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Back by popular demand from award-winning Hampshire Photographer Tina Bolton, the GORGEOUS Lavender mini shoots will take place on Friday 8th July.
Early Bird tickets are now available until Friday 24th June and with only 14 slots available, spaces are going fast!!
Vibrant meadow and lavender flowers combined with playful children having fun in the sun PLUS award winning photography at a very special price EQUALS an exclusive opportunity to have amazing family memories created to adorn your walls and excellent value for money!*
Places are strictly limited. Each mini -shoot is up to 25 minutes long and will take place in amongst the beautiful setting of the Lavender Fields and meadows of Hartley Park Farm, Selborne. Friday 8th July 2016
£30 per family (will rise to £35 per family on Friday 24th June)
Please note there is a minimum order value of either 3 prints or 3 digital files or a combination of both. Prints start from £20 each and high res digital files are £29.99 each. Digital file packages apply.
Phew – August was a busy month – despite having children on school holidays. Tina Bolton Photography was in demand! The range of projects were as diverse as any I have taken on in one month – from a 1st birthday cake smash through to a Charity calendar with scantily clad, muscly men to a Chelsea children’s birthday event and a product shoot for a Not On The High Street partner.
The 1st birthday smash was fantastic fun! Mum had made THE most perfect ‘cake smash’ cake with soft cheese blue icing and delicate mini marshmallows all over. Presented on a gorgeous ceramic cake stand. All extremely photogenic. How then were we to take it to the woods where the family shoot was to take place first of all? We decided that Dad could go back for it (they lived close by) while I took some more photos. Mum was fretting about the state the cake would arrive in and became increasingly concerned when Dad seemed to be taking AGES…. he turned up – proudly carrying the cake balanced on the stand – intact and looking lovely. Then, as we were congratulating him on a delivery job well done, the cake slid off the stand to the forest floor! Oops. Luckily..after what seemed like an age, we checked the cake, I scraped off some wood and twigs (!) adjusted it back onto the stand, gave Mum a BIG hug, reassured her it was all OK. So could you tell?
Next came the one a lot of women (and some men!) had been waiting for, the charity calendar shoot! We had run a competition to be an assistant for the day and Aleisha Harrison won, and thoroughly focused her attentions on ensuring that each ‘model’ had just the correct level of oiled sheen! Needless to say it was a lot of fun. Would you believe me if I said it was also hard work!? It was. These lovely chaps are NOT professional models. I had to ensure that they felt relaxed in front of the camera, whilst oozing the right level of appeal. I had to come up with around 30 different poses in one afternoon. There had been a lot of planning (and research!) beforehand. The calendar can be bought from Petaprint in Petersfield or contact me for details. The proceeds are going towards Steve’s Gambia Project which is raising £10,000 to build and supply a new school in Gambia. please click on the link to donate. Now judge for yourselves as to whether we achieved our aim….
*Cough* Where was I?! Oh yes, diverse shoots!
My photography workshops division, Cameras and Cake, sell their photography workshops through the lovely Not On The High Street. Through NOTHS, I meet and have the opportunity to work with lots of fantastic companies who make and/or sell amazing products through NOTHS. Jo of Lindsay Interiors was one such person – she needed better product shots for some of her new range and we spent a morning creating some wonderful new product photographs for her collection of interior accessories for the home.
Finally, it wouldn’t be summer without photographing the wonderful events organised by the amazing Dazzle and Fizz. This party was no exception, hosted at Beaufort House in Chelsea with gorgeous styling from Bubblegum Balloons and Early Hours Ltd flowers. The cakes were as jaw-dropping as ever from the Odiham Cake Company, all wrapped up with an energetic, show-stopping level of entertainment for a mixed range of children’s ages. Needless to say, the party went with a bang and both children and adults went home happy! Can you guess the theme?
September is already looking action packed, so if you would like to know more about any of the services we can provide please get in contact.
