A promotional slideshow for The Grange Bar & Restaurant

I have a very good and long-standing working relationship with The Grange Bar & Restaurant in Wallington, Surrey.

They are a venue that I have enjoyed working with on numerous weddings over the years.

Many of you who are my regular followers will have as a result seen many photos from the resultant weddings.

Anyone who knows Beddington Park will know what I mean when I say that it is a very picturesque park in many places, especially the surrounding area where the Grange is situated.

It has provided me with many great photographic opportunities for those weddings I’ve captured, and it still inspires me to this day with it’s versatility and depth.

I thought that I would put together a small promotional video slideshow to showcase some of those images over the years, and also help the venue inspire it’s next generation of wedding couples to have a look at what The Grange can offer them as the potential home for their special day…

 

Mother’s Day Promotion – FREE Portrait Shoots up for Grabs!

Mother's Day Free Photoshoots

It’s that time of year again… Valentine’s has come and gone, and next up is Mothering Sunday.

If you’re struggling to think of a nice present for your dear old Mum, why not think of something different from the cliche gifts like chocolates… why not give her a memorable present like a nice family portrait, and or some lovely portraits of the children/grandchildren?

If you’re a Mum reading this – then why not treat yourself?  Many families consider having a family portrait or some professional photos of the children, but never quite get around to it… this is a perfect opportunity to ensure that you not one of those people.

Our Mother’s Day promotion will help you to be able to make such a gift or occasion feasible.

We’re offering up to 20x FREE portrait sessions for up to an hour’s sitting* for FREE!!!

These sessions are normally worth £50, but will cost you absolutely nothing!

There is absolutely no obligation to purchase any photos or products after the photoshoot, so this is a perfect opportunity to have some portraits taken with no risk or cost incurred.

We can also provide gift credits to accompany your present of the free photoshoot should you wish to offer Mum/Nan credit to purchase/contribute to some photos or products after the resultant shoot.

Please note that the following conditions apply to this promotion:

  • Sessions must be booked in on a weekday (10am – 5.30pm) for a date from March until May 2016 only
  • There will only be a maximum of 20 FREE sessions available, and it will be a first come, first serve basis
  • This offer is for studio sessions only
  • This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • No photos or images are included within the free session – these can be purchased afterwards
  • You MUST be able to attend the resultant viewing session in addition to the photoshoot – these normally take place after the photos have been edited; 1-2 weeks afterwards
  • The FREE sessions are not applicable to Newborn Baby Shoots (babies that are under the age of 2 weeks old) as they require longer photo shoot lengths than an hour
  • The session allows for up to an hour – the full time slot might not always be necessary depending on how many people are to be photographed or the variations that the client is willing to participate in.

To discuss taking advantage of this offer, please get in contact using this specific contact form here.

We advise to act NOW to secure your FREE photoshoot and perfect gift for Mother’s Day to avoid potential disappointment.

 

Toddler Portraits

Thought that I’d pop up a post of a recent small portrait session I shot of two young sisters.

Mum had wanted to get some portraits of the two girls together, and so brought them along to the studio here in Carshalton for a session.

As with all things child related, as soon as you start adding multiples of children, the harder the task becomes – trying to get more than one child to engage with the camera at one given point is a tricky thing… I pity those school photographers out there, I’ve no idea how they do it, day in day out – I take my hat off to them!

Anyway, without further ado here’s some of the cute shots from that session.

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Photography vs Videography – a debate

Natural wedding photography samples - moments captured naturally

A good friend of mine, Hannah of Pistachio Blush, has just written a very thought provoking post on her blog about Photography vs Videography.

It’s a dilemma that faces quite a lot of wedding couples, and for the majority of people probably sadly results in them being forced to pick one of the two rather than both due to budget constraints.

So, is one more important than the other?  Or is one expendable or not necessary if you have the other angle covered?

Is Photography a ‘Must’?

Hannah’s piece delved into the cons for both, and looked at what both aspects bring to a wedding day.

I do agree with her that photography is probably seen as a ‘must’ have item purely due to tradition playing it’s part that a wedding should be documented, and traditionally photography had been the only viable medium available to couples until more recently when videography started to become more accessible.

I don’t for one minute suggest that this should still be the case, and I certainly don’t think that all couples should ‘have’ photography over videography, and or even vice-versa – at the end of the day everyone has different tastes, ideas and preferences in how they would like their big day immortalised.  Some might favour stills photography as they might be more comfortable looking at photos of themselves rather than watching footage or cringing at hearing the sound of their own voice, whilst many may well prefer the opposite and love to watch the whole re-enactment frame-to-frame with absolutely everything captured in full sequence.

There is no right or wrong in the choice between the two, every couple will have their own preferences, and will make their choice accordingly.

I thoroughly recommend anyone to have a read of Hannah’s post yourselves, as there are some brilliant gems of advice in there for all to digest and consider.

Additional Photography plus points

After personally reading Hannah’s article, I thought about things and realised that there are a couple of points that are missing for the ‘pro’ photography summary that I would like to add for arguments sake that are worth taking on board too as they’re important considerations to be fair in photography’s defence:

• Formal photography – a good photographer knows how to pose and light people to showcase them in their most flattering form. This isn’t always achievable purely through a photojournalistic approach to either stills or video.

