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By Andrew on September 23, 2011
From time to time I’ll post about other stuff too. I hope you enjoy having a look at my work and please feel free to leave us comments and feedback.
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By Andrew on August 15, 2017
Last summer I did a lovely family portrait session for a family in Manchester. Mum liked the idea of having a collection of photographs on their living room wall. But she didn’t want one frame with a selection of images. She wanted something that would make a statement and would look outstanding on the wall.
We chatted about the options and I’d been investigating the idea of using several smaller frames to make a large installation. As we talked about mum’s favourite photographs from the session it was obvious that we’d need to make square frames to display the 12 photographs. Six were portrait and six were landscape. Six showed her two sons together and three each with them on their own.
One of the challenges of hanging a collection of frames is making sure that they all line up and that they don’t sag or move over time. To avoid this, my framer fitted two saw toothed hangers to each photograph. Saw tooth hangers are much better for this type of installation than string or cord. Cord and string tend to stretch over time, meaning that the pictures would become misaligned. Each photograph would be hung with two screws. That meant 24 holes needed to be drilled into the living room wall for the plugs and screws. Each screw had to line up perfectly both horizontally and vertically. And each screw had to be the same depth as the others. Fortunately the wall was flat! After very careful marking and drilling of the wall, the screws were put in to the same depth and the pictures were hung. Everything lined up perfectly first time, which was very fortunate.
I usually hang pictures for my clients. It’s usually quite quick job but putting up an installation is a different thing all together. It requires a wall plan to work from, accurate measurements and patience. Once it was done, it looked fantastic. Mum was delighted and I was too.
By Andrew on July 9, 2017
I took these photographs at a lifestyle family portrait session last Summer in Altrincham. Many of our family portrait photography sessions are booked by grandparents. They love to have family portraits as reminders of their family around them. Everyone in this family lived locally but we regularly do family portrait photographs for families who are spread across the world and only come together as a group every few years. These sessions are particularly important as there is no telling when the opportunity will arise again.
Photographing three generations of a family together is something really special for me. Regrettably, it’s something that we didn’t do often enough when my own parents were alive.
I took these photographs in Grandmother’s garden. With young children a familiar setting works really well because they are on their own territory and they’re comfortable with it. If they want to get a drink or play whilst I’m photographing portraits of other members of the family, they can. And this makes the session much less stressful all round. If everyone is more relaxed then we get better and much more engaging pictures. It’s really that simple.
If you have family coming together for a family reunion that would be a great opportunity to make the occasion with some beautiful, natural family portraits, pictures of three or more generations together, all of the grandchildren together, portraits of each of the smaller family groups and so on.
After each session I edit the photographs and they’re usually ready within a week or so after the session. When we present the photographs to our clients we’ll look at the combinations that work best and advise on how to display them. By far the most popular option is bespoke framed photographs. Our bespoke frames are designed and made for each client to suit their personal style, taste and budgets. The smallest size is a 4″ frame and largest ones can be made to over 6′ and any size in between. With over 200 frame options, around 50 different ways of mounting your photographs in our bespoke frames, four different types of glass and maybe a dozen different type of paper, canvas, aluminium and acrylic to print your photographs on, we have a huge flexibility to make your family portraits in truly unique artworks to display in your home.
With the realisation that digital technology formats are constantly changing, more and more clients are choosing collections of photographs in a Queensberry album rather as an alternative to DVD and USB sticks.
If you’d to have chat about a lifestyle family portrait session, please call us on 01925 471091 or message us through our contact page.
Posted in Children, Family Portraits, News, Uncategorized | Tagged Cheshire Lifestyle Portrait Photography, children's portraits, children's portraits Cheshire, children's portraits Merseyside, lifestyle portraits Manchester
By Andrew on April 3, 2017
Last Friday evening I went to the Concorde Building at Manchester Airport for the Runway on the Runway fashion show event in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It was an amazing event and ten schools took part in the fashion show competition. A number of major fashion brands sponsored the collections on show. The Teenage Cancer Trust fielded a big crew for the night too. You can read some of the crew’s stories here. These guys are truly amazing. Being a teenager is difficult. Being teenager with cancer is a whole different world. As one young man put it on TCT’s Facebook page put it; my friends are worrying about the their exams and student debts. I’m worrying about if I’ll be here next year or not. If you’d like to make a donation to the Teenage Cancer trust to support their work please visit their website and follow the links.
By Andrew on March 27, 2017
Dogs are like children. They get bored quickly and don’t like being bossed about. If you make the session into a game your pet will enjoy it and you’ll get the photos. Have plenty treats too. Dogs love rewards and if they know there’s a treat coming that helps. A small squeaky toy is ideal for attracting attention. Keep it in your pocket and give it a squeeze (but not too often). Your dog will usually look at you with an inquisitive look and you can snap it straightaway.
