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May 10th, 2013 by

derby family photographers



At last, I have been able to catch up on a few of those jobs that I have needed to do for ages, but was too busy to find five minutes! The most exciting of these jobs was sorting out our new window display pictures, which have been printed by the lovely people at John E Wright in Derby. Soon to be unveiled!


Steve has had the studio lights out with him on location this week, so I’ve been busy getting orders out to clients and editing from the weekend, including photography from a wedding vow renewal ceremony with a really lovely family in Mickleover, Derby, on Saturday. And there are two gigantic canvas prints from family portrait sessions, all cosy in their bubble wrap, waiting to be collected as I write.


On the PR and commercial photography front, Steve has certainly clocked up the miles this week, starting with a two-day shoot in Cumbria. Lots of people think that being a photographer is quite glamorous and, while it does (occasionally) have its moments, sometimes even less exciting things need photographing – an ingenious new type of plasterboard in this case!


After a flying visit to Derby and Birmingham to photograph an NHS training event, he then headed off down to Essex where he was booked to provide corporate awards night photography. He has also seen the launch of a new eco-house this week as well as various client meetings about upcoming projects.


We’ve got another busy weekend ahead, with appointments and viewings in the studio – including a Smash the Cake photoshoot for a little girl’s first birthday, which I’m extremely excited about! Pics to follow soon…



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For more information about portrait and wedding photography in Derbyshire, take a look at our website or call 01332 523523.

For information about PR, business, corporate and commercial photography nationwide, click here or call 07973 904960.


May 3rd, 2013 by

pet photography derby


Well, it’s been a very hectic few weeks for us, both in the studio and out and about with PR and commercial photography, so I’ve not had many spare minutes for blogging or social media updates – we’ve been too busy keeping our clients happy!


So, I’ve put together a little round-up of the last week’s activities. In the studio, I’ve been busy editing shoots, showing people their images and sending off orders for printing and framing – including three framed pictures of labradoodle Louis. He has just had the second of three pet photography photoshoots with us as a record of his growth from a small puppy.


And he wasn’t the only adorable pooch to be in front of our cameras recently, little Ned and his mummy/owner Sam had been in a couple of weeks back for a birthday photoshoot for Sam. She came in this week to view her pictures and choose her prints, which she was really happy with.


In between all of that, it is a really busy time of year for passport photos. We are getting lots of people asking us for passport photos of babies, as it is so much easier than trying to squeeze into a booth. And at £7.50, it is an ideal, hassle-free solution for parents booking holidays – even if I am slightly jealous after hearing all their exciting plans!


I also uploaded some family portrait photography to the client page of our website, and received a lovely email back.”Thank you so much, they really are amazing! I know my sister is going to be spoilt for choice. Thank you again, they had so much fun on the day and the photos are perfect!”


On the PR photography front, Steve has been driving all over the country on various shoots. He photographed some birds of prey which were on display at the opening of a new show-home in Leicestershire, before heading to Milton Keynes for some corporate headshot portraits. Also in his diary this week was the start of building work on a brand new nursery in Telford, a lady off on a charity walk in Shrewsbury, and some artificial grass in Staffordshire.


Steve was also commissioned to provide photography for a case study in Shepshed, Nottingham conference photography and awards night photography in the West Midlands. And he managed to squeeze in photography of the managing director of Ford UK on a visit to Nottingham and an artist visiting a school in Leicestershire.


Coming up this weekend and next week, we’re photographing a wedding vow renewal ceremony and reception tomorrow, followed by family portrait photography appointments in the studio on Sunday. Steve will be continuing his photography tour of Britain with bookings in Cumbria, Essex and Birmingham!


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For more information about portrait and wedding photography in Derbyshire, take a look at our website or call 01332 523523.

For information about PR, business, corporate and commercial photography nationwide, click here or call 07973 904960.


March 6th, 2013 by

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I had been looking forward to this shoot for weeks, so a couple of Saturdays ago I couldn’t wait to get stuck in on The Studio’s very first Smash the Cake shoot with one-year-old Amy at the studio in Mickleover, Derby!


If you haven’t heard of a baby cake smash photoshoot before, it is a brilliant new way to mark your little one’s first birthday, although I think it would work just as well for two and three-year-olds too. It basically involves a gorgeously gooey cake – ours was made by the very clever Emma at Milly May’s Coffee Shop in Mickleover, Derby – and a small person let loose to smash, bash and mash away!  I was happily clicking away as little Amy got stuck in.


Amy is a darling little person and very delicately picked the small spots of icing off first, taking it all in and eyeing up the cake from the sidelines. Gradually, with a bit of help from a handy Upsy Daisy figure and a wooden spoon, she managed to mulch up the cake into a pile of goo and crumbs perfectly.


A few baby wipes later, and the mess was sorted – and I cannot wait for the next time!! The only problem was, the shoot was so hard to edit down – I couldn’t choose, so I’ve just posted loads of pictures!


Get in touch for more details of our Smash the Cake photoshoots, baby photography packages and products. You can call us on 01332 523523, email and take a look at our photography website. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook too!



