Ph2o Photography: Blog en-us (C) Ph2o Photography (Ph2o Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Ph2o Photography: Blog 120 85 Hello & Welcome! It's been a while since we have posted about who we are and what we're about - so we would just like to say hello & welcome to anyone that is new to us! 

We're a creative team based in the heart of Chelmsford, with a passion for doing things a bit differently. We love capturing photographs in a fun and relaxed environment, whether it's family groups, kids, pets or passports - we don't take ourselves too seriously! A lot of our photography is studio-based, but we really enjoy going out to shoot at different locations too.  IMG_9839_pp2IMG_9839_pp2
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Mathew is one of our photographers, and his other passion outside of the photography business is his band, The Mighty Fallen. They are currently producing tracks in association with Abbey Road, and are looking to tour in America soon. Mathew also enjoys drinking tea (and a LOT of it!), beer and festivals.

Jo is the other photographer in our team, and she also has another creative interest - design & illustration. She has created Scruffy Cat, a brand of cute scruffy feline illustrations, and has big plans for new products and designs. Scruffy Cat supports the local Cats Protection branch. Jo is a crazy cat lady and chocoholic with a love of travel. 

We are also fortunate enough to have lots of support from family members with this business, and we love to work closely with other local businesses where possible. Our ethos is really about family, fun and creativity. 

If you'd like to get in touch, please feel free to send us a message or call us on 01245 495939. 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Closed for Christmas After working all the hours we possibly can in the run-up to Christmas, we are now closed until 2nd Jan to recharge our batteries! We will be back in the studio on the 2nd, so see you then! 

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It's That Time Of Year Again... Yep! It's time to have that talk... It's time to get yourselves booked in for Christmas! 

I know, I know - Christmas still feels like ages away, right? But because the production of our orders takes time, from the time spent in editing, to building frames, printing mugs and so on, our cut off point for promising orders will be ready by Christmas is 30th November. Yes, that's the 30th November that's only 3 and a half weeks away! 

If you'd like to come in for a photo session and order in time for Christmas, we still have some slots available, but availability and time is running out - as you need to come in and have your photos taken, and then come back and choose what you would like another day, before the end of November. So if you're thinking that professional photos of your family/kids/dog/rabbit/frog would make a great Christmas present (and they would) then make sure to book in ASAP. 

See you soon ~

The Ph2o Team


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Happy Spooky Day! Just a quick post to say... Happy Halloween! 

We hope everyone is having a fabulously spooky time!!

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~ The Ph2o Team

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Christmas Cards are here! We have just started our Christmas card range at the studio 💕 watercolour painting cards by our very own Valerie Champney, and photographic/illustrated cards by Scruffy Cat with a % of profit going to Cats Protection 🐾 Come on in to browse the range!

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Half Term Special - Just for Kids Half term feb 19Half term feb 19Half Term Special Offer! A kids photo mini-session for £20, including 5 prints of the same image in varying sizes. Contact us to book - quote code 'Half Term 20'

We know you're busy, and we know this time of year usually means you're a bit short on money... So we have come up with a half term special offer, exclusively for kids. 

Book a 30 minute mini-session for your kid(s) to come in and have some fun in the studio, and then have a same-day viewing of your photos and choose what you would like at discounted rates. The 30 minute session costs just £20, and includes 5 prints of the same image in varying sizes. More photos will be available to purchase at the very best prices we can offer. 

Quote the code 'Half Term 20' on booking to make the most of this offer. But hurry - slots are filling up fast! (We currently have most availability on Wednesday, so if you can make that day, you're in with the best chance of getting a slot!) 

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Valentine's Gift Ideas We get it - Valentine's can be a tricky one to buy for. That's why we have made a few different gift vouchers to suit everyone's taste and budget this Valentine's Day. 

The great thing about giving a photography gift voucher for Valentine's is it's super personal, a bespoke experience with results they can keep forever, and it's not too 'fluffy' for those that aren't into anything too mushy! 

We have a few different options available, so I will start with our newest addition.. the Puppy Love Gift Voucher! At just £10, it's great for giving to a loved one that is also a dog parent - they can use the voucher for a photo session of just the dog(s), or the dog with the whole family too if they like. We get so many people come in for photos of their dogs, we figured this offer would make perfect sense for Valentine's! 

£10 puppy love offer 2019£10 puppy love offer 2019Includes a 1 hour studio session and an 8"x6" mounted print of your choice

We also have gift vouchers from £10 available for Couples Photo Shoot vouchers, so if you are happy to be in a photo session with your loved one, this might be the one for you. This is perfect for capturing some romantic shots of you as a couple, with a variety of different poses and you can bring along changes of outfit too if you wish. 

The last type of voucher we are offering for Valentine's is the Boudoir/Model style shoot, starting at £20. This can be in a model style, boudoir style, or it can be mixed with a bit of both - whatever your loved one chooses. 

You can browse these options here, and of course, you can get in contact with us about any of them (although if you'd like to order one of these gift vouchers, don't leave it too long - Valentine's is fast approaching!) 

Love, the Ph2o team <3

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Introducing: Scruffy Cat What Part of Meow Don't You Understand? MagnetWhat Part of Meow Don't You Understand? Magnet Just 5 More Minutes..! MagnetJust 5 More Minutes..! Magnet

(Above: Christmas photos of a couple of Scruffy Cat fridge magnet designs)

If you've been following our Facebook posts, you may already know - but for those that don't, one of our new developments is Scruffy Cat!

Again, if you have been following us for some time, you may know that Jo is our resident crazy cat lady. She has expanded from her photography work and begun to use her artistic eye for illustrations too - of cats, of course! The idea is to not only develop her artistic skills and share them with the world, but also to help raise money for the Cats Protection. Here at Ph2o, we have teamed up with the Cats Protection in the past to help fundraise for them, but now we are working to create unique kitty designs to benefit both us as a local business, and the charity. 

Since October, we have been selling illustrated & photographic cat fridge magnets and mugs with 50% of profit going to the Cats Protection. We sold out of the mugs before Christmas and we have restocked the magnets a few times, so they are popular! Jo is still developing the style and creating Scruffy Cat characters, which we will share with you as time progresses. It's something a bit different (and a bit of fun, too!) 

Below: Halloween Scruffy Cat!

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If you would like to find out more about Scruffy Cat, we are in the process of setting up so hopefully we will have lots you can take a look at on there soon. In the meantime, you can browse & buy the current magnet designs here.

~ The Ph2o (and Scruffy Cat!) team 

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We're Back! As of yesterday, we are back in the studio and ready for what 2019 throws at us! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year. 

We've got all sorts of new ideas we're working on for 2019, so stay tuned to keep tabs on what we're up to. For now, we have some special offers in our January Sale... So if you're thinking of updating your family photos, grab yourself a bargain! 


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Christmas Opening Times As the year draws to a close, it's that time again - the extremely busy build-up to Christmas! As we are working all hours up until Christmas, we close over the Christmas period to have a rest before starting the new year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. So, please find our Christmas opening hours below...

