Alex Sharp Photography: Blog http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Alex Sharp Photography alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:17:00 GMT Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:17:00 GMT http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u10072018-o49221054-50.jpg Alex Sharp Photography: Blog http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog 120 80 Equestrian Photography Worcestersire and the West Midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/7/equestrian-photography-worcestersire-and-the-west-midlands Just a quick blog today to say that if you would like to have your horse photographed over the summer holidays please book in as soon as you can as my days are filling up really fast, my weekends are already full, so it's weekdays or early evening photo shoots left now until the end of September.

We can shoot natural photos, fine art images, a mixture of the two, you can have an outfit change, do some photos riding and some next to your horse - or horses - if you have a dog or dogs too then we can get them in on the photographs as well if you like, the choice is yours.

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To book in, give me a call on 07885472010 and we can have a chat about exactly what you would like and then get you a date in the diary booked in.

Have a great day, Alex

alex@alexsharp.co.uk

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) equestrian photographer bromsgrove horse photographer worcestershire photography http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/7/equestrian-photography-worcestersire-and-the-west-midlands Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:39:29 GMT
How to Photograph your Products Well http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/6/how-to-photograph-your-products-well Today's Blog is all about how to get the best from your products, so there is a host of hints and tips below for a variety of different products.

 

1. We'll start with Jewellery - make sure it's clean - that may sound crazy, but when you take a close up of your gemstones, gold or silver if you have touched it - the grease off your fingers will show up on the item - so get yourself some cotton gloves - or buy a box of those surgical gloves  - clean your jewellery and then only handle it with the gloves on.

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2. If you are photographing a necklace or bracelet etc. then ensure that the links are all flat and straight and not twisted, make sure it is lying flat and looking good - this will only take a minute to do, but makes such a huge difference to the look of your product.

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3. You don't have to photograph your products on white - whilst some websites require white backgrounds- maybe Amazon or NotOnTheHighStreet, you will need some more exciting images for banners on your website and also your social media feeds, so have a think about how you are going to hang your necklaces, position your rings etc to get the best out of them - if there is a gemstone, look for a sparkle or the position where the colour of the gem looks it's truist colour, so the public can really see what they are buying. Find a background that compliments the piece of jewellery and makes it look dramatic, or pretty or whatever image you are trying to create. The key here is that by putting just a bit of thought into what you are trying to achieve you can achieve great results.

4. Think about where your light source is coming from - if you can't afford to have a professional photographer and are taking photos on your phone, you can still get some great results, position yourself by a window and if the light is too bright, hang a piece of muslin next to the window to soften the light, check for unwanted shadows - are they your own shadow? If so move a little until it has gone. I sell Flatlay Photography Backgrounds which are great for photographing small and medium size items on, you can find them in my shop they are just £18.00 and really easy to use.

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5. If you sell greeting cards, or any other small items, always make sure they are clean - no bent corners - or fingerprints etc. There's nothing worse than seeing a product that looks like it's dirty  - it will make the viewer feel like you don't care - and so why should they?

6. Make the shot interesting - add something in to dress and style the photo - you can use all kinds of bits and pieces that you can find around your home - or garden - flowers from your garden - or leaves from a tree or bush, feathers, pine cones - all kinds of things that can dress the image to make it more appealing to your viewer - both of the above photos are taken on my phone with the Flatlay photo boards placed by a window and I have used just natural light.

7. One product or a range ? Think about how many products you want to get into the photo - sometimes if there are too many products for people to look at people may think it looks nice - but will be distracted and not focus on what you are really trying to show them. You can try this for yourself and decide how many is too many before it starts to look too busy as all products vary depending on size and colours.

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8. If you sell a food product that comes in a jar - jam, marmalade or pork scratchings for example - get one out and place it in front of the item in its' packaging - if you sell jam why not put some on a scone or a piece of toast, on a nice plate in front of the jar that it comes in. Tempt people with how good the actual food item looks, by placing the jam on the toast - maybe with a mug of tea next to it too, you are sewing a thought in their head, showing them how good it looks - romancing the idea that they want to it it ;-)

9. Do you care about your packaging - have you got really pretty boxes and ribbons that wrap your product up to look beautiful for your client - then show it in the photos - this adds huge value to the product and can be the difference between somebody buying your product or the product on the next website they look at....... that is proper food for thought trust me - good packaging is worth a lot.

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10. Don't be shy - show people who you are - tell them your story - how did you start out? Where did your business idea come from?

I worked in the gemstone and jewellery business for many years and what became apparent very quickly is that people really like to know the story behind the product - they like to see the artist painting - the jeweller creating, the chef cooking etc etc and how they started and hear their story - it connects them to what they are seeing and creates a bond.

