Tuesday, October 28

Cousins Photo Shoot

At the beginning of September I joined the BNI and one of the referrals I received was to do a family photo shoot of some cousins. The parents want to end up with an image that they will be able to give to the grandparents. One of the families had travelled up from Poole and we were really lucky because the weather was gorgeous. We went to East Court in East Grinstead which is a fantastic venue with some great scenery. We had a wedding there just a couple of weeks ago. It is only about 5 minutes from where we live so really convenient as well.

Family A

They are a really lovely family and it was a real pleasure to do the photo shoot. One of the areas I will be promoting in 2009 is the "Seniors" market - as they call it in the U.S. This is where we do a session with pupils who are in their final year of school (either GCSE or A Level) and they are able to use the images in the School Yearbook. If this is something you are interested in doing, please get in touch as we will be offering very attractive packages while we are building up this side of the business.

Here are some of the shots from the day. There were just so many good images to choose from that it was really difficult to come up with just a small selection. I would love to receive any comments/feedback.

Family A

Family B

Girl Cousins

Boy Cousins

Friday, October 24

Wedding Fair - 19 October

In March this year we exhibited at a Wedding Fair at the Felbridge Hotel & Spa in East Grinstead. It was extremely quiet and as far as I could tell not much business was carried out by anyone. We had signed up for both the Spring & Autumn events and did not have high expectations but as we had already paid to attend we decided to go along anyway.

The Wedding Fair took place on Sunday 19th October and it was a lovely day outside. The attendance this time was so much better. We had a sample album on the stand but we also had a laptop showing other album layouts. In addition to this we had a large screen TV with a slideshow on loop showing images from recent weddings. This certainly caught a lot of Groom's attention - boys & their toys! We displayed large images from some recent weddings on a stand and received a lot of positive feedback on these. We came home with enquiry forms from over 20 couples and we have already sent out follow up emails. It is difficult to know, at this point, exactly how many bookings will be made as a result of attending the Wedding Fair but we certainly felt it was worthwhile going to this one. We also managed to network with other exhibitors and were pleased to see that, once again, we were positioned next to the Chocolate Fountain stand. Result!

The images below were taken before the visitors to the Fair had arrived. Later on there was an exhibitor positioned just in front of us who was displaying wedding gowns & morning suits. The gowns were really gorgeous so we had something pretty to look at during the few "quiet" moments.

Sunday, October 12

David & Victoria's Wedding

We were asked to cover a wedding yesterday that was very local to where we live - only 2 minutes away by car. It was an intimate celebration with the wedding party at only 20. It was a relaxed and fun day and the bridal couple, David & Victoria, clearly enjoyed the day surrounded by their close family. A few members of David's family had travelled over from Ireland that morning and the celebrations will be continuing next week in Ireland when the party continues. Victoria looking stunning and it was a real privilege to be able to capture some of the special moments from the day.

A fun family portrait shoot

Last week I had the pleasure of doing a portrait shoot for a really lovely family. They had won a competition prize and probably weren't quite sure what do expect. We had a brilliant time and the family were so lovely to work with. The little girl had 3 changes of clothes and she had such a fun spirit that she didn't need much direction at all. Here are some of my favourites from the day:

Wednesday, October 8

It's All About the Babies

At the end of September I went along to take some pictures of the most adorable 3 month old baby boy. This session was given to the Mum & Dad as a present and it was a real pleasure to be able to record some really special moments. I will be going back in about a month to take some more pictures, so watch this space...

Baby Naming Day

We were asked to go along to take some pictures of a gorgeous little girl after her naming ceremony. It took place on a rather wet day at the end of August and we had to take advantage of the few dry moments that existed. Here are some of the results:

Thursday, October 2

Michael & Arsinah's Wedding

On Sunday 28th September we went to Brighton to photograph (& video) Michael & Arsinah's wedding. The service was at St Mary & St Abraam's Coptic church in Hove. It was a lovely service and not at all like any service we have attended before. It was a real privilege to be part of this special day. The reception was at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton which was a fantastic location. Micahel & Arsinah were so happy on the day and they looked like they really enjoyed the celebrations. Here are a small selection of images from the day. All comments welcomed.