Welcome to Life in Focus Portraits, your 1st choice for professional photography in Helensburgh and Lomond.

Who I Am

I’m Louise, a multi award winning professional portrait and wedding photographer based in Helensburgh on the west coast of sunny Scotland.

I’m very proud to be the most highly trained and experienced portrait photographer in the area, with a beautiful boutique photography studio in the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu.

I’ve been photographing children and families, particularly newborn babies, professionally for a number of years and my absolute passion is capturing newborn babies during those first days of new life.  As a Mum to 3 children I know first hand just how quickly our babies grow up…..time really does fly by far too quickly, and before we know it our tiny newborn babies are heading off into the big wide world.

As well as being a parent I’m also a NNEB qualified Nursery Nurse, from the age of 19 I worked with babies and children in various settings from birth, so you really can be assured that your precious bundle is in safe hands.

Following requests from my lovely clients, I have now added wedding and commercial photography to my services.  Capturing your family’s journey from your wedding, the arrival of your first child right through to the teenage years…it’s my absolute honour to capture each and every milestone and help you build your own family archive.

With a strong focus on beautiful bespoke Wall Art and Archival Prints and Albums, I want your memories to be preserved for generations to come.  Of course I also offer digital files on USB, but I strongly believe that your images should be admired daily, not left in a drawer to be forgotten.

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“My aim is to provide every client with beautiful photos which can be treasured forever.
I strongly believe that beautiful images are one of the best ways to document the special times in our lives. Those images will remain to tell our stories when we are no longer here to tell them ourselves. I’m a bit of a soppy sod and I love to pore over photo albums, whether they are my grandmother’s or my own, they are filled with so many special memories both of my own and those of past generations. ”

What I Do

Family photographs have a truly unique ability to bring back memories with a smile no matter how many years have passed by and I genuinely believe in the importance of photographs as a legacy to leave for our children and grandchildren.

Nothing makes me quite so happy as following and documenting the family journeys of each of my clients, I offer a complete range of sessions from Maternity sessions and Birth photography, right through to those all important multi generational portraits…and not forgetting our furry friends….because they are part of the family too!

I’d love to capture your family’s journey, if you think I could be the right photographer for you then please do browse the website for further information on each of the photography session types I offer.  If you are looking for something a little different which isn’t shown on here, then please do get in touch.  I’m more than happy to discuss your ideas.

Sessions can be held in the studio or outdoors on location.  If you’d like to find out more about each of our sessions, please take a look at the individual pages, and do get in touch if you have any questions or would just like to have a chat with me to see how I can help you capture your family’s precious moments.

Whatever you’re looking for, if it involves stunning photography then I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me today for a chat.

I’m pleased to be able to offer a complete professional photography service in Rhu and the wider areas of Helensburgh, Loch Lomond and West Dunbartonshire.

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including your little dancers, your family pets and of course your family journey from pregnancy and the birth of your babies, right through to those multi generation portraits with the Grandparents and well, just about everything in between.

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Photography for your Wedding day, engagement portraits and “Rock the Frock”

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Whether you’re a school, creche, preschool nursery or a playgroup looking to fund raise while providing your families with some top class photos, I have packages to suit you and your families.

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Are you a solo entrepreneur looking for some personal branding or a larger commercial business looking for staff head-shots, beautiful photographs of your products for your website or maybe some aerial drone photographs of your premises, whatever professional photography you need to tell your business story, I can help.

Life in Focus Portraits Covid-19 Update.

I’m delighted that the Life in Focus Portrait studio is now open!

 All sessions will be taking account of current guidelines, e.g. physical distancing, hand hygiene etc.

I’m so excited to get back behind my camera and capture your family’s beautiful memories.


The studio is now open for all sessions.  Extra precautions will be taken to account for the current risks of Covid-19.


Future newborn bookings are being taken as normal.  If your baby arrived during lockdown I would suggest that you book a NOT SO NEWBORN session.  If your baby is still young enough for me to attempt a full bespoke newborn session you will be given the opportunity to upgrade.

For studio updates please see our latest JOURNAL POSTS

Nothing makes my heart happier than kind words from my clients….apart from snuggling babies (of course!)

Louise is amazing at what she does, she has such a passion to get you the perfect photos. the quality is amazing and Louise is so friendly but professional at the same time. She is also fantastic with Children. My 2 girls love her! I would definitely be using Life In Focus for all my photography needs!

Kelly - Helensburgh

Very professional work! We loved the photos of our son! Facebook photos are great, but there’s nothing like having professionally done, gorgeous photos of your little one to hang on the wall. They’re only this small once.
Louise is also amazing with little ones. Our little boy didn’t cry or fuss once!

Kimberly - Helensburgh

Louise is a Superstar, how she managed to get so many photos of our three kittens and their mother is beyond me

Dennis - Helensburgh

With an acute eye for detail, and the talent to implement her vision, Louise never fails to produce anything less than fabulous.
She is fantastic with children that have additional needs, and knows how to support them during their photography session.
Louise listen to the parents requirements, and asks the relevant questions regarding a child’s needs.
I would thoroughly recommend Louise to anyone, and will be using her services again and again in the future.

Jo - Helensburgh

I have used Life in Focus many times as they are amazing!! Always a friendly smile, made to feel at ease and Louise has a bubbly personality which helps to get those smiles from the little ones!! I highly recommend and I will be using many more times in the future!

Kim - Helensburgh

Latest Journal Posts

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Back to School photos in Helensburgh

The Life in Focus Portraits Back to School sessions for 2020 are now available to book. As a mum of 3 children I know how important those school photos are, capturing how quickly our children grow up....the annual portrait that we all look back on as adults, sometimes with a giggle and a "What was I thinking!!!" Having been closed for several months due [...]

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Helensburgh’s P7 Lockdown Leavers What a fabulous few weeks I’ve had over the school holidays.  I reopened the doors to the Life in Focus Portraits studio as soon as I was legally allowed to do so, having been closed due to Covid 19. The past few months have been so challenging for everyone, but especially on our children, not seeing their friends, missing out [...]

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Nursery Graduation Mini Sessions 2020

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