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We wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the new year! 

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Last Slots for Christmas! Lots of people don't want to think about Christmas yet, especially when Halloween isn't even over yet! But, our weekend slots for getting orders finished before Christmas are getting fewer and fewer. We have some Saturday slots available but they are booking up fast. Please contact us as soon as possible to book in, to avoid disappointment! 

Just as a reminder - our cut off date for promising orders to be ready before Christmas is the last day of November, so make sure you've had your photos taken and ordered what you'd like by then! 


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Let the Christmas Shop Begin! I know, I know... It seems far too early to think about Christmas, right? But because of the bespoke nature of our services, it takes quite a lot of time for us to edit and produce orders, so now is the time to get yourself booked in for a photo session! Professional photographs are a wonderful gift but it does take planning, to give us photographers a chance to turn your photographs into beautiful products ready to wrap for someone special. 

Need more incentive to book in? How about a great discount? 

We're running a special Early Bird 1,2,3 Offer for Christmas, but you must book your session for before 31st October to nab this excellent deal. You pay £40 up front for your photo session and a 10"x8" print included, which then gives you the choice of the following options to choose from once you've seen your photographs... 

£100 for 5 high resolution edited digital images (£100 discount on RRP)

£200 for 5 high resolution edited digital images plus a multi image design, framed for the wall (£200 discount on RRP)

£300 for 10 high resolution edited digital images plus a larger multi image design, framed for the wall (£300 discount on RRP)

So, grab yourself a bargain and get in early for half price products. The photos can have some Christmas themed shots, some casual shots, family, babies pets - whatever you fancy! Just quote the Early Bird offer when booking.

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World Youth Skills Day: Paige's Perspective ‘Photography is from the heart, it’s not about the technical stuff


My name is Paige and I am currently on work experience at Ph2o Photography Studio. I have always had a passion for photography but had little experience and knowledge about it. Until I came here, I didn’t know that the flash on the camera can set the lights in the studio off, if set up correctly, or how to create the most effective and interesting portraits. I have learnt about the quality of photos, how certain settings on photoshop can affect the quality of them, and how to create edits that families will be proud to display in their homes, and that was all in the first four days of being here.


On Friday, I took some photos of a dog that was brought into the studio in a similar style to these shots:

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I thought I would tell you about photography from my perspective, a beginner’s perspective. One of the photographers here, Mat, told me that ‘photography is from the heart, it’s not about the technical stuff’. I used to think that an effective photograph was due to the high-tech equipment used for it, but it’s about how much passion you put into it. A photograph isn’t going to turn out how you want it if you don’t take pride in what you are trying to achieve. It’s more than just holding a camera up and pressing the shutter button; There’s a lot that goes into taking an impressive photo.


If you are just starting out in photography, firstly, think about what type of photography you are interested in, whether it’s portraits or landscapes, people or animals etc. There’s no use taking photos of a subject you’re not interested in, you won’t feel passionate about it which will affect the quality of the outcome. If you’re not sure, experiment with different subjects to find what you are most happy with, most comfortable with, and most interested in taking photos of. These photos do not then need to go to waste, especially if you like the outcome, they can be added to a portfolio for future prospective employers or customers.  


Secondly, think about your editing style. Do you enjoy heavy editing to make photos more refined or keeping the editing more natural? Do you like there to be a lot happening in one edit or for it to be simple? Again, if you’re not sure, experiment with creating a range of edits. This will help you decide what editing style makes you proud of what you have created, as well as help you to teach yourself some skills in Photoshop, which can be a vital part of creating beautiful photographs. 

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Above are two examples of photos that I took of vintage magazines and experimented with editing the crop, levels and colour balance of them. I learnt whilst taking these how to get the best perspective. To create this angle, I put the magazines on a wooden box and took the shot by shooting from a birds-eye view. I stood close to the box and positioned the camera directly above them.



Finally, think about if there’s anything you want to communicate through your photos. Do you want to show off a family or pet? Are you trying to create awareness or a change through your photographs? All these components can alter the composition of photos (the elements of it, for example pattern, texture, framing etc). Think about what you want to say before taking photos. Don’t fall into the trap of snap now, think later. Your message will not be as clear as it could be if it was planned.


Although I have spoken about planning your shots, don’t be afraid to experiment with the different settings on your camera. You could discover a setting that makes your shots stand out and makes them better than others. Just remember, especially with digital photography, to save your photos in a safe place where you’ll remember them before experimenting with the camera settings. You don’t want your photographs to be lost or deleted.  


This is a shot I took of magazines whilst experimenting with using the camera and lighting in the studio:




After my experience at Ph2o Photography Studio, I know that this is what I want to do as a career. My passion for photography has become even clearer to me and I have learnt a lot more skills that can improve my photographs. I know photography, as with any creative career, can be difficult to make into a full-time career, but with determination and passion there’s no limits to what can be achieved.


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Naming of the New Studio Doggy Doorstop! We recently asked for your help with naming our new studio doggy doorstop, after we lost our original one to a flood in our studio late last year! We had some fabulous suggestions (including many photography-related ones - Flash, Pixel, Kodak to name a few). After some careful deliberation, Rusty's successor is now named... Bailey! 


R.I.P. Rusty, you brought joy into many people's photographs! (Like these cute twins below!)


Here's to the future with our new studio mascot Bailey!


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Personal Data Privacy Notice Privacy Notice


Collection & Use

Personal data is collected by Ph2o Photography Ltd and is not shared with third parties.

The data collected consists of customer names and contact information. We only collect data relevant to the running of the business, e.g. a phone number to contact the customer about the status of their order, or a booking with us. We do not use these details for any purposes other than directly in relation to their bookings or orders with us unless the customer has given consent by ticking the ‘yes’ box on our order form.

We need to take contact information in order to provide a customer with our services. By using our services, the customer consents to giving us contact information, such as an email address, telephone number, address and family particulars.


Right to Review & Update, or be Forgotten

We keep contact details, photographs and order information in our system in case the customer returns to us in the future with queries relating to a past order. If the customer wishes us to delete their information from our system, they can contact us by email or phone asking us to do so. We will comply as long as there are no outstanding orders, for example, incomplete payments. A customer can also contact by phone or email to find out what details we currently hold for them and update as necessary.

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Show season has officially landed, and so far, the weather has been kind to us!

This weekend, we had a busy day in the studio on the Saturday (including two parties), and on the Sunday we were enjoying the beautiful weather at Essex Young Farmers Show. There's always a wide variety of things to see and people to meet! 

Next stop, All About Dogs show at Hylands Park. The venue itself is a beautiful large space, and the show is always great fun - you can meet dogs of all sizes, shapes, colours! There's lots to see and participate in - and of course, you can also come and say hello to us :) 

So if you're looking for a fun family day out this bank holiday weekend, make your way to All About Dogs on the 27th or 28th May.

