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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Studio Diary latest-


I know it's been a very long time since my last post,

Although with so many ways of social networking these days, I feel like I'm always putting something online, Facebook is the main one for the studio (search Art By LAW Photography and you will find it) and we do try and post at least a few times a week, but that aside I have neglected my blog and I apologise, this one is worth the wait though.

 It was a very busy summer, 

with wedding season and running the studio through its first summer. 

My little sister Danielle got  married to Mat in August 

and I did the photographs for them, it was an amazing festival themed wedding and the weather was boiling hot (thank god) as it was virtually all outside, so first up are some photos of the wedding of the year x

Danielle's flowers where so unusual, she had orange roses, with sunflowers and poppy heads, Danielle's shoe's are by Vivienne Westwood and I love them, her dress surprisingly was off the hanger at House of Fraser by Jasper Conran and was just breathtaking it was strapless with a sweet heart neckline, empire cut and was covered in ostrich feathers (luckily it didn't rain because ostridge feathers do not fair well in wet weather) it had such beautiful movement when she walked.

This is my proud dad walking into the church, Danielle and Mat tied the Knott at St Giles Church in Ickenham, Middlesex, a church that our great, great, great grandfather helped to build and my dad more recently re-roofed. The church is also the resting place of our beloved great nanny and a few more of our ancestors, So it really does have a real sentimental attachment to us as a family.

I love this photograph, the movement in Danielle's dress looks epic  

                                         

                                                 
                                                     

My Family- big sister Jo, Dad, Mat my new brother in-law, little sister Danielle, Mum, my Little girl Evie-May and Me on the end, Im waring my favourite Vivienne of Holloway dress.

The studio is now into its second year of operation, 

it has gone so quickly and I absolutely love working there, it has been tricky at times with juggling cash flow and bills, but I'm so determined to make it work, that it just has too. We are also building up a really good reputation with the locals and  have had many lovely  recommendations and returning clients, so the future is looking bright, :) 
I said good-by to my right hand man Tom at the end of August, who had been working at the studio from the very beginning, he left to pursue a career in his other love (other than photography that is) playing bass guitar in a local band, I was sad to see him go, but as one door closes another one opens- a very lucky lad who just happened to be doing a bit of work experience with us at the time showed allot of potential so I offered him the position  My new fabulous assistant Scott officially started working here in September and we also have a saturday girl Charlee this is our first staff photograph, done in the name of movember.  

We did this first thing one Saturday morning, as soon as I sat down looking even more eccentric than usual I said 'I hope a customer doesn't come in while we are looking like this' and almost instanttainously one came in his first words to us was - 'well this wasn't quite what I was expecting to see today', luckily he did have a sense of humour.

Christmas is just around the corner, 

I don't know about you but for me it has came around so quickly, but Christmas is one of my favourite times of year and here are some amazing offers we are doing at the studio.
Giving portraits as a gift is one of the most rewarding and thoughtful presents you can give and with prices starting from just £45 there is something for everyone, we are taking bookings right up until the last week before Christmas, so there is still plenty of time to book in your session.



The studio is finding its niche with newborn baby photography

 Our prop cupboard is growing every few weeks with hundreds of beautiful objects to put babies in, or on, The red dress is still a firm favourite with our yummy mummies and the suitcase stack looks just beautiful I call it 
'ready for life's adventures'

   Newborn photography is one of the most rewarding but at the same time challenging types of photography its also one of my favourites, its such an honour to photograph ones so tiny and new.

Our 'Just Add Baby' gift boxes are a real hit, 

 They are the perfect gift this Christmas I currently have about 10 in stock all unique in a range of colours and they are still at the introductory price of £59 this includes a studio voucher with 8x10 print and the exclusive handmade hat and nappy cover, please let me know if you would like one.

Over the last 2 years as you may know I have been entering into a monthly competition 

with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). This society expects an extremely high quality of work and to achieve a highly commended for an image means that the image is of the upmost quality, to receive a gold is near impossible. I used to believe that it was only achievable for photographers that have been members for many years and have attended every seminar and training course run by the SWPP, so that the judges are already familiar with the photographers work and therefore favour them and give them high grades (its still a little suspect with some of the high achievers) but finally I have started getting some better results from them. 

I have found being a member of the SWPP very rewarding and educational, it keeps me thriving for perfection in my images and keeps me informed with all the latest equiptment and techniques which can't be a bad thing.  

