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I love it….

…when old customers come back to see me…especially when they bring a challenging job my way! I had photographed Lesley Day’s two grown up children a few years ago when they came in for a photo session to provide a birthday present for mum, so it was really nice to see them back in the studio in Nene Court. Lesley…

Family Photography is important…

…for all of the reasons that I often write about, but I recently photographed a lovely family for whom the need for a family group portrait was very poignant, The family’s much loved grandfather was seriously ill and they wanted to capture those precious memories for ever….and,in my opinion,no matter how many smart phone pictures you have nothing compares to a beautifully printed and framed high quality photographic print

The family comprised 7 members, from a baby boy through to granddad, and I was delighted to be asked to capture several portraits of the old man, who was charming and kind and who clearly loved his great grandson. Sometimes the emotions of a shoot like this are very tangible and at the subsequent viewing many tears were shed. I felt privileged to be asked to photograph this moment in time for them all, and to supply a large number of stylish framed prints for their home nearby to my studio in Wellingborough

If you would like to have a family portrait shoot to give you lasting memories, just call me on 07920 133159 or visit my studio in Nene Court,The Embankment,Wellingborough

A selection of images from the shoot are shown below…I know that the family love them now and will cherish them forever

I love it when clients return….

…for another shoot. It tells me that they were not only pleased with their first photo session, but they liked it so much they want more and trust me to deliver the quality photography that they want

I photographed little Holly around Mother’s Day last year as a thoughtful present from her dad to his wife and mother, so I was especially delighted to see them back to book another shoot in the same location. Holly had changed a lot i the last 12 months and it is lovely to see a child’s personality beginning to develop from the toddler that they were. We had a sunny walk around the stunning Abington Park in Northampton…lots of different areas to capture a little girl and her dad on a Sunday morning stroll. We ended up near the model boating lake where a regatta was taking place which allowed me to get some lovely photos of Holly with coloured sails in the background

Holly”s mum and dad have ordered lots of framed prints and also a box of my perfect 10s! These are 10cm square prints presented in a smart little box just right for a present from grandma,,,,and you get 27 prints for only £45! That’s less than £2 a print for high quality photographs on a beautiful smooth stiff photographic paper.

If you would like a photoshoot outdoors in your favourite park or gardens,,,give me a call on 07920 133159….there is no high pressure selling, but I know that you WILL love the photographs and be happy to spend a little on treasured memories!

A selection from Holly’s Abington Park shoot is below

Actors and writers…

…are always interesting people to photograph and a recent sitting with author Mike Richards proved to be no exception. Mike has written several books and been involved with film making , so I was flattered to be trusted to produce a set of headshots to be used in publicity materials and for banners and posters at various literary festivals around the country

Photographing adults is a much more demanding job than shooting children…kids are generally without self consciousness and therefore it’s relatively easy to capture their various changing emotions during the course of a photoshoot. Adults,particularly creative people, often have quite fixed views of how they wish to present themselves…which may not always suit the real person inside. When photographing Mike we spent quite a time chatting about his writing and experiences …only then was i happy to start pressing the shutter release! A couple of changes of tops and a wide ranging discussion allowed me to capture several sides of this interesting man’s character…so much so, that instead of just ordering the usual amount, Mike took three times as many, as he felt they would allow him to choose an image that was suitable for the variety of media that he would be published in.

There is a selection of images form the shoot below….if you need head shots as an actor,writer, performer or just want a business or social media picture that is much more interesting than the inevitable “selfie” …give me a call on 07920 133159…I would love to provide a stunning selection of photographs for you!

Commercial photography for a pub chain in Northamptonshire

is the name of the blog but recently I think it should be snapshots from OUT of my gallery! I seem to have been doing lots of location work for my commercial customers since Christmas, so it’s nice to be able to get back inside and catch up with blogging and my admin!

One job i enjoyed working on recently was to provide high quality photography for a newly refurbished pub and restaurant, The Axe and Compass in Ringstead, Northamptonshire. The owners have done a great job in creating a cosy and welcoming pub but now need to attract customers from a wider area than the immediate vicinity. They have built a website and recognised the need for high quality professional photographs to tell their story effectively. I was commissioned to photograph elements of the interior and also some delicious looking food prepared by their chef….

They need to portray the warmth of the pub and the high quality of the food offering in their restaurant. A small selection of their chosen photographs is below, and if you need high quality interior or food and catering photography just call me on 07920 133159 for an informal discussuon of how we can work togethert to create some fabulous photographs!

