Author Archives: Simon Harding

Models Wanted: Online Daters who would like FREE Dating Profile Photographs!

As a Cheshire Wedding Photographer I see more of my clients coming to me having met online at one of the many internet dating websites. When I ask them about their experience one recurring theme is that many online daters have really poor photographs that don’t show them off in the best light. As a photographer who regularly talks about the value in this and got me interested and having researched a few hundred Cheshire dating profile pictures I agree with my clients, there are many users who are failing to get the most out of their internet sating subscriptions by having substandard photographs. I have spent a while researching what makes a good online dating profile picture and one common tip from eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and is to get them professionally taken. So over the next few months I will be launching a new service dedicated to those looking for love online by providing natural, relaxed and fun online dating profile photographs to maximise the opportunity of finding a successful match.

In preparation for this launch I need to capture some real examples that I can use on this website, so if you are an online dater in Manchester, Stockport, Macclesfield or the wider Cheshire area and would like to refresh your dating profile with some FREE professional photographs and are happy to provide me a copy of your current online dating profile photographs that I can use as a before alongside your fantastic new professional online dating profile pictures in my marketing then please get in contact. I need to find 8 online daters (4 men and 4 women) to invite to attend their own personal sessions at a location near Stockport in Late May / Early June, the exact venue and date is being finalised but will likely be a Saturday.

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Cheshire Wedding Photographer – Should always hire a Professional!

Unfortunately, once again the newspapers contain a story about a Bride & Groom’s memories of their wedding day having been ruined by a non professional photographer.

Bride and groom left with no snaps of their wedding day after photographer lost memory card in boozy brawl

The headline looks bad but when you read beyond the headlines it appears that Mr & Mrs Sanderson decided to save some money for their reception and honeymoon by asking a friend to photograph one of the most important days of their lives. It appears that the photographer, Ben Fagan, was wanting to build his portfolio but following the wedding rather than backing up the images immediately he put the memory card in his wallet. When he lost the wallet a week later after a fight in a pub he still hadn’t backed up the images. We will probably never know how good a photographer the friend was but what can be certain of is that he failed to follow what Professional Wedding Photographers in Cheshire would deem standard practice.

As a Professional Cheshire Wedding Photographer I know that wedding photographs are precious and I follow a 5-point plan to ensure that my clients always receive their images.

1) Use multiple cameras during the day.

2) Use multiple cards during the day, typically one 4GB or 8GB card per camera for each of the main stages of the wedding; the preps, the ceremony, the reception, and the first dance.

3) Have a system of recognising a used & blank card – this eliminates the possibility of using a card twice and overwriting images from earlier in the day.

4) Backup all the images to the laptop BEFORE leaving the venue.

5) Backup all images from the laptop to an external hard drive BEFORE going to bed (even if this means staying up until 3am)

This means that by the time I go to bed on a wedding day I will have at least 3 copies of all images (1 on the cards, 1 on the laptop and 1 on the external hard drive)

Tight Wedding Budget? You can still get a Professional Cheshire Wedding Photographer

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It is clear that this wedding was done on a budget; 60 Guests and a UK honeymoon is not exactly extravagant but then neither is Professional Wedding Photography.

Remember; once the cake has been eaten, the flowers have died and you’ve returned from your honeymoon all you have left is your memories and your photographs.

As a Cheshire Wedding Photographer my standard 8hr coverage starts at £575 and is spread over the months before the wedding. To put this in comparison this is just £75 more than a 2 night stay in the Loft Suite at Upton House; the 5* B&B the couple in the article chose to spend the start of their honeymoon before spending a further 6 days in the Cotswolds. Looking at it another way when you add in the time spent processing the images and the time spent on the day this works out at less per hour than a typical garage charges to service your car. If you are on a really tight budget a professional Cheshire Wedding Photographer is likely to be open to negotiation for late booking or reduced coverage deals.

Professional Wedding Photography is really a small price to pay to ensure you get stunning images of your Wedding Day.

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N.B. The prices of Upton House were checked on 15/06/2012 and was for a 2 night stay starting on 30/06/2012. Other rooms were available at prices ranging from £300 and this may not be representative of the price paid by the Sandersons.

