April 27, 2009

The Wedding of Louise and Chris

Friday's wedding at Bartle Hall Hotel near Preston was a very romantic affair. Louise and Chris were a great couple, clearly very much in love and enjoying their day.

I loved shooting Louise in her room as she had her hair and make up done.

Bartle Hall has some lovely grounds, great for the group shots and couple portraits, can't wait to return later this year.

The day was being filmed by Tom at Silk Wedding Videos who looked to be getting some great footage.

It seemed as though Louise's nerves might get the better of her at one point, but a quick dash for a glass of water, and she soon picked up!

Here's a few early selected shots and a little video.

Best wishes to the both of you (and baby Chloe)!
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April 16, 2009

Ooh, this looks interesting...

Ok so you know I love a bit of low-tech photography, and a hankering after the old days of darkrooms but this one sounds too good to be true... and might just be one for the Coffee Lady to try...
Develop your film in coffee?
The fine folks at Photojojo posted a great tutorial on how to develop film using nothing more then instant coffee, vitamin C powder, washing soda, water, fixer and dishwashing liquid. Sound impossible? It really works! Check out the step-by-step tutorial on how to develop your film with these basic household products here. Happy processing! (reposted from a blog post)

April 15, 2009

Lancaster Community Times

It was rather nice this morning to get a call from Lisa at Lancaster Comunity times, a new magazine for Lancaster, due out in June, asking if they could use one of my photos of the Ashton Memorial for their front cover (not this one, this was one I took over the recent Easter weekend).
Can't wait to see how they use it now!
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April 14, 2009

So what do we talk about when we have a meeting?

I'll be entering into my busy wedding shooting season in a couple of weeks, and really looking forward to it. There are some great couples to photograph this year, in some fab venues, and I just know we'll have fun making some great photos together.

Recently I've had quite a few client meetings, and it occurred to me that often people don't know quite what to expect when we meet up, what's the real point of it? For some it's about making sure they are going to have someone they can trust, for others it's about wanting to know we are going to get on ok. Some clients will have already browsed through my website and online galleries and be pretty sure they want to book me before we even meet, and others may have just picked up one of my business cards and decided to give me a ring. So what is the purpose of a meeting and what do we talk about?

Well, the answer is it's for all those reasons and more, and we actually talk about rather a lot.
I'm pretty upfront about putting a lot of information on my website, so quite a few clients will have seen my work, know my style, checked my prices, and read my FAQ through before making the call to meet. And that's great because it means when we do meet up, a lot of ground has already been covered and we can relax and talk about the fun stuff - your big day.
Other clients may have been referred by a friend whose wedding I've shot, or they may have been a guest at a wedding and liked how I handled the day. That's fine too because it hopefully means they like I how I work, or they trust their friend's opinion, and we can move on to talking about the specifics.

But let's assume you haven't seen my work already and I haven't been recommended to you by your good mate, what can you expect when we meet?
Ok, I like everyone to feel relaxed when we talk, so over coffee is good, usually at your house, but often in town somewhere - I like the Dukes bar or the Sun Hotel, but it could be your fave place, somewhere we can spread out and feel comfortable. A meeting usually lasts no more than an hour. I fill you in on a bit about me and how I like to work, we talk about how you met and how long you've been together, we get a feel for each other's personalities. It's important on the wedding day that we all feel relaxed with each other, not like strangers - it makes a huge difference to the pictures! We go on to talk about your venue and how many guests you'll be having, what elements of the day you want recorded on camera, how long you want the photographer there for? All day? From getting ready to the last dance? Or maybe just the service and some informal group shots afterwards? From there we can get a pretty good idea which package is going to suit you best and start talking about your photography likes and dislikes, it's ok we all have them. Maybe you love black & white, but your beloved prefers colour? You like getting the whole scene in, while they prefer close ups, it's fine we'll work it out!

I run through how I like to work on the day, and what happens after I've gone (I'll save that for another post), how soon you get to see your pictures and what you'll have at the end of the day to treasure your memories. I'll explain about the differences between low-res and hi-res images on CD, we'll see some sample albums and some finished books from other weddings and I'll explain how you don't have to decide on everything there and then, if the budget is tight but you have your heart set on an individually designed and bound wedding album, we might talk about how you can opt for that later as an anniversary gift. At the end of the meeting, I'll leave you with a booking form, and a shot list for you to think about what parts of the day you wouldn't want me to miss and so that you can chat between yourselves after I've gone to make your final decision. Hopefully you'll be happy to have me be your photographer, and a few days later you'll be sending me the booking form and deposit.
After that we'll keep in touch by occasional email or phone call just to update on plans and share thoughts.

How does that sound? Ooh, thanks I'll have my coffee black please, no sugar.

April 07, 2009

Read all about it!

I thought I'd have a little fun for a drab Tuesday morning today and present the latest dog about town, the one they're all reading about, Mr Toby.

The portrait of Toby is by me, the montages are courtesy of a rather fine website called
You should have a go, it's free!

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April 03, 2009

The Wonderful World of Martin & Muñoz

It's certainly no secret that I have a thing for working with miniature figures, so how could I possibly resist the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz as seen in the latest edition of 1000 Words? I just love the mix of kitsch and peril in these tiny wonders.

April 01, 2009

Greenfoot Garden Centre

On Saturday I was sent off on a job for Cambridge Publishers, who needed some shots of Ann & Helen the owners of Greenfoot Garden Centre in Wray for an article about the girls first year in business together.
It's a lovely little centre, and being in Wray, and next to the Bridge House Tea Rooms, you can't go wrong really!