If you would like to learn more, or have some help, training or have a selection of photos done for your website and social media posts, please get in touch with me on 07885372010 or email me alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) photography photography training bromsgrove photography west midlands product photographer birmingham product photography product photography kidderminster training http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/6/how-to-photograph-your-products-well Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:12:45 GMT
Learn To be A Wedding Photographer Training Day - September 2018 held at Bromsgrove Wedding Venue http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/learn-to-be-a-wedding-photographer This is Now Fully Booked

Please email me to let me know if you would be interested and I may run another one early next year.

 

 

Over the years I have been asked a lot if I teach people how to be a Wedding Photographer - now I have shot over 600 weddings I guess it's OK to say yes I can teach you how to do it and make it an enjoyable experience for all involved, plus teaching you how to be prepared for as many different eventualities as possible at the same time.

I am offering a One Day Wedding Photography Training Day, with plenty of photo opportunities, at a Bromsgrove Wedding Venue. I will also have a Bride and Groom available for you to photograph - with multiple bouquets and rings etc.

There will be a maximum of 8 people on the course, ensuring that there really is time for you to capture some great shots with the happy couple and build your own portfolio of images to use on your website and social media pages. As one of the hardest parts of being a Wedding Photographer is that without any photos you wont get any work.... so you will be able to get some great Portfolio building shots throughout the day.

The course will run on Tuesday 18th September ( I'm just firming up available dates with the venue) refreshments during the day will be included too. You will need to bring your camera and any lenses etc that you have. We will also discuss equipment and what I carry with me at a Wedding.

If you are a hobbyist, or part time photographer and want to build your portfolio and learn more about Wedding Photography as well as building your portfolio then this will be a great day for you.

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The day will be full of amazing shooting opportunities for you to fill your portfolio with. We will be shooting inside and out and we will go through how to get the best shots in a limited amount of time, making use of available light and flash (for those who use it).

We will split the day into several sessions, giving us a chance to get plenty of shooting in, but also discussing the process from booking a wedding to delivering images and we can go over any questions you may have too.

You will need to bring your camera and lenses of course, plenty of memory cards, plenty of enthusiasm, plus appropriate clothing.

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Having an opportunity to spend a day learning some basics - and not so basics, from a seasoned Professional about a job is a great experience and having a small group around you on the day is great for bouncing photo ideas round too, it is also a great way to have other people comment on your work in a creative and positive way to help you move forward and create the kind of shots you really want.

This is a day of shooting and learning, building your portfolio and sharing with the group.

The Price for the Day is £295.

A £100 deposit is paid at time of booking and the remaining balance due 30 days before the day of the shoot.

 

A minimum of 5 people are needed to run the course, so in the event that the minimum isn't reached all deposits will be refunded.

 

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) photographer photography wedding photography wedding photography training worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/learn-to-be-a-wedding-photographer Wed, 30 May 2018 10:21:52 GMT
Working Dog and Pheasant Photographic Greeting cards http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/working-dog-and-pheasant-photographic-greeting-cards All of my greeting cards are now available on  their own website www.theluckypheasant.co.uk along with homeware products including  stone coasters and canvases and framed prints.

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Mugs, Coasters and matching Placemats will also soon be available.

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I attach a couple of taster images for you.

If you would like to purchase the full set of greeting cards, the set of 10 cards including P&P are £20.00

A pack of 5 cards incl P&P are £10.00  (You choose which 5 you would like)

Individual cards are £2.00 each plus £1.00 P&P.

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All of the cards are blank inside for your own message, they are 14.8cm square and come with a brown envelope.

Each card & envelope are cellophane wrapped. All cards are printed in the UK.

Please get in touch for more information.

Email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

Tel:07885472010

 

 

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) canine portraits dog photography dog portraits pet portraits pet portraits worcestershire working dog photography working dog portraits http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/working-dog-and-pheasant-photographic-greeting-cards Wed, 30 May 2018 10:19:17 GMT
Wedding Photography Manor Hill House 2018 and 2019 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-manor-hill-house-2018-and-2019 Manor Hill House Wedding Photography is the topic for today's blog.

Manor Hill House is an exclusive wedding venue - so if you book it for your wedding that means you wont bump into anybody else at the venue apart from your wedding guests, they do not have anybody else staying there whilst you are there, it's all yours :-)

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This is great as it means I don't have to worry about who is with the wedding party - as everybody there is there for your wedding.

They have 5 rooms for guests to stay in and there is also a Holiday Inn close by for anybody else that would like to stay over.