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First of all, I would just like to apologise for not keeping on top of my blog posts (again!) We have been so busy around here that we struggle to find a moment to post anything! 

Secondly - what a beautiful bank holiday weekend we had, who would have thought? We spent the Saturday in the studio photographing and taking orders (which felt like a bit of a waste of the beautiful sunshine!) but we spent the Sunday and Monday at the All About Dogs show in Brentwood. A brilliant day out for man and dog as ever, lots to see and participate in, and of course, lots of gorgeous pooches to meet. 

If you missed us this weekend, don't worry - we'll be at the Essex Young Farmers Show in Roxwell on the 20th May, another fantastic day out for all the family (including the furry ones). Come along and pay us a visit :) 

Keeping with the animal theme, here's a video we made of some of the lovely pets we've photographed in recent months and years:


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Snow! We don't get a lot of snow in these parts, so when we do, it can be pretty exciting (except for all pubic transport shutting down and many of the roads being impassable..!) With these exceptions, it does make everywhere look like a winter wonderland, and can make for some magical photos!

Although we have spent a lot of time in the studio carrying out our everyday tasks, we have managed to wrap up warm and go out for a few snowy snaps. 

On another note, if you are booked in with us over the next few days and don't think you'll be able to make it in because of the weather - don't worry, please just let us know and we can re-book you for another time :)





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Why Is Professional Photography So Expensive? We get it. From the outside, it looks like all we do is take a few photographs, and then charge hundreds of pounds for it. To be honest, I personally used to be one of those people that just couldn't wrap my head around how a photographer could charge so much for a photo. That is, until I started doing it myself, and I learned that actually, there is a whole lot more involved than you might think! Just to be clear, this isn't intended as a post to have a moan - it is a post to educate others and let them know why we are priced the way we are (and trust me - it's not to rip you off or get rich!) 


Photography isn't the kind of process that requires the same level of training, the same equipment and the same amount of time for every person that completes the job. It's an art form, and where there is a creative process, every photographer will have their own approach and experience levels, different equipment and expenses, and spend different amounts of time to come to their end result. For example, there are some studios that don't do any editing work to their photos, whereas we spend a lot of time ensuring our photos are of the highest quality before they reach our customers. Because of this, just because one photographer charges X, doesn't mean we can charge X too - it's not interchangeable. 


So the time element is a large part of it - we value our integrity and aim to produce the best possible outcome for our customers. Equipment is another aspect - hobbyist photographers may be able to charge less because they have limited equipment without backups or insurance, which could be very problematic should they experience problems on a wedding or event. We also have a studio which is a great base for people to drop by and see us in a city centre location, which adds to our professionalism rather than operating from our homes. It does mean we have to pay rent, but as full time professional photographers, it's important that customers can see we are serious about what we do. Part time photographers that work around other jobs simply can't offer the same level of experience or availability, as they have other commitments doing other things. We are fully committed to providing our customers with the best service possible. 


There are various other aspects that we photographers have to cover in order to run our businesses too - different types of insurance, suppliers, bills, transport, backup photographers on standby just in case we were ill on your wedding day (which thankfully hasn't happened yet!), marketing, accountancy and book-keeping, general administrative tasks... And a whole lot more we do automatically week-in, week-out that we don't even register, because it's what we need to do to run our business. At the end of the day, we take home very little money - it's something you have to do for the love, because if you were doing it for the money - well, you wouldn't! 


So I hope this has helped you to understand why it is that photography costs what it does, and why we charge what we do. Ultimately, we charge competitive rates and we are proud of our prices and our products. We are never going to be the absolutely cheapest option, as we are never going to be able to charge what a part time hobbyist with just a camera and no editing charges - however we are happy in the knowledge that we provide a comprehensive professional level of service and are committed to creating beautiful photographs for our customers. 

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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 voucherBaby Bumps Photography Voucher
A lasting memory of that precious time before meeting the new arrival.
1 hour photo session and a mounted 8"x6" print of your favourite shot for £20.
Other gift voucher prices include:
- 10"x8" print for £30
- 1- 10"x8" & 2- 8"x6" prints for £50
- 5- 8"x6" prints for £99
- 1- 16"x12" framed print or canvas for £149

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! 

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£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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]]> (Ph2o Photography) Ph2o Photography Studio Portraits baby birthday cake cake smash chelmsford essex first ph2o photographer smash splash Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:33:22 GMT
Busy Busy Busy! Sorry for the lack of posts recently - we've had a LOAD on! We were at the Essex Young Farmers Show in Roxwell last Sunday, which was a lovely sunny day and very popular. This week we've been in the studio getting orders done (we spend so much of our time editing!), taking orders and shooting. We also welcomed Catie, a student we're taking in on work experience for a couple of weeks to teach her about all aspects of running a photography business. Saturday was jam-packed with appointments as you might imagine, and with half term this coming week, we've got lots of bookings in the week too! Today we had part of our team at the Great British Country & Pet Show at Hylands Park, and we had fantastic weather despite the yellow weather warning for our area. One of our photographers was also out photographing a Christening today, again, very lucky with the weather for that. We're back at Hylands for the second day of the show tomorrow, so come down and see us! As you can see, it's all go at Ph2o at the moment! 

If you'd like to know more about our studio photography, location photography, the shows we'll be attending (or just fancy a chat!), give us a call on 01245 495939. 

In the meantime, here's a multi design of some very cute bunnies that we just couldn't resist sharing again - how lovely are they?!

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Lucy, the "world's best guinea pig mum", brought her fluffy furbabies into our studio after meeting us and having a chat with us at a craft show. We love photographing all different types of animals, and these little cuties were no exception. We had great fun and the piggies were happy to be put into position (as long as they were rewarded with something green to munch on!) We got some lovely shots of them all, and we even made Lucy a 'World's Best Guinea Pig Mum' mug! 

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If you're a guinea pig fan (or a fan of pets in general!) and are local, take a trip down to the Great British Pet & Country Show at Hylands Park in Chelmsford this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. There will be lots to do and see, the weather forecast is looking good, and most importantly, we'll be there! ;)

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Happy Friday! Who's glad it's Friday?? We've got lots of lovely dogs and their families in the studio tomorrow, and we're at the Young Farmers Show in Roxwell on Sunday - come and see us! Fingers crossed for dry weather :) 


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15th May: International Day of Families 2017

In honour of International Day of Families, we have decided to post today about about a lovely family we had in the studio recently. They returned to us for a second photo session after being so pleased the first time round! We always love welcoming previous customers back into our studio. This time rather than just the lovely little girl, we also had parents, grandparents and uncle in the photos too! It's always a great thing to have photos of all the family together, especially if it's difficult to get everyone together very often or people are spread across the country (or multiple countries!) We love bringing people together and capturing memories for them to keep. 

