Harrison – Lifestyle Dog Photoshoot Shropshire

I met Harrison, a gorgeous Pointeraner which is Weimaraner/German Short Haired Pointer Cross,  back in December 2016 – I know I’m behind in writing this but after a year, it’s not the easiest blog to write.  Having a busy 2017 hasn’t helped either but I am making a firm commitment to blog more frequently.  It may not always be in order though, there will be random posts.  I want my blogs to be from the heart to show you all how much I love what I do.

So How did I get to photograph Harrison?

I was contacted by Harrison’s owner/mummy via Instagram after she saw my work on there.  We got chatting over email and arranged a photoshoot whereby I would go over to Harrison’s house over in Shropshire and we’d go to one of his favourite walking spots. I travel anywhere for private dog commissions in any case so the distance was never an issue.

This was however, no ordinary photoshoot, not that Harrison was aware of anything different, it was just a fun walk out with some lady with a rather large camera snapping away at him.  This photoshoot was all about saying goodbye to a very precious boy who’s young life was unexpectedly coming to an end.  He already had such a journey in his short life being a rescue dog who fortunately found a very happy and loving home.    Harrison at only 2 years old was sadly very poorly with an aggressive form of epilepsy where no veterinary treatment was helping him whatsoever, his fits becoming more aggressive every day rendering him powerless for two hours or more occurring  sometimes twice a day.  So the kindest thing for his owner’s to do, was to say goodbye to him, that must have been a devastating blow.  A dog they rescued and sadly had so little time with him being so young.  We as pet owners never actually think about things like this especially when we hope our dogs have a long life ahead of them, yet we know they’ll say their goodbyes one day!

I was really heartbroken for them, as I adore dogs having two of my own and having lost one some 12 years ago myself, I knew exactly the pain/hurt they were feeling. Dogs are a huge part of the family no matter their age.  We long to see their tails wagging, the excitement the minute you say the word ‘walkies’ and their constant loyalty, they are our non-human best friends.

What I can say even though it’s been over a year since I dd the shoot, it was one of the hardest dog photoshoots I’ve ever done.  It brought tears to my eyes as well as smiles but what I did do, is give them beautiful memories to treasure beyond his short but happy life – he had the most gorgeous personality and playful nature, bouncing around, playing fetch and just generally a happy go lucky dog with a condition that just simply could not be treated. I will remember him always! This photoshoot was so him, he loved his pink ball and running around, so that’s what I captured, just him doing his thing and his unique expressions! So Harrison, this is my tribute to you, goodnight you beautiful boy……

If you’d like more information on a dog photoshoot session, then please do get in touch with me at TMS Photography.  I cover the whole of UK not just the East & West Midlands.

Winter in the Peak District, Derbyshire

Hello, I know it’s Saturday teatime and the last thing you’d expect me to be doing is writing a blog post. The thing is, it’s a form of therapy for me sometimes. My husband is snoozing and I was just thinking about my trip out earlier.

Yesterday was my husband Barry’s birthday so instead of mooching around at home, I decided to book us a motorhoming weekend on a rural farm in the heart of the Peak District. It’s so beautiful and peaceful here at Dale Farm Rural Campsite in Great Longstone. Last night saw us enjoying good old fashioned home made pub grub at The Crispin in the village just several minutes walk away from the campsite – a beautiful pub so friendly and welcoming with good food and service! It really was second to none. It’s snowy and cold here but we used to always, many moons ago, go caravanning in winter. We love to walk during these months as you don’t get eaten alive by pesky midges 🤣🤣. Instead you get covered in mud, slip in the snow but most of all have a good giggle about how cold it is! So today we took a walk of approx 4 miles and headed out towards the Longstone Trail. It was very snowy and some parts bleak but it didn’t stop us from enjoying it and taking in the sights. Even I made a mini snowlady just to make the next person have a little giggle walking past it! Such fun. Here’s a few photos taken with my iPhone of my journey today and even a selfie or two!

Church Wedding at Hoar Cross Hall

Hello, I have one lovely Staffordshire wedding to share on the blog today which took place at the Holy Angels Church and Hoar Cross Hall Hotel & Spa, near Rangemoor and Needwood. Being a wedding photographer in Staffordshire, it was nice to cover a local wedding.

Wedding Details

It was Christmas themed  as is was December with tables all named from the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas trees and good old fashioned winter weather of frost and fog!   The bride wore a beautiful lace covered a-line dress with a sparkly belt, converse shoes and faux fur jacket to keep her warm.  As the bride’s parents were Scottish, there were a good few kilts and a Bagpiper.  The bridesmaids dressed in black dress with white faux fur jackets with the flower girls wearing Ivory dresses and faux fur muffs for their hands.

Second Shooting

I love second shooting weddings.  The day began with me attending the groom’s house in Stretton near Burton-Upon-Trent to capture some groom preps working as a second shooter, on behalf of the main photographer Carrie Jackson, who was photographing the bride over at Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire.  It was very relaxed and I just document moments that happen.  I love details too and just because it’s the groom, I make sure I capture details as I would do if it were the bride.