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I love the people at Manor Hill House - they are friendly but professional, so you know that your day will run like clockwork and your food will be served on time - piping hot and will be very tasty too.

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There are plenty of photography options at Manor Hill House too, both inside for Bride Prep and on the Dance floor too of course, but also outside in the fields, lanes and gardens that surround the venue.

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Jack is also very popular and features in many weddings that I have photographed at Manor Hill House - Jack of course is the owners horse, he's a lovely lad and always poses very well for his photo with folks. Bride prep at Manor Hill House is always lovely to photograph too, the room is beautifully light and before people start arriving brides can often be found having lunch or breakfast out on the front lawn, which is such a fabulous way to start your wedding day preparations.

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Manor Hill House is in Upton Warren near Wychbold. You can see from the photos above it is a well kept house set in really pretty grounds, it also has space on the front lawns for games, bouncy castles and the like to keep the kids entertained and also the balcony that looks down over the front lawn is a great spot to do the big group shot from, which is always useful :-)

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You can also choose to have your Wedding Breakfast in the marquee, which from a photographers point of view is once again very light for photographs - and if it's hot in the summer, the sides can be rolled up too.

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For My next wedding photography blog I will blog about Grafton Manor.

In the meantime, if you have set your date and would like to have a chat about your wedding day - wherever you are getting married, please just give me a call or drop me an email and I can let you know if i'm available and we can have a chat about exactly what you would like  for your wedding day.

Best Wishes

Alex

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) manor hill house manor hill house wedding photography wedding photography wedding photography at manor hill house http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-manor-hill-house-2018-and-2019 Mon, 28 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Flatlay Backgrounds Special Offer 3for2 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/flatlay-backgrounds-special-offer-3for2 There's Still Time

Until the end of May we are offering 3for2 that's 3 Flatlay Photography Backgrounds for the price of 2, just use the code 3for2 at checkout and it will reduce your bill at the checkout. Just click on the link below.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlatlayBackgrounds?coupon=3FOR2

Flatlay Backgrounds are great for all kinds of reasons - these reasons include; Easy to use, they are ready to use as soon as you take them out of the box they arrive in. Having a Flatlay Background gives you a background that you can pick up and use anywhere you like, as the image is on a board it gives you a firm base that you don't have to worry about unrolling or weighing down on the corners and you can create any kind of look you want, depending on the light source you choose to place them in  - by a softly lit window, or bright sunlight, dark shadows or a bit of both, the choice is yours.

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If you decide you would like some help working out how to get the most from your Flatlay Background and make your products look as fabulous as possible then why not join one of our courses, with a maximum of just 4 people per course there will be plenty of time to get your products looking great and you get to choose your favourite Flatlay Background to take home with you, so that you can keep up the good work.

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The Workshops cost £75 and last for 3 hours and include notes and your own Flatlay Photo Background to take away.

The dates for the courses are;

Thursday 7th June 10am-1pm (3 spaces available)

Friday 14th September 10am - 1pm (3 spaces available)

Wednesday 10th October 10am- 1pm (4 spaces available)

Thursday 8th November 10am - 1pm (4 spaces available)

Refreshments throughout the workshop are included too.

Workshops will all take place in Dodford, Bromsgrove Worcs. B61.

To book on to one of the above dates please email me on alex@alexsharp.co.uk or

If you would like to have a chat before you book on please call me on 07885472010.

You do not need to have a fancy DSLR to do this workshop, if you shoot your photos on your phone camera then bring your phone with you, whatever camera you use is the one to bring.

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, with your remaining 50% payable the month before.

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To get your Flatlay Backgrounds go to the shop on this website and use code 3for2 at the checkout to get your third Flatlay Background for free :-)

If you would like to book onto one of the courses please call me on 07885472010 or email alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) flatlay photography course flatlay photography course bromsgrove flatlay photography course worcestershire photography course http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/flatlay-backgrounds-special-offer-3for2 Sat, 26 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT
wedding photography 2018 and 2019 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-2018 I am now taking bookings for weddings for 2019 and early 2020, I already have the popular summer dates booked up for next year, so as soon as you have your date booked in with your chosen venue you need to get booking everything else - especially your photographer.

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Are they insured ?

Do they have more than one camera ? (What happens if a lens or camera breaks?)

How many weddings have they photographed ? (you don't want your wedding to be their first....)

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Are there albums of theirs that you can see ?

Do they have an assistant or do they work alone ? (if you have over 100 guests will they cope on their own ?)

What happens if they are ill ?

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How many photos do you get and what does the price include?