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Customer Spotlight: Gorgeous Baby Smiles We had this beautiful bubba in the studio recently, and she was an absolute joy to photograph. She was so smiley and happy throughout! These were our personal favourites from the session (which her parents also purchased among their other choices)

If you'd like to find out more about our baby sessions, email us or give us a call on 01245 495939.

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13th May: World Fair-trade Day 2017 IMG_0730IMG_0730

So today is World Fair-trade Day! In light of this, we thought we'd do our bit to help raise awareness. 

As the Fairtrade Foundation says on their website, it's all about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. Buying products with the Fairtrade Mark means you are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities. The Co-op group are heavily involved in the promotion and sale of Fairtrade products to enable these people to be empowered to control their lives. They do ongoing work to continue to promote Fairtrade for better working conditions - for example, these photographs were taken at one of the Fairtrade evenings they have organised at the Quadrant department store. 

Learn more about the Chelmsford Star Co-op's Fairtrade here.

Here is the Facebook page for Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign if you are local! 


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Mucky Pups! We've just had two Great Danes in the studio - two big dogs and eight mucky paws! Think we've got some cleaning to do :) 

That being said, they were gentle giants, very well behaved and we're looking forward to working on the photos! 


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Barrow Farm - Riding for the Disabled Association

I recently had the pleasure of going down to photograph ponies at Barrow Farm, our local branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). 

All the wonderful people at Barrow Farm do amazing work making horse riding and carriage driving accessible to people of all abilities. Riding provides therapy, achievement and enjoyment for all involved, and there is a brilliant community spirit around the farm. Although there is more information available on the Barrow Farm website, some of the numerous benefits riding brings include:

- Improved balance and co-ordination

- Increased suppleness, joint mobility and muscle tone

- Helps to improve general health, both physically and mentally.

Barrow Farm is very much like a family - everyone pulls together in every way they can. As they put it on their website, they are all about "Fitness, fulfilment, friendship and fun!"

Although riders pay a small fee toward the cost of their ride, over 70% of Barrow Farm's running costs have to be sourced elsewhere. Therefore, they are heavily dependent on the wonderful work of their volunteers, fundraising and donations to continue providing this amazing service to amazing people. 

How You Can Help


Fundraise or Donate

Every donation, no matter how small or large, is a great help toward the cost of running the farm and is much appreciated. To learn more about the brilliant work Barrow Farm does and how you can get involved, please visit their website. 

To see more photos from the session (and our various other animal photo sessions), head over to our pets gallery.

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Cute Pup Alert! mackintosh_0745mackintosh_0745

The owner of the gorgeous Ivy came in to collect her photographs earlier this week. Isn't she a cutie? Such a lovely natured dog and our squeaky ball made her ears perk right up! Ivy's owner also went for one of our bespoke handmade wooden multi slots - they're pretty popular at the moment. We've been using this week to catch up on some order editing so far, although we've got some very busy shooting days coming up the rest of the week (especially Saturday - fully booked!) How are you spending your week?

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]]> (Ph2o Photography) Pet Photography Ph2o Photography Studio Portraits chelmsford dog essex pet ph2o photographer photography Wed, 10 May 2017 18:54:14 GMT
Our 'Display for Everyday' Ethos IMG_7479IMG_7479 What we mean by 'Display for Everyday', is that we don't just show off our very best images for our display - we strive to create portfolio-worthy photographs for every customer. And not just that, but a whole range of beautiful photographs for everyone that we would be proud to put our name to. Here's an example of this - a family we had in recently which perfectly sums up our ethos of creating a whole set of gorgeous photographs that really captures the family dynamic and who they are as people (and dog!) They were great fun to have in the studio, as you can see in their family video... 

The main wall piece they chose was a favourite of ours, the wood multi. These are particularly close to our hearts as we came up with the concept and hand-make each of the high quality, solid wood multis ourselves (which also means we can do bespoke shapes and layouts). They're getting increasingly popular and we're looking to expand into some different wood shades and maybe even a metal option - watch this space for developments! 



If you'd like some more information about our family photo sessions or our wood multi frames, please feel free to get in touch.

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Customer Spotlight: Gymnastics! We had a young gymnast in our studio recently - isn't she amazing? We wish we loved the gym as much as she does..! So flexible and she works really hard, but loves every minute of it. She's often competing so keep an eye out for her in the future! 

If you have a special hobby or interest, it's great to incorporate these into your photo session - it makes it much more personal to you. It also means we can get some interesting and different kinds of shots. If you're feeling inspired, email us or give us a call to discuss. 

UPDATE: Nic's mum Heidi has kindly left us some lovely feedback! Here's what she had to say about her experience with us...

"We had an amazing time at our photo shoot, they made us feel so welcome and we had a great time. To top it off the photos are amazing! 
So glad we came to see you and thank you for creating memories that will last a lifetime x"

Thanks Heidi! To see what other people are saying about us, take a look at our testimonials page.

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All About Dogs Brentwood Sorry for the silence recently, we've been up to our eyeballs in editing work but we're just about getting on top of it now.

So, back to the purpose of the post - we're going to be at All About Dogs at the Brentwood Centre this bank holiday weekend (Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May)!

Come along and see us, we're always up for a chat and it's great to see a friendly face. It's always a great show with lots to see and do, plus there's loads of gorgeous pooches of all shapes and sizes to meet! 

In addition to trade stands and shopping like us, there's some great displays, activities you can have a go at with your dog, children's entertainment and you also get entry to the Robin Hood country show, so it's a brilliant day out. 

Fingers crossed for good weather, and we'll see you there! (Hopefully ;) )

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How to Prepare for your Dog Photo Session So you've booked in for a photo session for your pooch - what next? 

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your photo session...

If your dog is usually fluffy around the eyes, clip it so his eyes are clearly visible. It looks so much better in the photographs if you can see your pup's eyes! 

Is your dog used to camera flash? We always do test shots before starting so that your dog can get used to the flash without thinking of it being associated with him. That being said, any practise with a camera flash beforehand is only going to make your dog more comfortable by the time it comes round to the photo session. 

Think about if there are any special tricks he can do. Are there any interesting things your dog can do that we should know about, for example, from training classes? Are there any specific shots you'd like to aim for? It's good to have a think about these things before you come in just so we don't miss something out that you would have liked. 

Bring favourite toys and treats. Toys can be great to grab your dog's attention, and can also be used as a prop, which is more personal to you. Treats are good for introducing later on in the session as needed - if used too early, that's all your pup will think about!

What words get your dog's attention? These can be used to get an enthusiastic and engaged expression right at the camera at the right time!

A final word of advice - although of course we will give your dog lots of attention, it's best not to over-do it during the photo session as dogs are very good at sensing when something's different and might get suspicious! A calm approach with breaks in the attention we give him will make him feel more relaxed and comfortable. 

We hope these tips help you prepare for your photo session and you have a fun photography experience with your dog! 

Did you find this post useful? If so, please use the social media buttons to share with others to help them too.