Cheshire Baby Photographer – Celebrating the Jubilee

As well as a Cheshire Baby Photographer in Poynton, I am a Cheshire Wedding Photographer and knowing that this Jubilee weekend I would be photographing 3 weddings “on the bounce” and that with three 15 hour days (and the long hours of editing afterwards) I wasn’t going to get any time to produce something over the weekend itself so last week when I was photographing a 9 day old baby I took the opportunity to get something suitably patriotic and fit for a Queen to celebrate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Cheshire Baby Photographer – Jubilee Photograph

Cheshire Baby Photographer - Union Flag Baby

If you are wanting a Cheshire Baby Photographer or Wedding Photographer in Cheshire to help you celebrate the new addition to life or your new life together and would like more information about the services I offer then either use the Contact Me page or ring me on 07968 853 639. Whilst I’m based in Poynton, nr Wilmslow I use studios in Trafford Park and Stockport, I am happy locally such as Macclesfield, Marple or Bramhall and further afield across the North West including Chester, Buxton, Liverpool and Manchester.

God Save the Queen

Cheshire Baby Photographer – The Hackett Baby

As a Cheshire Baby Photographer who is also a Wedding Photographer in Cheshire it’s lovely when previous brides and grooms get in touch to say they are expecting their first child and they would like me to photograph the new arrival.

Well this story is slightly different as back in late 2011 I was very pleased to photograph the Wedding of Clare and Damien at Bolton School where during the speeches Damien announced Clare was expecting. A few weeks later after they had seen their wedding photographs Clare and Damien asked me to photograph the baby once it arrived. So when their little bundle of joy was welcomed to the world in May 2012 they included me on their list of people to tell and just nine days after the birth, Clare and Damien visited me with  at a Stockport studio to capture those magical images of their newborn child.

A few selected images from the Photoshoot are below and if you are expecting yourself and would like your newborn baby photographs with Cheshire Baby Photographer in Wilmslow or the surrounding areas just like Clare and Damien then please Contact Me as soon as possible to register your expected arrival date as the best newborn photographs happen in the first 10 days of birth.


Cheshire Baby Photographer - Father & Baby

Cheshire Baby Photographer - Montage

Baby Photographer Cheshire - Sleeping Baby

Cheshire Baby Photographer - Mother and Baby

Stockport Pet Photographer supporting NSBTR.

As a Stockport Pet Photographer I love photographing animals and the capturing the special bond between pet and owner. Every year for the last 5 years I have supported the Northern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue (NSBTR) as official photographer at their Spring Big Weekend at the Bower House Inn, Eskdale, Cumbria, helping raise funds for the rescue charity. Many of the dogs taking part have been rescued either a unclaimed strays or have been fortunate to find a loving family having been removed from homes where they were mistreated, but with the support of the charity these are the ones who have found good homes.

It is always a delight to meet responsible Staffie owners who clearly care about their dogs and take pride in showing them at the fun dog show on the Saturday and delight in taking part on the sponsored walk on the Sunday.

Photographs of the event by Stockport Pet Photographer, SimonH are available to view and order HERE

Through selling Pet Portraits and photographs at the event over the last 5 years I have helped raise many hundreds of pounds for the rescue but with attendance down this year I was not able to raise as much as previous years. I would very much like to increase this to enable more of the fabulous dogs find good homes so any on line orders received before 30th June 2012 10% of the total sale value will go to the NSBTR to help them keep doing their great work.

Stockport Pet Photographer Offers

To help raise more funds for the NSBTR Stockport Pet Photographer, SimonH is making the following offers where the NSBTR is mentioned at the time of booking.

Book a Level 1 Studio Portrait Session or Level 1 Location Portrait Session before 30th August 2012 the NSBTR will received £5

Book a Level 5 Studio Portrait Session or Level 5 Location Portrait Session  before 30th August 2012 the NSBTR will receive £40.

Book your Wedding Photography with Cheshire Wedding Photographer, SimonH before 30th August 2012 the NSBTR will receive £60


Stockport Pet Photographer - Staffordshire Bull Terrier Crossing

Stockport Pet Photographer - NSBTR Big Weekend 2012 - Bower House Inn, Eskdale, Cumbria

Stockport Pet Photographer - Staffordshire Bull Terrier on a Walk

Stockport Pet Photographer - Staffordshire Bull Terrier