Ph2o Photography: Blog en-us (C) Ph2o Photography (Ph2o Photography) Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:57:00 GMT Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:57:00 GMT Ph2o Photography: Blog 94 120 Customer Spotlight: 21st Birthday Party! IMG_6266IMG_6266

Photo parties are a great way to have a fun and different party, and you get photos to remember the occasion with! We had these 4 uni students come to our studio for a 21st birthday, and we all had a fantastic time. They came prepared with suitcases full of outfits, and brought balloons along too! 

We enjoyed the party and so did these lovely ladies, they have told us they had an amazing time and love the photos. They really went with the flow of it and let their hair down, which shows their characters in the shots.

Here are some of their favourites from the session.

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Introducing: The Snow Wait List!

With snow being so rare in these parts, it's pretty magical when it does arrive. And in the past, we've enjoyed it but let it pass us by, and then afterwards thought, 'We really should have done a photo session in the snow while we had it!' 


Up until now, that is. We're creating a waiting list for snow sessions, so that when the occasion arrives, we can go through our list and call to see who is free and up for it on the day. Beautiful photos, and making the most of a snow day.


If you'd like to join the Snow Wait List, you can contact us at any time of year to be added, ready for the winter season and (hopefully!) the arrival of snow. All session types welcome - couples, families, kids, dogs, horses - all good fun! Send us an email if you'd like to join :)


~ The Ph2o Team

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12 Top Photography Tips for Brides & Grooms


12 Top Photography Tips For Brides & Grooms


So you’ve looked at wedding photographers, you’ve got your shortlist; maybe you’ve even booked your photographer… Now what? Here are some tips to give you an insight into the wedding from the photographer’s perspective, and will help you get the best photos possible!


1. Light – Light is the key most important thing in creating a photograph. It literally makes a photograph – bad light means bad photos. Yes, experienced photographers know how to work with light to get the best out of a situation, but good light means the very best results. You may think that a bright sunny day will be great for photos, however it causes harsh shadows and if people are facing into the sun, they will be squinting. Because of this, we may turn you to a different angle than you imagined, in order to get the best shot with the available light. With winter weddings, lighting can be an issue as the light fades early – an early ceremony will help a lot with getting those group shots before it gets too dark.


2. Bridal Preparation – When the bridal party are getting ready, it’s difficult to keep things tidy, right? Hairbrushes, make-up bags and shoes tend to end up all over the place! However, you should keep in mind that if the room we are photographing you in is messy, it will look messy in your photos too. Try to keep a fairly spacious room tidy (preferably a room with a full length mirror, and maybe a bed) that we can photograph you in. It’s best to allow half an hour to take photos when the entire bridal party is ready before you need to leave. Otherwise, we have to choose between missing those finished shots of the bridal party or missing the shots of the groom and guests arriving.



3. Ceremony – Lots of vicars, priests and registrars have limitations on photography or do not allow photography during the ceremony at all. If these shots are important to you, please talk to your officiator about any limitations.


4. Group Photographs – This takes some organisation, and it’s best to arrange it in as much detail as you can beforehand. Make a list of the group shots you would like, and who needs to be in each. Enlist a family member or two with the role of getting the right relatives in for each shot. We don’t know your families and we wouldn’t want to miss out Uncle Ernie! We can’t be responsible if someone has wandered off to the bar and is not in a photo (but of course we will do everything we can to avoid this). Bear in mind that it could be a wet day (this is England after all!) and think about possible undercover locations for photos at your chosen venue. Allow good time for these group shots – 10 minutes for each large group, 5 minutes for each smaller group.


5. Couple Portraits – The key here is to allow as much time as possible. The longer we have, the better your couple portraits will be. These are the ones you will want in a frame on your wall, so take the time out to get some lovely shots. Be aware that we can only work with what is there – we can’t create the sunny meadow shots you’ve got on your Pinterest board if it’s an urban setting on a wet day. That being said, we will always get some beautiful shots – just don’t have too specific expectations.


6. Surprises – We think surprises for the bride, groom or both create the best reaction photographs! However, please let us know beforehand so that we can have the right kind of equipment prepared. We won’t spill the beans, we promise!


7. Smile! – Lots of people are so nervous and have so much on their mind on their big day, that they forget to smile for their photographs! Try to relax and get in the flow of the day as much as possible, you will be so glad you did when you see your photos. Again, the first dance can be quite shy, which is totally understandable – for most people, it’s not everyday you dance with everybody watching. But gaze into each other’s eyes, have a cuddle, and the emotion will translate beautifully in the photographs.


