Alex Sharp Photography: Blog http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Alex Sharp Photography alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:17:00 GMT Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:17:00 GMT http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u739453632-o49221054-50.jpg Alex Sharp Photography: Blog http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog 120 90 Jewellery Photography in Birmingham, Worcestershire and The West Midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/jewellery-photography-west-midlands Jewellery Photographer WorcestershireJewellery Photographer Worcestershire

I have been photographing jewellery for nearly 20 years now, whether you need some new images for different seasons, or to advertise special days coming up  - Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or if you have a new range of products that you want to launch, you need to make sure that your products look good. They need to look their absolute best to catch peoples eye, to stop them jumping from your website off to somebody else's website.

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It doesn't matter if your jewellery is silver with no gemstones, high end diamond jewellery, or something in between, it still needs to look its' best to attract attention. I also recommend that you have 3 or 4 images to show customers of each piece, this way your potential clients can get a good feel of how the piece of jewellery really looks. 

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Jewellery photography can be done at your shop or workshop if you prefer or if your products are high value and need to remain on your premises that is fine I can come to you to photograph them.

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If you need a mix of photos for social media, for your website banners, blog posts, Instagram, facebook and Twitter feeds, I can also shoot plenty of images for this purpose too for you.

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Jewellery can be photographed on any colour background you would like, black, white, texture, or in a lifestyle set up, whatever you need for your website and other uses.

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If you need your products photographed on a model, I can arrange that for you to, male, female models of all ages can be organised.

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To get a quote for you jewellery photography let me know how many products you have and a rough idea of how you would like them photographing or if you prefer to have a chat about it you can call me on 07885472010 or email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your jewellery, if you would like to have a couple of test shots done before you commit to having many pieces of jewellery photographed that can be arranged too.

Thanks

Alex

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Family Photo Shoots and January Portrait Offer http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/family-photo-shoots When people come to my studio I try to make it as casual and fun as possible - when I start asking your kids what they've been up to and where are they going next when the photo shoot is over, it's actually a form of distraction - it's distracting them from the fact that they are possibly somewhere they don't really want to be..... Of course once we start if they aren't comfortable having their photo taken I generally take them outside and we have a look for ducks on the lake or look at the sheep in the field - this way I can get some natural shots of them doing things they are more interested in than me and my camera and once they have then realized I am taking their photos whilst they are doing something else it all seems a lot easier for them. The biggest thing I try to achieve by talking about lots of different things is to get people to relax, I might tell them a funny story - something that has happened to me, making people laugh and smile tends to put them at ease and relax a situation, showing kids photos of my dogs is always a help too - I have huskies - kids love seeing their photos.

They key is very much about chatting to the kids on their level, asking them about what they enjoy, computer games, PS games,what they've been up to at school or what hobbies they might have, once I have them chatting to me and smiling and telling me about themselves life at the studio becomes a lot less worrying for them, which I guess is why so many people keep coming back :-)

Of course bringing your pet along helps massively too, kids love bringing the dog along - I've even had cats and hamsters in the studio too, if they're part of your family I always say bring them along and get them in the photos.

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Family Portraits at my studio in Hartlebury are relaxed and fun.

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I am offering a Family Photo shoot voucher for £75, this includes a one hour photo shoot at either Bromsgrove Park or my studio in Hartlebury, an online gallery to view your images plus you have a choice of either 10 High Res images on USB memory stick or a set of prints including one 12x8 inch print and four 7x5 inch prints. The voucher needs to be purchased before the end of January 2018 and is valid for use until 30th June 2018. The voucher specifies all options and you can choose location at time of booking and then choose print or digital file option once you have seen the images. Vouchers can be purchased as gifts if you would like and can be sent gift wrapped for you.

If you would like to book in for a family portrait session, or take up the January Offer you can call me on 07885472010.

Best Wishes

Alex

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) family portrait shoots kidderminster photographer photography portrait photography worcestershire portraits worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/family-photo-shoots Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Wedding Photography Manor Hill House http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/wedding-photography-manor-hill-house 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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Product Photography 2018 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/product-photography-2018 If your New Years Resolution is to get your business looking better, earning you more money and generally attracting more attention and customers, then you have probably realised that means you need some better images.

