Top Locations for winter family photos
Tis the time of the year, it’s time to put your sunscreen and shorts away (unless you’re feeling brave) and get ready to be blown away by cold winds and the winter chill. But, this also means anticipation for Christmas, The New Year and hopefully if we are lucky, some snow!
Snow or no snow, this isn’t the time for you to give up on your hopes and dreams for the perfect family portrait. Whilst the sun might not be always out, you can still get some dreamy and/or captivating photos during the winter chill.
Here are some of the best locations for winter family photos in London.
The beautiful Hampstead Heath Pergola & Hill Gardens
Nestled inside Hampstead Heath, a large green space in the heart of North London, this space exudes vibes of a magical fairy tale, the quiet and serene atmosphere of the Pergola gives it a very mystic ambience – the magic is exceeded during cold winter mornings and when it’s covered from snow, where it looks like a scene from a Harry Potter film
This is definitely a location for beautiful family photos, where you and your kids will get to reveal the magic of the Pergola gardens and fall deeply in love with how it’s the perfect illustration of the symbiotic relationship between nature and man-made architecture.
Do we need to say anymore? The name gives it away. Winter Wonderland is a fun and activity ridden event from December to January (although we don’t really need to tell you that if you have kids!) – what makes it so great is that you and the kids can really interact with the environment around you, leading to candid and wholesome moments of a time you’ll never forget.
Just like the merry go around in Winter Wonderland, this is one place you can go to over and over again and still create timeless memories
For cold, winter nights, Southbank is a great location for photos winter family photos, whether night or day. It’s a rich and diverse in areas for a photoshoot, with great views over the Thames of London, brutalist architecture (National Theatre) and beautiful bridges, you won’t be left shot for places to take pictures of!
And don’t forget to visit the Southbank centre wintertime festival, with beautiful Christmas decorations and riverside bars, and with chalets selling goodies and crafts, this makes it a fun and vibrant place to have your family pictures taken! One to get your coats on, as this is best to explore during the night!
Be alert though, this is a very busy and popular location in recent years, so we recommend getting a shot earlier on the day! Defo is good for grabbing a hot chocolate, taking a walk and taking pictures along the way!
St Pauls and surrounding areas
Not too far away from the Southbank is St Pauls, which provides a mixture between classic architecture like St Paul’s Cathedral and blossoming city life in the surrounding areas like Farringdon and The Barbican.
Your best time to capture glorious moments is during blankets of snow on the monolith that’s St Pauls, providing a beautiful background for the perfect winter family photoshoot. So if you are lucky to get some snow this year, do not hesitate to go to St Paul’s at all!
Photoshoot by Regents Canal
With an 8.6 miles canal, you are spoiled for choice, as the canal starts from Paddington to the Limehouse Basin and The River Thames.
What we really like about the canal is that it connects you with nature, without having to set foot away from the city! The mixture of nature and urban backdrops provides a very aesthetically pleasing route to taking photos on.
This gives a great opportunity to take candid photos of you and your family exploring your way down the canal, stopping outside one of the many canal boat shops and also exploring major pit stops such as Kings Cross, Camden Town, Victoria park etc.
Venture to Kings Cross
This leads us onto Kings Cross! Kings Cross is by far one of the most eclectic postcodes in London, in recent years with developments on Granary Square and Coal Drop Yard, Kings Cross always puts on a beautiful spectacle during winter!
Don’t miss out on the beautiful multi-coloured cage, designed by Jacques Rival, called the IFO, which also features a swing, making it a fun and brightly coloured area to take a picture.
You can then take a walk towards Coal Drop Yards, where you will see Kings Cross in all its glory, home to a shopping complex opened in 2018, it’s a modern masterpiece, where you can also explore the wonderful markets over the weekend and throughout the week. During the winter, bright lights, beautiful art and fun activities like crazy golf are out and ready to explore for a truly memorable family photo!
Using London Parks for Winter Shoots
Warm up, and grab a hot chocolate, you might not able to picnic, but you sure can explore greenery and beautiful flowers in its pure glory during the winter.
You have so many options, across the post code, and each park with it’s own personality. Winter can be cold and this provides a great opportunity to run around and keep you blood flowing and keep warm! A lot of the time, when we do photos outside in the winter, our clients shake like a leaf! But thankfully you have space to roam around and get warm by extended walks around the park.
Whether it’s the Central glory of Regents and Hyde park, or you might want to go down a bit of East London and explore Victoria Park. Either way, there are numerous parks to explore, trees to climb and hills to walk up for great family photos.
Do some Ice Skating at Somerset House with the family
How about something different from a change! Somerset house during winter is absolutely brimming with fun ice skating activities. It’s located in a beautiful courtyard, not too far away from the London Eye – and is one of the most iconic scenes in London.
Let’s face it, what better place to ice skate, than near one of the most beautiful Gregorian architecture in London, built on the site of a Tudor palace belonging to the Duke of Somerset. You won’t be disappointed with the photos!