Portrait photography is something I've been capturing for the past ten years. I love it. I get to meet so many different families. From small families, new families and families that have been spread out all over the place. All coming together for a precious family portrait.
I love Pet photography and for those of you that don't know the studio, me or the business. I have a two very pampered pooches that come to the studio everyday with me. They sit in the office and occasionally get a fuss of clients.
I don't like to over complicate my child portrait photography. You see these images on facebook and other social media with fake backgrounds and false christmas trees. To me that detracts the viewer eyes away from the most important part of a image, the subject. Beit a child, a pampered pooch or a model.
For those of you who know me I don't like using my own children as examples in my portfolio, studio windows, website or on the walls of the studio.
How to choose your wedding or portrait photographer.
I don't see anyone as a competitor - a strange but by any means not an arrogant sentence to start a blog with. But it's true. Photography is a very personal service.
You wouldn't take anyone for your bridesmaid or best man, would you? Or you wouldn't let Joe blogs randomly pick the kids up from school?
With the growth of social media, particularly Facebook, your choice has increased a hundred-fold. Anyone can start a business page. Is down to you the prospective client to decide whether you have the confidence and feel comfortable with whoever your looking at, to capture your wedding or precious family portrait.
The choice has become hard now Facebook has launched their new "recommend" function. Discovery Photography gets recommended a lot in these types of post. From a perspective client point of view how could you ever choose?
Take the last status we were tagged in, there were 120 comments from all over the county. Although some of the more commonly known photographers like ourselves were tagged a few times, most were individual recommendations. Making for an almost impossible choice for the person putting the status out.
So, what are the things you should be looking for?
A CRB or DBS (criminal records check) is a good start especially if there are children involved, and although this doesn't safeguard them by any means, it shows the photographer is open and not trying to hide anything.
Another good thing to look at is the insurance level or if the photographer is insured at all. This may seem a little irrelevant but if the photographers light falls on you and injures you would you make a claim? Or if the photographer loses your wedding images from the day, would you make a claim?
I make sure we have full liability and indemnity insurance and data loss insurance to £100,000. In ten years of wedding photography I have never claimed once, but it’s still there.
I have always been a great believer in giving Clients, prospective or not, as much confidence as possible and have always had a studio and never worked from home.
Now don't get me wrong this probably means nothing to a client. But I can be clearly contacted at the studio during my opening hours, unless I'm at wedding, or on location, then I leave a clear sign stating when I will be back and why I’m closed.
I'm not saying that a photographer shouldn't work from home, but when your chasing your wedding images and you must drop by their home, call their phone number and they aren't answering. Then I would say a proper studio shows a proper business.
Most of the horror stories I hear involve wedding photographers who have captured a wedding, taken the money and have become un-contactable. Therefore, you as a client find it hard to simply obtain your images you have paid good money for. Saying that, I also know studios that have done the same, taken large payments, captured weddings, closed and disappeared.
So, on that note, look for a photographer that's been around a while and the studio has been open for a while, chances are they to stay and have a passion for what they are doing. This should give you enough confidence to book them.
How to choose your wedding or portrait photographer, might not be just about money, quality, creativity but how about the photographer themselves? There must be a connection between couple, family and photographer.
If you feel uneasy with them then this will show through your images. I have heard of several instances of photographers who come across a little creepy, even to a point where I heard of an instance while a photographer was working a wedding and the groom punched him because of his leary ways.
When you look into a camera lens it's got to be with conviction, with a smile, there has to be a connection between you (the bride, the groom, the child, the family), you have to feel at ease and relaxed.
Next time you see a friend’s wedding images or family portrait shoot in your Facebook news feed, look deeply into the faces on the image, do they look like they want to be there? If they have an awkward look upon their face they've maybe, just maybe they made the wrong choice for their photographer.
I'm not saying book me for every photo shoot or wedding, by any means I'm relaxed, unobtrusive and listen to every clients need, they are your images, your living room wall not mine. But you might find you want someone a little more strict and forceful to make sure those images are done.
Each client has a different perception about what you expect from a photographer so there is no such thing as competition.
Yes, you may be governed by the financial aspect of affording a photographer. Yes the photographer might be DBS checked with all the relevant insurances and work from a studio, but if he or she is not right for you still won't get the perfect image you want for the living room wall.
So next time you’re looking for a photographer take a little time to get to know them. If they don't have the time to sit with a cuppa and chat to you, are they really right for you? Are they wanting your business for the right reasons? Do they want you as a client or do they want your money and you out the door?
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Family portrait photography | Discovery Photography
I love capturing precious family portraits in the studio, or on location for that matter. What can I say I'm passionate about photography. I've captured Graham and Vicky's family moments for a while now. I've captured their wedding, (one year ago today actually - Happy anniversary), I've had them in for previous family shoots. I have also done some boudoir shoots with Vicky. So When little Wyatt came along it was a true honour to have them, back in the studio.
Here are a few from the shoot for you to enjoy :)
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Christmas Portrait photography - Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Redcar, Whitby
Its not very often I get chance to publish a Christmas image before the day but in this case we can... To get your Christmas special portrait call the studio on 01287 639117 or drop me a line.
Family portraits Guisborough - Discovery Photography.
Baby family portraits.
Capturing the cute Charlotte for her mummy and daddy. Such an adorable face.
Head shot portraits, Guisborough.
Did you know we do head shots? Here is one I did this morning with the lovely Teigan.
Summer holiday Photo shoots and Portraits.
Had a fun photo shoot this afternoon with these three little tinkers. Seems it was a family birthday present. If you would like to take advantage of our summer offer then why not drop me a line?
Pre-wedding photo shoot Redcar.
Had a lovely pre-wedding photo shoot with Billy and Emma at South Gare the other day. Made even better with the lemon top I got on my way back to the studio.