Whatever your product the reality is the same, if people can't see the product properly they will click off your website and onto the next one on Goggle's Home Page......

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Some people come to me wanting photos for Not On The High Street, Etsy or other online large shop sites, some people have their own websites and so we shoot product photos for their banners and social media sites as well as for their shop on their website. Everybody wants something slightly different and that's fine as I can shoot your images to suit your needs.

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Whether you need your products shot on a clean white background - or something slightly more interesting for your website, with space left in there for a logo or sales message, all of this can be done to suit your exact requirements, all you need to do is let me know what you need.

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If you have several products or hundreds of products it's fine, drop me a line, let me know how many products and an idea of what you would like - clean white backgrounds, something more interesting, or maybe you need both ? and I will get back to you with a rough price of what it will cost, if it's easier to call me for a chat and to explain what you would like please do, my number is 07885472010

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Product photography can be done at my studio or if you have very large - or very expensive items I can always come to you and we can photograph your products in house.

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You may need images of your staff working in your offices or factory, that's fine too, whatever line of work you are in, we can get you some great photos to make your website catch clients eyes.

I look froward to hearing from you,

Best Wishes

Alex

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

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) bromsgrove wedding photographer jewellery photographer worcestershire product photography bromsgrove product photography west midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/product-photography-2018 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
What's in My Photography Bag ? http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/whats-in-my-photography-bag I often get asked about kit and what's in my photography bag.... my husband would joke that it's "bags" not bag.... but I do have a large Tamrac camera bag that I can squeeze the essentials into to take to a wedding or portrait shoot for example.

The bag includes two cameras - (sometimes three) -  all Canon -  Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 1DS MarkII on top of that are a variety of Professional Canon lenses, a 70-20mm lens, a 24-105mm a 17-40mm wide angle and I also carry a 90mm Tamron  lens. You will also find a couple of Canon Flash guns, plus a selection of polariser filters, UV filters for every lens and ND filters too, shutter release cable, several lens cloths, memory cards, spare batteries, pens and notebook. Tripod is too big to fit in the bag - but for your knowledge I own a Giotto tripod - and I love it :-)

I have a rule that I stick to very strictly with my camera kit - as this is my full time Profession and not a hobby, my kit has to earn it's keep and pay its' way as it were and so I use everything I own.

I also have an Ikelite Underwater Housing for the Canon 5D Mark II and port for when I go diving and snorkeling. I hear you ask how it earns its' keep ?

I sell a lot of my travel images through large libraries such as Getty, Alamy and Shutterstock to name a few, the underwater photos go into these libraries and so the Canon and its' underwater housing also earn their keep this way.

My Camera kit has traveled the world with me, from Mt Everest in Both Tibet and Nepal to Antarctica down south across South America and out to The Galapagos and up north as far as Svalbard. Taking photographs is my absolute passion, whether they are travel images, equestrian and pet portraits, wedding photography or product photography, I enjoy them all.

If you have had a camera for Christmas or would just like to learn more about photography and how to get more from your camera I offer half day and full day photography tuition, so please give me a shout, drop me an email, or call if you would like to learn more and embrace your passion in photography too.

Alex

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) photographer photography classes worcestershire photography lessons photography tuition photography tuition stratford upon avon portraits wedding photography http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/whats-in-my-photography-bag Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Wedding Photography Worcestershire and The West Midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/wedding-photography-worcestershire-and-the-west-midlands I hope you are all having a wonderful start to 2018 and thank you for the kind comments, emails and Thank you cards I got from last years weddings, it is always very much appreciated, thank you.

So onto this years' weddings :-) I have quite a few booked in already, but if you have got engaged over Christmas and would like to find out if I am free on your day and have a chat please feel free to get in touch. I will also be attending a wedding fayre at Manor Hill House in Upton Warren in February if you would like to meet me please feel free to come along and see me there.

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I photograph weddings all across Worcestershire, The West Midlands, Hereford, Shropshire, Warwickshire and travel up and down the country too, so wherever you are getting married - travel is not a problem.