Well, shooting family portraits in a wood is never boring! The boys looked excited, the parents less so! Luckily this is an unusual encounter and we all escaped unscathed with these fantastic photos!
I adore this family, 10 years ago we first met at my studio, full of expectation and hope, celebrating the impending arrival of their first born with some unique pregnancy portraits. We have met many times over the years on farms, in fields as well as studios and now a prettty woods – all for photo shoots!
Each time as their family grows and matures, their children’s boundless ‘tigger style’ enthusiasm for life is a truly wonderful thing to celebrate within these images.
They LOVED having their photograph taken, jumping, running and skipping their way around the woods, peeping around trees, tickling each other and generally having a ball at my ideas for photos! Each sibling, looking out for the other, trying to make each other giggle, holding hands or picking each other up! I find children of this age prefer to be set free from a studio environment and as long as the weather is not a howling gale, outdoor photos are a wonderful way to capture their characters and allow them to express themselves more naturally – just the way parents prefer.
With glorious sunshine in beautiful wood- land we whizzed through a delightful array of races and jumping competitions, culminating in an array of natural, fun family portraits and the knowledge that we escaped from the army just in time – phew!
If you would like an outdoor shoot with your family, there are a few places left on our lavender farm mini-shoots this weekend (26th and 27th June) for more details and to book – please either call me: 07976 302937 or click here.
With an almost imperceptible hint of nerves, Laura began:
“I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise you all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase way your tears of sorrow.
A love that’s true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
One of the most beautiful poems ever to be read in a wedding ceremony. Made all the more special by the woman reading it, Laura. Who, according to her new wife, Faye, had taken 11 years to be escorted down the aisle! Yet from my privileged position as their wedding photographer, I simply saw two amazing women completely at ease, totally in love and extremely happy to be standing side by side, exchanging vows and beautiful, heartfelt poetry.
It can take every ounce of restraint not to get too caught up in the emotions that sweep throughout a wedding ceremony. My role is to capture those emotions so they will live on forever. Wedding photographers walk a fine line between feeling emotions and merely observing and capturing them. I think to truly capture those moments you do have to immerse yourself in order to be able to ‘surf’ the waves of emotion and anticipate their next ‘special moment’.
Laura and Faye’s wedding provided many waves of emotion, from tears to laughter; panic to elation.
Panic number 1 – ‘dress-gate’ and some swift seamstress skills required, panic number 2, their stunning cake was really close to where I would normally stand to capture the main ceremony – I can be clumsy at the best of times so I took the brave decision to change positions and the cake seemed to breathe a sigh of relief!
Laughter and elation were in abundance throughout the ceremony especially during the slideshow speech given by the best man, where some dodgy fashions were revealed in times gone by in hilarious old family photos. Laughter when the bride’s nephew, revealed he was a true Scot in a silly ‘kilt-flapping’ session (the photos didn’t make the main gallery and I kept my eyes closed throughout!!)
All these moments and more were captured, so that Laura & Faye can look back on their wonderful day and remember the bits they’d forgotten.
Two years ago, me and my team photographed 8 firemen for a very special calendar to raise money for charity – we eventually raised over £500.
It was a tough job, but someone had to do it and together with several rather scrumptious firemen and a dedicated team of ‘assistants’ – we shot some great images and had a ton of fun in the process. Now it’s your turn…if you would like to be a part of our photographic team assisting on our next Gorgeous Men calendar shoot, we want to hear from you. We are photographing some seriously gorgeous men (already selected – sorry chaps!) from all walks of life and want to ensure that this calendar is jammed full of images YOU want to admire throughout 2016 – but still be something you can, just about, hang on your walls!
To be in with a chance to win a day assisting on the shoot with me and my team, tell us what pose you would like us to create for the calendar?