8. Down-Time Shots - It’s a good idea to do some extra couple shots during the down time between dinner and the reception. For summertime weddings, the light is usually lovely at this time, and you’re probably feeling much more relaxed with some food (and wine) in your belly!


9. Editing Requests – Please talk to us about any editing requests you have, but be realistic. As powerful as Photoshop is, it is very time-consuming and if you have 400+ photographs, we can’t do a full edit on every one. However, if you have a couple of shots that you would love to have up on the wall except there’s a blemish on your skin or a flyaway strand of hair, we can sort these things out for you. Chat to us about what you would like done and we will let you know what is possible.


10. Trust Your Photographer - Remember to be open to your photographer’s ideas and trust them – although we do the standard ‘must-have’ shots, we are also creative by nature and the results can be amazing and different. As recent bride Elizabeth puts it, "Every idea she suggested no matter how silly or weird has produced our favourite photos by far!"


11. Pre-Wedding Meeting - We like to meet with you before your wedding to discuss details. As well as talking about the photography, we’d like to know as much about your wedding as possible. The schedule and a copy of the group shots list are particularly helpful, but the finer details also help give us an overall sense of your day and who you are as a couple. Let us know if there are any particular shots that are especially important to you to capture. We of course try not to miss a moment of your day, but it is possible that we might not get everything if two things are happening at once, or we were unaware that something was happening – unfortunately this is just the way of it. This is why it’s best to give us as much information as possible about the day so that we can try to cover every aspect.


12. Engagement Shoot - It’s a great idea to have an engagement shoot with your photographer, as you get to know us and we get to know you. You’re probably not used to being posed or kissing in front of a stranger, so it’s a good warm-up for the big day. Plus, you can display your engagement shots at your wedding.


There you have it, folks – our top tips for your wedding photography! If you would like some information about our weddings (or would just like to tell us all about yours!), feel free to give us a call or send us an email. You can also check out our wedding gallery here and our price lists here.

- The Ph2o Team
























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*NEW* Baby Bumps & Pet Photography Vouchers! baby bumps voucherbaby bumps voucher

We've just added a brand new set of vouchers to our vouchers section! While the Baby Steps Collection and Family vouchers have had a re-design, we've also introduced two brand new vouchers - the Baby Bump voucher and the Pet Photography voucher.

These make perfect gifts for someone who is expecting, or someone who is crazy about their pet(s)! A totally personal gift that they can keep forever, and nobody else will have one exactly the same. All vouchers can be personalised with your own message too. 

We also have vouchers for Valentines and Mothers Day available if you're getting prepared in advance! 

Take a look at our vouchers page for all the options, and either purchase online or contact us directly. Don't forget, we have a January sale running too, so if you're looking to buy a voucher before the end of January, you could save some money! 

Personalised Mothers Day Gift VoucherPersonalised Mothers Day Gift VoucherPerfect Gift for Mother's Day!
£20 voucher includes:
- 1 hour photo session in our Chelmsford studio
- £50 towards any products on our individual price list or collections
No extra purchases necessary, however more can be purchased if desired.
Purchase the voucher either online or by contacting us, and let us know what personalised message you'd like in the 'instructions' section in the shopping cart (if desired). We'll then post your personalised voucher to you.

Terms & Conditions Apply, please enquire for details.

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Customer Spotlight: Engagement

We had the pleasure of photographing this lovely couple late last year, and we had lots of fun! They had become engaged earlier in the year, and so they decided to celebrate with a photo session. 

We took a wide variety of photos in different styles - light and natural, contrasty and serious, having fun, being silly - all different combinations! We've decided to share some of their favourite shots here :)

A truly fantastic couple to work with, and we wish them all the best in their wedding planning! 





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January Sale!

The sale is on!


We've got some great deals for January, from as little as £25. Save up to £120 with our great voucher deals, available in January only :) 

If you haven't already, head over to our January sale page and grab a bargain! 


~ The Ph2o Team

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Family Favourites of 2017 With the new year upon us, we decided to put together a few of our favourite photos from family shoots in 2017. It was very hard to choose! There were, of course, lots of gorgeous family shots from the year, and so we have taken a variety of cuddles, more serious and intimate natural moments, and fun shots to put in our mix. We're looking forward to the year ahead and the lovely families we will work with, and fun animals we will meet!

Here's to the New Year, and we hope 2018 is good to you all!

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Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! We thought we'd take this opportunity to post something a bit different - our very own Valerie Champney helps us out at the studio every week and we are so grateful. What many may not realise is that she's a talented artist, and while she considers it a hobby, we think her watercolours are fantastic :) here's a stag she painted for her Christmas cards that we made for her this year. Thanks Val for all you do.