- The Ph2o Team

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Baby Steps Collection Introducing: Our Re-Vamped Baby Steps Collection!

Some of you may remember that we have offered baby steps before in years gone by, however we haven't really been putting it out there as of late. So, we have decided to put together a new Baby Steps Collection, perfect for capturing those all-important milestones in baby's first year. They grow and develop so much during this time that it is a shame to miss capturing these stages (and it also makes a perfect gift for someone who is expecting!) 

About Baby Steps...

The £50 Baby Steps Collection includes 3x 1 hour photo sessions in our Chelmsford studio, plus a 10"x8" mounted print from each. We also do a creative edit on each set of photographs, and more can be purchased if desired (but this is completely optional - no pressure to buy more).

You can choose from the following great milestones to capture for your photo sessions:

- Baby Bump - while your Little One is still in mum's tummy

- Newborn - at approximately 2 weeks old - while baby is still tiny and sleepy

- 3 Months - baby will have started smiling, and can usually lift his/her head up

- 6 Months - baby can sit up and might be shuffling around at this stage

- 9 Months - baby is beginning to stand up with help, and really responds to social interaction

- 1 Year - at this stage, baby is more mobile and can do more with props and objects. 

If you choose the 1 Year milestone as one of your Baby Steps, you can upgrade the session to a 1st Birthday Cake Smash for just £10 - please contact us for more details. 

Baby Steps Customer Spotlight

This lovely little lady below recently came in for a Baby Steps Collection to capture her different stages in her first year. The family returned to us after doing our previous Baby Steps with her older brother. We've loved seeing her grow and develop, and it's been great to keep in contact with the family and see how much her brother has grown too! As our most recently completed Baby Steps, she is now our poster girl on our vouchers for the collection. Baby Steps Collection - £50Baby Steps Collection - £50The Baby Steps Collection is perfect for capturing the milestones in your baby's first year. It also makes a great gift for someone who is expecting!
£50 Collection Includes:
3x 1 hour studio photo sessions
3x 10"x8" mounted prints (1 per session)
A creative edit on each set of photographs
3x 1 hour viewing & ordering sessions

Final session can be upgraded to a 1st birthday cake smash for just £10 - please ask for details.

If you're interested in a Baby Steps Collection, you can buy a voucher directly from our website, or you can email us or give us a call to have a chat about it if you prefer! 

- The Ph2o Team

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The Bond Between Siblings We love the bond between this brother and sister! The family first came into our studio a couple of years ago with their little girl - they came back to us with a new addition. You can tell she's a great big sister! We love welcoming families back into our studio and watching them grow, it's one of the most rewarding parts of our job - alongside capturing beautiful moments like the one below. 


Here are some more lovely sibling photographs from our collection!

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Throwback Thursday: Three Fluffy Pups! Usually our short posts only make it as far as our Facebook page (so if you like keeping up to date with everything we're up to, give our page a 'like'!) That being said, we thought these cuties just had to go on our blog. They came into our studio back in 2014 and these are the kind of photos we love to rediscover. We've had loads of dogs of all sizes, shapes and colours come in since, and we do have fun with our doggy sessions! 

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Psst... It's Nearly Mother's Day! It's Almost Mother's Day!


Some of you may be on top of it - some of you may have been prepared for the last month! But if you're like me, you may not have actually got anything for Mother's Day yet. If, like me, you're only just realising that Mother's Day is just around the corner (it's this Sunday, by the way), don't worry - we've got you covered. You can buy personalised portrait photography vouchers from just £20 with your own message and we can either post it to you, or if you've left it really last-minute, we can print it out and you can pick it up from us in-store. Then mum can book in with us whenever she likes for a photo with the family (or with a pet, or on her own if she prefers - it's her choice!) for a truly personal gift experience. Here's why photography vouchers make such a great gift.

For more information, feel free to give us a call on 01245 495939. 

- The Ph2o Team

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Customer Spotlight: 1st Prize Winner! We'd just like to say congratulations to Julie for winning our 1st prize at Cressing Temple Barns prize draw!

Julie brought her gorgeous granddaughter to our studio for a fun-filled photo session. You can see from her photographs what a lovely, cheeky girl she is! It was a pleasure to photograph them all. The lovely family then came back to choose their prize - a 30"x11" mix design print (with 5 little girls on!) and added a frame to finish the look. They also decided to choose some digital photographs to share and print - take a look at their favourite photos in the slideshow below.

Here they are collecting their prize:



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At What Age Should I Have Professional Photos of my Baby?

We often hear the question, "What age should I bring my baby in for a professional photo shoot?" - and to an extent, it's hard to answer as we would love to capture every milestone! However, since the purse strings usually can't allow for capturing every moment, we've put together some advice to help you decide when you should book your baby's photo sessions for...

The first milestone is actually before birth - a maternity shoot! Usually at around 8 months is best, and we can get really artistic with it, some great contrasty lighting and it can be super cute to get a photo of any older siblings with the bump. 

Second milestone is newborn, at approximately 2 weeks old - they are still really tiny and sleepy and haven't lost their curled-up posture just yet. 

From then on, it really depends on just how much mobility you would like in the photos - as they grow they begin to smile, lift their heads up (which is great for photography), and then begin to sit, and stand while holding onto furniture. We have props suitable for babies of all ages, from newborn and unable to sit up unaided, right up to standing and beyond. Since all babies develop at their own pace, it's best to judge it by how far along your own baby is in development, but bear in mind what they can do compared with what you would like them doing in the photographs. For example, really young babies won't smile, may not look at the camera and will probably be sleeping a lot - which we think is really cute and sweet, but might not be what you are looking for in your baby photos. 

Then there is another type of photo shoot you might like for your baby, the 1st Birthday Cake Smash (or the Smash & Splash!) If you haven't heard of it - this is where a brightly coloured cake is set in front of a baby for their first birthday, and we take photos as baby demolishes it! These photo sessions are usually full of character and fun (if a little - or a lot - messy!) If it's a Smash & Splash session, we then take photos of the clean-up process of baby in a tub, getting squeaky clean again. 

We hope this helps you to get an idea of the different types of baby photo sessions for different ages, but don't forget that as much as photos of your baby on his/her own are lovely, you should also get some photos with their sibling(s) and/or parents - mum and dad sometimes don't want to be in the photos, but it's great to get some shots of the whole family to look back on when your baby is older. 

To make capturing various stages of development a bit easier on the bank account, we've put together a Baby Steps Collection, which includes 3x photo sessions at different milestones of your choice, plus a 10"x8" print from each, for just £50. 

- The Ph2o Team

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Customer Spotlight: Pixie the Kitten

We recently had a very cute little ball of fluff called Pixie in our photography studio! Although she was unimpressed with having to be in a box for the journey to the studio, once she was let loose in the studio she thought it was great fun. It was one big adventure for her, since she was still too young to be allowed outside as she had not been spayed yet. 

