Family Photography - philip hatfield

Family Photography

Why book me to create your family portrait?

I guarantee that If you’re not thrilled (not just satisfied) I will AT NO CHARGE photograph you again and make sure anything you are not happy with is fixed. As one of the few remaining FULL TIME professional photography studios in the area, I take your portraits and your choice to work with me VERY seriously, all whilst having a great time. In this new "digital age", craftsmanship, quality and time tested experience have almost disappeared.

Remember, it's not which camera someone uses, or how they "do photoshop" - it's how the photographer treats you and your family - it's how experienced and knowledgeable they are about posing and lighting and so much more - it's their ability, after years of award-winning image making, that will allow them to create a portrait that you will cherish forever.

 I only undertake a maximum of four assignments a day so you are not rushed through like on a factory assembly line – this way I can take the time to produce really beautiful portraits. I am far more interested in making beautiful images for you than dealing with a multitude of other clients.

I am more than happy to create portraits on location where this is more meaningful for you. This makes the portraits more special and personal to you. It can mean so much more than having a studio created portrait. Your portraits will be lovingly and painstakingly retouched before production. Any minor blemishes and imperfections will be removed and other enhancements applied to make sure you and your family look their very best. 100% “You will be delighted” (not just satisfied) or your money back guarantee. If you are NOT delighted I have not done my job properly and you will have the choice of a free re-take OR your session fee returned without question or quibble.

Please see my PORTFOLIO page in the menu above left for family photography.

Tel 01229 476000

Mob 07527178229


Why I do what I do

        The only photograph I have of my family is the above small faded and creased black and white picture taken in the early 1960s of me, my brother and sister with mum and dad taken in our house at Ulverston. When I was a teenager I taught myself to develop films in my Grandparents’ cellar at 1 Stanley street, Ulverston. Now,  I am the longest serving FULL time professional photographer in the Furness area and unfortunately I never did get round to organising an update of that family photograph. Time just slipped away and now it’s too late. I’d like to give you the chance to have what I missed and to have a record memories of loved ones that will that will last a lifetime.


I wish someone had said that to me all those years ago. The clock ticked on and things, events and especially people changed so very quickly. You know what they say, “If you let life (and time) pass you by – it will”

Give me a call and let's get things organised. Professional photographs needn't be expensive and I have special offers at various times - please see the menu left.

Frequently asked questions.

How long will our studio photography session take? - Most sessions last around an hour however I don't look at the clock.  A session lasts as long as it needs to.

Can we call to discuss our photograph ideas before the session?- Absolutely, but please note I work strictly by APPOINTMENT only, the studio is not open 9-5 as I undertake many assignments outside the actual studio. Just pick up the phone and give me a call on 476000 and we can make arrangements to meet.

Can I buy a photography session for someone else? Yes of course. I can provide you with a gift voucher for any amount or service.

How long will it be before we can see the photographs, after all digital is instant isn't it? - Actually there is around half a day's work in an average family sitting. Often I have a "pre-shoot meet" and the actual session lasts at least an hour. The images are edited for exposure, colour balance and are generally enhanced (another 1-2 hours). Any minor blemishes are retouched out. The final results are projected onto a screen for you to view. The time from taking to viewing is up to two weeks, however it may be shorter by special arrangement.

Can I view my photographs online? - Sorry it's a no to that one. I  need to advise you personally on your purchase. Although I offer a money back guarantee that you will be delighted with the quality of your portrait photographs if you order the wrong images cropped to the wrong sizes it can be a very expensive mistake. Also although the images you view will have been enhanced as outlined above, each ordered photograph receives up to 30 minutes extra "fine-tuning" in photoshop. This is an important purchase and we need to get it right!

Will you photograph my family outdoors instead of in the studio? - Yes I am more than happy to photograph you in the immediate locality for example at your home or the beach however outside of the Barrow area I have a fixed price which includes purchase of the digital files - please phone 476000 for details or see my special offers in the left side menu.

What my clients say

We have engaged Phil's photographic skill on a number of times the last being a family get together before we left for Australia on each occasion the results have been fantastic, we would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone." Julie Cottam, High Wycombe, Perth Australia.

“Recently we had a family photo shoot of 3 generations. The experience was fun and professional and the resulting prints were fantastic. We would highly recommend a sitting with Philip and we were pleased to see that he displays a lovely portrait of our family” Heather Pratt, Douglas St Barrow in furness.

"We had a great day Philip, it was nice that you could accommodate our location demands as the garden pictures were what meant the most to my Dad. We were all really happy with the Photos and their exceptional quality. We now have photographs that we can all treasure for years to come. Carry on with the good work!" Robert Grant, Kitchener St. Barrow in Furness.

We are immensely happy with our family photographs. It was a very relaxed session and you captured the natural setting perfectly. So many of our family and friends have commented on the photographs as you caught everyone’s smiles flawlessly. Thanks for your creativity," Garry and Cindy Daltioni, Headland Rise, Barrow in Furness.

Special Offers

Gift vouchers available for any amount or any service.

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