Capturing precious moments … Creating timeless portraits …

South London Family Photographer – Bespoke fine art documentary family photography

Rachel Rimell is a multi-award-winning, premium, family and child photographer specialising in the finest quality bespoke documentary family, baby and maternity photography, based in south London. Capturing stunning, unique and natural portraits, documenting everyday family life as emotive and timeless works of fine art.

“Stunning photos … heartwarming stuff … Rachel is both talented and lovely to work with,” Natasha, Clapham

Highly accomplished, with 20 years experience, creating exceptionally-beautiful imagery for your family to treasure for a lifetime. Bringing a reportage and documentary approach to family photography, Rachel creates natural and relaxed family portraits with a contemporary yet classic, timeless feel – capturing those precious memories as a unique snapshot in time.

No fixed grins, no awkward poses: just natural personalities, gestures and expressions shining through to create relaxed yet elegant portraits that capture the true essence of your family.

A premium photographer for families that value the highest-calibre natural and real portraits with timeless appeal. Offering outstanding customer service for a truly personalised and bespoke experience to create stunning family heirlooms that will be treasured for a lifetime and for generations to come.

On location or at home. Signature and ultimate luxury ‘Day in the life’ sessions available. Contact me for more information and a brochure.

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All about me

Hi – I’m Rachel. I want to help you capture your special moments as a family, creating beautiful works of art from your ‘ordinary’ that you will treasure.

I cut my teeth as a professional press photographer over 20 years ago and I have been passionate about taking photos of people ever since. I have photographed all walks of life from the Royal Family to sheep farmers and everything and everyone in between. A former ‘Professional Photographer of the Year’ finalist and internationally featured and published, including Vogue Italia and being selected by legendary British portrait photographer Rankin to be featured in the This is Britain coffee table photobook documenting British life in 2017, I bring a wealth of technical expertise and experience to my photography which underpins my warmth and enthusiasm for taking stunning, unique and timeless images.

My philosophy is to bring my reportage background to create relaxed yet elegant, unaffected portraits of your family that capture the essence of your family. Whether at home or on location at your favourite haunt, I want to document what makes you ‘you’ and bring those memories to life as beautiful, stylish works of fine art that are as unique as you and your family. I like to think of it as capturing the ketchup and cornflakes moments of life. Book now

Recent sessions

Best documentary family photographer London baby photography Watch her grow – London family photographer baby photography session - This was my last session of 2017 and some familiar faces to cheer up a grey December day. I first photographed Cassia back in the summer for a newborn photography session in London when she was just about 10 days
London documentary family photographer Forest Hill Larking around in the winter sun at Horniman Gardens – South London Forest Hill family photographer - This was a lovely session just before Christmas as a Christmas present for the grandparents of this gorgeous extended family. Brother and sister Simon and Julia and their respective partners Sofia and Ben plus cousins Max and Tabitha and baby

Ketchup & Cornflakes: the blog

Best South London family photographer - day in the life documentary family photography London How capturing precious memories can preserve your family story: Day in the life family photography, London - Memories are funny old things – they stretch and distort over time, some are lost to the mists of the past, others solidified so real they could have happened yesterday, others lost entirely to age and memory loss. I was
London family photographer natural portraits Huffington Post: Take photos like a Duchess and give your family the ‘Royal treatment’ - Unless you’ve been on a January detox retreat in the Himalayas with no access to news or internet you won’t have missed that Princess Charlotte attended her first day at nursery this week – or that the official photos were

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Fine art documentary and lifestyle family photographer – south London. Covering all areas of south east and south west London including Blackheath & Greenwich, Bromley, Beckenham, Forest Hill, Dulwich & East Dulwich, Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Streatham, Tooting, Wimbledon, Balham, Clapham and Wandsworth. North London and south east England photoshoots also available by arrangement.