Send us your request to firstname.lastname@example.org by describing it in less than 200 words. The winner will be selected by the models and myself. You will then be invited to come along on the shoot and assist with the posing, lighting and accessorising your favourite image – we’ll even make sure it goes into your preferred month. PLUS, you’ll also receive your own signed copy of the calendar when it’s published. As this is a fundraising campaign, each idea must be accompanied by a donation of £5 to Steve’s Gambian project (link below)
So what are you waiting for – come and join me and the team for a great day’s shooting! Or in the words of Katy, my assistant, ” The best fun with my clothes on, EVER!”
Entries close 30th May 2015 – the shoot will take place late June/early July 2015 in or around Petersfield, Hampshire.
And, thank you for taking part. See you there!
Terms and Conditions:
All entries must be accompanied by a £5 donation to the Gambian project above, donating more won’t increase your chances of winning BUT it will be very much appreciated! There is no limit to the amount of entries, but each one must have a £5 donation
Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Lewd, pornographic or overly suggestive entries will not be considered – keep those ones to yourself, please!
Entries to be sent to the above email address by the 30th May 2015, any entries received after this date will not be considered, but we will be very grateful for your donations.
All entries will be given careful consideration, we reserve the right to utilise some or all of the ideas.
You will cover your own travel costs to and from the shoot location which will be close to Petersfield, Hampshire, UK
Over 18’s only
Spring has sprung, it feels truly wonderful to have warmer days and lighter evenings!! So to celebrate I have decided to hold a spring flash sale. Perhaps this will be the ultimate, low calorie, Easter gift for the whole family!
This means that you can enjoy a family photo shoot, capture a special time in your life, or simply give a shoot voucher as a gift, simply click to choose your preferred option:
HURRY – LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND SALE ENDS ON THE 1ST APRIL 2015 – NO JOKE!!
Types of shoots available in the sale are: Family, Pregnancy, Newborn and Baby shoots.
Each shoot will last for up to 1 hour in a location of your choosing (some travel may be charged)
Your images will be professionally edited, ready for you to view in a private gallery a week after the shoot.
Each package includes a disc of professionally edited images in colour and black & white as well as a unique phone app for showing off your fabulous photos.
All Flash Sale shoots must be taken by the 25th September 2015 (if not then the value will count towards the prices of shoots at that time and are valid for use until 31st December 2015)
Can be bought as gifts.
Limited availability – sale ends 1st April 2015
A voice from the radio arrived in my studio today.
I love my radio, working from home, it offers company, keeps me informed and makes me laugh. It felt like a real honour to have someone from ‘my’ radio join me in my studio!!
Sarah and Rick Jackson, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child and had travelled up for their pregnancy shoot. At 35 weeks pregnant, Sarah was positively glowing and had a smile which lit up the studio, clearly excited about becoming a Mum. Rick, as equally if not more excited (he showed me the 4D images on his phone!) covers the popular drive-time show on Wave 105 and is as friendly and funny in person as he is on the radio which was lovely to discover!
After a quick cuppa we discussed ideas and how best to use the fun props which included sweet little bootees, a fluffy rabbit and Tiffany box with some very special jewellery! Props which add meaning to your pregnancy or baby shoot are always a lovely idea, but I suggest that they pass the 10 years rule…when you look back in 10 years at these photos, would you know why you had them in the shoot in the first place, if not don’t use them. Theirs will definitely pass the 10 year rule!
Glances between the two of them during our shoot, showed their closeness, the way their faces lit up when their gaze landed upon the other was great to photograph, and made for a shoot full of happy vibes.
As always – I kept it simple, relaxed and fun.
Looking forward to meeting their new arrival in a few weeks’ time!
How to create your own backdrop wall in your ‘studio’
My studio is in estate agents terms: ‘bijou and compact’, the quality of the images I produce means this is irrelevant as I am sure most photographers will agree – size doesn’t matter!
However, I wanted to have the ability to use my wonderful range of backdrops (from Photographers Floors and Backdrops in the UK) without having to take up vital space with stands and poles etc…
I wanted something that would be absolutely solid when hung and that there was no chance of it falling off the wall and landing on to a client. It had to be straight which is why I used a baton to secure the hooks to the wall, as I only then had to make sure the hooks lined up on the already straight baton.
