Well, it’s been a while since the last blog post so it’s high time we got back on track with the blogging. This week’s blog is about a photoshoot I did with a very special little girl named Phoebe.
Phoebe the Wondergirl!
I have recently become involved with (and am very proud to sponsor) a fantastic magazine called AUKIDS. My wife and I both have members of our family with Autism, so this is a subject very close to our hearts!
The next issue of Aukids Magazine celebrates their fifth birthday. Debby and Tori started the magazine in 2008 because they felt the need for lively, impartial advice for parents. At the time there were no other magazines written just for parents of kids on the spectrum. Debby had been a journalist before her twins were born – Tori is a highly specialist speech and language therapist. They met when Tori did some sessions with the twins (both of whom are Autistic).
3 out of 4 people with autism are male, so it was particularly nice to photograph Phoebe the wondergirl for this issues cover!
An introduction to David!
Please do feel free to check out the Aukids site at http://www.aukids.co.uk/ – you can subscribe to the magazine for just £10 and don’t forget – Aukids is a not for profit social enterprise always looking for new sponsors!
Thanks again to Debby and Tori (and of course Karen, Lyndsay and Phoebe the Wondergirl) for helping me create images for a wonderful magazine.
Here are a few photographs from a recent Wedding Photography Engagement shoot with Charlotte and Greg. Engagement Shoot Wedding Photography is always good fun, and I make a point of offering every couple that books me for their Wedding Photography a complimentary engagement shoot.
This is in part to get you used to being photographed before the big day, but it’s also a great opportunity to get to know me, your wedding photographer before your wedding day! (and you also get some rather nice portrait photography to use for wedding invitations, thank-you cards and even to get framed and put up on the wall!).
Usually, wedding photography engagement shoots are done in the photography studio, or a park (or somewhere of importance to the couple)… but ths time was a little different. Charlotte and Greg had some fantastic ideas about what they wanted from their photoshoot, and I’m pleased to present a few pics below which I really think have captured their characters. The photography was done mainly at home, with a few shots in the local park.
Congratulations to you both on your engagement – really looking forward to the big day!
And here is a little video slideshow with a few more pictures.
If you or anyone you know is getting married, why not get in touch and find out a little more about my wedding photography. You get a free consultation and engagement shoot, competitive pricing and your big day captured the way you want it to be. I’m more than happy to put you in touch with any of my previous clients, and you can see some testimonials on my Wedding Photography page, or on freeindex.co.uk
You can see more by visiting my Stockport Photographer website (http://www.manchesterphoto.com) or my facebook group (David Laslett Photography & Design – http://www.facebook.com/groups/51294856990/)
I’ve also included a few text versions at the bottom of this post. Many thanks for the kind comments folks, and please do keep them coming!
Dear David, Thank you for turning up at the weekend and carrying out the photography at The Trafford Center. I know it was hard work but I am sure that you have made a lot of young people very happy and parents very proud. Best Wishes, Jeff. Jeff Banks, Fashion Designer
(letter received after I was asked to photograph “The People’s Catwalk” for The Prince’s Trust charity)
Great pictures. Professionally taken. Professionally developed. David’s friendly and positive approach to his work has led us to recommend him to all our friends and family. Richard and Jo Barber & Family, Greater Manchester – Family Portrait Photography client
Thanks for doing some really stunning photos .. I cant believe both have our eyes open and smiling at the same time! Something we we’re starting to think was impossible! We’re both really happy with the photos and our only problems now is picking which ones we both agree on! It was a great experience and you made us both feel at ease in front of the camera. Thanks a million Dave! Natalie & Dave, Cheshire – Portrait Photography Manchester client
Excellent pictures, and so many great ideas we love them all!! Dave was really good at making everyone feel at ease, even our 2 year old boy (which is a job in itself!). The time went so fast and we had lots of fun. I would highly recommend Dave xxx Joanne Foubister & Family, Stockport – Stockport Family Photography client
Dave thanks for the photoshoot, I had a blast. Will go through the pics tonight and let you know which are my faves! I loved loads of the ideas for using the pics so will try and narrow it down to which I like best (but it will be a tough call as they were all very impressive). Will be recommending you to lots of friends that will want photos done. Neil Greenwood, Oldham – Portrait Photography Stockport client