In 2017 I photographed weddings at a wide variety of venues including, Warwick Castle, Rowton Castle, Manor Hill House in Upton Warren, Stone Manor Hotel, Arley Arboretum, Highley Hall, The Crown and Sandys in Ombersley, Tanworth In Arden church,Red House Barns,The Diglis Hotel in Worcester, Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett, Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove to name a few.

There are plenty of things that you should be asking your photographer before you book though and so please make sure you meet your photographer before you book and sit down and ask all of the questions that you need to before you make a decision.

I think the most important thing is that you like your photographer - as you will already have seen their work on the website I think we can safely assume, you wouldn't be contacting them if you didn't like their wedding photography.... However, I know some people who - shall we say borrow people photos to impress clients and don't really have the experience they profess to have. So once you have arranged to meet your photographer, make sure that you see plenty of their other work - ask them how many weddings they have photographed, ask to see albums - online or actual books of weddings they have photographed - if they are unable to show you a vast selection then you need to question how many weddings they have actually photographed.

Once we have established that they have plenty of experience then you also need to ask your potential wedding photographer about insurance - do they have public liability insurance? If not what happens if the photographer leaves a bag on the floor and your Auntie trips over it and breaks her leg ??? Or they break something at the venue? The venue are quite within their rights to ask your photographer for a copy of their public liability insurance - so your wedding photographer ask if they have it.

Next - what kit do they bring along - do they have professional cameras - I say "cameras" as if one breaks - or if a lens breaks what's the plan? do they have a spare ? where is the spare kept? do they carry it around with them or is it just left in their car? What happens if you're walking down the aisle and the photographers camera or lens decides to break at that exact moment?

Trust me these things happen ;-) My spare is turned on in a bag at my side with lens on, card in and ready to go so I can pick it up and keep shooting and nobody will know that anything has happened.... yes it happened at a wedding a couple of years ago, nobody knows to this day.....

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So you have established that you like the wedding photographer and you like their wedding photography work, you have checked that they have insurance and spare camera kit and so next you need to chat to them about what you get for your money - is it in writing? Make sure you know exactly what you will be receiving from your chosen photographer and roughly how long it will take for you to receive your images - and whatever else you may be getting from them after the wedding.

Some photographers offer wedding albums in the package, some offer the Wedding Photos on a USB - if you get all of the wedding photographs on USB then do you get everything - or is it limited to a specific number and you have to pay extra for the rest ?

These are all things that you need to check before you sign on the dotted line. That is another thing to check of course - is there something in writing to say that you are paying this person for their services - how much you will be paying them and what you will receive in return for said payment? Make sure there is a contract with their details on stating what you are getting for your money and when payments are due too.

There is a lot to think about when you are booking all of the things you need for your wedding day, so before you rush in, have a look around and make sure you find the things that suit you for your day, from flowers, cakes, cars and photographers to the people that run your chosen venue - have you sat and chatted to them - do they instill you with the faith that they can provide you with a stress free wedding day that will make you and your guests feel super special whilst they are looking after you ?

Organizing a wedding can be a very stressful time, so they key is to make sure that all of the people who you choose to be a part of your day, understand exactly what you want and will let you enjoy your day rather than adding any stress to your organizing of it :-)

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If you have any questions or would like to have a chat, meet up and see more of my work then please feel free to drop me a line - email or phone call, either is fine, it has been said that I am very friendly and know what I'm talking about when it comes to weddings :-)

Whether you book me or not, I hope you have a fabulous wedding, more top wedding tips will follow later this week.

Best Wishes

Alex

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year - Let's hope 2018 Is Fabulous for You All http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year---lets-hope-2018-is-fabulous-for-you-all Happy New Year Everybody.

I hope it is a wonderful Year for you all, I wish you all Good health and happiness all year long.