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*The Studio is a small and friendly photography studio, offering wedding and portrait photography in Derbyshire. We are full-time, professional photographers. We are based in Mickleover, but we are within easy reach of all areas of Derby, including Allestree, Alvaston, Ashby, Ashbourne, Borrowash, Burton, Chellaston, Darley Abbey, Duffield, Littleover, Mickleover, Mackworth, Oakwood, Repton, Shardlow, Spondon and Willington.




February 15th, 2013 by

Wedding planner Derbyshire



If you keep being distracted by a gorgeous new sparkling ring on your left hand, then CONGRATULATIONS!


Lots of couples get engaged over Christmas, New Year and, of course, Valentine’s Day. If you’re one of those people, look no further for some great tips and advice on planning your wedding. You may have never planned a wedding before – or even been to very many. Our wedding photographers have been to heaps of weddings and no two are ever the same. We work with a great cross-section of wedding suppliers in Derbyshire and can point you in the direction of many talented wedding experts.


Today, wedding planner Leah Lyons, from Your Wedding Angel, takes you through the first steps as a newly engaged couple.


“As a professional wedding planner, I get to see so many different couples at different stages.

If you can try and stick to even just a few of these points, or revisit them if you have already started planning, you will have a wedding that truly represents you both and a day to remember.


You have just got engaged – STOP take it all in, sit back and enjoy being engaged. So many couples (me included) get engaged and the very next day will go straight to the wedding magazine section or start googling endless wedding ideas,venues, dresses etc. Being engaged is such a precious time and for most couples is only for a short period of  time. So take at least two to six months to just enjoy this lovely time.


Getting started – it is so easy  to jump on the wedding bandwagon. My advice is to have a evening for maybe just the two of you orinvite close friends and family and really discuss your personalities and the things that are important to you as individuals and as a couple. This will give you a great focus for your wedding. Every couple of months look back on your notes and make sure that you are not veering off from this, which is so easily done.


Venues – choosing your dream ceremony and reception venue should be the first thing on your list. Once you have done this, you can go on to do all the other exciting jobs with the venue always in your mind.


Look and feel – now you have chosen your venue and have set a date you can decide on the look and feel of your wedding day. May be you want a particular colour in your wedding or, like so many brides now, you may want lots of colours. Winter weddings to summer weddings to marquee DIY weddings to vintage and 50s or 60s inspired weddings. The options are endless.


Dress – you have the venue , now the bride-to-be can choose the all-important dress. Visit no more than three bridal shops and always take someone that you trust with you. Remember to think about the feel of your venue when choosing your dress. Go with an open mind.


Suppliers – florists, stationery, entertainment for ceremony and venue, transport, food and drink, wedding photographer and videographer, hair and make-up, bridesmaids and groomsmen’s attire. Make sure you shop around and choose a supplier that you feel comfortable with. Referrals, testimonials and asking to see actual work of the supplier is a great way to ensure this. Don’t be scared to ask any questions that you may have and get a clear quote before proceeding.


Details – my favourite bit, you have all the main things in place, now it’s time to get creative and imaginative. Bringing your venue to life with maybe hanging lanterns or pom-poms or maybe adding that extra bit of sparkle to your tables. Maybe you want to personalize everyone’s favours or you want the fun of a photo booth or a sweetie table. Bring in elements of you and your life together so far, this is always a nice touch.


On the day co-ordination – a wedding planner to co-ordinate your day and take over  your last-minute plans two weeks before is a great little extra. You have so tirelessly planned your perfect day and want to see it look and feel just like you visualise it. A planner works for you and pays great attention to the couple’s needs and wants so that you can relax leading up to and on your very special day.


The day – My most important bit of advice. Sit back and enjoy your special day and remember why you are both there. Everything will fall into place. To take 10 to 20 minutes after the ceremony, just the two of you, is a tip I give to all my couples, you are going to be surrounded by happy family and friends who will all want a piece of you, so taking this special time will be memorable for you both.”














January 25th, 2013 by

Breadsall Priory wedding photography


Breadsall Priory is one of Derbyshire’s most established wedding venues, with huge gardens and grounds offering plenty of wedding photography options.


Helen and Anthony were married in church before heading to the hotel with their guests after the wedding ceremony. Helen chose pretty pink colours for her flowers and bridesmaids, which look really summery and fresh in their pictures.


Many of the couples we talk to are apprehensive about having their pictures taken on their wedding day, and are worried about feeling self-conscious. The Studio’s wedding photographers have many years’ experience in putting people at ease and making them feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. A relaxed photographer means a relaxed bride and groom, able to soak up every precious moment of their wedding day, without worrying about being photographed.


Our wedding photographers are skilled at melting into the background when required, offering subtle direction from time to time, and then stepping up to manage a large group situation in a friendly and efficient manner.


For more information about our wedding photography rates and service, take a look at the rest of our site. You can see more weddings at venues such as Shottle Hall, Derbyshire; Chatsworth, DerbyshireBelvoir Castle, Leicestershire; Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire; and Masa, Derby, on these news pages.



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