The little tortoiseshell was full of character and loved all the attention she received throughout the session. She also received attention from passing customers at the Quadrant, who are not used to seeing a kitten in a department store! 

We love to welcome all sorts of pets into our studio, dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas - we've had them all! We can also arrange home visits or a location of your choice for photos in a natural setting (also more suitable for horses, which we might struggle to fit in the lift at the Quadrant!) Take a look at our brand new pets gallery and stay tuned, we've got some fab new work to add!

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Why Photography Session Vouchers Make An Amazing Gift ... OK, so we're a little biased on this one!

But bear with us here - we can back it up, I promise. 

There are a huge number of articles circulating now based on consumer behaviour studies, which show that far more than ever before, 'consumers want experiences, not things'. Take a look at your social media feeds - there are far more people showing off their amazing meals out with the people they love, and breathtaking photos from their trips around the world, than showing off their fabulous new designer handbags. This shift shows people valuing experiences over stuff far more than ever before. 

With photography sessions, you get the best of both worlds - you get to have a fun professional photo session experience with loved ones (or on your own if you prefer!), and then you can keep the memories of the experience forever in a frame on your wall, or a book on your coffee table. Each photo session is tailored to fit each customer, and so your experience will be totally bespoke - and so is the creative edit we put together individually for every customer. It's also a great present in that literally anyone can make use of it - for every confident client that enters our studio, we get two that don't like having their photo taken! We make them feel comfortable, get some lovely shots and they always end up happy with the results. 

Portrait Photography Experience Vouchers are the perfect present for any occasion - birthdays, Valentines, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, Easter, engagement, new baby (or new pet, for anyone else as crazy about their pets as I am! - Jo) And they can be used for a variety of styles of shoot - extended family groups, small families, couples, babies, pets, fashion model, fitness or boudoir style - we're happy to do it all. You can decide for yourself which style of shoot to buy, or you can leave it up to the recipient to decide. We also have a whole range of prices from £20, we're happy to tailor the voucher to whatever price you'd like. You can also customise it with whatever personalised message you like (for example, "Dear Amy & Dan, Congratulations on your new arrival! Best wishes, The Randal Family"). 

Check out our vouchers page, or contact us if you'd like some more information on our vouchers. 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Equine Photography: Sarah & Stella Sarah & Stella's Equine Lifestyle Portrait Shoot Edit2_5849Edit2_5849

"I'm going to shoot Sarah's horse" was probably an unfortunate remark to make to Sarah's mum! 

I visited Sarah and her 'spotty monkey' Stella at her yard in Suffolk, where Stella lives with approximately forty other horses! (And the yard cat, of course!) Sarah wanted some photographs of Stella and was up for anything to get some creative results, which is always great to allow us photographers to work our magic!

We were lucky with the weather, warm but not too hot, although the sun couldn't decide if it would stay out or hide behind cloud - so we had lots of time for photos, since we didn't have to worry about dodging between raindrops! We had a walk around the yard grounds - there were lots of great locations to shoot in, which means we got a variety of different shots. I also used a combination of my two classic styles, the 'light, airy & whimsical' style and the 'contrasty & dramatic' feel to create different moods from the shots. Sarah had come prepared with multiple outfits, which is always great for choice on a shoot like this - we used a few different looks, one a long dress, one smart outfit and one casual jeans and top. Stella was good as gold and was happy to go along with our ideas as long as there were yummy treats to be had!

After 4 hours of shooting (and posing, and chasing Stella around a field) we'd got loads in the bag and had earned ourselves a drink. 

Here are some of my favourites from the shoot (although there were so many to choose from!)...

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If you're feeling inspired by Sarah and Stella's lovely photos, take a look at our equine photography page for more information!

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Tell us what you think! It's the beginning of a new year, and we'd love to know what we're doing that you think is great, and what we can do to improve our business! 

We've put together a brand new feedback survey for anyone that has used us for photographic services, whether portraiture, weddings, passport photos (or anything else, for that matter!) It's only short and takes just a couple of minutes - we'd really appreciate your thoughts.

Thank-you! :)


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Highlight of 2016: Dog Portraiture I'd like to start off by apologising for the complete lack of updates on our blog - we seem to find ourselves so busy we don't have time to post! However we're planning to change that, as one of our resolutions is to keep the blog up to date with all the new things going on at Ph2o (and we're always doing something new!) 

Here's what we've been getting up to in 2016...

In addition to our weddings, studio portraiture and commercial work, we did some equine photography in the summer, which was great fun and allowed us to think artistically in different ways than we would in the studio (a full blog post on this coming soon!) We've done a lot more pet photography during the year, including having a kitten in the studio, and a huge increase in dogs, since we had stalls at a couple of dog shows. It's always great fun having dogs in the studio!

It's amazing how differently all the pups react to the photo studio environment - some are so laid back and relaxed, some are so excitable! We love working with the owners to create the best shots that really show each dog's individual personality. Often people look at our shots and say, 'Look how well behaved that dog was, mine would never sit still enough to get a photo like that!' Well the truth of it is, we have to snap at just the right second and catch just the right moment, at the split second the dog is doing what we want. And we're well practised in this method, as it applies to not just dogs, but all pets, babies, children and sometimes adults too!

A small selection of our doggy photo sessions from 2016...


We've also been using different creative shooting and editing techniques, and we are developing new styles all the time (which we will continue for 2017). We've got big plans for the new year, and we can't wait to get it all started! 

If you'd like to book in for a photo session (maybe the dogs have left you feeling inspired!) please do not hesitate to send us and email or give us a ring. 

~ The Ph2o Team

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Father's Day Offer We've got a great new voucher that makes the perfect gift for Father's Day! 

It includes an hour photo session in our Chelmsford studio for dad and all the family (including pets!) You can then come back in to view them once we have done a creative edit on the photographs, and dad can pick his favourite to have as a 10"x8" print, all included in the £19 voucher. (You can also purchase extras if you like!) You can also have a personalised message on the voucher. 

Give us a ring or email if you would like more information, or buy the voucher. We've also got lots of new and exciting things coming up this summer, so don't forget to check back with us here and see what we're getting up to!

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Studio Photo Parties Photo Parties

Stuck for party ideas? A studio photo party is a great way to go 

for people of all ages. They are something different and fun to do, and you get amazing photos to keep afterwards to remember the experience by!

These portrait parties can easily be tailored for each group – for example, younger kids will have a totally different experience than adults. Your photographer will know how to do something fun for whatever group of people they are photographing. Even those who do not typically like having photos taken will get into the swing of it – it’s more about a fun experience than standing still and smiling at the camera.


Most photographers that offer photo parties will also have fun props – for example, we have glasses and hats that go down a treat! If you have any prop ideas of your own, go for it – it’s brilliant to see something new and personal in the studio.


It’s also a great idea to have changes of clothes for a variety of shots. Here are some outfit themes to get the ball rolling:

Casual clothes – e.g. matching tops and jeans

Prom dresses/formal – a great excuse to get dressed up

Onesies & PJs – perfect for a pillow fight!

