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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 match.com 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 – 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

Wilmslow Baby Photographer – Life Changing Image

As a Wilmslow Baby Photographer I know that photographs are wonderful things; they freeze moments in time, help capture memories, and ultimately document history for future generations.  Now whilst this is not technically a photograph nor an image that I took, I’m told that this type of image one of the most is life changing images that 2 people see. So when I saw this image being captured at Stepping Hill Maternity Hospital in Stockport I knew that the feelings of joy, excitement and trepidation I was having must have been had by many fathers-to-be before me and that this image is indeed life changing.

I know that whoever it was who told me that the Ultrasound Image is the most life changing image was right and that my life and that of my partner, Elizabeth, will never be that same again. I am quite sure that come Mid October 2012 the long days of a Wilmslow Baby Photographer and late nights I experience as a Cheshire Wedding Photographer will come in handy practice for the sleepless nights.


Wilmslow Baby Photographer - Ultrasound Image



Wilmslow Family Photographer – Amos Easter Egg Hunt

Traditionally Easter Sunday is a movable feast and marks the day Jesus Christ was resurrected and the end of Lent but in modern life Easter is more commonly associated with the Easter Bunny and the delivery of chocolate treats. This year the Amos Family decided to invite Wilmslow Family Photographer Photography By SimonH to capture fun photographs of their son’s search for Easter Chocolate treats in Grandma’s garden.

With their son being just under two the search was constrained to the garden where eggs of all sizes and other chocolate treats such as bunny faces, chocolate footballs and hollow chocolate bunnies were hidden in various places. Wilmslow Family Photographer SimonH then joined Mum & Dad to capture natural photographs of their son George’s reaction to finding the “brown stuff”, so referred to because even though he is still over a month away from his 2nd birthday he already knows the word chocolate.

The chocolate treats were hidden across the garden, in trees, bushes, on benches and in the flower beds; all places where George could easily spot them. Spot them he did, but it took him a few moments to figure out that the brightly coloured foil contained his favourite chocolate but once he realised what was in store he raced Wilmslow Family Photographer, SimonH to find the next hidden treat and store it safely away in his special red watering can (“away from Daddy, because daddy likes chocolate” apparently).  Below are a few selected images from the Outdoor Family Portrait Session showing the fun that was had by George and his family during the hunt.

If you would like Wilmslow Family Photographer, SimonH to capture natural, relaxed and fun photographs of your family over the summer at your own home or in the great outdoors you can Contact Me for more details.

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