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UAV Aerial Photographer

In addition to our studio photography services we also have access to an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones as they are more popularly called through our sister company Dataq Technologies Ltd. Dataq Technologies purchased its first UAV in January 2010 and since then has been delivering aerial photography and surveys throughout the UK. The company is able to do this by special licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In fact Dataq Technologies was the sixth company in the UK to obtain such a licence and the company is fully insured with an excellent health & safety record and procedures.

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From 2010 - 2013 Dataq Technologies was the prime contractor supplying UAV piloting services to the UK Health & Safety Executive whilst also supplying UAV photography solutions to some of Britain's biggest companies.  Building on aerial photography applications our company has become skilled in delivering Aerial Progress Photographs, infrastructure maintenance surveys such as flare tip inspections at oil refineries and structural inspections of chimneys or other awkward buildings to survey. Dataq is a specialist in delivering precision aerial panoramas and other services such as UAV surveys and 3D Modelling of buildings and landscapes.

For more information on the services UAV photography services we offer please visit the Dataq Technologies website.http://www.dataqtechnologies.co.uk/

 

 

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Save the Date Photo Session

Save the Date photographs are a popular way of celebrating a couples up coming wedding with a quicky engagement photoshoot that emphasis the date of the wedding turned into a montage or collage.  I believe this is mostly popular in the United States and when I was asked to do one at the end of October I didn't know what it was.  But after doing a bit of research online, I formulated some ideas and my customer Udit said he would provide the props.b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1527.jpg

Every Save the Date photograph series has a theme and Udit said he wanted an autumn theme something that is not easily achieved in a studio evironment. But Warwick has some great gardens and the king of the all when it comes to a romantic setting is the Mill Garden at the bottom of Mill Street by the castle. Its perfect for photos of any kind because of the Castle on one side and the ruined bridge and river on the other.

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However, on the day of the shoot the MOP fair was in town which again made a perfect setting for fun photographs. I think part of being a good photographer is being able to adapt, its good to have done ones research, have set ups in mind, but its also important to listen to your client and the ideas they have. I always say that it better to try out rather than dismiss any idea.

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So we tried various ideas out on and around the rides at the MOP but as soon as we reached the Mill Garden it was clear that novelty of the fair had faded and this was the place they wanted there photographs to be taken. Uditt provided the Save the Date banner and dates and I brought a purple heart shaped helleium ballooon (I couldn't find a red one). To start with a it was a over cast grey day but soon the sun came out to lift the background allowing the capture of the autumn feel Udit and Khyati wanted.

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Photo Restoration Services

One of my favourite tasks is photo restoration because in addition to being a photographer and creating photographs. I also very much enjoy other peoples photographs especially images that capture a social history.  Often these photographs can sometimes (depending on there age), be the only visual record of what the subject/s looked like or the only record of a cherished event.  

This uniqueness makes these photographs as priceless to the family involved as any piece of artwork in the National Portrait Gallery.  

When starting a photo restoration project the first step recognise the value of the original photograph, as with all technology and techniques time moves on to bring out better ways of doing things. Once the original photograph has been scanned it should be cherished in the same way that it was when it was the only copy. Our restoration skills are are second to none but it is always a good idea to keep the original just in case techniques improve in the future and also because the original is still a valid piece of history and a relevant piece of artwork. 

Our next step is to edit and repair the photograph, once this process has been finished we will send a digital copy of the old and new versions to the customer via our online gallery side. Here the customer is able to see the old version and what has changed to make the newer version. Once the client has approved the new edited version a print will be printed as part of the photo restoration service giving the customers a new replacement print of the same size as the original and also a digital version/s so that new copies can be printed or kept digitally. For more information on our photo restoration services can be found here.  

 

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Warwick Folk Festival Morris Dancers

I am fan of the more unusual aspects of English culture, over the years I have visited a number of events such the Cheese Rolling in Gloucester, The Cotswold Olimpicks in Chipping Campden (a personal favourite), The World Nettle Eating Championships in Marshwood Dorset, Tar Barrells Ottery St Mary Devon all of these events require the willing participation of people who a little bit eccentric.   But after seeing the dance parade at Warwick Folk Festival on Saturday I have come to the conclusion that Morris Dancers are also slightly crazy.. 

The Squire & Squire Photography studio overlooks Market Place in Warwick, so it was an ideal vantage point to capture the parade as it went past!! 

 

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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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