Location Family portraits.
I always question clients who want family portraits taken at home, locations are different, the beach, the woods, the moors all perfect. But at home you have those details sat in the background that can't always be taken out.In this case the conservatory was lovely and airy and i made the family aware of the backdrop. I have had client who have asked for portraits to be taken in their back garden, but once they have seen them asked for the neighboring houses to be taken out, the bushes tidied etc. Something I made them aware of before the shoot.None of this happened during this shoot in Redcar, the family where beautiful and the house really nice and the images came out perfect.To book your location family shoot drop me a line.
Family portrait photographer.
Its that time of year again when my studio in Guisborough get busy with family portraits for christmas presents. This however was a special shoot as both mum and child where visiting from abroad and wont be back until christmas. I never set time limits on my shoots, this way there is no rush and we can work as long as it takes to grab that shot, i beleive you need to be flexible and friendly as a family portrait photographer.Especially when you have a child, its a scary fact been on a background with parents and grandparents all shouting to get your attention and to top it all off theirs a strange man there with a big camera in his hand. So i like to give plenty of play breaks fro the children and plenty of cuppas for the grown ups.To book your family portrait why not drop me a line?
Family Portrait Photography
Louisa messaged me through our facebook page to book a family portrait has one of her relations was coming over from Canada. Most family portrait I do are for large families, my studio can easily accommodate up to around 25 people at once. I usually don't put a time frame on the shoot, so it give as much flexibility with different set ups as possible. Then, Like Louisa, I give the chance to look through your images on a large screen, with a cuppa of course. That way theres no pressure to choose and order.To book your family a portrait why not drop me a line?
This is a difficult blog to write, the client has given me permission to use the image, yet it's before her wedding. I have used as undescript image so not to disclose her identity. After all boudoir photography of this sort is a surprise for Husband to be on their wedding day.My style I like to create is low light just highlighting parts of the body produced in black and white, it's simple, timeless and most of all sexy. Exactly what I aim to produce from boudoir photography.If you would like to enquire about having your own boudoir shoot then why not drop me a line. Message me.
Family photo photography - Team GB Junior.
It's always a honor to have repeat clients and when a client asks you to take images of their children, especially as they have been chosen to represent their country. These guys are exceptional at orienteering. Their selection shows that. Richard and Carolyn must be so proud to have two of their children selected for the junior team GB. It left me feeling proud that two local people could be selected for such a big thing, it should be something the area is proud of.I wish them every luck in the future.
A Beautiful Family portrait.
One reason I love my job and thats to make people smile and even cry at times. This family portrait was no different. Working closely with a group of people to create a special family memory I find a moving event, something that families let me be apart of. It makes me proud to capturing a family gathering and capturing that moment for posterity.The main part for me is watching, from a distance, family's and clients going over their images with a cuppa and listening to what they are saying and most of all the ooohs and awwww's make me smile. A chorus of Laughter means they enjoyed the shoot. Thats just what happened this morning.he
I'm Stuart and I'm a photographer.
Firstly lets start with an apology, my ugly mug.Let me introduce myself, Although you could read the "about" page on this site, this is me. My father has always been into photography and trains. My mum Wildlife, so it was only natural that I took an interest from an early age in all, however as soon as I could I got away from the trains. My father hasn't see www.raycam.co.uk as proof. Photography has developed into my passion, I now run my own Studio in Guisborough and have sponsorship for my wildlife photography from Jack Pike. (www.stubrownphotography.co.uk).The early day saw me and my father heading to the darkroom , our loft, to develop his images and the smell of the chemicals still triggers those memories. Although these day the darkroom is digital, I still long to create my own darkroom again and spend the time in there with my son. It saw my taking my interest a little further and entering competitions, which I won. These days I don't get much chance to enter competitions but its time to start again I think.I am a proud family man with two gorgeous children, Jace and Leah, both of which love playing up to the camera and, Jace has even become , by definition, a professional photographer at the age of 3. When he picked my SLR up and snapped a shot of a clients baby, which they later purchased.Discovery Photography has been running from 2008, started when I had my landscape work in my own gallery. This lead to exhibition around the north east and lead to the North York Moors National park asking me to cover some events for them. Although this has stopped now due to government cuts, they still use my images in their publications today. Because people got to know I was covering events for them, I was asked to cover some weddings, they are just events I thought, and low and behold Discovery Photography was born.Photography as become and consumed my life, a day doesn't go by that I aren't reading something online or checking out new accessories or equipment. I literally live photography. Kirsty my other half has referred to the business as my mistress, which to be honest it is.My true interest has become black and white documentary photography, I believe its timeless and the pure raw beauty of the contrast, shadows and detail astound me.For the technical geeks out there I started my life with an Olympus Trip 35mm one of which I still use occasionally today, from there it has been Canon AE1 AE1-Program, EOS 1000F, EOS 5, EOS 10D, EOSE 30D, EOS 5D mk1 (still use as my second camera today) EOS 1Ds mk2 (my main camera) and finally the latest addition the Fujifilm X20.You see having OCD the details in everything i produce have to right, they have to portray the emotion and tell the story I'm capturing. So each and every client, job, brief, fashion shoot or teaching session has to be right and have my full attention.So that's me, if you would like to chat more then why not either call by the studio for a cuppa or contact me. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="16" gal_title="Stuart Brown Wedding photographer"]
This morning saw a beautiful little family call into the studio for a family photoshoot, I Don't think I have had such fun children in the studio for some time, all behaved perfectly with lovley big smiles. Mind you I'm not sure if it was the promise of a subway lunch afterwards that worked as briberary.You can certainly tell the photoshoot went well, the images speak for themselves If you would like to book a family photoshoot then why not get in touch? Contact Stuart.