Sunday, 27 March 2011
Having photographed Faye and Ken's wedding at Hazlewood Castle just over a year ago, their baby pug, Finn, last summer, followed by getting an enlargement of one of their wedding photos printed and framed as a surprise first wedding anniversary present from Faye to Ken, which was very appropriate as the first wedding anniversary is paper, we were asked if we fancied the challenge of taking some portraits of the couple's cat, Maori. Ken had said that it was unfair that they had a big frame containing three photographs of Finn and none of Mao! We were really looking forward to catching up with Faye and Ken anyway as they have become good friends and we decided to keep an open mind when it came to Mao's portrait session, as cats don't generally do what you tell them. Someone said to us recently that dogs have owners and cats have staff! With studio lighting and a black backdrop set up, we thought that the best approach was to just let Mao explore the studio and do his own thing in the hope that he'd settle somewhere in the right vicinity to get some decent shots. A long session of bribery followed, involving cat treats, lumps of cheese (which Mao loves) and a feathery cat toy dangled from a stick which Mao kept stalking and leaping on. We thought children could move quickly but Mao was like lightning so Alex had to be on the ball! With a few decent shots in the can, we decided to break for tea and huge Rolo cookies which Faye and Ken had brought along (delicious they were too) and leave Mao to do what he liked. Just as if he was at home, he jumped up on the studio's leather sofa, posed himself in a corner and stared at us with those amazing eyes of his before dropping off the sleep. So much for setting things up because we have to say, the best images from the session were the ones taken whilst he was relaxing on the sofa. What a beautiful cat he is - and he knows it!
Friday, 11 March 2011
We recently had the pleasure of photographing Ben and his little sister Emily. When Ben was a baby, his mum and dad took him for three separate professional portrait sessions resulting in a folio of pictures to celebrate his first year and the idea was to repeat this for Emily and also to get some photographs of the two children together. Even though Emily was a bit off colour on the day of the session, she was still a joy to photograph, as was Ben who was an absolute gentleman, very co-operative and obviously devoted to his baby sister.
Friday, 4 March 2011
This Sunday, 6 March, we will be exhibiting at the wedding fair at Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth, near Pontefract. As regular wedding photographers at this beautiful venue, we love the chance to chat with and show our work to couples getting married there. We also have some fantastic special offers only available to visitors to this particular wedding fair. Please come along and meet us and tell us all about your wedding. Take away some information about our first class wedding photography service and if you come in for a consultation with us, we will tell you all about our exciting offers which will give you either a discount on your wedding photography or a valuable free gift. We also have an amazing money saving deal if you are getting married Monday to Friday or any day from the beginning of October to the end of March. We look forward to seeing you!
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
It was so lovely to receive two thank you cards from delighted couples last week, one of them accompanied by a stunning bouquet of flowers. We really appreciate it when our amazing brides and grooms (and a bride's mum and dad), take the time to express their thanks because after all, we are just doing the job we love!
The first card came from Natalie's mum and dad, Jude and Dave. We photographed Natalie and Chris's wedding at St Luke's church in Sharlton back in September.
"Dear Janet and Alex, thank you so much for taking Natalie and Chris's wedding photographs. It certainly took the stress away knowing that we were in safe hands. Can't wait to see the finished album. We are sure it will be amazing and a wonderful memento of a truly BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! Thank you so much."
The second came from Chloe and Sam who's December wedding day included a deep covering of snow. They married in Birkenshaw, Bradford and celebrated afterwards at Wentbridge House Hotel.
"Thank you for making our wedding day so perfect by taking the most amazing photos. We are both so happy with them especially the snow ones which are fantastic. You were both brilliant on the day and helped everything run smoothly. It was the perfect Christmas winter wedding with snow on top and we now have great photos to remember just how amazing it really was."