When the first warmth of Spring comes through, it’s time to ditch the coats and scarves for a bit and enjoy being able to run about in a t-shirt again. Dawn and Adrian asked me to do a family portrait session for them and we were hoping for a sunny day. The weather was perfect for a family portrait session for a young family. Warm enough for the kids to run about and not too windy.
After a warm up at home so everyone could get comfortable in front of the camera we went to a local park, complete with duck pond for the second half of the session. Armed with plenty of bread, the children soon forgot about me and had fun feeding the ducks and running about. Mum and dad stayed behind the camera whilst I took photos of the kids doing what kids do.
Occasionally I’d ask them to do things but I was quite to watch and see how things unfolded, taking candid pictures all the while. The three photos below of the children on the park bench took a little bit of setting up and now hangs in pride of place in Dawn and Adrian’s dining room.
Although it’s still mid February and winter is still clinging on, spring is just around the corner. The daffodils will be popping up soon and the cherry blossom won’t be far behind. So, this morning I thought I’d post a family portrait session I photographed in Lymm at the beginning of May last year. Spring portraits are great because the environment has that really fresh look to it.
A lifestyle family portrait session makes a beautiful Mother’s Day gift for mums and grandmums as it’s completely personal and the photographs will be unique to the person receiving the gift. This gift package includes a one hour family portrait session and a photograph in a bespoke frame of your choice*. This gift certificate is ideal for families of all ages and for family gatherings where you’d want a bespoke framed photograph of a group of people. You can also use the voucher for a pet portrait session or equine portrait session if you wish.
Your gift voucher is provided in a small presentation box making it easy to gift wrap and interesting to open.
*The session and viewing must be taken during 2016. The session would take place at your home or a location nearby. The photo size is approximate and depends on the crop of the chosen photograph and size of mount you choose. The frame size is typically 16″x12′ (40cm x 30cm) depending on the photo you choose. Your frame is made to order in a mount and frame of your choice from our collection of over 200 frame styles and sizes. Other framed photographs, canvasses, acrylics or albums may be purchased separately. Unmounted prints are not available.
How to order
You can order online by clicking the PayPal link below or you can order by phone (call us on 01925 471091) and your gift voucher in its presentation box will be posted to you. Last date for posting in time for Mother’s Day is March 3rd. You can collect your gift voucher after this date if you wish. Digital vouchers can be emailed up to 5pm on March 5th if you have missed the postal deadline. Please phone us on 01925 471091 for last minute orders.
*Save £40 on the regular price of our one hour family portrait session, usually £235. Offer available until March 31st 2016.
A portrait session for just the two of you is a really romantic, fun thing to do and it makes the perfect St Valentine’s Day gift. We did it to celebrate our silver wedding and it was great fun. Our favourite photograph, in black and white, hangs above the fireplace in our lounge and we have a couple of smaller ones too. It may seem that having photographs of ourselves is a bit self indulgent but I often look at them think, gosh is that really us? But it is. And having a romantic reminder of just us is a really important treasure. And it’s one that’s a permanent reminder of our love for each other.
You can buy a gift certificate for St. Valentine’s Day online using the link below. We’ll post you a gift voucher in a presentation box. The details are at the bottom of the page. If you’d like more information or to chat about a session call us on 01925 471091
One hour couples lifestyle portrait session and bespoke framed photograph – £235.00
A one hour couples portrait session and your favourite photograph in a bespoke frame of your choice*. This gift certificate is ideal for couples without children who want a little self indulgence. You can include a pet if you wish.
*The session and viewing must be taken within six months of the date of purchase of the certificate. The session can be for up to two people (and a pet) at your home or a location nearby. The photo size is approximate and depends on the crop of the chosen photograph. Your frame would have an overall glass size of 16″ (40cm) on the longest edge. Your frame is made to order in a mount and frame of your choice from our collection of over 200 frame styles and sizes. Other framed photographs, canvasses, acrylics or albums may be purchased separately. Unmounted prints are not available.
A big birthday, a big anniversary, a christening, a retirement; these are all wonderful opportunities to gather family and friends around and to celebrate something special, something that’s a landmark event in someone’s life. A professional photographer especially one who specialises in photographing people, often large groups of people, knows how to quickly organise groups of people, how to put them all at ease in front of the camera and and how to create and capture those precious moments. A professional photographer will also know how to preserve those memories in a way that people can pass on from one generation to the next.