I then went the church to take photographs of the guests arriving and meet with Carrie where the ceremony would take place. Upon arrival, I was met with the Bagpiper in traditional attire and it was so chilly and I was wearing warm clothing and even I felt cold, the church on the other hand was toasty! One thing I love about Christmas weddings especially church ones is that it’s the only time of year you get to sing beautiful Christmas Carols.

So after the ceremony it was time to head back to Hoar Cross Hall for some Hot Chocolate served outside from a gorgeous vintage van.  Group photos were then done and I went off to cover the room decor, leaving Carrie to do the couple shots and groups. Then it was time for the speeches and before we knew it, the first dance.  It was a really beautiful wedding at Hoar Cross Hall and one great opportunity to document another wedding.   I hope I get to go back there in the future!

If you’d like to book me to photograph your wedding at Hoar Cross Church and Hall, please get in touch.

Lifestyle Maternity Shoot

Being pregnant is a joyous occasion and I can honestly say as a mum of two children (now grown up) I enjoyed my pregnancies with both of them.  Mind you I did have it easy, no morning sickness at all, in fact no sickness whatsoever so I was very lucky in that respect.  I craved Doritos – don’t ask but I find that these days, I struggle to eat the Cool Blue variety and think I may have eaten far too many of that flavour.  If there is one thing I could change, that would be to have had a photoshoot of my pregnancy bumps be it studio or more lifestyle, I wouldn’t have minded either – although back in the early 90’s I think studio was more fashionable.

This particular photoshoot of expectant mum Amy, was really about her beautiful bump and the love the couple had for each other.  As a photographer, I respect that and like to believe my work reflects this.  Being more of a documentary style photographer, my purpose is to create images that document a moment rather than a staged shoot but again I love these too!  It’s all about the mum to be’s preference be it lifestyle or more stylised indoors but still nice and natural.

To book or enquire about a maternity photoshoot, please use the contact me above or visit my website at www.tmsphotography.co.uk

 

 

A Country Wedding – Village Church followed by Barn Reception

Tammy and Brendan are a down to earth couple, full of love for each other, their son Callum and their beloved Derby County Football Club.  Back in September last year, they got married.  My day began with bridal preps at Tammy’s parent’s house in Ravenstone, Leicestershire.  All the bridesmaids were getting ready here so it was quite a giggle and very relaxed.  Tammy wanted her wedding day captured in a more documentary way with a few formal portraits but most of all, she wanted to have fun and laugh a lot and she did!

My second shooter, Steve met with the groom at the church, Brendan isn’t one for being photographed so groom preps were not needed on this occasion.

The ceremony was being held at the Parish church of St Peter’s in Swepstone, Leicestershire.   It’s a beautiful village church and somewhere that meant a lot to both Tammy & Brendan.  Emotional, funny, a fit of the giggles it all happened during the ‘I do’s’.   After the ceremony we off to Tivey’s Farm in Shackerstone for the reception – which was very fitting for the couple as they both love the great outdoors and a country setting so where better than a barn.  It was brilliant.  It rained pretty much all day (until late afternoon) and Tammy’s wedding dress unfortunately did get covered in mud but it was fine – we were on a muddy farm with rain!  Such a great wedding with a lot of love and laughter.  The best man’s speech was a corker.  We even got to enjoy a singing waiters and an added bonus of a singing groom which got guests dancing off their afternoon tea!  We had fun in the grain barn (high heels and grain as well as fits of giggles, don’t mix too well) –  and utilised the farm in the best we could without trampling through too much mud for a few couple shots and yes we had to get one with a tractor in it! All in all it was a super day and a fun wedding to be part of!

 

Horses for Sale – How I can help!

Hello, thanks for stopping by.  I just wanted to share a new venture I’m now offering to those that regularly sell elite sport horses within the Midlands region.  I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be getting the right kind of photos to show off one special horse for sale, as they have to be good to get the interest in someone to want to see more of this wonderful horse.  Yes mobiles are great and I’m certainly not knocking them and they have a purpose but do they give you the best photos for that WOW advert?  The answer is definitely a resounding NO!

This is where I can help, as an experienced equine photographer based in Derbyshire with easy access to also North West Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire & Warwickshire with a horse of my own and someone that has been involved in equine sport photography, I know how to photograph (and video) horses in action.  It’s not just the pretty portrait shots which yes any camera will do but action shots, as so many mobiles just create a blurry photo, which isn’t great when you’re advertising a horse for sale in the thousands of pounds bracket.  I can deal with different light sources indoor and outdoor, fast frame work which is just something that your average mobile cannot do.   I take hundreds of photos  observing the horse as it moves through various gaits, clicking away to show that powerful upbeat trot and canter as well as any jumping, XC or dressage work.

I can do either stand alone photography where I will come to your yard and take a series of portrait and action photographs or I can do combined photography with videography to create a short film incorporating both photography and video footage as well as just the photographs.  If you are after something that shows a horses ability say XC, then I could come and photograph the XC session (but not while the horse is in competition).  Prices start from £125.00 for stand alone photography (an hour should be plenty for one horse) and £199.00 for photography and video (travel will be charged accordingly).  You will receive a selection of images (that you choose then I send over a download link) for your advert to use until that horse is sold.  It is a one use licence only.  Video side – a short film is produced showing all action movements be it dressage or jumping which is edited with Royalty Free music to keep costs to a minimum.

