If you’ve never had any professional photographs of your family or children, and it was possible to ask you that question in 30 or 40 years time, I guess the answer would be that it was priceless. A lot of people I speak to say they have been trying to get around to it for ages.
I love photographing families and children. As a father of two myself I know how quickly time goes by. Also (and I know you’re going to hate me for this) it’s really important for you to be in the portrait photographs along with your children.

This is not for you, this is for the kids when they are grown up.
I believe it’s of immense importance when you reach adulthood to have some relaxed photographs of you and your parents when they were young. It’s kind of nice when you think about it – booking a family portrait session as a long term gift for your children.

Without getting mushy about it, I think that when your babies get to the age that you are now, it’s a beautiful thing to have some pictures of their parents, a tangible link with where they have come from if you like.
I shoot in relaxed style, informal and natural to produce some memorable images. There is no time like the present so please call or email. We will highlight any special portrait photography promotions here but do contact us to be placed on our mailing list so you don’t miss out.



"Just to say thank you so much for our fantastic photographs, we are thoroughly thrilled with the quality! You have captured a moment in time for us that I know we will treasure for many years."​
portrait photo
Lisa and Peter Standing
Wokingham, Berkshire.
kids and dad black and white photo
Sometimes (just sometimes!) things don't go according to plan during your portrait. And you know what? That's just fine :)
"Awesome pictures! It's going to be so hard to choose the ones we want! Thanks Simon for a great session."​
baby photo
Crystal and Chris Corley
Sandhurst, Berkshire.

about me

photo of simon kemp
Photo: David Williams

I am a Berkshire-based portrait and people photographer, I live in Reading and have been in business for over twenty years as a professional photographer. I am married and live with my ever patient wife and two lovely children.

Prior to starting my own business I worked for Ilford Photographic and a couple of commercial photographic laboratories. I have won multiple awards for my work and have a degree in Professional Photographic Imaging.
When I was younger I travelled a great deal and saw a lot of the world. In my mid twenties it struck me like a thunderbolt one day that I took hardly any pictures in my travels. I think when you are young it doesn’t occur to you to worry about such things and you give little thought to looking back on your youth, the landmarks in your life and what you looked like at the time.

After my epiphany I bought an elderly secondhand Olympus SLR, a couple of lenses and a box of Kodachrome and started taking pictures.

My obsession grew and in 1992 I started photographing portraits seriously, for a couple of friends at first but then friends of friends started hiring me and it grew from there. I can’t imagine not taking pictures these days, it’s something I simply love to do and I think it shows in my work.
From the beginning it was always people pictures that drew me so it was natural that I would gravitate towards portrait photography and people related imagery in general. A few years after starting I quit my day job and here I am, all these years later still having fun and so grateful I get to do this for a living :)

"...managing a two and four year old is enough to test anyones patience, but the session was great fun and produced some beautiful photos of us and our children which we will cherish for a long time."​
portrait of 2 boys
David and Libby Ruddle
Warfield, Berkshire.
black and white family portrait
Classic black and white works beautifully for these studio portraits of siblings.