Why it makes sense to hire a professional photographer to record those memories.
I’ve been photographing family parties and gatherings for the last eight years and have met many hundreds of people. As children grow up and leave home it becomes harder to get an entire family together on the same day, and family celebrations provide the perfect opportunity to do this. Often we’ll have four generations of a family, with some of them coming home from all over the world and although it’s rarely mentioned, everyone knows that there may not be another opportunity to do this. I recently photographed four generations of one family, with Great Grandma being 95 and her youngest great granddaughter being 7 months old. The framed photograph will become a family heirloom and when the youngest person. Imagine when the seven month old baby becomes a grandmother herself and her grandchildren ask her about the people in the photograph.
Planning the photography
A few days before the party we’ll chat about the guest list and who they’d like to have photos of and who should be included in each photograph. We’ll also talk about the other photographs capturing the essence of the party . We usually start with family photographs before the party starts. Often we’ll have 15 to 20 people or sometimes more. So, we’ll have big family groups of three or four generations, then great grandparents with their children, each sibling with their partners and their children, groups of all the cousins, great grandparents with great grandchildren, grandparents with grandchildren, groups or grandchildren etc. The lists can be quite long but we can do these very quickly and being organised is the key to capturing everything whilst keeping everyone interested.
At a ruby wedding recently we recreated a photograph from their wedding album with the couple, bridesmaids, best man and ushers. Often we’ll have groups of friends who are now in their seventies and eighties who’ve been friends since childhood.
Once we’ve taken the family portraits and the party is in full swing it’s time capture the action. These are much more casual and the goal is to capture the flavour of the party; the dancing, the food, the cake, the speeches, the groups of friends and relatives who haven’t seen each other for years.
So, after the party what should you do with the photographs?
Many people think that just having a DVD will be fine. But most photographers and historians would disagree. And it’s not just because photographers are looking for a bigger sale. We all have thousands of photographs on our phones, on memory cards and CDs and most are no importance at all. But some of them are really important and need to be preserved for the future. The only way to do that is to print them. This article on my blog explains why.
I recommend putting the most important family portraits in frames and these are usually designed and made for each client, with collections of photographs and individual photographs being made. We also design and produce story books and albums to display the photographs from the party and this is a great way to preserve the photographs for future generations.
Why it makes sense to hire a professional photographer to record those memories.
If you have a big birthday or anniversary coming up in your family and you’d like to have a chat about photographing the event please call us on 01925 471091 or send us a message through the contact page.
Jason Manford & footballing legends cruise to fundraising success at the CAFT Love Boat Ball
Last weekend we joined 370 guests as they boarded the CAFT Princess on Saturday 5th December for the charity’s Love Boat Ball and raised a phenomenal £130,000! The charity’s 18th Annual Ball took place at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa and saw guests joined by some very special celebrity guests.
The charity’s Patrons Jason Manford, Lee Boardman, Jennifer James and Dame Sarah & Barney Storey joined the esteemed list of guests, including World Cup winner Patrick Vieira, England and MCFC goal keeper Joe Hart, City & Belgium Captain Vincent Kompany and City star Aleksander Kolarov. The evening was sponsored by Thermotech who were delighted to attend on the night.
The Love Boat theme started from the moment the guests arrived via the glamorous red carpet, when they were greeted by CAFT staff in nautical costumes handing out Hawaiian leis and tequila sunrise cocktails, accompanied by the melodic tunes of the Pantonic All Stars steel band to get them in the tropical mood.
Compere Andy Ashworth officially welcomed guests to the Ball before launching the fun and fundraising which saw guests taking part in not only a Grand Raffle, but also two very special raffles with some amazing prizes. During the Christmas Cracker raffle beautiful Hotel Chocolat crackers were sold against the clock and the holder of the winning ticket went away with a stunning diamond and white gold bracelet worth £2,000 donated by Randalls of Altrincham, with the runner up winning an impressive Hotel Chocolat hamper.
