lifestyle portrait photography in Dorset

timeless & beautiful images to cherish forever

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In addition to my studio portraits, I’m now absolutely thrilled to offer beautiful outdoors lifestyle portrait photography, working out of my studio in Shillingstone near Blandford Forum, Dorset. I specialise in elegant & natural portraiture images with a classic and timeless feel which not only create memories to treasure now, but will become heirlooms for your family to keep forever.

Portrait photography isn’t just for confident people who love having their photo taken. It’s an uplifting and confidence boosting experience where I’ll gently guide you to become the most beautiful ‘you’ that you could ever imagine. If you’re nervous in front of camera, or feel that you never take a good photograph, then please come and talk to me about what I can offer to help you feel, and look, amazing. No matter what age or size we are, we are all beautiful. Let me show you how to celebrate how amazing you really are.

I’ll photograph you in the absolutely stunning countryside and forests which surround my portrait studio here in North Dorset in an unhurried and gentle manner, whilst helping you learn to pose in the most flattering ways possible. Using a combination of gorgeous natural light and location lighting, it’s an unforgettable experience which, no matter how apprehensive you may be to start with, you’ll soon enjoy and delight in.

If you’re looking for studio portraiture, I can of course provide this for you from my beautiful & private studio space here in Dorset.

For family photography – particularly for young children –  I recommend this is carried out at home in a documentary style: you can read more about my documentary family photography here. 


Lifestyle portrait sessions are £150 and last anywhere up to three hours, to ensure an unhurried and exceptional photographic experience for you to enjoy,

After your photographic shoot, you’ll be invited to an exciting reveal session where I’ll introduce you to the fully edited & retouched images from your session. There’s also a range of gorgeous products to browse at your leisure. I offer the highest quality framed prints and linen bound albums, plus wonderful collections of matted photographic images presented in amazing keepsake folio boxes. All print purchases are provided with a matching digital image to keep and to share online.


book your session

To discuss your portrait photography requirements and book a photographic session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

I’ll be delighted to chat to you about my relaxed and encouraging approach and how I help you celebrate your individuality in the most beautiful, memorable way possible.

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Dorset Portrait Photographer

Belinda McCarthy Photography Ltd.
The Stables Portraiture Studio, Shillingstone House, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0RZ
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Company Registration Number 9551009, registered in England & Wales.