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.

 

Sutton Holiday Inn Spring Wedding Fayre – Sunday 8th Feb 2015

In Toto Events presents a Wedding Fayre at the Sutton Holiday Inn, Surrey on Sunday 8th February 2015

Please come and join us at the Wedding Fayre on the 8th Feb!

For all you brides-to-be out there, it’s now that time of year that we call ‘wedding fayre season’!

We shall be attending the In Toto Events Wedding Fayre at The Sutton Holiday Inn (Click here for a map) on Sunday 8th February, from 11am – 3pm.

If you’ve never been to a wedding fayre before, and you’ve still got a few things to tick off on your ‘to-do’ list, then I really do recommend you coming along.

What is the point of a wedding fayre?

A wedding fayre will give you a great opportunity to meet with many wedding suppliers, from florists, cakes, bridal wear, cars all the way through to photographers.

A good wedding fayre will host a whole variety of suppliers and ensure that there isn’t too many of any one genre, which ultimately will give all the brides that walk through the door more choice.  No bride wants to walk into a fayre to see there are 6 photographers and only one bridal wear company – it can happen… some fayres will book tables to duplicate suppliers regardless of their genre as they need to fill exhibitors space.  That might be great for the organiser’s wallet, but it certainly won’t be offering the bride a beneficial experience.

In addition to that, some venues will also use the opportunity to have a room or two fully set-up to showcase how their facilities could look on a given wedding day to help people visualise what they can offer them.

Meeting suppliers in the flesh and not via an online profile page

Now, you may well point out that you can find all the suppliers and venues you ever need at the end of your finger tips with the help of your good friend Google, and you would indeed have a point.

However, the true benefit of a wedding fayre is moving away from the cyber world and providing you with the opportunity to meet the ‘real’ people and their physical products that you might be investing in.

When it comes to your wedding, we’re talking about an extremely important day, not to mention an expensive one – you want to make sure you’re getting things right, and that you’re selecting the right suppliers who you believe will provide you with the best product and the best experience.

This is very difficult to do online, yes companies and suppliers may well have mighty fine all-singing-and-dancing websites and branding that looks amazing, but what are they like as a person, we quite often forget that these people are part of their brand and their product and you can’t easily analyze that through a web page.

There is no substitute for meeting people face to face, you will soon pick up a vibe as to whether they are someone that you want to entrust carrying out a role on your big day. You can also thoroughly vet the quality of their products through the physical form of touch rather than make judgements remotely from photos – trust me, this is such an important thing that I really do advise all couples to do with most if not all of their suppliers if possible.

Plan ahead – 4 useful tips!

Make sure that you plan ahead – as with any supplier that you still need to hire, have a think about what questions you might like to ask them – write them down and take it with you to the fayre.  That way you can then ask them when you’re talking to them directly, it will not only satisfy your concerns but also potentially save you time in having to meet up with the supplier again in the future.

Take a bag with you, there will be a lot of printed literature and business cards on display from all the suppliers, this will allow you to take home the ones that you’re interested in without losing them on your way around the venue!

Special offers – some suppliers will run a special offer for any brides that book there and then on the day, it might be a discount and or possibly includes a freebie of some kind.  If you’re happy with the supplier and their products and feel that you want to book them, then you can do so there and then and take advantage of their special offer!

Another good tip is that if you are heading to a specific wedding fayre, have a look around to see if there are any other fayres also going on in the area – you could possibly combine the two and visit both one after the other, which will give you a further measuring stick to compare the venues and suppliers.

Join us at our next fayre

Don’t forget, we’ll be at the In Toto Events wedding fayre at The Sutton Holiday Inn on Sunday 8th Feb from 11am – 3pm – why not come along and meet the wonderful local suppliers that I personally know very well?

In Toto Events generally run their fayres so that there is only one supplier of each genre, so you won’t be faced with the prospect of looking at 5-6 of the same type of suppliers and you’ll enjoy the excellent variation.

It’s also FREE Entry – so what’s there to lose?

Hopefully see you on the 8th Feb!

Victoria and Allan’s Wedding at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham, Kent

Victoria and Allan’s wedding took place back in February, held at Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham in Kent and was my first wedding of the 2012 calendar.

The weather was kind to us in the respect that it was dry, and so we were able to get outside to capture some portraits within the grounds.

I had been to a wedding at Chilston once before in the past, although it was on the other side of the lens in the form as a guest.  This was my first commission to document a wedding at the venue.

It was a very nice venue, and there were many locations within that I had wanted to use for some photos, however we were up against time and so were heavily restricted to what we could achieve within a very short time frame.

We still managed to capture some lovely shots.

Victoria was incredibly bubbly – a true pleasure to photograph, there were so many fab ‘beaming’ smiles throughout the whole day, it just made my job as their photographer all the easier when emotions are so vividly on display.

I’ve added some of the images from the day below.

If anyone is curious to look at the complete set, you’re more than welcome to browse that here.

 

Groom portrait outside the entrance of Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Groom portrait with best man outside the entrance of Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Two small bridesmaids in the bride's hotel room at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride getting ready before her ceremony in her hotel room at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride getting ready by the window before her ceremony in her hotel room at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Wedding ceremony flowers details at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride walking down the aisle with her father during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride walking up to her groom at top of the aisle during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride's parents looking on during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom holding hands during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom kissing during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom signing the register during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom walking back down the aisle during the wedding ceremony at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom posing for a portrait outside the main entrance at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom kissing for a porttrait outside the main entrance at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom posing for a porttrait by the water fountain outside the main entrance at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom going for a walk outside the main entrance at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom posing for a portrait on a bench within the main grounds at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom kissing on a portrait on a bench within the main grounds at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom sitting on a bench within the main grounds at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride's name place at the head table for the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

A child's reaction during the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

The bride's mother's reaction during the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Guests enjoying themselves during the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride's sister having fun at the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride laughing during the speeches during the wedding breakfast at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom enjoying their first dance at the wedding at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent

Bride and groom enjoying an intimate first dance at the wedding at Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway, Lenham in Kent