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Christmas Opening Times Psst... Christmas is only 10 days away!!

Our Opening Times over the Festive Period are as follows: 
Normal hours up until Saturday 23rd December. 
24th Dec until 1st Jan - Closed. 
2nd Jan - Normal hours resume. 
We like to close for a week over Christmas as we are always so busy and working all hours in the run-up to Christmas, however if you need to have a photo shoot during this time (e.g. family flying over for only a few days), we will do what we can to accommodate you! Contact us if you have any special requirements :) 

In the meantime, take a look at these cute twins we had in the studio recently - aren't they adorable?!

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Customer Spotlight: Titus the Cat

We do love welcoming animals into our studio! Not long ago, we had Titus and his lovely owners in for some family photos, and Titus was the star of the show. Titus' mum is a fan of Alice in Wonderland, so we just had to do a wonderland-themed design for them. 

She also gave us a glowing review: "I had a really fun day getting photos of my cat, Titus done! And very pleased with the results, especially the Alice in Wonderland themed pic! Thank you :-) "

She also added,  "I love it so much; it's in my lounge!"

Thanks Sandra! We love happy customers and happy cats :) 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Book for Christmas now! pavesi_6232pavesi_6232

Ph2o_0967Ph2o_0967 Yes I know, Christmas seems ages away! But in photography, we get booked up in advance as it's our busiest time of the year. It also takes us a while to get your photos edited and ready to collect - because of this, our cut off for orders to be ready before Christmas is 30th November. This means you'll need to have come in and had your photos taken, then come back and chosen what you'd like to order before this date. 

Don't worry, we still have some spaces left at the moment! But it's best to get in contact with us and book up as soon as possible so you don't miss out! 

If you're worried you won't have a chance to get all this organised in time, but would like to give the gift of professional photography to someone special, we've got the solution for you - a photography gift voucher. The voucher can be given on Christmas Day and the organisation of getting everyone together to have the photos taken can be sorted out in the new year (when we have more availability!) These vouchers can be from £20 upwards, and can be personalised with your own message. 

If you'd like to get one of our vouchers or find out more, get in contact or head over to the voucher section of our website. 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Customer Spotlight: Baby Bump & Big Sister What a gorgeous family! That time before meeting Baby is so special, and this family came in to celebrate it, with photos to show both the kids when they are older. We love capturing memories like this, in a way that tells a story and shows the bond between all family members, and their love for the new arrival. 

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How We Help You Choose the Best Photographs Of course, it's totally up to the customer what photos they would like to choose to purchase from their photo session. If they cooke_0007cooke_0007 know what they want, then great, we're happy to go along with that. However, we often have customers that struggle to pick the best of the bunch - so here's how we can help, when it's needed...


1. For starters, in our initial edit of your photo session, we take out photos that are doubles of the same thing, or blinking shots (unless we have a specific reason to leave them in). There's no reason to take up more of your time and make your decision harder with two identical shots!


2. We edit what we believe to be some of the best shots and put them together into designs. This can help you to see what the photos look like edited and also get an insight into what we as photographers believe are some of the best photos. It also helps you to visualise how different photos can be combined artistically together into a mix design to go on your wall. Ultimately you might choose different photos to go in the designs, and we can advise you on what shots will work artistically. 


3. Different products require photos to crop into a certain shape. For example, our acrylic and wood multi slots are usually for square photos, but photos are always shot in a rectangular format. Therefore, we can help you with what photos will crop appropriately for the products and designs you want, and also what combinations to have to balance a design - e.g. the thomas_7940thomas_7940 right number of black backgrounds to go with white backgrounds, or how many photos of the kids, individuals and the whole family you could have to make the design work best. 


4. We read your reactions. If you're stuck between one that you had an instant 'wow' reaction to, and one that you don't seem 100% sure about - we can pick up on this and let you know! 


We know making the decision can be hard and can take some time - don't worry, we're used to it! But we're happy to help wherever we can, so feel free to use us to help you make your decision as much as you like. 

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Customer Spotlight: Riveroll Gundogs W Wood multiWood multi e recently had the pleasure of photographing some of the Riveroll Gundogs in our studio!

They were both very cute and very well behaved - you can tell they have been very well trained. They were great at posing, and gave us the opportunity to take lots of lovely shots. 

H mixmix ere's a few photos from their session - to learn more about Riveroll Gundogs, head over to their Facebook page here. 

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Summer Photo Fun! Looking for fun things to do over the summer with the kids? 

We've got a fab idea for you - have a photo session in our studio with our summer special offer!

