Mel Hudson is an Outdoor Family Photographer based in Northern Ireland. I love shooting Family Portrait Photography in a relaxed environment. Being a family photographer in Belfast is just simply thee best job. I love meeting my new families and photographing their children and joy.
Hi my name is Melanie and I am Mel Hudson Photography and I’m an Outdoor Family Photographer based in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
I’m also Mummy to 4 little humans
My passion for outdoor photography has been around for as long as I can remember. Long before camera phones were a constant companion my SLR accompanied me everywhere. I would spend hours developing my images in Dark Rooms watching the paper come alive with moments I had captured.
Full HR Digital Packages Available
Family Photographs shouldn’t break the bank. Each little family should have the experience of having professional photographs taken. As a family photographer I specialise in looking for connections. Connections between you and your babies, your babies and their parents / grandparents. Siblings can argue until the cows come home, but the love that lies beneath is beautiful to witness.
I have taken some time pulling together Family Photography Packages that should suit every budget. Each family package comes with High Resolution Digitals. This means you can print as many copies as you like for Christmas Presents, for the walls in your home or family albums.
I am always happy to have a chat with you to see what family photography package suits your family.
Outdoor Family Photographer
Lifestyle Family Photography is beautiful, I adore the natural element of this style of photography. Scrapped knees, wind blown hair, rosey cheeks they all tell the story of your family, and our afternoon together.
Natural light outdoor photography allows for creativity and some really beautiful unique family portraits.
We have the flexibility of location AND we can take advantage of the seasons
Its one of the most amazing advantages of being an outdoor family photographer in Northern Ireland.
Autumn Colours, Spring Flowers, Snowmen and Summer afternoons on the beach. These are simply the best moments to capture your family. Children love to explore, run and jump in puddles, they love it even more if Mummy & Daddy do it too!
The atmosphere is organic and fun, to see some of my sessions click on my Blog.
Newborn & Baby Lifestyle Photographer
Your little humans are so small, tiny and precious. The first few weeks will pass in a blur and they will grow and change so quickly.
As a lifestyle photographer I will capture those moments, in the comfort of your own home. At a time that suits you and baby.
We will talk and I will observe you with your child. Capturing the smallest details, your tiny newborn in your arms. It is a very calm and relaxed newborn baby photoshoot. If baby is awake, baby is awake.
Newborn photoshoots at home are so lovely and i travel throughout Belfast & Northern Ireland.
Cake Smash Photographer
Then before you know it we are here. 1 year old and smashing into a cake!! What fun these cake smash photography shoots are. Cute little personalities have developed and they are such fun to capture.
Every cake smash i have photographed has started out with the little human unsure what to do. Then … there is this moment … its a moment of realisation. When they understand they can crack into the cake in front of them. Such JOY to be a part of that.
My cake smash shoots will take place in your home or weather dependant we can shoot outdoors. Either way I will capture such lovely images for you to cherish!
Creative Outdoor Family Photographer
Family Portrait Photography sessions are best done any time of the year. A yearly session is a great idea to capture your family growing year after year. Outdoor photography is an amazing way to document your little family.
Locations will change as your family changes.
Your walls will be covered with precious memories. Not to look at nostalgically, but to look at and remember the joy you shared growing as a family.
At Home Family Photographer
At home family photoshoots allow me to capture your everydays. Its those everyday moments that make up the joy in our lives without us realising it.
I have yet to meet anyone that says “gosh i LOVE getting my photo taken”
If you aren’t relaxed then your family photoshoot will show the tension. However i can more or less guarantee a family photoshoot at home is going to be tension free.
Kids love showing me their toys and treasures. Mums & Dads are surrounded by their life. To be asked to capture that for you to look back on, is a really joyful experience.
Belfast Photographer Mel Hudson Photography
As an Outdoor Family Photographer I travel to my families, so that means I will travel to you. Belfast, Ballymena, North Coast and Carrickfergus are just a few of my locations.
I am an Northern Ireland Photographer and i love exploring and finding new locations with you and your family.