A border collie puppy leaps out of her kennel.
If you get down to your dog’s eye level you’ll get great eye contact and the dog in the photo will look back at the person viewing it. You’ll probably get dirty but it’ll be worth it. And you might get sat on and licked but that’s all part of the game!
Teddy the boxer peers over the gate to see who’s calling.
Just like humans, dogs need a bit of need a bit of a make over to get the looking at their best. Matter in the corners of the eyes should be cleaned off. A clean, shiny, well brushed coat always looks better. So if your dog tends to matted fur or is a breed that needs regular clipping it’s best to take the photos a few days after a visit to the groomer.
Pet sessions with small dogs using props that are readily available
Don’t spend too long trying to take each shot. If you don’t get what you straightaway move on to something else and come back to it later. So, if you a picture of your dog sitting and looking into the camera and he isn’t interested then try some actions shots with a ball or a favourite toy. Get a friend or family member to help out so you can get them to stand away from the camera and throw a ball back to you. The dog will usually run back to the camera. Then you’ll get those fab shots of the dog running towards you, ears flowing. After a while the dog will be tired. Stop the session, have a cuppa. At this point your dog will probably have a rest. Then you can go back to a shot of him sitting and looking into the camera. Your dog might prefer to peak over the gate or sit in a favourite chair so keep an eye out for these places as photo opportunities.
,em>A red setter bounds through a spring meadow in East Lancashire.
You need just enough light but not too much. Soft natural light is best. On a very sunny day, find some shade to work in. Dogs squint in bright sunlight just like humans. In the shade your dog’s eyes will be open and bright and the colours of your dog’s coat will stand out. If you can do the photos on a day with a bit of cloud you’ll have much more flexibility about where you can take photos. But even on a sunny day you’ll find shade somewhere in your garden, indoors or even somewhere along your favourite walk.
Fox red and black labrador puppies surrounded by Autumn leaves
By Andrew on February 13, 2017
On an August Saturday you’d hope for sunshine all day and dry weather and we almost got it. The gardens at Colshaw Hall were in perfect condition and the atmosphere was amazing!
It was a perfect day for a wedding and the rain held off until early evening. By then it didn’t matter as all the guests were in party mood! The only things was that Rachel & John’s statement photographs had to be done indoors as it was pouring down.
Christa was photographing with me and we started at Rachel’s parents’ home where the bridal party were getting ready. Rachel’s dress was supplied by our friends at Puure Bride in Lymm. After a informal few getting ready and detail photographs we popped over to John’s parents’ house to get some shots of the boys before going to church.
St Matthew’s Church in Stretton is a beautiful Cheshire Church and the perfect place to celebrate a marriage. St Matthew’s dates back to the 1820’s. As we arrived the guests started to arrive and opportunities for informal photos just kept coming as old friends who hadn’t seen each other for a while met up and chatted as they waited for the wedding to start.
After the ceremony everyone went to Colshaw Hall near Knutsford for the wedding reception and evening party.
Posted in 1. Weddings, Uncategorized | Tagged Bespoke Wedding photography, Cheshire, Cheshire Wedding Photography, Informal Wedding photography, Knutsford weddings, Lancashire Wedding Photography, Lymm Wedding Photography, Wedding photography, Wedding photography Cheshire, Wedding photography Knutsford, Wedding Photography Lymm
By Andrew on January 16, 2017
Everyone loves the idea of an outdoor wedding. And Statham Lodge Hotel in Lymm has fabulous gardens which are perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Their beautiful gardens and the way they have laid everything out make it perfect. The only thing is the weather; you can’t guarantee it.
The Weather was perfect for Jess and Ian’s wedding with brilliant sunshine and blue skies all day. It was the perfect setting for their wedding ceremony and the gardens looked amazing. In some ways this can be a photographer’s nightmare because the sunlight can be really harsh, but that’s what make my job interesting. Natural Light changes constantly and I work with what I’m given jut get on with creating beautiful pictures for my clients.
I met Jess at an event at Puure Bride on Eagle Brow in Lymm village, and they asked me to do their wedding photography. Although I’ve photographed loads of weddings over the years, I had never photographed a wedding at Statham Lodge Hotel, where Josie and I were married back in 1986. It was a funny thing watching a young couple setting out on the first day of their marriage in a place that is so special for us.
During the ceremony Jess and Ian had a string quartet to play. Their beautiful music added to the magic atmosphere on this sunny autumn day surrounded by the Cheshire countryside.
When I’m photographing a wedding I want to capture the story of the day and the atmosphere. However, most clients need a few formal group photographs and I try to get them done as quickly as possible. Nobody really likes to be in them. Everyone wants to catch up with friends and family that they haven’t seen for ages.
I hope you enjoy the photographs and if you know someone who’s getting married soon, please tell them about Andrew Collier photography.