These are just a few questions you should be asking your photographer - and whilst you're sat chatting to them ask yourself this -

Do I want to have this photographer at my wedding day - is this somebody that is going to understand and capture the special moments from my day without getting in the way of my day and without upsetting my guests ?

Is  this really the photographer for me ?  These are such important things to think about.

There are many questions to ask others and ask yourself when you are planning your special day, don't book somebody because they push you into it, book somebody because you like their work and you like them.....

If you would like to have a chat please just get in touch, I wont try and persuade you to book me, I let you make your own decision once we have met, it's your day and your choice.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions that you may have, 07885472010 or email alex@alexsharp.co.uk

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) photographer photography wedding wedding photographer worcestershire wedding photography wedding photography west midlands weddings worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-2018 Fri, 25 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Product Photography West Midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/product-photography-west-midlands Who would have thought that even Marks and Spencers are being hit by the High Street/Internet shopping revolution - but I guess it affects everybody - all shops, all companies.

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We all know that bad photographs do not show your products off to their best potential and therefore cannot achieve the sales that you want from your products.

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Most sales these days are internet sales and I think the announcements every week of more and more High street shops closing really reinforces this. People lead busy lives and often they are sitting in front of the TV at night whilst watching TV and surfing the net at the same time - this makes it even harder for your products to be noticed and so in order for people to see your products and achieve the urge to want to purchase your products without being able to touch and feel it, they need to be photographed well to create that need from the person viewing. This is not something that can be done quickly with the camera on your phone.

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Each product needs thought and some discussion as to what you are trying to achieve with the images. Whilst a lot of companies need their products to be on a white background, they also need photographs that are prettier for brochures, magazines and their own websites.

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If you have products that need photographing, I can photograph your products on a plain background if you need these to sell them on sites like Amazon etc., but I also offer more creative images to use on your own website.

 If you need your products to be photographed on particular colours to go with your company colours/logo i can also work this in for you.

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Products can be photographed from a variety of angles to show them off to their best, thus giving you a selection of images of each product to show to potential clients to create a better overall view of what the client is potentially buying.

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I have nearly 20 years experience with product photography and commercial photography and have photographed products for a variety of companies from Holland and Barrett and Julian Graves to small one person businesses. It doesn't matter how big or small your business is, if you have a product that you want to sell either to other businesses or in an online shop to the general public, they need good photographs, as this also reduces returns on your items. If people can see good images of what they are buying, you will get better sales and less returned products.

If you would like to have a chat about your product photography and commercial photography needs, please feel free to get in touch, either by email - alex@alexsharp.co.uk or by phone : 07885472010

 

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Days Out for the School holidays http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/days-out-for-the-school-holidays Half Term will soon be upon us, so here are some ideas for great days out with the kids and the dog if you have one.

Arley Arboretum is dog friendly and has plenty of space for the kids to run around and enjoy the fresh air and watch the steam trains go passed to - the views are great and the tea shop is also really good there.

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Check out their website for full details, but it makes a great day out with lots going on to keep the kids entertained.

They have animal trails and all sorts to keep the kids happy.

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Arley Arboretum is also a fabulous wedding venue.

 

Avoncroft Museum is another great place for a day out

http://www.avoncroft.org.uk/whats-on/events-programme/ check out their website for everything that's going on there over half term.

A great place with so much to see and do, plus coffee shop and souvenir shop. They have a craft and create week over half term - you may need to book the kids in for these though before hand as they are bound to be popular....

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Plus there is the west midlands safari Park, Bewdley, Stratford Upon Avon, you could pop to Henley and grab a fabulous ice cream and climb the mount to eat it. We have the river and Cathedral in Worcester. Slimbridge is another amazing day out and just an hour down the motorway.

 

Clent is also great for a run round for the kids and dogs, plenty of fresh air and fabulous views from the top, or if you're feeling super energetic and want some larger hills to climb, then let's not forget the Malvern Hills - that'll tire them all out. If you do decide to take the dog with you, remember the dogs water bowl and water for him/her too, they get super hot in their fur coats, or it may even be better to leave them at home in the shade if the weather stays as warm as it is. My boys have so much fur I have to walk them before it gets too warm in the morning and again once it's cooled down at night.

Don't forget of course your local parks and don't forget your camera, it's great to get photos of the kids running round outside having fun with the dog or their favourite bike or football.

