Newborn photography
Document your baby growing up during their first months out in the world.
Family photography
No posing, just capturing the real life of your family. Just be yourselves.
Maternity photography
Relaxed and fun documentary maternity photoshoot done in the comfort of your own home.
Birthday party photography
Children's birthday parties are fun but chaotic - so why not let me take care of the photos!
Special occasions
Whether it's a small intimate wedding, christening or any other family milestone, I can capture those moments for you.

Documentary Family Photographer London

Real Life Family Photography

Meaningful, relaxed and fun photographs that tell YOUR family story

Spring Mini Sessions
Photoshoot in Peckham Rye Park or Dulwich Park
On Location Photoshoot
Let's explore your local area together. Take me to your favourite local spots!
Life in Lockdown
Doorstep portraits of local families, living in East Dulwich, South London, taken during the UK Lockdown.

Hey, I'm Irma!

As a mum I know the last thing you normally have time to do in the middle of a feed or a nappy change is get out your camera to take proper photos. But I also know that memories of these personal and domestic events can be just as emotive and powerful as any photo you'll ever have. As a photographer, my focus is on capturing those subtle yet profound moments that are part of your family’s day to day life. Those are the moments, and the images, that you’ll probably be most fond of. 

My approach to this style of documentary family photography is based on allowing you and your family to tell your own story. Minimal direction and intervention enables me to foster a natural and relaxed environment - you and your family can be yourselves, enjoying your day and your time together, and I am merely there to document your story through my photographs.

I am based in East Dulwich, South London, but covering all London areas. 

"During our photoshoot with Irma, she made our family feel so relaxed and comfortable throughout the whole process.  Given how self-conscious and camera shy my husband and I can be, this is a really great achievement. Our shoot was also challenging, as the weather was against us and my son turned out to be ill!  Despite these difficulties, Irma managed to take a series of really great photos, capturing a happy day out with a loving family.  She was especially great with our son and the pictures are natural and captured our little one’s personality, which was exactly what we wanted.  I would definitely use her again in the future and recommend her to others." 

Stephanie P. - West Norwood, London

"Irma did a 2 hour photo shoot for my husband, little girl and I and it was brilliant! Irma really put my daughter at ease, and we have some really beautiful, natural shots as a result! I really like Irma’s style of capturing some of the smaller details too and there was no awkward posing throughout! Thanks Irma for capturing such special photos that we’ll treasure forever! x"

Harriet W. - West Dulwich, London

"Irma captured some really special moments from the day-to-day activities that you just don’t think of photographing, like my baby’s little feet dangling from the high chair and his look of delight at the water pouring down in the bath. Her relaxed style made us feel totally at ease during the shoot and that comes through in the images - they don’t feel contrived or posed. I couldn’t be happier with the photos Irma took of our family." 

Amy A. - Peckham, London

Irma Arrowsmith | Documentary Family Photographer | East Dulwich, South London

I am based in East Dulwich, South London, but covering all London areas. Recently, I’ve worked in areas including Peckham, Herne Hill, West Norwood, Forest Hill, Brockley, Sydenham, Honor Oak, Brixton and Stockwell.

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