I look forward to seeing you all again this year and also to meeting new customers too and your friends and family - of the himan and four legged kind too :-)

Very Best Wishes for 2018.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) photographer photography portraits wedding wedding photography weddings worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year---lets-hope-2018-is-fabulous-for-you-all Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:49:38 GMT
My First Little Book is now available - and makes a Great Stocking Filler http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/12/my-first-little-book-is-now-available---and-makes-a-great-stocking-filler My first little Photography Book is now ready and available for purchase, it is called 12 Months of Photography projects and Ideas, it has ideas and hints and tips for every month of the year and should keep most photographers and budding photographers busy with things to try all year long. It has things to try each month whether you have a DSLR, point and shoot or even if you use your phone camera.

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They come gift wrapped for Christmas and are just £10 incl p&p.

They are A6 in size and have good thick pages and are in full colour with photo examples throughout and even a couple of pages for you to make your own notes on, so you can jot ideas down on the go. You also get a couple of blank keyrings, so you can print off your favourite photos and give them to loved ones or keep them for your own keys.

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They make Great Stocking Fillers for the people in your life who like taking photos.

To ensure you get yours in time for Christmas, please order by Tuesday 19th December. You can either order through the shop on this website or email me direct and I will send you payment details.

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) christmas gift photographer photography photography book stocking filer http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/12/my-first-little-book-is-now-available---and-makes-a-great-stocking-filler Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:15:02 GMT
Night time photography courses http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/11/night-time-photography-courses I have recently run a couple of evening photography courses, showing people how to use their cameras to capture star trails, fireworks and low light evening scenes.

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If this is something that you would like to have a go at, whether there is a group of you, just two of you, or even if it's just for you to progress and try something new, drop me a line.

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If you have a DSLR you will need a tripod ideally, you can get hold of reasonably priced tripods on ebay and similar online stores and whilst these aren't as sturdy as some of the more expensive tripods on the market - you can always hang a camera bag from the centre hook to hold it in place in a more solid way if need be.

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I  run these courses form my Home in Dodford, Bromsgrove B61. They can also be run in a town centre if you would like to have a go at car trails from a bridge.

It can also be useful to learn how to use your camera at night if you are traveling north where there is little daylight at this time of year, or you would like to photograph the Northern Lights or other similar type dusky landscapes.

The time where the sun drops and the moments before the dark really kicks in are just stunning for shades of blue, so don't be frightened, get a tripod and have a go and if you need a helping hand, give me a shout and I can show you how.

If you would like to learn what all of the settings do and the buttons are for and to achieve more from your camera before the year is through then drop me a line. It is £110 for two people to come along for a 3 hour course. Email:alex@alexsharp.co.uk or call: 07885472010

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) learn how to get more from your camera photography photography training days worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/11/night-time-photography-courses Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:03:48 GMT
Photography Christmas Gift Ideas http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photography-christmas-gift-ideas A lot of people like to give Photography Gift vouchers at Christmas, for photo shoots and also for 1-2-1 tuition. If you would like to give a friend or loved one a voucher for Christmas, my most popular vouchers are;

Family photo shoot vouchers - these can be for a studio or outdoor photo shoot

Pet Portrait photo shoot - once again this can be studio based or done at a local park or on a favourite walk you may have on the woods etc.

Equestrian Photo Shoot - I come to your yard/field and the voucher can include as long as you would like, to do natural and fine art too if you like, the choice is yours.

Photography Lesson vouchers -  these are tailored to the recipients exact needs and can be done as half day or full day sessions.

I will also have my 12 months of photography Ideas and projects book available in a couple of days, It contains projects for every month of the year and some handy hints and tips, whether you shoot on a DSLR, point and shoot or phone camera. It makes a great stocking filler for people who enjoy their photography on all levels and is just £10 inlcuding UK P&P.

Please ensure if you would like a photo voucher for any of the above that you order them as soon as possible. Message or phone me to discuss your exact requirements.

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I can even do you a voucher for me to go out and spend the day on a pheasant shoot getting some great shots of you or your loved one enjoying their favourite sport.

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Family Photo shoots can be done at my studio and the woods outside or at your favourite park.

