Today my first question to you is ‘Do you print your images?’
By this I don’t necessarily mean huge great big prints, or canvases , or anything that is hugely expensive. But do you print your images at all?
As a Mum myself I am passionate about recording the journey of our family. I often (just like everyone else!) take photos on my phone or Ipod, these are never going to be as good as the ones I take when I’m testing out my studio lighting or looking round a venue in preparation for a wedding, but they show the nature of our family and how they grow.
When was the last time you printed any of your phone or tablet images? Do you print any images you get from a photographer in digital form?
Every year I print a year photobook of some of the images I’ve taken over the year. This includes quite a few phone and ipod images (they may be smaller in the book, but no less relevant!), along with any other images I’ve taken over the year.
This is a small section of my photobook collection –
Why do I do this?
Quite simply, because when my children are older I want them to be able to look back at some of the things they did when they were little. We are a generation who now keep everything online and in digital form. What happens if your image storage hard drive fails? Or if you lose all the images from your phone? Will your children ever check a 40 year old phone for images at a time when they might want to see what they were like when they were little? I am guessing that the phone may have been long since thrown away or no longer be able to be used, even if they could find it.
What should you put in your books or prints?
Whatever is special to you. For the year book I will do for this year, I might put in this photo of the cake the kids and husband made me for my Birthday –
Go ahead! Have some fun and see what photos you have that you can print up.
If you are worried about creating a book, don’t be! You can either print your photos as standard prints and pop them into a photo album (like your Mum/Dad/grandparents did), or some online printers even allow you to upload all your images and then they will create a book for you (it takes just a couple of minutes after you have uploaded them all).
I want you to enjoy your images, whether they are your selfies with the kids, sports days or a family photoshoot you have booked. Most of all I want the next generation to have some physical reminders of what life was like growing up!
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Just before Christmas the very gorgeous Athena came to see me with her Mummy, Daddy and sisters. Her Mummy and Daddy got married a year and a half ago, I was lucky enough to cover their amazing wedding for them too. It has been lovely to follow this family and their progress (I first met Mum a few years ago as our children were at the same after school club).
Athena was very well behaved for us and we managed to get some truly gorgeous images of her and the whole family. These first couple of weeks of a new baby’s life go so fast, and they soon lost their newborn flexibility, which is why ideally newborn baby photoshoots should be done between 5 and 15 days old.
If you would like a newborn photoshoot, ideally book whilst you are pregnant to ensure I have enough space for you in my diary. Although please do contact me once baby is born, because I can sometimes fit people in, and I hate to think that Mums and Dads can’t get the images they want of their precious bundle.
If you would like any more information, or to book a newborn (or other) photoshoot, please contact me using the contact form here.
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October saw me covering the most amazing wedding. The wedding of Rachel and Thomas, at the guildhall in Chichester. This is a new venue for 2016, which has now been approved for weddings. The building itself is stunning, and Rachel and Thomas put in so much effort into the planning and overall decorations and feel for the day. This was an autumn and halloween themed wedding, and the day itself was picture perfect for autumn!
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I am a West Sussex wedding photographer, based in Bognor Regis, covering the south coast of England.
Please do get in touch if you would like to have a chat about your wedding, or to arrange a free meeting to have a look at my sample work via my contact form.
As we go in to 2017, I sit here wondering if any of you were proposed to over the Christmas and New Year period?
‘Yes’ you say?
Secondly, I bet you have thought about what you will need to plan for your wedding for half of your adult life. I thought it might be handy to compile a little list of things that you might need to remember.
- Check out your suppliers. Investigate all your local wedding suppliers and find the right ones for you. This may not be the cheapest (or most expensive), but those whose work is in a style that you like and that you get on with on a personal level as well. For example – most of the people involved in your actual wedding will also have a lot of time being in contact with you before, on the day, and after the day. So it helps to know that you gel before you start.
- Make sure you ask for a few quotes from different suppliers.
- Check they are available on the date of your wedding, and also what you need to do to be able to book in with them. For me to photograph your wedding I would be asking for 50% of the full cost at the time of booking to reserve your date in my diary. Also check when they will be requiring the balance of the bill paid, for me this is 4 weeks before your wedding date.
- Ensure that all suppliers have the relevant insurance in place. This will cover you in the event that something goes wrong (which of course rarely happens, but should be planned for just in case).
