The Wanstead Portrait Studio specialises in natural child and family portrait photography, on location in northeast London and southwest Essex.

Hi, I'm Paul Hancock - thanks for visiting my website. I live in Wanstead with my wife and two children, and I’ve been a professional photographer for over 25 years. I ‘grew up’ in my father’s Highams Park photography studio, shooting my first wedding when I was just 17. (I’m not sure who was more nervous, me or the bride…) Now a veteran of over 700 weddings and countless portrait sessions, I set up The Wanstead Portrait Studio to offer people something a little bit different to typical High Street photographers.

Forget the stylised backgrounds, forced poses and 'wacky' props you get with some photographers - The Wanstead Portrait Studio isn't a traditional photography studio. Indeed, I don't actually use a studio at all: most of the child and family photo shoots I do take place outdoors. I prefer to shoot in a relaxed, reportage style, taking advantage of the many beautiful locations in the area - Wanstead Park and Epping Forest are my 'studio'. The aim is to create natural photographs in natural locations, without the posed formality of a traditional studio. And, because Mother Nature and the seasons play such a big part in the backgrounds and lighting, every portrait session is guaranteed to be unique.

I also cover weddings, newborn portraits, professional headshots, corporate functions and pretty much any other kind of event you can imagine, all in the same relaxed, informal style. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help in any way, or to find out more about The Wanstead Portrait Studio.

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