wedding and portrait photography

A bit of info about our Pre-wedding shoots

Posted on January 9, 2013

I often get asked when I meet ‘Bride and Grooms to be’ for the first time ‘what’s a pre-wedding shoot’ so thought it would be good idea to write a few lines about it and post some images too.

 

So, what’s a pre-wedding shoot?

This is when the couple head out with me to a chosen location to capture some natural shots of them interacting with each other. Nothing is too posed and it’s quite a relaxed photo shoot session.

 

Why is the pre-wedding shoot such a good idea?

It’s a good idea for lots of great reasons, let me explain:

Firstly, it allows me to really get to know the couple who have selected me to capture their wedding day; on the pre-wedding shoot I will be interacting with the couple loads, trying to get to know a bit more about them (and hopefully vice versa too) and more importantly trying to understand how they interact in front of me and the lens.

Secondly, it allows couples to understand how I work as a photographer and the fun and relaxed manner that I approach each shoot with – I am often told when I meet couples that they dislike having their picture taken; what they mean by this is they hate someone stood in front of them and being told to smile. Well, who does? This is just not my style. I am more interested in the natural moments you share with one another.

Thirdly, most couples may not have had any professional photos taken of each other before so this is the perfect opportunity to help them relax and learn to get comfortable in my presence. Come the wedding day there will be one less thing for them to worry about.

Finally, couples get to choose their two favourite photos that I print to 9” x 6” format for free – (one of which would be perfect for a signing frame on the wedding day).

 

When is it best to do the shoot and at what time of the day?

Pre-wedding shoots normally take place 4 – 6 weeks before the wedding day. The best time for this is usually a couple of hours before the sun goes down (especially in the summer) – which is normally when the light is at its best and most flattering.

 

What locations are best?

It depends on the type of shots the couple is after; most people wish to head to the local woods or park or somewhere secluded that is special to the couple, or even at the chosen wedding venue, which would be great for both parties as it would allow us to seek out great locations for the wedding day and have a walk round together at the same time.

 

What clothes should be worn?

Dress in whatever is comfortable on the day of the shoot taking into consideration the weather and location of course. If couples want to both glam up then feel free to do so.

 

What happens after the shoot?

Approximately 5 days after the shoot the images will be uploaded to the client log in area on my website. It is then down to the couple to select their complimentary photos.

 

For further information about pre-wedding shoots (and our wedding packages) please get in touch on 07887 583761 or email hello@custardfacephotography.co.uk

To get more of a feel for our approach have a peek on our website www.custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

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location portraits

Posted on November 28, 2012

Forget the stuffy posed shots on white backgrounds and studio lights, our location portraits are set in more natural environments such as the local woodland, park and open spaces, and at this time of year the colours on the ground are awesome and make for fantastic backdrops.  The location portrait sessions are scheduled to take advantage of the best times of day; if the weather is bad on the day of the shoot then we will re-schedule at no extra charge.

 

These sessions can include babies, toddlers, couples, families, friends, bumps, pets or even just some nice ones of you on your own! An hour is usually plenty of time to get the shots required, especially if there are young children involved too. If you have any ideas for clothing, props (or location too) then please let us know and bring them along. These location portraits are all about having a fun and varied shoot capturing natural moments between you and your loved ones.

 

The photos taken on your session will then be edited and narrowed down to a varied selection of images to present to you. Approximately a week after the shoot we’ll send you a link and log in code to view these images and make your selections. Simply let us know the images you wish to order within the package; additional prints and products such as canvas, acrylic or aluminium prints or storybook albums can be purchased at fantastic prices. Daytime, evening and weekend shoot times are available.

 

For more information about our location portraits please get in touch on 07887 583761 or email hello@custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

To get more of a feel for our approach have a peek on our website www.custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

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Win a FREE one hour location shoot gift voucher PLUS a 60x40cm Canvas Print – Worth £159!

Posted on November 17, 2012

Although the summer seems so far away now we would like to brighten up one lucky person’s day with a FREE one hour location shoot gift voucher PLUS a 60x40cm canvas print! This one hour location photo shoot gift voucher can be used within 20 miles of St Neots, Cambridgeshire and includes your favourite photo from the shoot on a 60x40cm canvas print plus 4 x 7×5” gloss or matt prints of your choice too, all in all worth a whopping £159! This shoot can be done at the local park, river, woodland or maybe you have a favourite place of your own and can include babies, toddlers, couples, families, friends, bump shoots and even your pets! Anyone can enter, however the terms state though that the prize includes locations within a 20 mile radius of St Neots.

There are a number of great ways to enter:

  1. Like our facebook page ‘Custardface Photography’, write on our wall ‘I would love to win a location photo shoot with custardface photography’, and share this link on your profile.