- Write everything down! A diary or folder which will contain all of the contact info and amounts paid to your suppliers is a fab idea, it will help you keep track of what you have done already and what you still have to do. It could also save you if you need to contact a supplier and have lost a business card!
These are just a few of the ideas that might help with planning your big day, and ease the pressure on the planning and pulling it all together.
Stay tuned for more ideas over the coming weeks!
Towards the end of last year, I did a photoshoot of the amazing little Alex. At a little over 11lbs born he was my biggest newborn of the year! The whole family did really amazing, and we achieved some stunning images of them all.
Newborn photoshoots are best done between 5 and 14 days (roughly), although I am always happy to try the newborn style on babies that are slightly older than this. Ideally booking needs to take place during your pregnancy to ensure I have space in my diary for your due date. Photoshoots can be booked by phone or using the contact form on the website. Full session fee is payable on booking and returning a filled in booking form is also required to confirm your session.
Here are a few images from Alex’s photoshoot.
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Just recently I have dedicated quite a bit of my time to making a lovely new website devoted to my fitness photography. I wanted to keep this separate is it doesn’t really tie in so well with the more family oriented work I do. Why fitness photography I hear you ask, well I spend quite a bit of my time at the gym (and have lost some weight myself) so I really wanted to combine my love of photography and keeping fit. Who do I shoot for? Absolutely anybody! You might have lost weight, or gained some muscle, or just be in the shape of your life and want to record this progress. I can help you show yourself at your very best!
This is the sort of images you will find there –
The website is http://www.whfitnessphotography.co.uk/ so pop on over and take a look. Or alternatively you can contact me if you would like any more information using firstname.lastname@example.org
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You have planned this day for months, maybe even years! You have planned everything from what every member of the bridal party is wearing to what you will all be eating and what your wedding favours are.
We all hope for lovely weather, and that everything runs smoothly. However, with a little bit of extra planning you can be sure that your day will be amazing even if it should pour with rain!
Here are my top ten tips for things you might like to remember for your wedding day that you might not have thought of, but might help if something like the weather isn’t as nice as you hoped.
- Bring umbrellas for the bridal party! If it should rain, and you would like outdoors photos, or even just to get you to the venue dry. It is always worth planning a nice umbrella that will look good with your outfits.
- If you would like outdoors photos in the rain, also consider buying some wellies as this will save your precious wedding shoes. Maybe you could coordinate the colour with your umbrella!
- Make sure someone in the bridal party and/or grooms party has a copy of mobile numbers for your wedding suppliers to hand. This is vital, should something unexpected happen and you need to contact them!
- Keep a small bag ready that has any top up makeup/tissues/cash just in case you need it.
- If you want a gorgeous confetti shot after your ceremony, either buy some to give out, or make sure that you ask your guests to bring some (bubbles can also work well if you have younger children at your wedding).
- Remember to take your time at all points of your wedding, not only will this help with your nerves, and keep you calmer, it will also help your photographer catch those important moments for you.
- If the day looks like it might be sunny, it is a good idea to pop on some sun screen before you put your wedding clothes on, you will likely be outside for some of the time during the day and sun screen will help you not get sun burn.
- Now for the obvious one! The rings! Make sure the person responsible for them has them tucked away safely. Thankfully this has not been a problem at any f the weddings I have photographed yet!
- Do not forget to eat and drink yourself. If you want to enjoy your day you will need to make sure you eat and drink to keep yourself going.
- Lastly, and one of the most important is to enjoy your day. It will be a whirlwind, so make sure that you enjoy as much of it as you can. If things go wrong, do not worry! Very few weddings go without a small hitch or two, but these are what make your day, your day, everything will work out (it always does). Relax, take your day as it comes knowing that you have done everything you can to make it just perfect (hitches and all).
Finally, and not on my list is breathe! Don’t forget to breathe and enjoy what will be the most special day of your life!
I hope this blog post has helped a few of you.
Please do feel free to get in contact if you would like a chat about your own wedding or to book a free wedding consultation.
Based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, and available for wedding photography over the South Coast of England.
You can find some of my sample work and information about wedding photography here.
So, you are getting married. Firstly congratulations! This is an amazing time in your life, full of excitement and love. It is, however, very easy to get carried away with everything and forget some of the important things you might need to ask the people you are employing.
You likely have a whole host of different companies or individuals who you are employing to help your day be perfect and run without a hitch. Hopefully one of these people will be your wedding photographer (why you should definitely have a wedding photographer is something I will cover another time).
