This coming Sunday I will be at the Oldham Academy at the Dragon’s Den famed Mum2mum Market. ( Nearly New and New Baby and up to 6 yrs Equipment and clothes amongst other things! ) I’ll be exhibiting some of my recent work, involving the Cardboard Box Project and the Tutu Shoots. My work at present is involving not only Maternity and Newborn sessions, but also babies in their first year and older children.
Mum2mum Market is at the Oldham Academy 1.30 til 3.30pm, this Sunday, 17th September. See you there!
Facebook has been awash with phone images of first day at school. Here’s a few I took of Sam just before his first day back, looking pristine in his new school uniform, proud and very excited to be going.
More of this session can be seen here : Back to School
If you’d like to book or enquire about your own session please message me here.
Thanks to my wonderful brother Richard Grinter, my website and branding has a new look. It’s taken the two of us months to design and perfect the idea, but I’m over the moon with the new look and how it can be used. Please check out the rest of my website to see how it looks.
These makers’ photography course will aim to cover looking at your individual style and how to translate that into images for your website and online marketing and selling. The photography will include lighting, composition, best use of your camera, postproduction of your images and presenting them for online use.
You may be a fantastic maker but do you want to learn how your images can tell the story of your products and sell them?
Come and join a small group of Makers, discuss your ideas and learn form an experienced professional photographer the secrets to those wow photographs. There will be preparation required before the session, and review sessions online afterwards, so you’re not left on your own and can bounce questions as you learn. Bring your product items with you, your camera or smartphone, and start taking images that will help to improve your online presence amongst the plethora of images on social media. Learn ways to present them online and look at your own style and branding.
Session 10am-3pm with mentoring follow up – £70 each (payable on booking)
Places are limited to keep the learning experience personal.
5th June – The Small Business Emporium, Denton
Taking photos of your children is a great way to capture memories – you can improve on your photos with just 5 top tips.
1.Get down. Being on their level helps you to connect with your child and also makes their eyes appear larger and so even more appealing. Crawl on the floor with them, or put them up on a sofa so you can easily make eye contact.
2.Fill the frame of your camera. Again their eyes are seen larger and it’s that contact that helps to draw you into the photograph. The bigger your children are in a photograph the more detail you will see. It’s these little details that change over the years and so will be so appealing to capture. Eyes, eyelashes, nose shape, ears etc.
3.Remove distractions from the background. Try to make sure you don’t have too much going on in the background. Too much detail in your photograph will take your attention from the children and make your eye rove around the photograph. The children are the most important thing you are photographing and so let them be.
- 4. Make their eyes sparkle. When taking a photograph look at their eyes, do they have a light or twinkle in them? If not try turning them to the light of a window, or reflecting light back into them with a mirror or even table lamp. If outside try to capture them with a refection of water or the sky in their eyes, so making them glint. This will make them look bright and awake.
- 5. Get them talking. Getting down on the floor, talking and playing with them will encourage your children to be less anxious about the camera and what you are doing, and will allow you to capture more natural photographs of them being them. It also captures them playing with toys that they likely will grow out of soon, or doing activities like drawing and painting that again they may do less of as they grow and change.
Christmas Mini Sessions are here!
On 26th November I’m having a Christmas special day at the studio – come and join me for Christmas nibbles after a family or children’s Christmas Mini session of photographs.
20 mins of studio time with a Christmas Wintery themed set up, ideal for Christmas presents, Christmas cards, and gifts for all the family.
From the session you will be able to choose a 9×6″ Print of your choice. All other images will be given to you on a complimentary slideshow, and extra prints, canvases, acrylic desk blocks, key rings you are welcome to buy. Session, print and slideshow is £45.
This is a one day offer so booking is essential, slots are already going quickly from yesterdays post on facebook.
Have you seen my latest Fine Art sessions? Click here
It’s always good to meet new businesses and to find out about their products and how best we can present them for online marketing, to get what they are passionate about out for others to see, and in a quality manner that reflects their work.
First impressions are important in this fast paced world of online surfing and standing out for the crowd important. People do tend to view images before they look at words or prices so this is so very important to get right. Small business photography with an experienced and trusted photographer can help to make your business and products stand out above the crowd.
All images taken are yours at high resolution and at lower resolution as appropriate for your business needs online, be they facebook, twitter etsy, your website or a brand leading selling website, or printing on leaflets or marketing billboards or banners.
Millie Shaw is five and is full of fun. Millie is a very brave little girl. She was born with congenital abnormalities that she has been battling against for all of her life. She’s just turned five and is a little ray of sunshine.
I recently put out a call for a child model for a photosession and style I wanted to work on and refine. I asked for a five year old with blonde curly hair.
I put the call out on social media, on twitter’s #oldhamhour on a Monday evening. (#Oldhamhour is a special hour on a Monday evening that I actually set-up two years ago with the help of one other business Whittaker Design and a Charity ABC Diagnosis. With work and health commitments Lee from Whittaker Design Architects took over, and now it runs as a great way to meet with other local business and charity co-ordinators. )
Millie’s Grandma saw the call and suggested Millie. I believe she was wondering if I would be interested as Millie is disabled. I was more concerned that Millie wouldn’t get on with my dog that I wanted in the session. Millie actually has lung problems and so it was best not to bring the dog near her. As it was I managed to use a bit of photoshop wizardry and include Harvey in one of the images…. (continues under slideshow)
It was so lovely to meet Millie and her Grandma and Mum. Millie is five and full of fun. During the shoot we needed to be mindful of her abilities but with care and attention she managed to pose beautifully for a great range of images.
Since the session, Millie’s Grandma, Tory, has held a Charity Dinner in order to raise funds to get Millie to Disneyland. It was a great evening and lovely to meet more of her family and friends. Tory is organising a fashion show in November with Lucy Cobbs of Uppermill, and then another in the New Year. I will be supporting them through her efforts and hope you can too.
Millie and Tory deserve a very big treat.
For more details of the events please contact me here.
This Thursday saw yet another great evening of Best Oldham Businesses. We gathered at Milan Bar in Lees for a private function, meeting with current members of The Best of Oldham brand and potential businesses looking to join us. Richard Taylor of the Best of Oldham introduced the evening and it’s current members, outlining the benefits of being part of the brand. He mentioned the latest initiatives to help to get our brands ‘out there’ and ones in the pipeline.
We then were treated to pie and chips and chatter between known and new businesses. Personally I may benefit from at least 4 connections including a Wedding enquiry, two staff image sessions for websites and a family photoshoot.
Here are images that hopefully tell the story of the evening and illustrate the energy that was very apparent.
Staff Images for your website and Business Profile images are a major part of my involvement with The Best of Oldham, telling the story of your business. Please contact me here and I’ll be happy to talk through with you how I can help.