If you would like to book a session over half term I can meet you at a local park and get some family photos of you all, action photos can be great fun, I have a few slots left during half term week, I come to the local park, spend an hour with you and the price includes two 12x8 inch prints of your choice for just £60 until the end of May. Call or email for availability, 07885472010 or alex@alexsharp.co.uk.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) bromsgrove family photographer bromsgrove pet photography family portraits pet portraits photographer photography wedding photographer worcestershire wedding photography wedding photography west midlands worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/days-out-for-the-school-holidays Wed, 23 May 2018 09:25:22 GMT
Flatlay Photography Backgrounds Special Offer 3for2 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/flatlay-photography-backgrounds-special-offer-3for2 Until the end of May we are offering 3for2 that's 3 Flatlay Photography Backgrounds for the price of 2, just use the code 3for2 at checkout and it will reduce your bill at the checkout. Just click on the link below.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlatlayBackgrounds?coupon=3FOR2

Flatlay Backgrounds are great for all kinds of reasons - these reasons include; Easy to use, they are ready to use as soon as you take them out of the box they arrive in. Having a Flatlay Background gives you a background that you can pick up and use anywhere you like, as the image is on a board it gives you a firm base that you don't have to worry about unrolling or weighing down on the corners and you can create any kind of look you want, depending on the light source you choose to place them in  - by a softly lit window, or bright sunlight, dark shadows or a bit of both, the choice is yours.

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If you decide you would like some help working out how to get the most from your Flatlay Background and make your products look as fabulous as possible then why not join one of our courses, with a maximum of just 4 people per course there will be plenty of time to get your products looking great and you get to choose your favourite Flatlay Background to take home with you, so that you can keep up the good work.

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The Workshops cost £75 and last for 3 hours and include notes and your own Flatlay Photo Background to take away.

The dates for the courses are;

Thursday 7th June 10am-1pm (3 spaces available)

Friday 14th September 10am - 1pm (3 spaces available)

Wednesday 10th October 10am- 1pm (4 spaces available)

Thursday 8th November 10am - 1pm (4 spaces available)

Refreshments throughout the workshop are included too.

Workshops will all take place in Dodford, Bromsgrove Worcs. B61.

To book on to one of the above dates please email me on alex@alexsharp.co.uk or

If you would like to have a chat before you book on please call me on 07885472010.

You do not need to have a fancy DSLR to do this workshop, if you shoot your photos on your phone camera then bring your phone with you, whatever camera you use is the one to bring.

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, with your remaining 50% payable the month before.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) flatlay photography course flatlay photography course bromsgrove flatlay photography course worcestershire photography course http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/flatlay-photography-backgrounds-special-offer-3for2 Mon, 21 May 2018 16:30:52 GMT
Commercial and Product Photography To Make you Stand Out From The Crowd http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/5/commercial-and-product-photography-to-make-you-stand-out-from-the-crowd It is difficult to stress to companies and small businesses just how crucial your online presence is, so many businesses are now just online, with no physical high street shop, it means that your online look is more important than ever and with the massive rise in image use on social media and more and more blogs and websites appearing every single day, as a business owner, you need to ensure that you establish your online brand well and stand out on the internet.

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As we all know, great images are a fundamental part of that, the images that you share of your products and what you do on social media represent you and your business, it is one of the most powerful tools to help promote you and what you do/make/sell etc. So if you haven't invested in a Professional Photographer to help you promote your business yet, you should get in touch soon.

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It's true, when they say, that you only get one chance to make a great first impression and here at Alex Sharp Photography I will ensure that the images I capture for you do just that, I can supply product shots for your brochures, catalogues, web shop, posters and leaflets etc, but also supply you with a stock of imagery for your social media posts.

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It doesn't matter whether you run a product or service based business, we can work together to create images that show your brand off and help to entice the buyers in. Showing your customers exactly what you do, make or what services you offer just by looking at the images we produce. As most people buy into images online these days and a quick glance is all it takes for the potential buyer to stay on your website, read your Blog Post or quickly move on to the next.

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Let's face it, if you click onto a website and the images are bad and you can't see products or services properly, you don't stay on the site, you move to the next one, and so if you own an actual shop, you wouldn’t expect to attract customers inside if the exterior had peeling paint or a broken window and no real identity of who you are and what you sell ?

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Well that is how you need to think about your online presence  - it is your shop-front and so you need to keep changing the window display to show people you aren't letting it fall stagnant, but you love what you do and you have created a good looking, professional and inviting shop for them to want to come on in and visit.

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I also have Flatlay photography Backgrounds that I can teach you to use so that you can continue to get some great extra photos of your products yourself, these photography backgrounds can be made to match your website too to help you keep your branding consistent.

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The images you share need to be consistent across your blog, website and other social media posts, so that people can see the standard of your work, product and service and when you are competing against so many other visuals you need to make sure yours is up there with the best. So many people buy their goods online these days that good product/service photography makes the difference between a sale or no sale.    