So far this year I have achieved 13 Highly commended and 2 Golds awards for my images,

 Its a really good feeling and feeds into my competitive nature. I  have just applied for my Licentership or Associateship with the SWPP, hopefully I will qualify, you have to submit 20 images for judging, I have an Associateship with the BIPP already which is a similar organisation but I achieved this in 2000 with a fashion portfolio, my style in photography has really developed since then and my main chosen subject has changed to mainly children, so i thought i should resubmit for a cetificat in the catogory of children fingers crossed they like what I have submitted, I wont find out how I have done for another 5-6 weeks. here is my pannle of images-



















So that almost wraps it up for now excuse the pun-

 I just have 1 more very exciting thing to tell you-

Santa might be coming to our studio!!!

 On the 11th of December from 3.30 so bring your children to meet him for a little gift and a photo, I spoke to him yesterday so I'm just waiting for a conformation more details will follow, its very exciting 


Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Latest from Art by LAW, Awards, Weddings, Babies, Divas, AND Sexy Calenders

 It has been a while, we have been very busy with lots and lots going one, wedding season is in full swing with my first wedding of the season- Liana and Carl on the 5th of May, they got married in a lovely little village in Moleworth, Cambridgeshire. The weather was quite cold still, but that didn't dampen the mood it was a fabulous wedding and a great start to the summer season. Here are a few of my favourite images of the day


   








And here is a lovely montage I put together, my personal favourite image is the wedding parting standing in for the band.

    

We at Art by LAW are also now producing wedding video slide shows check out our first attempt on youtube of Liana and Carls wedding

http://youtu.be/OxguryZGJG4

Now on to Babies-
I think there must be something in the water, I have been shooting many many pregnancy bumps and beautiful new babies this month, I have shot 7 bumps just this weekend!, its all so exciting we are always updating our exclusive range of props for new-borns, Our antique suitcase is a firm favourite, as is our over sized wooden bowl, we also have baskets lots and lots of flowers hats and a giant seashell.
Here we have little Ruby Grace born to Sarah and Ben on the  29th May, she visited the studio at just 2 weeks old, she is so beautiful and the perfect little model





We recently had a soon to be published writer in the studio, Alexia Casale, who has written her first novel 'The Bone Dragon', which sounds very intriguing and Im sure will be a best seller you can find out more by visiting
http://www.thebonedragon.com/
We shot Alexia's headshots which will appear on the back of her book


  


Diva parties, we love them here at the studio, this is Kristy's birthday party, the girls kept it patriotic for the queens jubelliee.
Diva parties are £35 a head with a minimum of 5 girls to a maximum of 10 for a 2 hour party including hair, makeup the shoot and a complimentary photo each


Cake smash-
Its been a craze over in America for a while and its becoming a craze over here. What is it? well basically you place your child infront of a large cake, preferably on their 1st birthday or just before, the results are mess and stickiness but this makes such a good and fun shoot to commemorate a special birthday. We can also produce exclusive videos of your cake smash as well as photographs. We recently produced a video of 1 year old Sophia Rose, my beautiful little niece which we show cased at her birthday party, it was a hugh hit, and will be a DVD that I'm sure Sophia will want to watch again and again, Its a very original gift idea, and can be added to a family photo-shoot session, we even provide the cake.
A full cake smash package is £250 and includes a fully produced and edited vidio on DVD and an extra large mounted photograph from the shoot, (smaller packages are avalible)
check out the video-
http://youtu.be/6h8FTaRL458


And now for  blowing my own trumpet-
Its been a good year for awards, I am a member of the SWPP (the society of portrait and wedding photographers) which is basically an international organisation for professional photographers. They have a monthly judging where you can enter images for awards, the SWPP expects the highest excellence from its members, and it is very difficult to achieve a highly commended and almost impossible to get a gold in the monthly judging.
Im prowd to announce that this year I finally got Gold in May, yippee, this means I can finally go to the awards ceremony at the end of the year, and could be put forward for photographer of the year, I have also achieved 5 Highly commended so far this year.

 
This is my Gold and its a portrait of my little girl Evie. 
Below are my Highly Commended awards for this year so far









On a sad note...
 A dear friend of mine and a member of Our Uxbridge Women in Business Network (WIBN), Lesley Barnes passed away suddenly from bowel cancer on the 19th of May. As a tribute to Lesley and to raise both awareness and money for this terrible disease we have decided to create a Pin-up Style calendar of some of our members OF WIBN. So 11 ladies including myself have bared all in the name of charity, some more-so than others, its a lovely way to celebrate the life of a very lively and lovely person, Lesley had a fantastic sense of humour and was always up for a laugh, I hope she is up there somewhere having a good laugh at us for doing this, Lesley will be greatly missed.
To find out more about the calendar please follow our Facebook page Lesley's Ladies
https://www.facebook.com/LesleysLadies



YES THIS IS ME!! LOL


And lastly I will leave you with this lovely montage design I did of little Isabel, who is a client of mine that has been coming since she was in her mummy's tummy