So here’s how I transformed my walls!
You will need:
- Backdrop(s) of the SAME height
- Sharp scissors
- Eyelet rings (the ones you use for curtains – standard size or bigger)
- Thin wooden baton slightly wider than the width of your backdrop and thick enough to hold hooks.
- 5 hooks that screw into the above baton – bear in mind that they may be at eye height so something safe not sharp.
- Drill, raw plugs, wall screws and spirit level and relevant safety equipment.
- Floor space big enough to lay out your backdrops flat.
- A helpful person!
Measure the spaces where you want the rings to be. In my 5ft width backdrop I used 5 rings. Using the rings as a template. Make sure each ring is the same distance from the top to ensure they all hang at the same height on the backdrop.
Cut out the holes for the eyelets – cut the holes slightly bigger than the circle you drew.
Separate the eyelet rings (use closed scissors to unclip them) and push the ring with the spikes through the hole to ensure a good grip and click the other half on. Eyelets are usually designed for quite thick fabrics and they went through the vinyl quite easily.
Repeat steps 1-3 until you are happy that you have enough eyelet rings to provide safe hooks.
Prepare your baton to the correct length (paint it the matching colour you want and leave to dry) then mark out where it’s going to go using a spirit level to ensure it is perfectly straight. Mark out your holes, drill, apply raw plugs.
Before you fix your baton to the wall, place it on the floor and place your first prepared backdrop over it and line up the edges and where your hooks will go in relation to the eyelet holes – mark them up.
Now fix the baton to the wall. (I used three screws – one either end plus a central one.)
Attach your hooks to the baton
Hang your backdrops! With the single door hooks I can hang three backdrops.
Points to note:
Since hanging the backdrops I would advise the following: create a baton with three extra hooks spaced apart as before – then this will make it easier to swap your backdrops around.
The eyelet rings means they will not roll up as neatly for the tubes as before but you can either tie them once rolled, or simply unclip the eyelet rings temporarily. I use the bottom of the backdrop with velcro to attach to a backdrop and pole system when needed at a mobile event.
How to create your own backdrop wall with pics Downloadable PDF
I hope this helps – get in touch and let me know or if you have any questions! email@example.com
Not the romantic type? Feel under pressure to buy something for Valentine’s but want something a bit different to flowers and chocolates? How about Cameras and Cake? A practical, useful and a sure fire winner!
We have two very popular courses to choose from an on-line course with in depth information on how to ‘Take Better Photos’ OR our practical workshop in Greatham, Hampshire for three hours on Weds, Fri and the last Sunday of the month – learn how to use your camera* better and improve your photography in a wonderfully relaxed, coffee morning style workshop complete with CAKE! You could buy both as they complement each other perfectly. We have TWO special GROUPON deals happening right now.
So take advantage (or leave this page open somewhere VERY obvious!) and treat yourself or your loved one today! Book Now!
*Covers all cameras except phones
From peaceful to major cries, life as the older brother of a newborn baby is about adapting to the ever changing noise levels in the house and this chap was no exception!
This shoot was my return to this young family to celebrate the arrival of a gorgeous newborn just 10 days young. We had some peaceful shots..
Photographing siblings – especially when the baby is so young has to be done carefully, however, when you have an adoring older brother like he was, then the results can be simply beautiful. You just know that when they are young men and they look back on this shot, the kind of conversation they’ll have about it!! Mum will just look at it and proudly say ‘my boys!’
As their photographer for the morning and keen to take some memorable photos of the family together as well as some precious images of their new baby, I ALWAYS keep my camera rolling. So when this little boy decided that the noise of his new baby brother was just too much towards the end of the shoot – he did the only sensible thing he could think of. Screwed up his eyes and placed his fingers in his ears (how many of us wish we could still do that!?)
So remember, it’s not just the ‘good times’ that need to be captured, it’s the funny, spontaneous moments too!