Day Nursery photos, By The Riley Shot

This week I spent some time at Play Alma Mater Nursery, Oldham. It was really nice to meet all of the staff and it was really easy to capture the fun that all of the kids were having. I managed to spend time with all of the age groups – from the babies up to the big kids playing outside under the gazebo. My aim was to capture what a great Nursery Pamela has, and all of girls working there were on hand to help me get some interesting shots.
It was great to see how much attention and time everyone in the nursery gave the kids and I tried to show everyone in their natural light.
Next up, I have a few family portrait sessions in August and as I continue to invest a lot of time in stock photography I’ll be updating my landscape and travel photos. If you would like more details on how to book, please email me on or call 07561305803.

Yorkshire Family Portrait – by Scott Riley ©therileyshot Photography

It was lovely to meet such a happy family and after all of 2 minutes everybody was at ease and we were up and running with the shoot. We decided beforehand that we would try a few shots against a nice plain background, then a few out on the decking. Finally, I would try and capture some natural shots of the kids playing and having fun.
Martina and her family were all great and were really comfortable in front of the camera. There was a lot of Makka Pakka talk to raise a big smile from the little one and luckily my comedy content wasn’t needed, as the whole family bounced off each other to my relief.
It was really nice to meet Martina, Michael and the kids and hopefully I captured some memorable moments for the family to enjoy. If you are interested in Family portraits in Yorkshire or Manchester please email me at or click here for more info and pricing.


Travel Photography – Kefalonia by Scott Riley ©The Riley Shot

After spending a week in Kefalonia, Greece I was hoping to capture a few underwater shots, but as it turns out a £10 camera cover doesn’t work very well. Instead I concentrated on what I know well and shot some landscape pics that I’m really proud of.
What I found really interesting about this small Island was that where ever we went, you could see the old houses before the terrible earthquake of the 1950’s. I couldn’t help stopping at every opportunity to capture what Kefalonia has left behind.
 We had a great week travelling all over the Island from beautiful beaches to some amazing little Greek villages, my favourite moment happened on our 2nd to last day. A huge Loggerhead Turtle came into the harbor which we happened to be sun bathing near, so we decided to grab our snorkels and say hello. It was so majestic in the water – we swam around for about 15-20 minutes before it decided to take off into the open water. We found out after the swim it used to come into the harbor with another smaller Turtle every day, so I stayed around the next morning to get a few snaps on top of the water to show what he looked like.
I will keep this short and sweet and hope the shots speak for themselves. In a few days time I will upload my latest family portrait session.

Family Portrait Yorkshire – The Riley Shot Photography, by Scott Riley

Kiss for my baby sister

Kiss for my baby sister

My main aim today was to get completely natural shots. I was under strict instruction that staged photos wouldn’t be allowed and that action/casual shots were the way forward.
With the sun shining, Poppy nice and comfy under the flowery umbrella and the 25 degree weather, I couldn’t ask for much more. We spent a few minutes getting ready and with my little helpers popping in for a kiss and a cuddle with Poppy every now and then it gave me chance to show them in a really natural way. My favourite style of photography is just to sit back and watch families be themselves and with kids you always have a fantastic opportunity to snap a unique view! After getting some great snaps of poppy in the sun she decided it was nap time, so I thought it’d be best to give her some rest and start taking some photos of the kids playing in the garden.
 Everybody knows the old cliché “a picture paints a 1000 words”, but I really believe it’s true. Watching the boys playing around in their own individual way, I was really happy to capture just how fun it is to be a kid.
Watching Harley ask to prop his toy car up on the chair and then take his screwdriver and wrench, crawl underneath the car and start to “fix” it, was priceless. I managed to capture him in full work mode and when he had sorted the Mini out, he moved onto the JCB. After taking a few more pictures we realised that he wasn’t fixing the tractor, just taking it apart piece by piece!
Everyone was having a great day and when all of the boys decided to have a go on the trampoline, it was time to try and get all three of them in an action. Earlier in the session I was told that parents were to stay behind the camera, but it was nice to capture the big kids having fun too.
All in all it was a great day and I’m happy I got take take some shots that really captured the moment, boys being boys and everyone enjoying the sun.
Next up I’m excited for my family shoot on Saturday in Halifax, and our holiday to Greece so keep an eye out for my best shots in 10 days time!