OR

  1. Follow us on twitter ‘@custardfacefoto’ AND  tweet/retweet – ‘I would love to win a location photo shoot with @custardfacefoto http://wp.me/p1BXC0-FR RT’

 

  1. For those that already like our facebook page simply write on our wall: ‘I would love to win a location photo shoot with custardface photography’ and share this link on your profile.

OR

  1. For those that follow us on Twitter already simply tweet/retweet: ‘I would love to win a location photo shoot with @custardfacefoto’

As with any competition there are a few things to bear in mind before you enter; these can be found below.  The winners will be picked at random at 10am on Sunday 2nd December 2012, which gives you 2 weeks to enter this fab competition.

Good luck everyone!

Terms and conditions

  1. This competition is open to anyone with the exception of employees of custardface photography.
  2. By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to accept these rules and agree that the decision of custardface photography is final and binding in all matters relating to this competition.
  3. The start date is Saturday 17th November 2012 and the closing date is 11.59pm Saturday 1st December 2012; custardface photography will not accept entries after this time. Only one entry per person will be counted in the draw.
  4. The winner will be drawn at random and will be notified by phone or email no later than 10am on Monday 3rd December 2012.
  5. The Winner will also be announced on our blog and social media pages.
  6. There is no cash alternative to the prize and is non – negotiable or transferable.
  7. No personal information submitted by entrants will be passed on to any third party.
  8. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
  9. custardface photography accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury by entering this competition or by the entrants acceptance of the prize.
  10. The prize is a Gift Voucher for a one hour location photo shoot (within 20 miles of St Neots), a 60x40cm canvas print and 4 x 7”x5”prints. Additional prints and products can be purchased at great prices if you wish.
  11. If opting for location shoot and the travel distance is over 20 miles from St Neots this additional mileage will be calculated at 45pence per mile. Restricted to UK locations only.
  12. The prize must be redeemed in full by 31st January 2013.

Why should the wedding day be the only day you wear your wedding dress!

Posted on November 15, 2012

You may of heard the term – ‘Post wedding shoot’s, or’ Trash the dress’, or ‘Express the dress’. Whatever you want to call them, we offer them.

 

We invite all previous customers of ours and married couples (newlyweds or not-so-newlyweds) to dig out their wedding dress from the wardrobe, dust it down, chose a favourite location (or completely random one) and let’s go for it. You could opt for a countryside shoot, such as a woodland setting, or if you are feeling confident enough something in a more urban setting. The guys can join in too – don’t worry if you hired your suit for your wedding day, any suit in the wardrobe will suffice.

 

Remember, the pressures of the big day have long gone so this is all about having as much fun as you can; you won’t be disappointed!

 

For more information about our post wedding shoots, including prices pease get in touch on 07887 583761 or email hello@custardfacephotography.co.uk To get more of a feel for our approach have a peek on our website www.custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

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Take a moment out on the big day!

Posted on November 14, 2012

With every Bride and Groom that selects us for their Wedding day we always recommend taking 30 – 40 minutes or so out of the afternoon / evening for some private photos of just the two of them. The perfect time for this is usually just before dusk when the sun is setting and the light is much softer.  At this time of day it usually means that the main parts of the day, such as ceremony, meal and speeches are over with and it is then just the evening celebrations to look forward too.

 

The beauty is, we only usually have to step outside the reception venue doors for it; most wedding venues will have a picturesque backdrop – a few trees, maybe a lake – even if it’s just a patch of open green space, this will suffice. This intimate shoot will normally take a similar route to the pre-wedding shoot, where there is nothing too posed or cheesy – just you guys holding hands, cuddling, kissing and whispering in each others’ ears. It’s really as simple as that! The results of which are normally the pick of the album too!

 

Here are just a few of our favourite bride and groom shots.

 

For more information about our wedding packages please get in touch on 07887 583761 or email hello@custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

To get more of a feel for our approach have a peek on our website www.custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

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Celebrate your pregnancy with a Bump shoot!

Posted on November 14, 2012

A wonderful way to help remember and celebrate the latter stages of your pregnancy is with a ‘bump’ location shoot. Bump shoots are becoming more and more popular with ‘mummies to be’ as they give you and your partner long lasting memories of those special times when carrying your ‘soon to be born’ child.

 

Why not leave the white background and studio lights behind and head out for a more natural backdrop such as local park, river or woodland or a favourite place of your own for some truly magnificent results. You will also feel a little more comfortable in these environments too. Plus you can bring ‘Daddy to be’ along too, he can get involved in the shoot or just for a bit of support.

 

For more information about our location Bump shoots please get in touch on 07887 583761 or email hello@custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

To get more of a feel for our approach have a peek on our website www.custardfacephotography.co.uk

 

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