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Call me or email me for more details Tel: 07885472010     Email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) christmas gift vouchers equestrian photography pet portrait photo shoot pet portrait vouchers photo shoot gift vouchers photography http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photography-christmas-gift-ideas Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:29:52 GMT
Portrait Vouchers for Horses, Dogs and Family Photo Shoots for Christmas Gifts http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/10/portrait-vouchers-for-horses-dogs-and-people-for-christmas-gifts I know I know who mentioned the "C" word..... but I have had it pointed out to me that it is just a couple of months away and so as my diary is filling up fast I thought I should throw it out there as I know a lot of you like to come to the studio and have family and pet portraits done for Christmas presents. I also know a lot of you like to give vouchers for portrait shoots as Christmas gifts.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months and so if you give them as a Christmas gift I will give you a voucher that is valid for the whole of 2018.Gift vouchers can be for Family photo shoots, Pet Portraits and Equestrian Portraits, you can tailor them to fir whatever you would like to give the recipient, so you can just include a photo shoot and a couple of prints, or you can include a canvas or the USB memory stick with everything on, the choice is yours. Vouchers come gift wrapped ready to give to the recipient.

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Vouchers for studio photo shoots start from just £50, This includes a one hour photo shoot with an 8x6 inch print,

you also get a password protected online gallery to view all of your images at your leisure.

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I also offer Equestrian vouchers, which make great gifts for the horse owners in your life.

If you decide you would like a photo shoot before Christmas, my next available Saturday is Saturday 28th October, but I only have two spaces left, I have a 12.30 slot and 1.45pm left, please drop me a line if you would like to book in.

I have another appointment at 12.15 on Saturday 25th November available, I have weekdays available too, but very few Saturday appointments left.

Have a Great weekend everybody. I have a wedding tomorrow, so I'm hoping the storm doesn't hit here too badly.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) equestrian photographer worcestershire pet portraits photographer photography worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/10/portrait-vouchers-for-horses-dogs-and-people-for-christmas-gifts Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:11:35 GMT
What to do During the Summer Holidays with your Camera http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/8/what-to-do-during-the-summer-holidays-with-your-camera So if you're off on your holidays over the summer with your camera there's plenty out there for you to photograph, apart from the big sweeping landscapes or cityscapes - depending on where you're going. Remember to look for the details too and try out some different angles, rather than shooting everything from your eye height, kneel down, or find something to stand on to get a different point of view  - sometimes in a city where a hotel just has walls of glass all the way up, why not jump in the lift to the top floor and get a birds eye city view looking down on all of the buildings, a city can look quite different when viewed from above.

A lot of cities even offer helicopter rides these days - giving you a great chance to get those views from above photos.

Don't forget the details too though, sometimes city signs and street signs can make great close ups.

 

On the other hand if you're going to the beach and the seaside don't forget the rock pools and sand dunes as well as the sunsets over the sea. Even on rainy days at the beach with a rough sea there are some amazing seascapes to capture.

All around you there will opportunities for interesting close ups for you to seek out, think about what you might do with your photos when you get back and try and shoot with this in mind, sometimes it can be nice to make a montage of small squares with lots of details of the place you have been, or are you going to take lots of photos of the same view and piece them all together.

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Enjoy the rest of the school holidays whatever you get up.

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I've done some wonderful Equestrian photo shoots over the last couple of months, jumping about in between rain showers and storms and even getting soaked at times, I've managed to capture some great moments of people with their horses and the relationships they have.

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Equestrian weddings - One of my most very favourite things to photograph is a Beautiful Bride on her Magnificent Horse. This is Charlotte and the lovey Taz  riding to meet her Husband to be at Feckenham church a few weeks ago.

The rain did not dampen the marvellous spirit of the day.

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From a photo shoot last week, Steph, her Mom and Sabre and Goody.

If you would like to have a photo shoot with your four legged friend or to buy a voucher for your loved one or as a gift for a friend, I supply beautifully wrapped vouchers for you to pass on to them,  you can get in touch with me by phone or email.

I travel all over the country photographing people and their horses.

Equestrian Portrait Photography by Alex Sharp.

alex@alexsharp.co.uk   Tel: 07885472010

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Pet Portraits around Worcestershire and the West Midlands http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/7/pet-portraits-around-worcestershire-and-the-west-midlands If you have been trying to get some good photos of all of your kids and pets at the same time and not had much success, why not give me a shout.