The Northern Belle sent along a team of their very smart stewards who sold raffle tickets in the form of cuddly bears. The lucky winner walked off with two tickets for the charity’s 2016 trip to Edinburgh on board the iconic sister train of the Orient Express. And to top it all off there was the Grand Auction which included prizes such as a fabulous Caribbean Cruise sponsored by Beechwood Travel, holidays to Crete and the Algarve and a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a match at Old Trafford with CAFT President Sir Bobby Charlton! An impressive £39,000 was raised on the auction alone, helping the charity to smash through last year’s fundraising total of £100,000!
CAFT Patron and comedian Jason Manford took to the stage and treated guests to a short stand-up set and a song! Fellow Patron Dame Sarah Storey gave an inspirational speech about the importance of the charity’s work, prompting 24 guests to pledge to raise funds for the 2016 Free Holiday Programme.
Live music was provided by the Hot Jazz Biscuits who had the whole room on it’s feet. DJ Neil Bebbo rounded the evening off nicely before caCrriages at 2am.
Events fundraiser Pippa Watton comments: “Every year we are blown away by the generosity of our guests and this year was no exception. To raise £130,000 in just one night is astounding, we’re all still reeling! This money will make such a huge difference to the children visiting us here at the Adventure Farm and we can’t thank everyone enough for their unwavering support.”
For further information about future events or to enquire about the work of the Adventure Farm, call the Fundraising Team on 01565 830 053, or visit their website www.caft.co.uk
Last Wednesday saw us at Harvey Nichols in Manchester for the Teenage Cancer Trust‘s Fashion Show. The show was called Fashion For A Reason and showcased the work the Teenage Cancer Trust does in the North West with young people living with cancer. The event also promoted the Trust’s Cinderella Project.
It was hosted by 19-year-old Olivia Cork, who was recently nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year, alongside Ministry of Sound DJ James “Caino” Cain.
Olivia was 14 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was treated on our unit at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy and subsequently had her right leg amputated.
The event was supported by Harvey Nichols, Smooth FM, Boss Model Management, Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank. We did the official photography as our contribution and Pete Baxter at Northwest Productions shot the videos.
Best friends Callum Ballantine and Samir Kamani presented their fashion label Made from Manchester, a unique clothing line which offers which offers men’s and women’s T-shirts sporting iconic Manchester slogans. The T-shirts were modelled on the night by the TCT crew and can be purchased online. All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Broc the Collie is now 15 weeks old and growing up. Her herding instincts are really coming out now and when she chases her ball she doesn’t run straight to it. She circles round on one side or the other, as if she was rounding it up. It’s really funny to watch. She just does it instinctively. Our son Ewan came over a few days ago with Broc for her next puppy portrait session. We went to the park near our home in Lymm, Cheshire, for Broc’s pet photography session.
It was a perfect Autumn day; bright and sunny, bone dry and no wind. The autumn colours were full on and complemented the tans and browns of Broc’s coat. Most Border Collies are black and white but Broc is a little bit different and has gorgeous markings. As she still has her puppy teeth which are like needles.
Here’s a selection from the day. Probably too many but she’s so cute it was hard to cut them down. If you want to see the photos from her first session, here’s the link.
One of the great things about being a portrait photographer is that I get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. I’ve become well known across the NorthWest for my business portraits and the business portraits have given me all kinds of opportunities to do other portrait work, commercial work, event photography and even weddings. Last week I photographed a beagle as a result of doing a business portrait for the owner a year ago.
I’ve worked with Howard Worth, Cheshire’s largest accountancy practice, for about 18 months now and in the Spring they asked me to photograph the team for the Salter’s Den competition for 2015. The judging panel for Salter’s Den 2015 is made up of local business leaders in Northwich area: Gerard Rooney from Moss Haselhurst Solicitors, Diane Johnson from Eric Johnson electrical Contractors, Claire Morley from NatWest and Chris Smith, from Howard Worth.
The Salter’s Den competition is looking for an entrepreneur or new business start up in the Northwich area that is worthy of winning a prize of £2,500 and on-going expert advice. The winner will receive a £2,500 cash prize as well as one years free business advice and support from Howard Worth and legal mentoring from Moss Haselhurst. There are also rewards for second and third place. Second place will receive six months support and mentoring and third place three months.
To enter the competition or for more information about Salter’s Den 2015, go to the Salter’s Den website and follow the links.