Hi Dave, Just a quick note to say thanks for the family photographs taken before Christmas. These were sent as Christmas presents to parents and grandparents and everyone has commented on how relaxed we all looked!! We all suffer from a ‘camera phobia’ and this is the first time we have had studio photographs done and as a family we were all dreading it – your patience made our ‘ordeal’ much easier. The photographs speak for themselves – happy, relaxed, smiling faces!! Family Photographs we are proud to have on our wall and were able to send out to family at long last!! Many thanks, Pauline Pauline Wright & Family, Cheshire – Stockport Family Photography client
We (army of stars) were very happy with the work that Dave did for us photographing our band, so much so we are getting him to do more for us. great shots, great guy. Sam Mellor, Manchester (Army of Stars) – Band Photography Manchester client
We used David for our Wedding Photos. Just to say thanks for doing a great job. He immediately put people at ease and was organised with his approach. Most importantly though the photos were of an excellent standard. I would use David again without hesitation. Richard & Siobhain Easter, Greater Manchester – Manchester Wedding Photography clients
Hey would like to thank Dave for a great photo shoot. The pictures were professionally taken. The photo shoot was made fun and interesting which made it easy to relax in front of the camera. The outcome of the photos was great, very happy with the pics, also the CD was very well done. Highly recommend !!! Thanks Dave, Stephe xx Stephanie Kerfoot, Cheshire -Stockport Portrait Photographer client
Thanks Dave for my fab photos im really happy with the outcome, already had loads of people asking who did them and have highly recommeded you to them. Thought the DvD was a really good idea and am pleased to say Rory (my boyfriend) loved it lol Thanks again, Gemma x Gemma Winnington, Cheshire – Individual portrait photography session in manchester
Thank you Dave for Capturing the magic of my girls – we all had a great time , and this shows in the pictures. The girls were very relaxed and the pictures show that…a real treasure forever. Fay Thomas, Lancashire – Stockport Family Photographer client
Dave, Just to say that myself and Nat are so grateful for the wonderful pictures you took of Joseph! They’re absolutely fantastic. We’ll definitely be in touch to discuss ordering some prints/frames etc. Thanks again mate, very impressed! Best regards, The Wests Paul West & Family, Greater Manchester – Manchester family portraits client
Thanks to Dave for taking some great photos for us at Manchester University. Everyone has been mightily impressed with the quality of the pictures, especially given the challenging circumstances under which they were taken! (in a wind tunnel) Dave gave us a fantastic photo session and we will be recommending his services! Peter Tickle – University of Manchester – Manchester commercial photography client
The photo session was really fun and relaxed which really showed in the pictures. The photos of our children are gorgeous and really natural. Thanks Dave for doing such a brilliant job. Siobhain Easter, Greater Manchester - Child portrait photographer manchester client
Dave (with thanks to Fo, too) did a fabulous set of photos from our wedding celebration! They really captured the emotion of the night in a natural way and will serve as great reminders forever! Cheers Dave (and Fo). John Khatri, Lancashire – Stockport Wedding Photographer client
Me and Hels had Dave as our wedding photographer – he was brilliant on the day, very relaxed and the end product was great to come back to after our honey moon. Would not hesitate recommending him to friends and family! All the guests said he was great and everyone who has seen the photo’s think they are brilliant. Top Man. Ian & Helen Douglas, Manchester – Cheshire Wedding photographer client
Hi Dave, I just wanted to say thank you SO much for the fabulous family memories you have created for us. Who would think that you could get the Gruffydds in a room at the same time all looking respectable!
The pictures are really lovely and the framing is exactly what we wanted. I’d happily recommend you to anyone wanting photos for special occasions or just to capture the moment! We’ll definately be back for another batch as the family grows! Best regards, Sabs. Sabs Nazir, Stockport – Stockport Family portraits client
David was photographer at our wedding back in March 2006. We feel incredibly lucky to now have hundreds of fantastic high-quality photographs to look back on. Every part of our day was well covered to a fabulous standard!
From beautiful shots of the surrounding area, decor, balloons and cake through to morning, ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening do, we love our photographs and David felt very much a part of our day. Candid shots of our guests were very well lit and always captured a warm moment.