Coverage – we too, like videographers, document the whole day from bride getting ready through to first dance, and also capture photos of all the events in a natural documentary style 🙂

Emotive – stills can also be very emotive to the viewer, whilst I know Hannah suggests that she doesn’t think that a still can beat the emotion of a clip of footage, I would slightly argue that isn’t a closed case and have had many clients tell me that they cried looking back over their photographs, or more so their video slideshow that I produce which strings a sequence of photos together with music… This is where I truly believe that the real emotion kicks in, when you view either a still or moving footage fused with a powerful piece of music or song.  Music stirs a lot of emotions and taps into our hearts – add that to a visual and that is where the real power lies, and where Hannah’s point is echoed.

I also personally think that in some cases there is an argument that a strong photograph can possess a huge amount of power over footage purely down to the fact that a freeze-frame of a split second can sometimes overpower a sequence of footage.  Not because it’s better technically, but because it makes your brain work – it gets it to revisualise, to re-live, remember and or to pre-empt something as it gives it a snapshot and let’s it put it back together itself from memory in your mind’s eye.  Less is sometimes more as they say, and making the brain work adds to the viewing experience rather than watching the whole sequence of say a 5-10 second clip.  I much liken it to the old saying that a picture says more than a thousand words… this sums up my point that you can describe something as much as you like, just as you could quite possibly watch a sequence of footage from say 20 different angles (totally exaggerating the point here!), but that one perfect freeze frame will probably seem more powerful emotively than the multiple angles of footage describing and covering that moment in each and every detail possible.

Another point that I’d like to add is the end product of both – stills get framed and put in albums, videos put on disc/hard drive/media consoles.  What do you think get’s viewed more over 20-30 years – the frames, or the video footage?  Also in 30 years time will that video file format still work on future players – but you’ll still have your trusty printed albums and frames 😉

The Future

Whilst at the present there is life for both the photographer and videographer to work harmoniously together, the future on the other hand could well point to a different outcome.

The reason I say this is that technology is advancing all the time, and a lot of videographers now use DSLR’s as their filming cameras.

That alone is not really a reason to foresee a change in the landscape, but the fact that these DSLRs and film cameras are growing in advancement and quality each year on year suggests that they are now at the capabilities with such 4k cameras to pull high quality frames from footage that could then be reproduced and printed at a large scale.

Gone could be the days of the knack of a stills photographer having to perfectly time their trigger finger to capture those natural and poignant moments – when you could then just cherry-pick a single and the most perfect frame from a sequence of hundreds taken within a second… you’d never again have to worry about catching someone blinking!

This very well be a reality for us photographers, possibly forcing us to evolve and embrace video ourselves to survive and very much blurring the lines of the two mediums, meaning ultimately that couples may NOT have to choose between the two and that one person/team will be expected to provide both!

Yes this is something that will fear photographers more than videographers, but at the same time it could well mean that videographers then have to embrace certain elements like the formal side of photography to take on that responsibility as many couples will still want that side of things captured.

Certainly food for thought, and something that is definitely a strong possibility.

Conclusion

The conclusion of the whole debate is that at least for now, Photography and Videography don’t need to compete together, they are totally different, and they are here to supplement each other.

One is not better than the other, it boils down to your personal preference and opinion – both of these mediums are forms of art and so are totally subjective; beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say!

I’d be absolutely intrigued to know what most of you all think about the debate, and what your own personal opinions are on the two mediums as a preference?

Please feel free to answer a couple of questions in the multiple choice survey here below:

 

 

References of good Videographers that I’ve worked alongside and recommend:

John Harris Videography

MD Flix Productions

Irene Piera Films

Films in Bloom

Location based lifestyle family portraits within Surrey

Well, the summer is now officially here, and the sun should be making more regular appearances for us with any luck from here on… well, that’s the theory anyhow!

With the climate generally now both warmer and dry it’s an ideal opportunity for families with young children to explore lifestyle family portraits outdoors on location.

The difference between an outdoor lifestyle shoot over a studio shoot is quite great, they vary greatly.

There is no right or wrong, it just boils down to preference as to what you might like in regards to photographic style;

• Location Family lifestyle shoots

Generally these are more natural, and feature more engagement either with a task and or other family members.  They’re also more relaxed as you’re not confined to a small area like a studio.

• Studio Family Shoots:

A studio shoot is a bit more formal – everything is more controlled, from the activities/posing through to the environment, lighting and surrounds. As a result you get more consistency through that control, unlike outside shoots where you are exposed to the elements and the location.

Whatever your choice, you’ll end up with lovely results regardless, it’s just about you deciding what you prefer in taste and what fits in better in your living room in regards to where you will be displaying those images.

Please have a look here below at some photos that were captured from a young family location shoot at Box Hill in Dorking, Surrey.

As you will see with the outdoors you can achieve more variation, and a more natural set of results.

If you and your family are interested in learning more about our location and lifestyle family portraits, then please visit the following page for further information.

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