Sarah Sheldrake

Hi, my name is Sarah, thank you for taking time to visit my website and view my work.

I’m an accredited natural light & studio photographer based in Petersfield, Hampshire.  I photograph families & children on location lifestyle portrait shoots. I also photograph weddings, events, business portraits and marketing images for small businesses.

Photography is my work now.  Initially, I cut my teeth photographing my own four children, at play, at war and simply stretched out across the floor with their favourite book; simple, everyday moments which, with the passage of time, turn to treasures. 

The best photography tells a story. To capture you and your family at their most authentic, to tell your story, I feel very strongly that being relaxed and in familiar surroundings is vital to do this.

I’ll join you on a favourite woodland walk, in your garden, on the beach, picking strawberries at the pick-your-own farm even! If you all feel at ease and happy there, this will be clear to see in the photos I take for you.

Connection and building relationships with people is something that I enjoy. To freeze moments in time, to cherish & share for years to come, that’s my aim on every single shoot. 

You know that feeling when your child comes home clutching a school portrait and you don’t recognise a single sparkle of joy or personality in their face? I don’t settle for that; I want to capture something of your personality.


Photographing people is my passion; it always has been. Children and adults alike.

Children, in all their innocence and authenticity; it’s a real honour to share their energy and capture a little of their spirit. With small children, there are so many fleeting little facial expressions which last for but the blink of an eye in parenting time; honest and open expressions of joy, mischief, frustration and wonder.

Those little person faces will morph and their appearance shift and change before your eyes.  It’s important to capture them before they change into (equally fabulous) older, wiser faces. All stages and ages are precious to look back on.

Witnessing the joy of a family enjoying time together on a shoot is also a wonderful thing. To capture the rapture of a couple falling in love with their newborn is magical. Celebrations are a fantastic opportunity, with all family members present and correct, to preserve rare moments on camera. To have them in print and hold them dear and long, long after the event. Mounted and hung on a wall. There are lots of occasions which call for a camera.

One small photographer confession though; like many people, I spent years not overly keen on being the other side of the lens, so I do understand that angst. I’ll try my hardest to make your session as enjoyable and light-hearted as possible.


I like to keep pricing transparent and simple, so you understand exactly what you’ll get when you book me.

Each option includes a consultation prior to your session, either in person or over the phone, a 1-2 hour photography session on location, discreet & professional editing of the best images, an online password-protected gallery & a post-session review.

I won’t attempt to coax you into purchasing printed products. I do love nothing more than to see a client’s images printed and looking fabulous displayed on their wall-space and have a range of high quality local suppliers who provide beautiful canvases, framing and albums. I’d be delighted to help you with these choices, whether these are for yourself or to give as gifts, & will give advice if you seek it but only offer consultations on request.

Baby Montage


Understanding what you plan to do with your images and where you’re likely to display them afterwards will influence your style of session. Choice of venue, clothing, time of day, season; these are all factors to consider when working out how to tell your family’s story.

It sounds a lot to think about!  Don’t worry though, I’ve done this many times before and I’ll guide you the whole way. We’ll make sure it’s an enjoyable experience for everyone and that you come away delighted with the results.


‘We had great fun with Sarah for a family shoot. She immediately made us feel relaxed and at ease. Grandpa was v pleased with his bday present -a framed print of one of the many gorgeous ones to choose from.’

‘Sarah is a star – she has natural empathy with her subjects and draws the best from them. Her pictures are sensitive and incisive.’

‘Fantastic photography, did great work for us; sensitive to the brief, imaginative, eye catching images. We would definitely use Sarah again for our photography at Funky Buddha Retreats..’

‘Excellent photographer! We have had an amazing baby bump and then new born shoot with sarah…the pictures are amazing and she made us feel very comfortable. Overall a fantastic experience and pictures we shall treasure. We will no doubt be having more as our little man grows.’