Don't worry about how many kids or dogs we are trying to get in the photo - or just dogs, we'll work it out.

Alternatively you will find me at Countrywide the Stoke Prior store on Saturday 7th October, where I will be set up doing pet portraits, so you can come along with your dog - or dogs and have some portraits done with me there.

Pet portraits at my studio can last up to an hour - depending on how many dogs you have and how many backgrounds we use, or we can do some photos in the studio and some outside in the field if you like.

Below are a couple of shots of a German Short Haired Pointer, who sat very well in studio for me.

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If you would like to book your pet in for a portrait shoot either at my studio or if you would prefer that I come to you that is also possible, so please just give me a call and we can have a chat about exactly what you would like to get form your photo shoot,  you can contact me on 07885472010 or email me alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) pet photography in the west midlands photographer photography worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/7/pet-portraits-around-worcestershire-and-the-west-midlands Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Equestrian Photography over the 2017 Summer Holidays http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/7/equestrian-photography-over-the-2017-summer-holidays Hello everybody, I hope you are all ready for the Summer holidays. I have had quite a few phone calls already to book in parents and children for equestrian photo shoots. If you would like to have a family portrait done with your kids and horses, or just your horses, please call me as soon as possible to book in. I come to where your horse or horses are and we can get some natural photos of you and your four legged friends.

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Your photos can be turned into canvases of all sizes, or a montage of images framed up, whatever you would like.

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We can also do some fine art style images if you prefer, these do take slightly longer to set up, so we have to allow a bit more time.

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Equestrian portraits are always fun and we try and capture the true character of your horse.

It can often help to have an extra set of hands around - shaking some pony nuts in tub to get their attention and their ears forward always helps.

Everybody has their own idea of photos that they would like to try with their horse, so when you book in we can have a chat about exactly what we are trying to achieve and I'm sure we will get some amazing results, plus it's really good fun - and an excuse - if you need one - to spend more time with your four legged friend.

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So if you would like to spend some time getting some lovely photos with your horse, or horses and dogs too, please get in touch whilst we have some reasonable Summer weather and we'll get you booked in, you can call me on 07885472010 to book in and have a chat about what you would like.

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Equestrian Photography Worcestershire, Equestrian Photographer West Midlands, Equestrian photography Shropshire, Equestrian photography Hereford.

I travel all over the UK photographing horses for people, so just call and ask and we can chat about where you live and how many horses you have etc etc.

 

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Photography - so what's going on here this week? http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/6/photography---so-whats-going-on-here-this-week I often get asked what I am up to each week, so here is a small insight into what I have to do this week - just in case you don't think I'm not working hard enough ;-) I have a few weddings to finish editing from the last week. I also have 4 family photo shoots from Saturday to get edited and put online for people to be able to view. I have photos to order from last weeks families who saw me during the half term week.

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I have a full day on a fashion/jewellery shoot in Birmingham later this week, plus two other half day commercial shoots booked in, one jewellery and one a variety of products for their website. All of these shoots have to be checked and uploaded to their online galleries too of course, as well as meeting a wedding client on Friday to go through their timings and any changes, plus there is checking emails each day and replying to people as soon as I can. Sorting out vouchers for photo shoots for people as gifts - I have 3 equestrian gift vouchers to do this week. Then there are two more couples that want to meet me for wedding bookings for next year - yes wedding photography for 2018 is getting busy now we are half way through 2017....

It is a busy week, with my next wedding on Saturday and a whole host of photo shoots to do before then.

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I will sign off for now, but if you would like to book in for a fun family photo shoot or an equestrian photo shoot or a wedding, commercial work or pet photo shoot, please just get in touch with me alex@alexsharp.co.uk or call me on 07885472010, if I don't answer please leave me a message - with your phone number and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a great week everybody.