Toni and Alex

…were in the studio recently, with their parents for a family shoot, with many of the framed prints being destined as presents for proud grandparents! I love this, as it means that the family gets to share their happiness with their photographs and they are safe from getting lost in the digital dustbin that smart phone pictures can quickly disappear into!

i enjoyed taking the whole family as a group but,Toni, the older daughter was being a typical teen and didn’t really want to have her portrait taken. This is where employing a professional photographer pays dividends…by taking a short time to relax, adjusting the lighting and ensuring that Toni was comfortable and didn’t feel “forced” to smile or do anything she wasn’t happy with, I think I have managed to capture something special in this young woman’s picture. Too often, i feel,studios expect their subjects to jump around, roll on the floor and pretend to be having “fun”…while all the time making them feel self conscious. I hear this so often from my customers, when they tell me that they just want something beautiful or classic in style

Both Toni (on the left) and Alex were relaxed for their individual portraits and I am very pleased with the “look” of them…as I know that they and the family are

If you would like to have a beautiful family portrait session with none of the “ballyhoo” that certain studios use, give me a call on 07920 133159. The shoot is free and there is never any pressure to do or buy anything that you are not completely happy and satisfied with.

Stop being so negative….

…is something that seems to be heard a lot since the Brexit vote ! But sometimes being negative can be very positive….especially in the photographic world. Negatives are those magic little bits of film that hold the original image, usually safe from fading and damage unlike prints. The problem is that not many places on the High Street can process and print negatives these days, so often they are left in a pile in the proverbial shoe box under the bed.

I am often asked to restore faded and damaged prints but it is rare that someone brings in a negative to be cleaned up and printed…it is however a joy to do, as they are usually much better to print from. A recent customer had found a negative amongst her late mother’s possessions and wondered if it would be worth printing….it was clearly a wedding photo and she was sure that it must be her parents wartime wedding

An hour or so of work on my computer and the negative had been made into a print ready positive….when my customer saw the finished result she was delighted as it showed her parent’s wedding as she thought but her dad,who wasn’t in many family photos apparently,was in his naval uniform looking splendid

If you have a box of old prints or negatives and would like to see them brought back to life give me a call on 07920 133159….remember…these are precious memories that not only you will cherish now, but future generations will be able to enjoy them over and over

I had the pleasure of photographing Simone…..

…in the studio recently and love the results of our photoshoot!

I had met Simone while having a coffee one day and was struck by her presence and attitude as much as her facial features….so after a little discussion and thinking time I was delighted when she agreed to be photographed in my studio in Nene Court, Wellingborough

Simone had, correctly,”checked me out” to ensure that I was a professional photographer and was trustworthy and reputable – something which was highlighted on BBC TV Watchdog programme recently, where a few photo studios were investigated for their,shall we say, sharp practices! There are no catches or pressure when you have a shoot with me….what you see is what you get! This is my business and I treat all of my customers as I would expect to be treated myself…with respect,courtesy and honesty

I was very impressed with Simone’s ability to interact with the camera and we got some fab photos I think. Unfortunately, for me at least,this lovely young lady is off to Australia very soon !

A selection of head-shots from the shoot is in the gallery below, and if you would like to come and have a photoshoot with me,either in the studio or at a location of your choice, please call 07920 1331159 for more information or to make a booking…..you will have a wonderful experience and beautiful photographs to show for it!

So, your company need a picture of you for the website….

…what are you going to do? Get a mate to snap you with his compact camera? Take a selfie with your smart phone? Or perhaps pop into a photobooth and get 4 terrible passport style photographs?

When your clients or potential employers look at your site they will expect a professional looking portrait NOT a snap taken at home or in the back garden with a green hedge (if you’re lucky!) in the back ground…

Sure, it costs more to come into a studio and have your portrait taken professionally but then you get a whole lot more too….the photographer will ensure that your hair is tidy, your make up looks fresh ,your tie is straight …if you’re wearing a tie! It’s not always important but where it is it’s vital that it looks correct !

Your photographer will take time to help you relax and discuss how the photograph will be used…what kind of business you’re in, what sort of style the company is expecting and other important details. I recently photographed someone who ran a management development business and she said it was amazing how many candidates for senior roles would enclose a badly taken passport size photo with their applications…their CVs had to be pretty special to overcome that negative first impression of not taking trouble to present yourself properly!

A studio session with me starts at £50 and will include a high resolution file for you to use on your LinkedIn page or other social media as well as on company sites….remember the old adage…You only get one chance to make a first impression…make sure that you are showing yourself in the best light with a high quality corporate headshot

Some recent examples are below…to make your appointment call 07920 133159

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