It's just £15 for a weekday mini photo session, which includes 5 prints. The shoot can be for babies, kids, whole families, or a mixture! 

The offer runs until the 31st of August 2017, so book in soon to take advantage of this great offer. Please contact us for more details. 

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Stay Up To Date With Us! We've just - finally - created an Instagram account! We're being dragged kicking and screaming out of the dark ages!

We'd appreciate all the support we can get, so if you'd like to stay up to date with everything we've been up to (usually lots of cute pets and babies!) then give us a follow @ph2ophotography 

We're also very close to a milestone in our number of Facebook likes, so head over to our page and help us out! 


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How To Prepare for an Equestrian Photo Shoot There are various things to consider when preparing for your horse's photo session. Here are our top tips for making the most of your equine photo shoot!


- Think about what you'd like to be wearing in your photos. We have a separate post in the pipelines to help with your styling for equestrian sessions, so watch this space - but for now, we would suggest thinking about a few different outfits, for example: maybe something you wear for competitions, something casual like jeans and boots, or something a bit more unusual like a dress (not practical to wear everyday with horses, but great for photos!) 

- Classic-looking tack works best for timeless photos, whereas bright colours tend to detract from the simple elegance of the horse. Unless specific colours are desired to fit in with the overall styling of horse and owner, clean leather tack would give the best photographic results. 

- Shiny coats look the best in photography, so it's worth prepping your horse in terms of grooming beforehand. 

- Take note of what gets his attention and makes him put his ears forward. As all horses are different, knowing what 'gets ears' with your horse can be useful in a photo shoot!

- Location - although yards often have some lovely settings, sometimes an alternative location can work better. Consider whether a trip to another location would be a better option photographically, if your horse would be comfortable with this. 

- It can often be beneficial to have someone that can assist you with getting your horse ready, yourself ready, and help out with some of the background bits and pieces on the shoot, such as getting ears. It's great to have someone familiar with horses to help, especially if the horse is already familiar with them. 


We hope you find these tips useful, and please feel free to contact us if you'd like any other advice for your photo shoot! 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Customer Spotlight: Chinchillas! clark chinchilla mixclark chinchilla mix

As we have said before, we love photographing all types of pets, so we were happy to welcome the slightly more unusual chinchillas into our studio. It's the first time I've personally handled chinchillas and I was pleasantly surprised! I thought they might be very excitable and bouncing off the walls, but in fact they were not like that at all - they were pretty calm, sweet and have such cute little faces. They were keen to explore the studio and we got some lovely shots of them investigating our various props. It was actually the first time these two had officially met, and they got on absolutely fine, as you can see from the photo of them touching noses.

The owners just brought in another of their pets, a Persian Jird, at the weekend for a photo session, so keep an eye out for a follow-up blog post! 

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Blackwater Country Show Show season has certainly started! We're going to be at the Blackwater Country Show tomorrow (18th June 2017) in Heybridge, so come along and see us! The gorgeous weather we're having at the moment is set to continue and is perfect for a day of family fun. (An especially good idea if you haven't made plans for Father's Day yet!)

We've been keeping very busy at the studio too, with lots of families, dogs, and even a cat in our studio the last couple of weeks. Here's two little white fluffy pups we had in our studio the other week! So cute.


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1st Birthday Cake Smash & Splash! Ph2o_traditional smashPh2o_traditional smash This lovely family travelled all the way to us from Medway (mum & baby), and Ipswich (aunt). It was baby's auntie that bought the photo session as a present for her nephew's first birthday, after being recommended to us.  Ph2o_1432Ph2o_1432

He was a happy chappy, shy at first but he soon warmed up to us and the whole idea. He started off in traditional garb with a traditional cake bread home baked by his auntie (great forward planning, Auntie!) With a little help, he got the hang of what to do. The lovely colours and textures really work well in these shots (plus his happy face, of course!)  

We moved onto the next cake - a rainbow sprinkles-covered one with a bright and colourful centre. (We were sweeping up sprinkles for a week!) By this point baby had got a bit more confident with the smashing and with some encouragement, got nice and messy in the cake. 

Once the cake was sufficiently destroyed, we set up the bath shot. Photo shoots rarely go 100% to plan and on this occasion, our little lad wasn't happy about getting in the water! However, we made it work - we created a bath time scene, which kept both photographers and baby happy! He was intrigued by the bubbles and enjoyed trying to catch them, and lounging in a towel with some yellow rubber duckies. 

After the shoot, we did our creative process and came up with some arty designs of the gorgeous boy. We all thought they were very cute shots, and a great way to celebrate and remember his very first birthday!



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