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If you need a model this can also be organized. I photograph a range of different products, both at my studio and on location. I have been photographing jewellery for the last 15 years and so have plenty of experience with both high end jewellery and fashion jewellery as well as a variety of gemstones and the lighting required to get the most from the gemstone. Other products that I photograph have ranged from cars and motorcycles to handbags, engineered parts, furniture, large machinery, soft toys and clothing to name a few. I photograph products for companies up and down the country, I am based in Dodford, near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, but travel all over the country.

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Whether you have a brief for me to work to, or whether you need me to give you some ideas about what would work best for your product, I can offer all kinds of creative solutions to help you get the best from your product to help you to achieve the best sales possible for your target audience.

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I photograph products in the West Midlands and all over Worcestershire as well as traveling all over the country when necessary to photograph products in situ when they are too large/or expensive to be moved. If you would like to have a chat about your product photography requirements please call me on 07885472010 or email me: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

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Flatlay Product Photography Photo Training http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/4/product-photography-photo-training I am running a series of Flatlay Photography workshops over the next few months.

There will be a maximum of 4 people on each workshop, I will provide a selection of props for you to use and you can of course bring your own products and props with you too if you like.

Plus not forgeting the Flatlay Photography Backgrounds for you to use on the day and the price of the workshop includes your own

Flatlay Photography Background to take home with you.

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The Workshops cost £75 and last for 3 hours and include notes and your own Flatlay Photo Background to take away.

The dates for the courses are;

Thursday 7th June 10am-1pm

Friday 14th September 10am - 1pm

Wednesday 10th October 10am- 1pm

Thursday 8th November 10am - 1pm

Refreshments throughout the workshop are included too. Workshops will all take place in Dodford, Bromsgrove Worcs. B61.

To book on to one of the above dates please email me on alex@alexsharp.co.uk or

if you would like to have a chat before you book on please call me on 07885472010.

You do not need to have a fancy DSLR to do this workshop, if you shoot your photos on your phone camera then bring your phone with you, whatever camera you use is the one to bring.

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, with your remaining 50% payable the month before.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) flatlap photography course flatlay photography workshop learn flatlay photography photography worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/4/product-photography-photo-training Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:00:00 GMT
FlatLay Photography Backgrounds http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/4/flatlay-photography-backgrounds Quite a few of my product photography clients have asked me if I can supply them with their own mini backgrounds for their flatlay social media photography posts and blogs etc and so I have put a small range together, there are 12 in the range at the moment, but it will continue to grow with new textures and colours each week.

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The FlatLay Photography Backgrounds are from photographs of real items, printed lifesize onto board so that they wont fold or curl at the corners and can be pulled out and used straight away without you needing to weigh corners down etc. Above is the Distressed white painted Door and below is Tree Trunk.

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You can use them on their own with your products in true FlatLay Photography style or you can use a couple of them together to create a mini studio set of your own if you have slightly larger items that don't work in a Flatlay situation.

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The Flatlay Photography Backgrounds are £18.00 each plus £5 p&p or £32 for two plus £5.00 p&p.

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They are all available through my Etsy shop and are also available through the shop on this website.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlatlayBackgrounds

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They are 40cm square and 3m thick on rigid board, so easy to store behind a cupboard or your sofa when not in use and quick and easy to pull out and use when needed. They are £18 each or £32 for two plus £5 p&p.

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The question is - what will you photograph on yours ?

If you would like more information or are interested in learning how to shoot Flatlay photography with your products for your blog and Social media posts please just get in touch, I will soon be opening registration for the up and coming class.

 

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Equestrian Photography around Worcestershire, the West Midlands and Warwickshire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/4/equestrian-photography-around-worcestershire-the-west-midlands-and-warwickshire Equestrian photographer worcestershireEquestrian photographer worcestershire

Horses are just starting to lose their winter coats now and over the next month or so they will all start to look stunning again as rugs are removed and the sun starts to show us it's face.  When I photograph you and your horse there are many options, but I come out to you and your horse - or horses at your yard, field or stable and we can take a selection of photos of both you and your horse in a natural way and also some photographs of you riding if you like or if you prefer we can do more fine art style photos on a coloured or black background.

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Don't worry if your horse is worried/spooked by the backgrounds, I work around your horse and we make sure that your horse is happy and comfortable with everything that we do, so if they don't like a new background appearing, then I find another way of achieving the same result for you.

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So whatever type of images you would like to achieve we will try our very best - and if you book in and the weather isn't with us, then don't worry we just move the shoot to another convenient day.

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If you would like to book in or buy a gift voucher for a friend or loved one then get in touch. Gift vouchers make great and different gifts for the horsey lovers in your life.

