New Year, New Beginnings

January is notoriously a very quiet month for photographers, but January 2019 seems to have taken a busy turn for us – happy days! Here’s an update of what we (Phil and Vicky) have been up to.

Taking Image Viewings to a New Level

It’s taken some time, 2 years to be precise, but we have finally moved Vicky (me) in to the 21st century!! I am the first to admit I am not very technical savvy, and doing image presentations on the big screen used to drive me nuts. I would get so muddled up and angry with the software during image viewings that I wanted to throw the laptop against something hard (mainly Phil). So I decided to move to a more traditional approach by using proof prints. Which had its advantages – main one being no confusing software – but it was still not versatile enough to really demonstrate how amazing your family portraits will look at home. So, after lots of research we have finally found a user-friendly ‘Vicky-friendly’ software. The big screen TV is back, with slideshow to music, easily select your favourite images, and even see how your images will look in you own room at home.  The first family to test it out on was the Clifton family. They chose a stunning 4 image multi-frame and were able to see how it will actually look.

Photo Shoot Session with the Hall Family

One of our first shoots of 2019 was with the Hall family, who came to the studio on 7th Jan. The shoot was a Christmas gift for the grandparents with their two grandchildren aged 7 and 4. When they arrived, straight away mum made Phil aware that one of the children is on the Autism spectrum. This allowed Phil time to talk to mum to find out a little more about likes and dislikes, and how to get the best out of him. The shoot was great fun and a great experience, which showed in the final images. Grandma and Grandad were over the moon.

Wedding Fayre Season

Wedding Fayre season is upon us. With newly engaged couples over the festive period, starting to plan the most magical day of their lives. On Sunday 20th January, we exhibited at the beautiful Middleton Hall. Along with great local wedding suppliers, we were greeted by loads of excited Bride’s and Groom’s to be. We’re looking forward to being at Lea Marston Hotel on 3rd March, and Ramada Sutton Coldfield on 24th March.  For our top tips on how to ‘survive’ wedding fayres, click here .

Atherstone Photography Studio Opening Event

Photography Studio Official Opening in Atherstone

On Saturday 10th June 2017, we officially opened our new photography studio in Atherstone, Warwickshire.

To help celebrate our opening, we were joined by our family, friends, clients and local residents. We also had a special guest appearance by Gary Poulton from BBC’s The Apprentice. Gary made it to week 11 of the popular series in 2015. We kick started the day with the official cutting of the ribbon by Gary, with ourselves, Phil and Vicky. During the day we were giving away balloons, cake, and goody bags.

In honour of local dog rehoming charity, Dun-Roamin, we hosted a raffle. 1st prize was a coffee machine set, 2nd prize was a hamper of goodies donated by Dun-Roamin, and 3rd prize a box of chocolates. The raffle raised £59. The lucky winners were drawn at the end of the day, and all very happy to collect their prizes. Below are a few photos from the day.

We have relocated to this lovely market town from Tamworth. Our new premises is larger, with separate reception, image viewing room, dressing room and large studio space. If you are looking to update your family portraits, photo shoot sessions are only £20. For more information, or to book, either call the studio on 01827 215 707 or scroll down to the enquiry form.

 

   

  

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Top Tips for Visiting Wedding Fayres

Visiting Wedding Fayres

First of all, if you are a Bride or Groom, many congratulations on your upcoming wedding. If you are assisting a Bride or Groom with their wedding plans, many congratulations to you, you’re doing an excellent job! Early spring and early Autumn is Wedding Fayre season. Many wedding venues, hotels and exhibition centres host these events, so you do not need to travel far. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and have a chat with wedding suppliers. However, with so many wedding suppliers, Wedding Fayres can be completely overwhelming.

With over 10 years experience in the wedding industry, we would like to share with you our top tips to make your experience of wedding fayres enjoyable and productive.
  • Make a list of what you need to book, i.e flowers, photographer, cake etc… This will give you a plan and help keep you focused.
  • Take along people who want to be there. If your partner doesn’t want to be there, don’t force them as this will be counter productive.
  • Take your time and talk to exhibitors about your wedding. You need to trust your supplier, at the end of the day, this is your special day.
  • Do not feel pressured to book on the day. Take a business card and flyer from them, when you get home take a look at their website and social media pages.
  • Do ask if they offer a discount for bookings as a result of meeting at the wedding fayre.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, step away. Go and have a coffee and think about your To Do list to re-focus before carrying on.

I hope this little bit of advice helps, and if you see us, please come and say hello. We wish you every success in the planning of your big day!

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New Year, New Brides & Grooms

New Brides & Grooms for a New Year

Christmas and New Year is a magical time for many of us, but especially for couples getting engaged. We welcome all of you new Brides and Grooms in to 2017.

Along with Valentines Day, Christmas and New Year are very popular time for proposals. As soon as the Christmas dinner and New Year celebrations have settled down, newly engaged couples start to plan their big day. The key elements to get booked in advance is your venue(s) and photographer. Before you make any final decisions and start paying out deposits, be sure you are happy with your choice.

Visit different venues

Your venue is obviously the main element as they will be hosting your big day. Take in the look and features of the venue, but also the staff.

Meet different photographers

Depending on the coverage you choose, your photographer willbe with you ALL day. Therefore, when choosing your photographer, you need to be confident with the work they produce, but most importantly, you need to like your photographer. If you and your guests take a dislike to the photographer on your wedding day, it will not only affect the photographs, it will also put a downer on the whole day.

At Philip Charles,we are a
husband and wife team. You will only deal with the two of us, ensuring every one of our couples receives a personal service. We tailor our packages to suit exactly what you want from your wedding photography. We work closely with you and y
our venue to meet and fit around your schedule to ensure your special day goes without a hitch.

If you would like to meet and discuss your wedding photography, with no obligation to book, please contact us.

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