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alex@alexsharp.co.uk (Alex Sharp Photography) equestrian photographer worcestershire photographer photography portraits wedding wedding photography weddings worcestershire http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/6/photography---so-whats-going-on-here-this-week Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT
Wedding Photography in Worcestershire and The West Midlands for 2018 and 2019 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/5/wedding-photography-in-worcestershire-and-the-west-midlands-for-2018-and-2019 For those of you setting your Wedding dates for 2018 and 2019 I am now taking booking for both years.

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The above images were from Weddings I photographed at the Crown and Sandys in Ombersley last Summer.

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Manor Hill House Wedding Photographer.

Manor Hill House is just 1.5 miles from my home and a lovely venue.

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Arley Arboretum is an amazing place for your wedding, plus of course there are so many photography opportunities and lovely places for your guests to wonder around and enjoy.

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Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett - is also just 1 mile form my home and is another lovely wedding venue, I often photograph smaller more intimate weddings here, although I'm sure they cater for larger wedding parties too.

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Chateau Impney wedding photographyChateau Impney wedding photography Wherever you are getting married, once you have set your date you should think about booking your photographer, there are a lot of wedding photographers to choose from - but there are a lot of things you should be asking your wedding photographer - I have listed some questions for you below......

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Questions to ask your photographer should include;

1. How many weddings have you previously photographed ? and How long have you been a wedding photographer ?

The reason is - if you are one of their first - or their first wedding then they will not understand how a wedding day flows, and they will not know what happens when and how important is it to be in the right place at the right place for when certain things are going to happen.

2. Do they have insurance - public liability insurance ?

A venue does not have to let e photographer work at their venue if they do not have public liability insurance - and it's amazing how many don't bother.....

3.How many cameras and lenses do they carry?

If a camera or lens breaks as the bride is walking back down the aisle or as they are about to kiss for the first time as man and wife - what then - i have spare everything in my bag around my shoulder - it's all turned on and ready to go - so when I had a lens break as a bride was walking down the aisle - I picked up my other camera and carried in like nothing had happened - she had no idea....

4. Can you see a portfolio of their work ?

If not why not? How many weddings have they really done?

5. What does the price actually include ?

Is it prints, a memory stick - a mixture? are images limited or do you get everything?

These are just a few questions that you should be asking, but even if these are the only ones you ask - make sure you do - and make sure that you are completely happy with your photographer before you book them - as they will be spending your wedding day with you.

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If you would like to have a chat about your day or see some more of my work - or see a whole wedding in photos from start to finish - or several hundred :-) then please give me a call and remember that whatever questions you have that none of them are stupid or silly - I shoot weddings most weeks and I see and experience a lot - you may have been to friends weddings, but getting married yourself is very different so please don't worry about asking me any questions at all.

To call about your wedding photography : 07885472010 or email: alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

 

 

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Product Photography To Improve your Online Sales http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/5/product-photography-to-improve-your-online-sales We all know that we buy with our eyes, if we see something that we love - and it looks lovely in the photograph we are far more likely to buy it than an image that doesn't look good. It doesn't matter what the product is, if it looks bad in the photo and we can't see it properly we will go to a website where we can view it properly - how many times have you looked on a website and seen the box where the image should be and the words in the box read "image coming soon" - and how many times have you bought the product anyway???? Well if you're like me you wont have done - you will go to the next website on the list where you can see the product and hopefully the image wont be a shoddy library or stock image it will show me the product from several angles and I will almost feel like I can feel it myself..... isn't that what good photography is all about ? Making your potential buyers feel like they are right there next to the product experiencing it as though they were in a shop alongside it?

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If I go to a website with bad photography I don't stay there, I look elsewhere. These silver lockets with Swarovski crystals are by Encanto Jewellery - lovely products and you can choose the charms that go inside them - meaning that from all of the charms they have you can make yours special to the person you are giving it to.

I photograph a lot of jewellery for local and not so local jewellers. Items can be couriered to me if necessary to be photographed.

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product photography worcestershireproduct photography worcestershire product photographer worcestershireproduct photographer worcestershire The point is, that whatever you are selling if your product doesn't look as good as another website selling a similar product to you - then we all know that people will go to the competition to purchase the product. another thing that can help your SEO massively too is to name your photos with relevant product names when you upload them to your website as this helps Google when  your client types in what they are searching for.