Neon brights

St Trinian’s style – school uniforms

Dance – wear tutus or dance costumes

Fashion – wear your latest outfits for catwalk-style shots


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Of course, you can pick whatever themes you want – if the birthday girl loves horses, you could have a horsey theme. Whatever themes you want to go for, make sure every guest knows and has planned in advance!

If you’d like to about our photo parties, please visit our Photo Parties Page. 

- The Ph2o Team

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Christmas Bookings

If you are planning to have a photo shoot and want the prints back before Christmas, now is the time to book!

We cannot promise to have orders ready before Christmas if they are ordered after the end of November. This means you must have your photo session, and come back to view and choose your photos, before the end of November to get them by Christmas.

This is due to the large volume of work we have at this time of year, we simply do not have time to get orders from December done in time. If you can only do weekends then booking as early as possible is essential, as our Saturdays book up very fast!

We hope to see you in the studio soon. Give us a call on 01245 495939 to book or for enquiries.

~ The Ph2o Team


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Customer Spotlight: Environmental Portraiture 12x8 Bunny Edit12x8 Bunny Edit

We recently had the pleasure of going out on location to photograph two dogs, four chickens and five rabbits, after their owners won a prize in a prize draw at a local show. As much as we enjoy our studio sessions, it makes a bit of a change to go out and shoot on location (and it makes for some lovely colourful settings too!) The animals are all rescued animals – their owner works at a rescue centre, fell in love with each of them and brought them home. Although the forecast predicted storms, the weather seemed to be holding up when we set off.

The two dogs were very bouncy and eager to meet us! We started off with some fun action shots of them playing, with the weather on our side (the sun even peeked out from behind the clouds occasionally). Once they'd run off a bit of steam, we also got some lovely shots of them sitting together and with their owners. Then the dogs were moved inside, and the chickens were let out of their pen to roam around and even had some watermelon to snack on. After we'd got some nice shots of the chickens, it began to rain, and so we moved inside for the rabbit shots.

The rabbits didn't all get along, and so we shot them separately in 3 sets. We had in mind at the time how we would edit them together, and so we shot in a way we knew would work well for the edit. Once we were happy we'd got some lovely shots of all the animals, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the studio.

We had great fun putting designs together with the images afterwards, but it was tough cutting down the images as there were so many lovely ones! We created a bunny edit where we put all the rabbits together around a box, instead of just having one or two of them in each shot. When the owners came in to view and choose their photos, they were over the moon with them. They purchased a disc of images, and a wooden multi for the wall (our fairly new product, designed and handmade by us – you won't find it anywhere else!)

Below are some of our favourite shots from the day. For information about our environmental portraiture, send us a message from our 'contact' page.


~ Mat & Jo

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Cats Protection Calendars We have been working with various charities such as the J's Hospice and the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for a while now. This time we are helping out the local Cats Protection League by selling their charity calendars.

We have a crazy cat lady on the team here at Ph2o (mentioning no names... But it's Jo) who loves photographing cats in her free time (and cuddling them too of course!) She has some of her photos in this year's Cats Protection calendars, which make great presents, especially for Christmas. There are some very cute and funny kitties in both calendars, and all in aid of supporting a local charity.

The smaller calendars are £3.95 each, and the larger ones are £4.95 each. 100% goes straight to the Chelmsford Cats Protection. We are also giving away a 1 hour photo session in our studio and an 8"x6" print with every calendar we sell*, which can also make a great present. So come and visit us in-store next time you're in Chelmsford to pick up yours!

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Here are a few more of Jo's kitty photos for those of you that are as cat-crazy as she is!






*Please note: These vouchers can only be redeemed 1 per household

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Customer Spotlight: Elizabeth & Dean's Wedding I recently had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Elizabeth (Biz) and Dean, with the assistance of my second shooter Nadine. The couple have been engaged for years, and I photographed their engagement session back when I was fairly new to the photography game. And I was super excited to be working with them again for their long-awaited Big Day!


When we arrived at Biz’s house, it was surprisingly calm for such an occasion. Hair and make-up was underway, the dress and shoes were being brought out, the bridesmaids were taking selfies. Even when Father of the Bride said to Biz that “Dean’s called it off”, Biz just laughed (she is used to her father’s sense of humour!) It was when the girls were helped into their dresses that things started to get very ‘real’, and emotions began to flow.


When we reached the church, we were greeted by a very nervous Dean, who was “going to throw up or pass out” and didn’t know which! By the time the service began and he had his bride by his side, though, he seemed relieved and happy. Biz’s father is a minister at the church, and so he conducted the service and married them, which was very sweet. It turns out that Biz and Dean signed the same register book as Elizabeth’s parents did when they married 25 years or so ago!


After the group photos, it was time to head over to the reception venue. When food had been eaten and drink had been consumed, speeches were made by the Best Man and Father of the Bride. Then, family members surprised the couple with various performances of dancing and singing and comedy, all based around the couple’s story. It was then time to party along to the usual wedding ‘classics’, including ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and ‘5678’.


It was a lovely day, with lovely weather (we were very lucky!) and lovely people. A good time was had by all, and we got some wonderful photographs that the couple can treasure for years to come. I wish Mr & Mrs Herniman the biggest congratulations and hope they have enjoyed relaxing on their honeymoon! Visit our Facebook page to see the visual story of their day:


- Jo

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Brand New Wooden Wall Product We're very excited to announce our exclusive new wall product, as we have designed and developed it ourselves!

We based the idea for it on our acrylic slot range, which is essentially perspex slots for photographs on a coloured acrylic back. They are very popular at the moment, and come in a variety of colours. However, we thought how nice it would be if we could offer a wooden equivalent as well, as real wood looks so lovely!

So, we got to sourcing the wooden panels and photo slots we could use to make the product, and a few experiments later, ended up with a beautiful wooden paneled photo product to hang on the wall. The colouring, texture, grain and knots all add to a really authentic looking product, and compliment the photographs perfectly.

Here is our first wooden slot customer's product (which she loves, by the way!)

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(We plan to get better photos of the product later, but we were too excited to share it with you to wait!)

We're looking forward to making lots more of these in future!

~ The Ph2o Team

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Village Green Festival 2015 I thoroughly enjoyed myself last weekend at the Village Green festival at Chalkwell Park, there were some brilliant bands playing! I captured some great shots and we've had a bit of fun doing edits back at the studio. As much as we love doing studio portraits, it's also nice to mix it up a bit once in a while, so this was a great evening out. One of the highlights was seeing and photographing The Selecter, what an amazing band. 

~ Mathew, Ph2o Photography

The full image gallery from the festival can be viewed here: Village Green Gallery

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Babies VS Furbabies Competition Good news, folks! We're currently running a competition to put your little one's cuteness to the test, whether they be a baby or a pet! Simply contact us to book a free session to enter. Every entrant receives a 6"x4" print, a keyring and a bubbles just for entering. Then, the cutest photo winner receives a proper bottle of bubbly! Entry closes on 31st August 2015, so book in for your session today, either by emailing or by phone on 01245 495939. Good luck! 