Tel:07885472010 or Email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) equestrian photography worcestershire horse photography horse portraits photographer wedding photography west midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/4/equestrian-photography-around-worcestershire-the-west-midlands-and-warwickshire Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:02:58 GMT
Bromsgrove Wedding Photographer http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/bromsgrove-wedding-phootgrapher Todays' Blog is about all of the wedding photography that I cover in Bromsgrove. I now live in Dodford, which is half way between Chaddesley Corbett and Bromsgrove and so as you can imagine I cover a lot of weddings in the Bromsgrove area.

 

Venues that I photograph weddings at regularly around Bromsgrove include;

Manor Hill House wedding photography, Grafton Manor weddings, Brockencote Hall wedding photography in Chaddesley Corbett, Dodford Church, St Peter's Church in  Bromsgrove, St John's Church in Bromsgrove, Stone Manor wedding photography in Stone, Red House Barns wedding photography, the Dodford Inn and The Nailer's Arms are venues I have photographed wedding receptions at. I have also photographed weddings at The Bromsgrove Holiday Inn and the Bromsgrove Hilton too.

The Bromsgrove area has many many wedding venues and they all offer different pros and cons depending on what size wedding you are having and whether you are looking for an exclusive venue or if you prefer a large hotel wedding that has the facility of being able to offer lots of bedrooms for your guests etc etc.

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The wedding photography above  and below is from Manor Hill House in Upton Warren.

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The wedding photography images below are from Red House Barns and Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove

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The wedding photography below is from The Crown and Sandys in Ombersley, so still very local and another great venue.

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Here are some more wedding photographs from Red House Barns in Stoke Prior below.

The selection of wedding photography below is all from Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett.

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We mustn't forget of course another fabulous wedding venue in Bromsgrove and that is Avoncroft Museum, a wedding photographers dream :-)

If you have your wedding booked but haven't yet booked your wedding photographer, whether your wedding is at one of the many Bromsgrove wedding venues or elsewhere, please just get in touch and I can let you know if I am available for your wedding day.

Tel: 07885472010  Email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

 

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I have photographed several weddings at Arley Arboretum, the trees and gardens are amazing.

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The church is right next to the gardens and so guests only have a short walk from the chapel to the Italian Gardens and their Reception.

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It is a pretty church with a sloping drive up towards it, makes for a great walk through when the confetti is being thrown ;-)

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The Italian Gardens are a stunning setting for casual photos and also for group shots. Arley Arboretum has had a lot of excellent work done on the Italian Gardens in the last couple of years and so now for Wedding Photography it really is a wedding photographers dream.

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The marquee out on the front lawn is in a truly beautiful setting, huge lawns for guests to walk around and plenty of room for kids to play and run around, quite safely within view of their parents.

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The light inside the marquee was fabulous, very soft and flattering, each time I have been there different size marquees have been used, but no matter how large or small they seem to fit into the front lawned area magnificently.

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If you would like to see more images from weddings and parties that I have photographed at Arley Arboretum in Worcestershire you can email me at: alex@alexsharp.co.uk or call me on 07885472010

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) arley arboretum wedding photographer photography wedding photographer arley arboretum wedding photography worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/arley-arboretum-wedding-photography Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Business head shots for Social Media http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/business-head-shots-for-social-media A lot of you don't have great head shots, we try and take selfies, or we get our friends and family to take quick snaps for us to pop on our websites and think "that'll do", but when we put bad pictures of ourselves on our social media sites and websites, what does this say to potential customers ?

To me it says you don't care - and if you don't care if you are represented well in your photograph why should I think that you will care about the work that I might ask you to do ? Think about it... you don't buy products that have bad product images - so why would you buy into a person that can't be bothered to show themselves properly ?

I am currently offering a selection of business head shots - some are done inside some outside, you can have a couple of outfit/suit or blouse changes to create different looks etc. and get all of the images on disc - or you can have them as downloads from my online gallery whichever suits you, but we will get you 10 different photos in colour and then I also put them into black and white for you, giving you a selection of 20 images in total to use on different sites/brochures magazine etc so you're not having to use the same image over and over again for just £100.


Whatever you do, whatever you need your images for I have options to get you a great selection of shots that wont break the bank.

 

Whether you are a musician,  DJ, need them for flyers, websites, social media profiles or emails I have a choice of backgrounds to give you a selection of different looks.

 

If there are a group of you that need images done all from the same office/company you can book me to come to your work place if that's easier, so that your working day doesn't get too disrupted.

Please just call for an appointment or a quote for me to come to your office/place of work.

