Perfect Timing for Your Engagement Session
At Portraits2Go.co.uk we suggest you book your engagement shoot as early as possible. Here are some reasons why:
If you are going to use any of the photos for “Save the Date” cards, invitations etc then remember they might need editing, you have to allow for printing time and getting them posted out to everyone – even the far corners of the earth.
We can provide a full print service for photo cards and photo invites by the way, please ask us for details.
While we do have some availability out of normal hours, you probably need to think about having an afternoon off. In fact you might want to treat yourselves to a special day out with your session being part of your fun day.
If you are having a location engagement shoot, remember we might need to re-schedule because of weather. It doesn’t happen often, but you don’t want to be running out of time because of a rainy day.
If you are using your engagement photos for a slideshow at the reception, then remember to choose them well in advance. Some people find choosing the right images can be quite time consuming.
We can create slideshows for you with exciting visual effects and music if you wish. We are happy to include other people’s photographs too if you have them (and have permission).
5 Ideas for Telling Your Love Story in Your Engagement Session
What we want to do is really recount your love story through images. Now some of those will be a range of cuddly, romantic poses. But, how about if we can really personalize it around you.
1) Where did he/she propose? Can we use the spot of the proposal. If it was a restaurant then most owners are really happy to help you re-create the scene. If it was a park then we already have a gorgeous location. If it was on vacation – well we’re game 🙂
2) Where did you meet? Same as the proposal venue, if it was a pub, concert or sports event again the venues are usually really happy to help.
In both cases it is really nice to send them some images afterwards. We will provide the right info and license so the images are properly credited and the venue has our permission to use the images.
3) What are your common hobbies? Do you like dancing, let’s re-create your favorite dance. Do you play sports or support a sports team: sports jerseys, scarves, sports wear all make fantastic props.
4) Do you have pets? Dogs especially are terrific add-ons to your shoot, especially when they are part of your family. Cats don’t usually work so well – they are too lovably self-centred to co-operate. If you have something more exotic like snakes, reptiles or something else then I’m certain we can manage.
5) What about your personalities? Are you quiet and romantic, we can set you up for some pretty, cozy, lovey-dovey photographs. Are you loud and boisterous always out for a good time – then we can do something much more exuberant. And if you want both, then that’s fine.
All our engagement photoshoots aim to show the whole you and your whole love story, so we like to express both who you are and how happy you are together.
If you would like to reserve your love story photoshoot at Portraits2Go.co.uk then simply phone 07802466302 to make your appointment.
Wondering when you’ll ever have on that Wedding dress again? The Cherish / Trash the Dress shoots are a terrific chance to dress in your beautiful gown once more.
Take your pick which approach you want to go for, with the “Cherish” shoot you will visit the studio and posed for the full Marriage magazine fashion appearance.
For the “Trash” experience you can mess it up however you like (we’ve got non-destructive ways of doing that!) – free the inner you and be the anti-Princess. Trash the Dress photoshoots can include location shooting:- Paintball? Mountain Climbing? Mud Wrestling?
Price is £45 for a studio session and complimentary 7×5 inch framed Art Print. Ask for a personal quote for Location Shoots.
Wedding Photography is always changing. When we shot weddings with medium format film, the photographer would spend a couple of hours with the couple, would capture the essence of their day, – the groom and his friends outside the venue, the arrival of the bridal party, some shots during the service, the signing of the register, the family groups and posed bridal shots, and a ‘pretend’ cutting of the cake.
The advent of quality digital photography at the turn of the century changed all that, and ‘reportage’ was born. The photographer would spend all day with the couple, sometimes with a second-shooter, would look for informal interesting shots, capturing the happiness in a story-telling album that would evoke memories of the day from beginning to end.
But wait! The continual development of photography and camera devices, the increasing quality that can now be obtained with smartphones has changed the situation yet again. In this day and age, its become second nature to lift your phone and make a photographic record of life, – and that certainly happens at weddings. With all the guests happily snapping away, recoding your big day, and making hundreds of images, the professional photographer can now go back to what he or she was doing before. Artistic posing, proper exposures in high quality images, working for the key images of the day, perhaps just for two and a half hours or so.
So, here’s my brand new Wedding Offer…
2017 Wedding Offers
‘The Economy Package’: From 30 mins before ceremony to 60 mins after ceremony – just £399
‘The Essentials’: From 45 mins before ceremony to 30 mins before seating for meal or speeches. Includes posed cake shot. Just £499
‘The Full Works’ Package: From preparations of the bride at home to speeches, and first dance. Just £699
‘The Works Plus’ – with Storybook Album Package for £1250
The principle of ‘Caveat Emptor’ is well established in most business transactions. Let the buyer beware! It’s so easy to be defrauded by someone who pretends he is something he isn’t – or who delivers second rate goods or services. This is certainly the case in ‘professional’ photography where a charlatan can set up a ‘photography business’ with no experience, no training or qualifications, no insurance and still get clients by offering prices that wouldn’t stand up financially.
The end result of this is that the person who thinks they are getting a good deal are just being ripped off, used as someone’s Guinea pig or exploited. It would be tempting to conclude that they deserve it, for demanding work at an unrealistic price, if it wasn’t for the collateral damage that is caused to the whole industry in ruined reputations and overall suspicion. A client who has been deceived by a ‘photographer’ can demonstrate their resentment by smearing all photographers with the vitriol usually reserved for estate agents and second hand car salesmen.
Here’s a case in point. I noticed a post on a photography discussion page, on which a woman was asking advice about a camera. She was starting a photography business so a relative had given a camera. She didn’t know whether the camera was any good for professional photos and was seeking advice from others.
The camera in question was an old, Nishika 3D, ‘point and shoot’ fixed focus, 35mm film camera. Totally unsuitable, even when new, for producing professional images, yet she didn’t seem to know what it was, how to use it or how to make images.
Just imagine what a total disaster it will be for her unsuspecting clients, who book her on some price comparison website.
As with any other transaction, when booking a photographer – Caveat Emptor.
One of our popular local venues for weddings, Galgorm’s gardens are perfectly manicured and its buildings well cared for. In summer it is splendid – in Autumn it is appealingly pretty, as this photograph taken today shows:-
Yet, there is something strange lurking in the undergrowth…
In a combination of Old and New technology, I made this image on the iPhone, using my brilliant new ‘Hueless’ App. I noticed this old Remington typewriter sitting on a sideboard at a wedding in Brownlow House, Lurgan. I suspect it was supplied by the bride or the wedding planner. Regardless of how or why it was sitting there, it looked like a good subject for a photograph!
I imported it to Photoshop (the iOS version) and tweaked it just a tiny bit, to produce this rather pleasing image, where the manufacturer’s name is nicely highlighted against the low-key natural background …