My name is John Erskine, and I am a full time, Professional West Sussex Family Photographer. I specialise in lifestyle photography capturing memories of your family being just what they are – no pressure on poses or restrictions based on being around expensive, delicate studio equipment. It’s an extension of my natural leaning towards Reportage or Documentary photography and I love it!

A family, no matter how big or small, is a miracle.

We live at a million miles an hour – we work too hard, we play too little, they grow up too quickly, we forget….

While it’s not in my power to stop your beautiful newborn becoming a cheeky, mischievous toddler, nor your funny, easy-going 8 year old becoming a confused teenager, I can give you a moment. A moment of frozen time in which to capture and preserve your miracle, exactly as it is right now.


In the day and age of fantastic camera phones and easily accessible digital SLRs, you might wonder why you should go to the trouble of hiring a professional family photographer. The answer lies somewhere in a combination of experience, equipment, the artistic eye, and the work that is often forgotten, the post processing.

Knowing how to make clients into friends (both the big, grown up ones, and the small giggling ones) and putting them completely at ease in front of the camera is a vital skill for a professional family photographer. Having 3 children of my own and working regularly at schools and toddler groups (and my wife would say being a big kid myself…) I take children completely in my stride, getting down to their level, letting them have fun and having fun with them. When the kids are having fun, parents can relax and enjoy the experience too – and as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier, so grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles are more than welcome to join in!

Family photography is an investment. It’s a time capsule preserving memories of generations for future generations.

It’s a celebration of your miracle. So, if you are looking for a West Sussex Family Photographer, thinking of having a shoot in West Sussex or further afield (I’m regularly up in London shooting, for example) then please get in touch today to check my availability and we can find a time that suits and work out the details. You can also buy a precious gift for a friend or relative in the store – anything from a voucher towards a shoot to a whole shoot. The choice is yours!