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There is a huge amount that can be achieved with some thought to help potential clients decide that they want t buy form your website, but if you don't show your product off to it's full potential then it can't happen. Photos are also great to use in blogs and on instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms, when I shoot for my clients we make sure that we get product photography that will cover all of these outlets for them.

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Whatever your product is and whatever you need your product photographs for - catalogues, social media, your website etc why not give me a call and we can have a chat about how you would like them done and what will work best for you.

Tel: 07885472010 or email me at alex@alexsharp.co.uk

 

 

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Photography Experience Day in Stratford Upon Avon on Friday 16th June 2017 http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/4/photography-experience-day-in-stratford-upon-avon-on-friday-16th-june-2017 On Friday 16th June, I am running a Photography Experience Half Day in Stratford Upon Avon.

This is to help people who may be going away over the summer to help to get to grips with their camera a bit more before they go off on their holidays. Don't put it off, this is a fun way to learn how to get more from your camera with other like minded people - I also have a policy that no question is stupid, so whatever you need to ask no matter how daft you think it is you can feel comfortable asking nobody will laugh - they may smile a bit :-) but it's probably just a question that somebody else was worried about asking, it's fun and friendly and you will learn something new.

The session will run from 10am until 1pm (3hrs)  when we are finished you can stay in Stratford for as long as you wish to practice what you have learnt during the session.

I will have my laptop with me, so that we can review your images before the end of the session, it always helps to see images on a larger screen and share peoples thoughts and ideas. I will give you notes about everything that we cover during the session so that you can take them away and remember what we have discussed and practice what we have covered.

The 3hr session costs £50 per person and needs at least 2 people for it to run, there will be a maximum of 6 people able to attend.

We will cover Framing/composition and the rule of thirds, Aperture, ISO and shutter speeds, we will also look at the settings your cameras have and when they are useful and depending on what level you are at and what you would like to achieve, we will move you on to shooting in manual mode (depends on camera type too of course).

You need to bring your own camera and any lenses that you like to use and you also need to dress appropriately for the weather, comfy shoes and maybe an extra layer if it is chilly  - or if it is quite sunny - please don't forget to wear sunscreen.

Once you have booked in I will email more details over to you.

To book your place please email me: alex@alexsharp.co.uk and we can get you booked in.

 

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Tips for your Wedding Day http://www.alexsharp.co.uk/blog/2017/4/tips-for-your-wedding-day I often get asked by couples  - is there anything they especially need to think about or do on their wedding day for me - Apart from telling them to just relax and enjoy of course there are things that I say to do....

It's easy to say relax to people as it's such a Big Day - you have spent a long time saving up and a lot of time planning your perfect day - but the fact that you have spent time planning means that you then need to relax and let all of the people that you have employed for your Wedding Day get on and do their jobs and you need to relax and not worry about any of it - honestly - you need to enjoy.

Let the moments during the day consume you with all of the excitement and fun that they should.

On a more practical note - Brides and Bridesmaids - don't race up the aisle - a slow and steady pace is what suits the occasion - let people see you in your stunning outfits - enjoy all the smiles that are coming your way - let people take the moment to see you in your dress and this also gives you time to look at peoples faces as you walk up the aisle - rather than a big blur and have no idea who is there waving you on.

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155155 Don't worry about the weather - it is after all the one thing that is out of our control, most venues have places where photos can be done inside and out, and spaces where guests can be inside or out and whatever the weather your guests and you will still have a wonderful day, so don't let this spoil your day - embrace whatever is thrown at you - glorious sunshine or thunder - it will still be a beautiful day, because it will :-)

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Lastly, the one thing I do say to people is don't get so drunk that you don't even make it to the end of your Wedding Day celebrations, it would be a terrible shame to not see the end of the Day, when you have spent so much time, energy and planning for such an important day of your life.

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I wish all couples getting married this year a wonderful Wedding Day.

If you are getting married next year and would like to talk to me about your Wedding day, then please just call or email and I'll check my availability.

 

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