Little girl sitting in a little tykes plastic car with a paper crown on her head
Little girl sitting in a little tykes plastic car with a paper crown on her head
Little boy having fun playing in toy cars, St Albans



Hi, I’m Emma, an award winning documentary family photographer.

I come into contact with lots of families in my line of work, it was through listening to parents during photoshoots that I realised there was a place for documentary within a nursery setting. So I set out to do something different from traditional nursery photography.

I create characterful environmental portraits and beautiful documentary images that parents love. It gives parents a chance to see from afar their child’s blossoming personality and what they get up to when they take their first steps away from home. There’s something lovely in capturing a sense of place too as nursery is such a special time.

Get in touch  if you would like to find out more about booking nursery photo sessions

portrait of cute little boy with tongue sticking out, natural portrait photographer Emma Collins

“The photos came home yesterday from Playgroup, and they are just beautiful. You are so very talented and we are very grateful.”


Fun: children can play as normal, they don’t even realise their photos are being taken.

Natural: capturing children without any posing means beautiful natural portraits full of character and expression.

Unique: it is not a studio conveyor belt, so every photo is different and focuses on capturing the unique personality of each child.

Context: incorporating the environment gives an insight into nursery life.

…It’s great for nurseries too as its less stressful for staff, and I can include staff photos and setting photos for advertising.  

“Thanks so much Emma YOU NAILED IT AGAIN! I really love them, AND I really loved the ONES you took last year with her big brother!”

Natural black and white portrait of a little girl with hair blowing in the wind


+44 (0)7968 701934


I photograph in homes and on location across Hertfordshire, London, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and the South East, including St Albans, Harpenden, Cambridge, Wheathampstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Rickmansworth, Bishop’s Stortford, Hitchin, Letchworth.

I also regularly travel to photoshoots in Central London and North London, including Hampstead, St John’s Wood, Primrose Hill, Muswell Hill, Marylebone, Kensington, Clapham, Chiswick. I have photographed families all over the UK and around the world, including Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Singapore, please enquire for travel expenses.

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