© Sophie Skipper Photography 2016
SARAH & STEVE
Sarah & Steve tied the knot at the beautiful venue, Offley Place Country House Hotel,
As Christmas weddings go, this was up there with the best! Losing light early on wasn’t a problem, as the venue offered plenty of indoor spots for couple portraits, along with all the lovely Xmas deco’s!
We did manage to get outside for a night portrait, which is always good fun 🙂 … along with some cheeky sparkler shots!
Wishing these two all the happiness for the future, the day ran so smoothly and the happy couple didn’t stop smiling, which makes my job so much easier 🙂 It was a pleasure to witness.
Hope you enjoy the sneak peak Sarah & Steve! x
It is hard to believe 2017 is coming to an end and Christmas is fast approaching. This is such an exciting time on a personal level for many people but it is equally as exciting for businesses, especially if you are a product based business with festive lines.
Christmas is a fantastic marketing tool for many businesses; in fact I would go as far as saying all businesses! It is a period of time where the general public are willing to spend more than their usual monthly budget and all businesses should take advantage of this with their branding and photography.
If you have even slightly considered that you may need to update and refresh your current commercial photography then now is the time to do so. Festive photography can work for both product and service based businesses in their own unique ways:
Product Based Festive Commercial Photography
If you sell ANY kind of product then this is the biggest chance to refresh your photography and to give your sales a boost, no matter what the industry. Adding simple things such as tinsel, fairy lights or even Christmas hats on your products instantly creates a human connection with your consumers.
If you sell anything in the home ware or interiors industry then this is quite possibly the best marketing opportunity to take advantage of. Putting your products in a Christmas home setting allows your consumers to envisage your products in their own setting.
Service Based Festive Commercial Photography
You may be wondering how you can possibly take advantage of festive commercial photography with the lack of a physical product. There are many ways!
People love to see behind the scenes so having professional photography of your office with the Christmas decorations up is a fantastic way of connecting on a more personal level.
Why not have some festive and fun headshots of you and your team to showcase the personality behind your business. You can take this one step further and collate these photos into a calendar to send out to your clients as a Christmas thank you!
Hiring a professional photographer for your business Christmas meal is an amazing way to showcase your business ethos and the bond between colleagues by sharing these photos with your clients.
The list of festive commercial photography options is endless and it truly is one of the most powerful times to connect with your consumers. If you would like to take advantage of this then do not hesitate to contact me to find out more.
DANIELLE & CRAIG
The lovely Danielle & Craig tying the knot at the wonderful Maison Talbooth!
This was a fantastic day all round, the venue was perfect for this intimate winter wedding, and it was truly a pleasure to photograph.
Hope you enjoy the sneak peak guys!
© Sophie Skipper Photography 2016
TANYA & CHRIS
I do love an autumn wedding, and this one was no exception.
Tanya & Chris tied the knot at The Tudor Barn in Belstead, one of my favourite barn venues. We had beautiful weather all day and I love the soft even light of an autumn day.
Despite a teeny bit of stress during bridal prep (Tanya, you know what I mean! 😉 ), the day ran nice and smoothly, with a great atmosphere and plenty of laughs all day.
A real highlight was Chris’s fantastic speech, in which he bravely sang to Tanya! Loved it!
Really hope you like your sneak peak guys, and wishing you all the luck for your married life together 🙂
In the last 10 years, the way we capture photographs has changed dramatically and taking your disposable camera to the photo developers is a thing of the past. Along with everything else, photos are now more digital than ever and with the incredible advances with camera phones we now have the ability to capture any moment and anytime. So why would anyone bother investing in a rather expensive DSLR camera?
There are many reasons and in my personal opinion it is impossible to compare a phone camera to a DSLR but I have always appreciated why people ask the question. So I am taking the time out to deliver some answers to that burning question:
A camera phone has a built in lens that is perfect for convenience but not so perfect when it comes to capturing the best quality photo. A DSLR enables you to interchange the lens for different situations, which means that you will always be equipped to capture the best quality photograph no matter what the dimensions, focal length or depth.
I believe this is one of the best things about a DSLR or any digital camera with manual settings for that matter! It is so important to have control over your photography and although you may be able to take a great picture on your camera phone do you know how you got that amazing photo? A DSLR enables you to adjust the 3 key settings that are required to understand your photography; aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The ability to adjust these allows you to learn the best settings for each different setting.
A Skilled Tool
A photographer is just like a painter with their brush and a musician with their instrument. They cannot do their job without their tool and the two compliment each other to produce beautiful photography. The photographer is nothing without the camera and the camera cannot deliver quality photos without the photographer having the knowledge and skills of how to use it. A DSLR gives you complete control over the equipment and being armed with the knowledge of the 3 key settings allows you to capture a vaster range of quality images than any camera phone would allow.
Camera phones are one of the most amazing inventions of our time and it has allowed us to capture so many memories that would have been previously missed. However, for those special moments and in particular, commercial photography, a DSLR is essential.
If you would like to learn how to get the most out of your amazing DSLR camera or if you know of someone who would like to then my beginners photography course is the perfect starting platform. Book your place or purchase a voucher here.
© Sophie Skipper Photography 2016
HARRIETT & DAN
Not sure where to start… what a day.
I’ve know Harriett since I was a little nipper at school, and I had the pleasure and honour of photographing her special day. I met with Harriett and Dan back in January to discuss the photography for their November Bury St Edmunds wedding.
They got married at the cosy and intimate venue – The Farmers Club – which was the perfect setting for their autumnal theme. Harriett chose a gorgeous mid-length dress and vibrant red lippy, staying true to her style and bubbly personality!
