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Jewellery Photographer Warwickshire

Recently we were delighted to provide jewellery photography services to Karen Lester who needed professional photographs for her final year presentation project at university.  Karen wanted the background and the model to be as neutral as possible to make sure that the focus of the photographs were her jewellery. 

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We agreed to photograph the jewellery pieces first on a white background and then follow up a week or so later with the jewellery placed on a model, with the model dressed in neutral clothing again against a white background. 

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Jewellery photography services have been a core business service since the beginning when our studio was based above Living Designs in Leamington Spa from 2010 - 2012.  I really enjoy working with jewellery because each piece is always different and creates its own challenges to bring out beauty of each piece. For more information on hiring us as your jewellery photographer please visit our product photography page

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Dog Portraits Warwickshire

I have done a fair amount of pet portraits over the years, dogs are often treated as another member of the family so when it comes to family portraits its always a must to include the family pet.  My mother recently took on Dora a rescue dog from the Dogs Trust in Kenilworth, Dora is my niece Isabella's new best friend, so I decided to take some photographs of Dora for Isabella's birthday. 

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They do say never work with children or animals but with a bit of patience its possible to capture the different expressions that animals have, above I have used different coloured backgrounds to make Dora stand out and add a bit of fun to the image. I think the pink one works best but I decided to make a small montage and then have it printed on canvas for Isabella's wall.  

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Holiday Time

This blog post isn't about official work, but its some snaps taken on a recent camping trip to the Cotswold's for the annual cheese rolling event. We camp out locally a few days before, its a very beautiful area mostly wooded with loads of great walks and unspoilt pubs to visit.  We then walk to the cheese rolling event on the bank holiday Monday. 

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I thought I'd share these images because it was the first time in years that it was warm and sunny!!! I have haven't included any of me in my shorts for fear of blinding people with my white legs, instead there are some casual portraits of some friends of mine and some insects. 

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A Very Warwick Wedding @ Mill Gardens Warwick

On 17th May 2013, I was delighted to be the official wedding photographer for the wedding of Joanne & Nick Kamen. The service was held at Shire Hall Registry Office and then with the aid of some vintage Rolls Royce’s we were whisked off to St Nicolas’s Park and then onto the Mill Garden at the foot of the Castle.

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When they came to book at my studio Joanne & Nick wanted the full wedding photography treatment including beautiful backdrops and cars but not the usual hotel venue. I suggested that after their service they should have their photographs taken at the Mill Garden on Mill Street; however the gardens were already booked, so Nick suggested that we use the gardens in St Nicholas’s park first and then went onto the Mill Garden.

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The plan worked a flawlessly, we did some photos in the square with the Rolls Royce’s and then some close family portraits in the park, whilst the Rollers went back to the square to pick up the rest of the party. In the park the flowers were in full bloom, I don’t think a hotel flower bed would have been as well kept.  Then we went onto the spectacular Mill Garden. I have done a few weddings at this garden and I cannot stress enough about what a beautiful place it is, the flowers beds and lawns are immaculate, then there is the romantic ruined bridge and the river and of course Warwick Castle. Wedding photography garden hire is £40, which I think is very reasonable for the views included.

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After the wedding photographs had finished I walked back to town with the wedding party through the old castle gate that leads off the St Nicholas roundabout, the path is carved through ancient rock and leads onto Castle Lane. I couldn’t help thinking on my walk back to my studio how well the wedding photography had worked and the guest experience of seeing some hidden gems of Warwick.

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I think this wedding is proof that there are alternatives to traditional church and hotel reception weddings that don’t scrimp on the wow factor.  It was also a great wedding to cover, everyone was easy to instruct and even the weather turned out well in the end after an anxious week of rain forecasts.

 

It was a great day all round.  

 

 

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Warwickshire Ceremonies Guide

Hello, this is a quick news entry to point out our advert in the 2013/2014 Warwickshire County Council Ceremonies Guide, which was published on Friday 17th May 2013.

The guide which can be viewed from the link below, lists Wedding venues and a select number of wedding suppliers and wedding photographers operating in Warwickshire. It is a must have for anyone planning a wedding within the county. 

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Copies can be picked up from the many Warwickshire registry offices such as the one in Shire Hall, which is right next door to the Squire & Squire Studio..

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Website Issues

Hello, This is the first post on my new blog and new website. Over last weekend 19th May 2013 my website was hacked, I believe this was an issue with my hosting provider because there were service interuptions leading up to last weekend which was very unusual. It was an old site, I made it in 2009 and it has been reworked several times since then, so it was well overdue for replacement. 

This is my fresh design which uses the very latest version of Joomla CMS version 3. I can't praise this version highly enough in comparison to Joomla 1.5 which my old site ran on. It is a huge leap forward in terms of usability, speed and integration of modules and components that in the past had to be found and installed by the user. Also the template I am using from Joomla Bamboo is brilliant very easy to use and customise, the fonts for instance are Google Fonts, I never knew such cool fonts existed.  

The site isn't finished yet and is very much work in progress, my hope though is to have it finished completely by this Friday 24th May 2013. And hopefully I'll be able to reinstate my old blog posts as well. 

 

 

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