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What to Wear for a Portrait Photo Session Have you thought about what you might wear for your portrait photography session? If you’re wondering how to make the most of your photo session, read on!


We’ve come up with some tips to help you decide what to wear. Please note that these are just guidelines, you are of course free to wear what you like! However for the best results, here are our recommendations…


  • First of all, remember to communicate the dress code to everyone involved in the shoot. If half the family turns up in t-shirts and jeans, and the other half are in suits and shirts, it can look a little disjointed, so make sure everyone is on the same page.

  • We recommend not wearing too much white or black, as most of the photos are taken against a white background, and we also use a black background. It’s best to go for muted tones so that you are the subject not the clothes – we don’t want to draw attention away from the expressions with brightly coloured clothing. Similarly, we recommend wearing solid coloured clothing so that no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group, but if everyone is wearing complimentary subdued tones, you will fit together as one unit.

  • Choose a colour palette of 2-3 tones that go well together for everyone to follow. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out! Nothing too bright or distracting. All attention goes to their faces.

Nothing too distracting - all attention goes to their faces

  • Bear in mind that lighter colours make you look bigger, so a light colour on top with dark trousers will make your top look bigger. A dark top with light trousers will make your bum look bigger. Choosing similar tones for your top and bottom will ensure one doesn’t look bigger than the other.

  • Wear a clothing style that you feel flatters you. If you dislike your arms, wear long sleeves. If you love your legs, feel free to show them off. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing and think you look your best, this will show in your photos.

  • Remember to consider footwear, as this can sometimes get forgotten! For casual photos, bare feet can work well. If you decide to go for shoes rather than bare feet, choose dark shoes and socks, as white will stick out like a sore thumb when you look at your photos.

  • Some like to bring both a casual set of clothing, and a more dressed-up set to change into. This way you have a variety of shots in different styles. If you do opt to go for a dressed-up set – there is no such thing as overdressed! The beauty of a studio is that it works really well from casual t-shirts and jeans, all the way up to prom dresses and wedding outfits. So if you want an excuse to really glam up, this is it - you will look great in the studio with our lighting setup.

  • Whether you decide to do casual, dressed-up, both or somewhere in the middle, make sure you do your hair the way you would normally wear it with the clothes you’re wearing. For example, a fancy up-do will look out of place with jeans – think about how you would have it if you were wearing these clothes out. This will help your portrait look more timeless and represent who you are on a day-to-day basis.

Remember, there are no rules, these are just guidelines to help you, but nothing is set in stone. The most important thing is to wear what you’re comfortable in, and what you’d like to be wearing in your pictures. If you have some statement clothing or accessories we could make some creative photos with, go for it! We love doing new and different styles of photography in the studio, and interesting props always help, so if you have any ideas you want to try out, we’re up for it. 

Good luck planning for your session, and we hope to see you in the studio soon! 

- The Ph2o Team

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Daisy's Dog Deli Food Shoot For our Throwback Thursday, we decided to post photos from a dog food photo session a couple of years ago for Daisy's Dog Deli. The food is very healthy for dogs and looks delicious! We went down to Kent to their preparation site with our studio lights and put together these arrangements to shoot their products on. Daisy the dog was very well behaved and didn't eat the food!

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The Lindsay Family's Portraiture Video As promised - here is our next example photo slideshow! This time we have done a slideshow from a studio portraiture session for the Lindsay family. They come in for regular updated photographs, and the kids always love their sessions.

"I have been taking my children to pH20 for regular photo sessions since they were babies, and plan to continue doing so for years to come!" says Samantha, mum to Amelie & Sebastian. "They absolutely adore their hour in the studio and the shots never fail to impress me; my home is literally full of amazing prints and canvases of them over the years. Matthew has a natural talent in achieving wonderful photographs and then creating very impressive bespoke products to suit your taste. Always very happy with our experiences and can't recommend them enough."

Read our other reviews or leave a recommendation here on our guestbook page.

Lindsay Family Portraiture Slideshow

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Image Slideshows One of the products we offer here at Ph2o are image slideshows. They have some lovely themes and transitions, and are set to a music style of your choice.

Here is one we have made for Jess & Andrew's wedding. We also do them for portraiture and can even do them with your own photos! Keep an eye on our galleries or here on our blog for new slideshows.

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Customer Spotlight: Pet Shoots We're used to photographing all sorts here at Ph2o, but back in 2011 we had a rather unusual pet come into the studio - a chicken! We do love to photograph new things though, and the results were brilliant.

These customers have since returned for photos with their young Border Collie. He was very cute, and a bit of a poser at that! We have a photo of him up in our studio and he attracts lots of attention.

Pet shoots are always lots of fun, and the results are guaranteed to be cute. If you would like to book one for you and your pet, no matter what animal it is, just give us a call on 01245 495939 or We're up for anything!

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Supporting The J's Hospice We have teamed up with the Quadrant staff to enter the J's Hospice's Pedal For The J's event on 3rd May! Emily (Marketing), Paul (Support Services) and Mathew (Ph2o) will be taking on the 50 mile route to raise money for the Co-op's charity of the year. 

To sponsor the team please visit:

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Ph2o Photography. Official team to shoot the Helen Rollasson Charity Bike Ride May 10th 2015 Why not join in? Visit for more details. Or maybe just come for an exciting day out and show your support.

Following the great success of the J's Hospice Chelmsford Marathon 2014 ( Ph2o shot over 4000 photos covering this event with a team of 4 professional photographers)

Ph2o are very happy to help in this event having worked with the charity many times when they were charity of the year for the Chelmsford Star Co-Operative Society.

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Ph2o is Changing! We are just about getting to grips with our new website, and now we are changing the front of the studio! We have been very busy during the last couple of weeks building a new desk from scratch to put in our reception area, and putting wood panels over the old wood chip wall. Here's how we've been getting on. 




The desk is gone! The studio was a bit of a building site at this stage

The desk is gone! The studio was a bit of a building site at this stage


We have a lovely new desk and wood panels on the back wall.

We have a lovely new desk and wood panels on the back wall. 

But, we're not finished yet - we still have some shelving to go up and a lovely new stand for our frames yet to build, so watch this space for updates. 

- The Ph2o Team

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Thank you for your patience! We are still in the process of setting this up as our main website, so we would like to thank you for bearing with us as we are making the transition! We hope to have it all running smoothly soon.

If you are experiencing any problems, please let us know so we can iron them out.

~ The Ph2o Team

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J's Hospice Marathon Event Good luck to all the runners for the fantastic J's Hospice Marathon this Sunday.  Ph2o will be at various points around the course so give us a smile if you have the energy. Photos will be on sale after the event from our site :)

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