It was such a fun day, and great for me to see so many friendly faces at this Wedding! We even stumbled across a moment of pure luck when we realised we could see the Abbey Gardens firework display from the garden of the venue, leading to some show-stopping photos of the happy couple under the bright lights.
Really hope you enjoy this sneak peak guys!
I am fortunate enough to work in an industry that allows me to showcase my end product to others on a daily basis. This is something that can be a real challenge for many businesses, in particular, service-based industries.
I wanted to take the time out to write about the importance of professional commercial photography, no matter what service your business offers. In the modern world we live in today, the competition within each industry is increasing and the need to stand out from the crowd is more crucial than ever.
Life is much faster paced and therefore people to do not want to have to spend the time researching each company for every product or service that they require. So what does this mean? It means that businesses need to capture the trust and attention of their prospective customers within the first 3 seconds. How is this achieved? Professional and relevant commercial photography!
I have worked with many businesses within the trades and there is a common pattern. They often reach out to me knowing that they need their current images and photography improved for their website and brochures but they are unsure what images I could actually capture. This is a common worry for service based industries however it shouldn’t be! If you are business within the trades then you often have your commercial vehicles but these are also full of your daily tools, these are fantastic props. Below is a snapshot of some of my favourite trades commercial photography:
This is not only true for businesses within the trades industry but commercial photography is also so important in many other service-based industries such as marketing, business coaches and PR. It is so important to connect with clients in these fields of work and showing the face behind the brand means that the business can connect on a more personal level. Take a look at some of my top picks below:
If you have a business that is not showcasing your business at its full potential and you would like to found out how photography can transform your look then I would love to have a chat.
When it comes to choosing the right photographer it can seem a bit of a minefield. Especially when your neighbour, boss and best friend are all now self-proclaimed professional photographers. Good photography is more than just a fancy camera and I have spent years perfecting my skill set to become the photographer I am today.
I often hear stories of individuals who have paid hundreds out for professional photography and the end result is rather disappointing. I really hate hearing this and I think it is crucial you know exactly whom you are booking and that there are indeed a professional. I have decided to put together my top 5 things to look out for ahead of booking your photographer:
This may seem a rather obvious one but with over half of ‘professional’ photographers working without any qualifications at all, I feel it is an essential piece of criteria. There are many different types of qualifications they may hold but the main ones to look out for would be a Bachelor Degree or a level 4 diploma. If they hold either of these then they have already set themselves apart from the rest.
Terms and conditions can seem rather boring for you as the customer but in reality, they can say a whole lot of things about the photographer. If a photographer provides you with T&C’s then it shows that they have not only invested their money but also their time into protecting themselves and you. T&C’s outline your rights if you are not happy with the photos and they also protect the photographer from loosing money due to wasted time – everyone is a winner!
Nowadays it is one thing being able to use the camera but this must now be combined with quality editing skills. Anyone can get their hands on software such as Photoshop or Lightroom but it is having the knowledge and skill set to be able to use it, is what sets the professionals apart. Capturing the image is 60% of the process, the remaining 40% is spent enhancing and editing the finer details to add the individual touch.
4. Familiar with the project
Unless you are after something extremely obscure then you can pretty much guarantee that most professional photographers will have previously shot something similar to your requirements. If they have then it is crucial to ask to see some photos from that particular shoot. In doing this you can identify the qualities you particularly love and some you may dislike. This provides extra security for both you and the photographer. Asking this will also help identify any amateur photographers who do not hold the skill set you require for this shoot.
There is no better evidence of a photographers work than their portfolio. It is so important for you as the customer to have an idea of their style and feel before taking the plunge and booking them. Even if you have been recommended to this photographer that does not mean that you will necessarily like their style. I share my work with others continuously, on my website and via social media to showcase my style and love for what I do.
Whatever the reasons behind wishing to book a photographer, always take the time to get to know them and keep this list handy! If you wish to take your photography to a more professional level then my photography course is the perfect place to start.
Andrew & Chris – Hedingham Castle
First of all… What a couple! And what a venue!
It was an absolutely pleasure photographing Andrew & Chris’s special day at this gorgeous venue. These two are so chilled out, so in love, and have the best sense of humour (which always helps!)
I met Andrew & Chris at the start of the year, when they decided to book me as their Wedding Photographer, after a couple of meetings I then had the pleasure of shooting their engagement shoot at their beautiful house in Great Horkesley… which just so happens to be right next door to my studio so that was a bonus! 😀
This was a fantastic day, there were laughs all round and a photographer couldn’t hope for a more beautiful setting.
Hope you all enjoy the first bunch of edits!
Lysette & Neil – The White Hart, Great Yeldham
So… I’ve really been looking forward to writing this Wedding blog!
I headed over to The White Hart in Great Yeldham on Sunday 27th August to photograph Lysette and her bridal party getting ready for the big day. This day was so relaxed from the moment I arrived until the moment I left, Lysette was definitely one of the most chilled out Brides I’ve ever come across, and the day was all the better for it!
This was the first time shooting at The White Hart for me, and it didn’t disappoint. The building appears to be a lovely pub/restaurant from the front, however hidden behind is a beautiful barn and some stunning grounds for photos. It’s also a really intimate venue, in that it’s not too vast so all your guests are together and able to mingle easily. It’s really accessible but also not overlooked at all and the service was top notch all day! … basically, I’d highly recommend!
A real highlight of the day for me was the speeches… absolutely cracked up during these, to the point where I laughed very loud during a silent moment, kind of embarrassing… I have to say, they were some of the best speeches I’ve seen to date!
Wish these two all the happiness in the world for their marriage, I have no doubt they’ll have an amazing life together 🙂
Here’s the first bunch of edits!