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Product Photography in the West Midlands and Worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/product-photography-in-the-west-midlands-and-worcestershire product photography Birminghamproduct photography Birmingham

If you are a craft maker, Artisan, potter, manufacturer of any kind and have products/range that you need to get photographed, I am offering a two hour special at my studio until 15th April. The two hours is £125 and gets you images to use for your website, brochures, printing and all of your social media sites. Having plenty of shots means that you wont need to use the same images day in day out, it means that each day you can blog using different images to keep your pages and blog posts looking fresh and interesting for your potential clients.

If you would like to take advantage of the two hour special, please call as soon as possible to book in,this offer is available from Monday to Friday (not incl Bank Holidays).

Whatever your product and whatever style you would like to have your photos done in I'm sure we can get you a great selection of shots during your time slot.

Whether you have jewellery, handbags, wrought iron work, pottery, or maybe you have a range of items that you buy in specially to sell at Christmas. Great photos help to sell them faster than bad photos.

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For my current availability just drop me a line. alex@alexsharp.co.uk or call me on 07885472010. All photos are supplied in a password protected online gallery that you can download your images from.

If you would  prefer to have your items photographed in-house this can also be arranged for just a small extra cost.

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How to Make your online store look fabulous :-) http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/how-to-make-your-online-store-look-fabulous A lot of people have their own online shops these days, setting up your own business via the internet is becoming more and more popular as more people want to work for themselves and become their own boss and in charge of their own destiny - and who can blame you all :-)

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There is plenty to think about when creating your own website, there is so much competition these days that you have to get your website looking good, with all of the correct information.

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Then of course comes the images, whether you are selling a service or an actual product, you need good images. You also need to have a supply of images for banners and weekly offers, business cards, leaflets etc. This is so that you can update your page regularly and visitors wont keep seeing the same images each week when they come to your website to see what's new.

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When you have your products photographed think about whether you need them photographing on a white background as well as having them photographed in a more interesting way for your own website. Why on white? If you want to sell your products on ebay, NotOnTheHighStreet or Etsy for example they like to have white/pale backgrounds, where as this may be not what you want for your website. Something to think about when you're planning your website.

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Think about the colours you would like in the background and what will work with your website/brand/logo and whether you will want to change the colours with the times of the year.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) commercial photographer worcestershire photographer photography product photography bromsgrove product photography west midlands worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/how-to-make-your-online-store-look-fabulous Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Wedding Photography in Worcestershire and the West Midlands for 2018 and 2019 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/3/wedding-photography-in-worcestershire-and-the-west-midlnads-2017 To all of you getting married this year I hope you have a Wonderful Wedding Day. I cover a wide variety of venues around the country. More local venues to me are Manor Hill House in Upton Warren, Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove, Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove, Red House Barns in Stoke Prior, Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett, a variety of local churches including Harvington Church. Other wedding venues I regularly photograph weddings at include Stone Manor and The Granary, Arley Arboretum, Ribbesford church, all 4 churches in Droitwich and Stoke Prior.

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Sherbourne Park in Warwick, Warwick Castle, Rowton Castle, Birtsmorton Court, the Crown and Sandys in Ombersley, Belbroughton Chruch, Dodford Church, to name a few.

All venues offer slightly different services and benefits, all are beautiful though, for example, Red House Barns in Stoke Prior is a fabulous venue and can accommodate a large wedding of up to a couple of hundred people, but doesn't offer overnight accommodation. Whilst Manor Hill House can't  have weddings of that size, but does offer 5 bedrooms available for hire. Both venues offer exclusivity though. 

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If you are getting married in 2018 or 2019 and would like to have a chat to me about your wedding photography, wherever you may be getting married, please call and check my availability, I have 22 weddings booked in this year so far and am having to turn people away for certain popular dates, so please book your photographer as early as possible.

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Remember when you book your photographer to have your list of questions ready - there are things you should be asking when you book - for example - all wedding photographers should have public liability insurance - and if you ask them, they should be able to show you their certificate. All professional photographers will have more than one camera - so ask your photographer how many cameras they have ? - What happens if one camera breaks ? what happens if a lens breaks ? What happens if the photographer is ill - will somebody else come along to photograph your big day ? will you just lose your money or will they send a qualified replacement ? What is included in the price - Hi res photos on a USB  - if so how many ? How much extra are albums? What happens if you lose your USB is it possible to get a copy - if so how much do they cost ?

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The list of questions goes on and on and I will cover more questions that you should be asking your photographer in my next wedding photography blog post. In the meantime, if you would like to chat to me about your wedding photography call me on 07885472010.

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