Family Photography Packages
- 1 to 1 1/2 hour Photoshoot on location, either a park, gardens or your home.
- You will receive 15 HR Digitals of your choice.
- A framed 8x6 image from the session.
- 2 hour photoshoot on location, either a park, gardens or your home.
- You will receive your Full HR Digital Gallery of 35 images.
- A Lifestyle Coffee Table Album packed with your beautiful images from your afternoon with me.
- This 2 hour Lifestyle Shoot will take place in your home. It is relaxed and organic, I work with baby's schedule capturing the little details.
- You will receive 15 HR Digital images of your choice and also a soft cover album.
- This will take place in your home or weather permitting we can capture the Cake Smash on location.
- You will receive 15 HR Digital Images of your choice.
- An 8x6 framed image from the session
Morag – 5 stars
We had a brilliant morning in Lady Dixon park having a family shoot. Mel was so friendly and put us at ease straight away and the whole shoot felt really natural and effortless. We are over the moon with the pictures we have seen so far and can’t recommend her enough to capture your family’s memories.
Mel Hudson Photography has provide me with some beautiful family portraits that i will cherish. She is truly the best photographer in Belfast.
Laura – 5 stars
We had such a lovely morning with Mel at Antrim Castle Gardens, great surroundings and fab photographer! Our boys loved all the fun and attention from Mel, she was so friendly, no one felt under pressure to pose! As a Mummy too, she knows how unpredictable kids can be to get involved but she had lots of ideas to keep their attention which has captured some lasting memories for our Family. Mel has been so approachable from the booking until the editing of our photos, thank you for everything Mel, we would highly recommend you to Friends & Family xx
Hannah – 5 stars
We were met by the lovely Mel, she instantly made us relax and our whole experience was fun and enjoyable.
Then came the photos – what can I say they are fab and capture our crazy little family perfectly.
Mel is fab and if you are looking for some family photos that are a bit different (not just sat still posing) then Mel is your woman!
Darren – 5 stars
My family and I met Mel today for the first time for a photoshoot and have to say she is such a lovely person. She helped us all feel at ease instantly which made our morning so enjoyable, the kids felt like movie stars today lol. My wife hates getting her photo taken but she actually enjoyed the whole experience. We cant wait to see the finished product. Would highly recommend Mel for her top class service.
Heather – 5 stars
From the moment Mel arrived at the door we found her to be professional, relaxed, friendly and great fun. She immediately put Sophie at ease which allowed her to capture her shots in a relaxed stress free environment. Mel had fabulous ideas and nothing was too much bother. It was such a pleasure to meet her.
The Northern Ireland Family Photographer Mel Hudson was a great find. We truly enjoyed our morning together and the photographs are just gorgeous.
Laura – 5 stars
We had a fantastic outdoor photo shoot in Lady Dixon Park. Right from the start Melanie made us feel relaxed. We have had photos taken before but I love, love, love the relaxed laughing faces of the kids. They loved her and I think they will expect her to come on all our trips to the park to document every pine cone or flower they find!! Can’t recommend Melanie enough and will do to to all our friends and family. Thanks again
Outdoor Photography offers so much more to a family portrait session
We can relax, dander and explore. Your children can look for shells at Whitepark Bay, or chase the squirrels in Antrim Castle Gardens. We can share giggles and stories.
Not only will your family portraits be unique to your family but you have the added benefit of being outdoors. Its a lovely way to spend time together as a family. Your children will cherish the time being in the moment with them.
Even the family pet can get involved!
Being a Northern Ireland Family Photographer is such a joyful experience.
Get in Touch
So not only do i love capturing joyful moments, i love being transported to different worlds.
If you do then come join me and some fellow book worms in The Book Club. Its a cosy safe place to come and get ideas and recommendations. Tell us where you’ve been transported and what characters have left their impact. You can pop in for a chat, and pop out whenever you feel like it.
We have a monthly book you can choose to read and then we can all review it together within the private group attached to my