog stands as a testament to the belief that love knows no boundaries. Every family, regardless of their sexuality, is unique and beautiful, deserving respect and fairness. This space welcomes families that may have faced rejection elsewhere, affirming that a family photoshoot should be a sanctuary—a place where vulnerability is celebrated, love is openly expressed, and captivating images are co-created.

The significance of LGBT+ family photography lies in its power to share visual narratives of love, dismantle stereotypes, and contribute to the advocacy for equality. Representation matters, and the decision to make family photos public is personal, and influenced by considerations of safety and well-being.

Behind the camera, as an emotive family photographer, my approach involves establishing a deep connection with families well before the session begins. Each story is beautifully unique, and my goal is to create art that resonates with profound meaning.

In conclusion, this blog is an invitation to celebrate the uniqueness of every family. Love is the driving force, and through emotive art, I immortalise moments that reflect the authenticity, warmth, intimacy and magic that define each family’s story. If you agree with my words, I invite you to book a session on the link below. Love knows no boundaries, and together, we continue to create and cherish moments that last a lifetime.

Hi, I’m Alba!


If you’re after a candid, relaxed and intimate photography experience, you’ve come to the right place. 
My work focus on emotions, no stiff poses and forced smile; only gentle love and embraces. I offer a very hands-on experience, connecting over a video consultation with each family beforehand ; we explore their stories of love, loss and wins and turn it into a beautiful, meaningful session. Each family and session are unique and crafted with patience, love and understanding. 

Scroll to Top

Join my newsletter and be the first to know about news and promotions!