Hannah Coates

I am a London based photographer and art director specialising in children's fashion and advertising. Alongside my photography I particularly enjoy set design, often including my skills in personal and commissioned work.

As far back as I can remember my life has been filled with creativity. I was lucky enough to grow up in the beautifully muddy Devon countryside, where a lot of my own childhood consisted of climbing trees, picking blackberries and rubbing plasticine into my parents' carpet.  Since then, my projects have developed slightly, but still usually result in me being covered in paint, mud and some sort of glue.

Since the big move to London I have assisted various photographers, art directors and stylists, including Rhea Thierstein, Ulla Nyeman, Joanna Paterson, Kirsty Mitchell, Emma Macfarlane and Kate van Der Hage.  This experience has given me great insight into the fashion world, and allowed me regular opportunities to work on set and help create props for clients such as Love Magazine, Ted Baker, Clarks, Tesco, Mothercare, and ITV 1.

Since taking the plunge and going it alone, I have developed a wealth of experience photographing children of all ages, right from newborn babies through to teenagers.  This knowledge has been endlessly useful - it didn’t take many toddler shoots to learn that it is incredibly unwise to leave the house without bubbles and Peppa Pig stickers.

My down to earth personality (and incredible dance moves) often put children at ease, and I am regularly touched by how many clients, and parents, compliment me on how excellent I am with their kids.  My creativity and passion has attracted a range of fantastic clients, and I can honestly say I absolutely love what I do.


Albert & Viktoria, Amelia's Magazine, Breast Cancer Care, Broncolor, Chalk and Wild, Chapter Two, Cheeky Monkey Models, Childrensalon, Enfants Terribles, Hooligans Magazine, Intu Lakeside, Jane Swansbury, Jigsaw, La Petite Magazine, Les Enfants, Little Style Fix, Luna, Milk Magazine, Olive Loves Alfie, Peacocks, Piupia, Poco Nido, Red Magazine, Scandi Mini, Smallish, Susie and Toto, Tesco F&F, Wildling Magazine.