When you are planning your day, your photographer will likely be one of the people you will want to arrange quite early (as we do get booked up quite quickly). When you are looking around here are my top 10 things to ask/find out about your potential photographer.
- Can you see sample wedding photos they have taken? This is very important as it is the only way you will be able to see their work in print, and ensure that you like their style.
- Can you meet them for a free wedding consultation? It is really important that you meet to have a chat and see if you like your wedding photographer, you will spend a long time with them on your wedding day, and if you do not like the way they work or their personality, this can make it uncomfortable.
- Are they insured? All wedding photographers should have special wedding indemnity insurance, this covers them in the event of any unexpected problems. Should their equipment have a total failure, should a memory card not work when trying to retrieve the images, should they have an accident or medical emergency just before the wedding.
- How much is your first payment for their services? When you sign their contract you will likely be charged a percentage of your bill, so that they can hold your date in their diary. For me this is 50%, but all photographers ask for different amounts to do this.
- When will the remainder of the price of your photography need to be paid by? This will again vary from photographer to photographer. With me this is 4 weeks before the date of your wedding.
- Are any monies you have paid refundable or not? There may be a set time where you may get all or some of the money paid back should you wish to cancel. Most will keep a percentage or the full amount once a certain time before the wedding passes as they would have no chance of rebooking another couple in for the date.
- What is included in the price of your wedding photography? Are there any photobooks or prints included? Or will you be receiving all the edited images on disc or USB? If you have a preference for disc or USB now would be the time to ask, some new technology does not have disc readers, in this case you are better off with a USB!
- Do you bring spare equipment on the day? Any wedding photographer who is worth employing will always say yes to this! We all hope that nothing will happen to any item of equipment on the day, but things can and do happen! I always shoot with at least 2 cameras, and I have a selection of lenses plus 2 flash units, this means that should anything fail I have a backup. And YES! It has happened to me! One of my two cameras has failed half way through a wedding before! However, having my back up camera with me meant that I was able to carry on seamlessly and the bride and groom were none the wiser (which is very important as any extra stress on the day is not what anyone wants).
- Can you work from a list of photos that we want? Yes, most photographers will ask you if you have a set list of shots that you would like. Group shots are usually the ones people give us lists for. Some couples like a ‘go with the flow’ feel to the group shots and take the day as it comes, others like to know that we are getting specific shots, both ways are completely fine and catered for.
- Do you backup the photos of our wedding? This is something which should be standard. As soon as I get home from a wedding I get all the images off the memory cards, and on to our external hard drives, these are then backed up to another external hard drive as well, and I will keep the images on the memory cards (usually) until I have fully edited all your images (I would rather be paranoid and ensure your images are safe, than risk losing a single one of them!)
I hope this post helps anyone who is in the planning stages of their wedding. The most important thing you can do is to ask as many questions as you need, no questions are silly or will be laughed at, if it is important to you, then it should also be important to your photographer.Good luck with your wedding and most of all, have fun in the process!If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Over the last few weeks we have been a hive of activity, updating the existing website www.wendyhudsonphotography.com This website is the place to go if you would like to see family photography, newborn photography, baby photography, cake smash photography and my wedding work. Based in the town of Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
We have also been making a brand new shiney website for fitness photography www.whfitnessphotography.co.uk this is where you will find all my fitness photography photoshoots from now on. Again based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
Do pop over and have a look, and let me know what you think.
This month I had beautiful baby Tilly in the studio for a newborn baby photoshoot. Tillie’s Mum won a photoshoot with me when she came to a baby fair last year.
This type of photoshoot can last for up to 4 hours, depending on how well baby gets to sleep for those lovely sleeping poses. The room is kept at a constant warm (to fully clothed adults hot) room so baby does not get cold. There is usually plenty of baby wee, poo and sick, but that’s fine! As a Mum and someone who photographs newborns we are used to it. Plenty of washing is expected from each shoot too, so never worry when you come for this style of photoshoot.
In this case we spent a whole 4 hours with Tilly, who was most happy when wrapped up snugly.
Here are a few photos from the session so you can see just what a little stunner Tilly is.
Newborn photoshoots cost £90, this includes up to 4 hours studio time, one 8×12 print and the use of my props. If you would like any more information, or to enquire about a newborn photoshoot please fill in my contact form .
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