Posted in 1. Weddings, Uncategorized | Tagged Bespoke Wedding photography, Cheshire Wedding Photography, Lancashire Wedding Photography, Manchester Wedding Photography, Merseyside wedding photography, Queensberry Wedding, Reportage Wedding photography, Statham Lodge wedding, Statham Lodge Wedding Photography, Wedding photography, Wedding photography Cheshire, Wedding Photography Lymm
By Andrew on January 9, 2017
That golden glow as the sun starts to sink in the late afternoon, or if it’s late November, around half past two. It’s magic light and creates wonderful portraits, loaded with atmosphere from the setting sun illuminating heavy skies.
This session was taken a few weeks ago on the hills above the River Kent estuary in Cumbria, with Grange over Sands in the background.
Winter is the best time of year for these types of portraits. They have strong colours from the sun lighting the landscape and adding a golden glow to the bare trees and dying grass. The dramatic skies, with clouds laden with rain and sun as yet another weather system crosses the country, add their own drama to the scene.
Each season has it’s own distinct character and the atmosphere of winter is completely different to the other seasons. Winter portrait sessions can be unpredictable and we don’t always know exactly what we’re going to end up with. And that’s part of the fun.
They’re always dramatic. Whether it’s bright sunlight across misty fields, heavy cloud, snowy scenes, or that flat light that winter days in the UK are famous for, the one thing they all have in common is that make they all make gorgeous portraits to display as wall art in your home.
Portraits like these work at their best as large frames and canvasses as wall art in the main living areas of a home. The examples below show how the photos look when displayed in bespoke frames.
By Andrew on January 7, 2017
Beagles are busy dogs! And Storm is a busy beagle! Storm’s owner Kim wanted a portrait session of Storm as wall art for her living room. With pet portrait sessions (and small children) we normally start with a cuppa and let the pets get used to me being around. Once they’re calmed down and decided I’m not very exciting we’ll start the session with some games and playing. This gives me some great action shots and helps them settle down for some sitting or lying portraits. And then it’ll be time for walkies!
We went to Shakerley Mere Country Park for the second part of Storm’s session. With Storm being a busy and inquisitive Beagle we couldn’t let her off her lead as she’d run off as soon as she picked up an interesting scent. I know it’s cheating but we removed Storm’s lead in Photoshop whilst editing the photos.
If you’re interested in pet portrait session please get in touch through the contact page or call us on 01925 471091.
You can find out more about our pet portrait photography here.
Posted in Pets, Uncategorized | Tagged Pet Photographer Cheshire, Pet Photographers in Warrington, Pet photography Alderley Edge, Pet photography Altrincham, Pet photography Cheshire, Pet photography Chester, pet photography manchester, pet photography merseyside
By Andrew on January 5, 2017
A rainy November morning isn’t most people’s first choice for an outdoor family portrait session. Most people think of warm sunny days as being best and that’s often true. I’ve found that winter portraits have a character and atmosphere all of their own. I did this family portrait session last winter in Little Bollington near Altrincham. I have no idea why I haven’t blogged about it yet. After taking the usual portraits of mum and dad and their son I spent some time photographing their son and their chocolate labrador.
Small children and their pets always make great photos. When you have a very young child who is old enough to take the dog for a walk, and when the dog is a bit older and quite gentle those photos take on a real significance. It’s like you can feel the relationship between the dog and his master.
The old sluice gates made a really good backdrop for a quick set of three photographs. The reason I chose them was because of the textures in the wood and the foliage in the background. Finally, I wanted to show how these photographs work beautifully as sets of three framed photographs positioned close to each other. Unusually, this set of three works equally well in colour and in black and white. While they work well in this example, this isn’t always the case.
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By Andrew on October 30, 2016
Last summer had some interesting weather but we had some great days. One of my favourites was Emma and Chris’s wedding. The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Horwich. It’s always interesting to see how people bring different ideas to their weddings. As everyone came out of church the ushers were on hand with baskets of fresh cookies for all of the guests, which was a really lovely touch.
After the ceremony we went to Gibbon Bridge hotel in the Trough of Bowland for their wedding reception. With acres of beautiful gardens and loads of outside space for guests to congregate and being able to have speeches outside before the wedding breakfast was a real bonus. Gibbon Bridge had recently undergone a major refurbishment so everything was in perfect condition.
A lovely day spent with lovely people. One of the best perks of my work.
Posted in 1. Weddings, Uncategorized | Tagged Bespoke Wedding photography, Cheshire Wedding Photography, Lancashire Wedding Photography, Manchester Wedding Photography, Merseyside wedding photography, Wedding photograph Warrington, Wedding photography, Wedding photography Altrincham, Wedding photography Cheshire, Wedding Photography Lymm
If you’re wondering what to do with the kids this summer holidays, how about a family portrait session at the beach?
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