Here are some examples of my work showcasing a typical horse for sale photoshoot.  If you’d like more information, then please get in touch using the contact form above  or via my main website

Equine Video Examples showcasing my experience in equine videography

Wedding Workshop 1 – Peak District

Last summer I attended my second ever wedding workshop over near Castleton, Derbyshire.  The host was the lovely Jon Dennis of S6 Photography.  He shared how he built his business up and how he attracts the wedding couples that suit his photographic style.  It was a great day and one I really enjoyed.  Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the Peak District.  Our wedding couple were Tony and Anna (Jon was the photographer for their wedding and Tony is a photography himself with his own wedding business  over at Photography 34).

Make up and hair was by the lovely Jenn Edwards and Co. The dress a two piece  stunning gown, designed by Charlotte Balbier was provided by the wonderful Little Pearl Bridal Boutique up in North Yorkshire. Flowers were designed and provided by Kirsty of Minnie Bees Floral Design up in Scarborough.

So what did I learn?

I already knew of course how to use my camera and take lovely wedding photos.  With this wedding workshop, I wanted to get to grips more specifically with natural non posing stuff and interacting with the couple better to achieve the results that I wanted, whilst keeping the couple relaxed with no awkward posing.  I must confess, it was a lot easier than I ever imagined and I relaxed better because I wasn’t over thinking the process because there was no posing as such. I moved around the couple getting my shots at different angles all the time them interacting with each other or me, it was perfect.  I loved this new way of working and adapting to circumstances to create my style.  I just gave Anna & Tony some direction for the light and where best to place them.   The rest they did themselves which given that it was pretty windy up on Mam Tor so a huge thanks to Anna for braving that wind in just that wedding dress, they did a wonderful job!    I also learnt a few new camera techniques that I now use a lot of to this day, feeling confident and knowing that I do actually love photographing weddings all because I work so differently which has led to a more creative side of my ability as a wedding photographer!  Finding my own unique style of working, even outside of wedding photography as I specialise in horses and dogs as well plus developing my own editing workflow is so important and means I become consistent and recognisable by people which leads to enquiries, thus bookings, meaning I evolve year on year and for that I’m grateful!   I’m sure you’ve all read enough of my ramblings, so here is a selection of images taken by me from the workshop.  If you would like to know more about my wedding photography, then please get in touch or visit my website at www.tmsphotography.co.uk

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire

Calke Abbey is nestled in the the quaint village of Ticknall just 4 miles away from the main town of Swadlincote.  It was owned many years ago by Harpur family until it was given to the National Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties.   It was built circa 1701/1702.  It is a fantastic place to visit with it’s hugely popular underground tunnel.  One thing that will clearly be seen is a beautiful house demonstrating the decline in country mansions and is referred to as ‘the un-stately home’ but is definitely one house to take a peek around (there’ll be a separate blog on this).  There are also lots of events there during the year with a little something for everyone.

It boasts a great wildlife conservation area housing Red and Fallow deer and is popular too with a large array of birds who love the feeding station just situated in the compound viewable by a hide. Woodpeckers are frequent visitors as a Goldfinches, squirrels and the fox.   By all accounts it is a very popular place with the public for those wanting walks, to explore or like me, to just get away from it all.

So Why do I love Calke Abbey?

Easy really, it’s one place I can escape too that isn’t miles away from home as it is pretty much on my doorstep.  Once there I can think, take a walk, sit in the hide or go around the gardens when they are open as I usually go early evening when the house and gardens are closed.  This park is just wonderful and I love walking around it. never tiring of it’s views.  I generally always take a camera as I never know what I’m going to see.  I love the deer here. It’s just a really interesting place for me anytime of the year!

So here is a selection of photos I took on my last visit.  There are a few rutting ones as it’s Deer Rutting Season right now.

Buxton Pavilion Wedding – Derbyshire

Well if you’ve never been to Buxton in Derbyshire, you really should give it a visit!  It’s a beautiful Spa town in the Peak District nestled between Bakewell and Manchester.  It was my first time second shooting for Lois and it just happened to be the first as well for a Buxton wedding.  I love the Peak District so any wedding around the area is just wonderful.

The bride and groom were getting married in the Orangery located in the Buxton Pavilion.  Very unusual setting but perfect for Rebecca & Martin.  The day started with some bridal preps over in Glossop a short 30 min drive from Buxton where the girls were sporting their satin flowered dressing gowns.  It was to be a vintage affair with the brides parent’s getting into the 50’s spirit, as did many of the guests!  It was to say the least a quirky wedding – I love quirky and different things although every wedding is unique!  Give me rock & roll frocks, Irregular Choice shoes and Mols and Flappers/Gangster theme, Boho, fluff and wellies you name it, I love them all!  The band in the evening got everyone on the dance floor and it was great to get some fab shots of the fun and dancing!  Check out the confetti – masses of it!