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May 10th, 2013 by

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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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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.”














October 26th, 2012 by

Portrait photographers Derby



The Studio offers fresh, modern family portrait photography in Derby at really great prices.


We run a small photography studio in Mickleover, Derby, where we create gorgeous, timeless photography of babies, children, families, couples as well as pet photography and maternity pictures.


We know that being in front of the camera can be daunting for children and adults alike, so our first priority is to put people at ease. We have children ourselves, so we have a few tricks up our sleeve for settling in the little ones and helping the whole family to relax and be themselves to enable us to capture some amazing shots.


A family photoshoot at our Vicarage Road studio is just £20, and this price includes a 5×7 print of your choice, in either colour or black and white, which comes beautifully mounted ready to frame. After your sitting, we’ll make an appointment for you to come back to view your portraits on our big screen and choose your free print. There is no pressure to buy more, but if you do want extra prints, prices start at £20 for a mounted 5×7, framed prints start at £35 and canvas and solid block prints start at £95. If you spend £250 or more on prints, frames, canvas or block prints, a CD of images, with a copyright licence for personal use, is available to purchase. We do not supply unmounted prints or sizes smaller than 5×7.


We have a wide selection of frame profiles from which to choose, and all of our frames, from the smallest to the largest, are individually made by hand to bespoke sizes.


Gift vouchers are available in multiples of £10, which make the perfect present for any age, from teenagers to families.


We are normally at The Studio from 9.30am until 3pm Tuesday to Friday, but we do appointments outside of these hours, including Saturdays and Sundays. We also go out on location, so it’s always best to give us a quick call first if you are planning to pop in. We also provide a passport photo service, with pictures ready to collect in 3-4 days.


If we’re out when you call, or busy with clients, please leave us a message or send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you’re looking for a family portrait photoshoot in Derby, take a look at our website for more examples of our work and get in touch to book.



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