We will always look back on our day with fond memories and Davids vision, good humour and expertise will be much appreciated – until death do us part!! Many Thanks! Paul & Sue Paul & Sue Coulson, Lake District – North West wedding photography clients
Photograph Session was in a very relaxed environment. Very pleased with the photos. David – you have a knack of making babies smile! Many thanks – we’ll be back soon , Rachel
Rachel & Ian Wolstenholme, Lancashire – Baby portrait photographer in Manchester clients
Here are a few fun pictures from a recent portrait session featuring 3 of my favourite models! Elisabeth (who is my able assistant during Wedding Photography in Manchester and across the North West), her daughter and my daughter (they reeeally liked the flat caps).
Make sure to get in touch next time you think about having a portrait photography session. Photoshoots make great gifts for relatives / loved ones etc., and we have a fantastic range of products available, so contact us or see the website for a price list.
All of our frames and canvasses are hand made to order and our photographic prints are produced by dedicated printing companies on the highest quality photographic papers. We also have vouchers available.
Here are a few photographs from a recent Commercial Photography shoot undertaken for IMA Trading in Stockport. Based on Stanley Green Trading Estate, near to Heald Geen and Cheadle in Stockport, IMA supply products to many Wedding venues and Wedding suppliers across the globe.
IMA asked me to come along to their premises and do an on-site commercial photography photoshoot for their website and ebay business.
I almost always find Product photography interesting – I like the challenge of working with a variety of products, and showing them at their best (after all, these photographs are their to help SELL the products in question!).
I hope Yogi Bear's not around
In this instance, products photographed in this commercial photoshoot were hampers, cameras, seat covers, table decorations and more. Usually the kinds of things I photograph when capturing wedding photography on somebody’s big day, so interesting to be taking photographs of these items at a more leisurely pace (and in an environment where I could control the lighting).
In this instance, at IMA’s request the photographs were provided in a square format as cut-outs (background removed).
Well, firstly a belated Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you had a fantastic time at Christmas and New Year and are now sufficiently full of Turkey / Nut Roast / Sprouts (*insert festive fodder here as appropriate!).
My First Christmas!
I had a great time with family and friends, and am now hastily making my New Years resolutions (few of which ever survive for long). This Christmas was especially special, as it was my daughter’s very first Christmas
Christmas and New Year were a busy time for me as it happens. Once more, I was undertaking commercial photography for Galaxy Optical in Cheshire. I don’t think I have ever seen so many pairs of spectacles in my life (in fact, for someone who does not wear spectacles, I now know an awful lot about them).
The year ahead looks promising with 13 wedding bookings already for this year! If you or a member of your family are getting wed this year, why not ask them to phone me for a chat. When it comes to wedding photography, I don’t believe in making clients choose between “packages”…. each wedding is customised to clients requirements, be it wedding photography on disk to full blown luxury Italian wedding albums such as Graphistudio.
My commercial photography client list continues to grow, too. New clients include schools, Egan Reid, a Fire Suppressant company, hampers, and even bakeries (so it’s not all specs, specs, specs!)
I’m also getting an increased number of bookings for Birthdays and special occasions such as Christening Photography, which is fantastic.
Happy New Year!
I wanted to join a number of my peers in producing an “image a day” as part of a photographic experiment, but realistically I have been far to busy, so I am going to endeavour to put at least one image a WEEK onto this blog. Much more realistic for me, so keep your eyes peeled, dear reader!
Right, I shall sign off now and get back to work. I wish you all the best for the year ahead!
I was asked by Alex and Ekaterina to capture their big day, and although the sky was overcast, we got some fantastic images.
Wedding photography is one of the most challenging forms of photography, particularly when the weather is working against you (and too sunny can be almost as bad as too grey, believe me!) but having a fantastic venue like Gorton Monastery to work with certainly does help.
The staff were friendly and professional (some all Wedding Photographers can appreciate), and make the job so much easier.
Here are a few of the photographs from the day.
And here is a video of some of the wedding photography from the day.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, and thanks again to Ekaterina and Alex for entrusting me with their Wedding Photography! My first Anglo-Russian wedding, and my first batch of wedding photography in a Monastery!
Cheshire Wedding Photographer David Laslett is a talented Wedding, Portrait, Commercial and Event Photographer based in Stockport who covers the North of England and beyond.
I was recently asked by the nice folks at Amplify (an agency in London) to undertake a Commercial Photography shoot here in sunny Cheshire. It was part of a Campaign being run by Three to promote the use of Smartphones to busy Mums.
The commercial photography shoot took place at Busy Bees nursery in Cheadle and Olivers Restaurant in Handforth as part of Three’s On the Go campaign.
Denise is a mum herself and in person is lovely and very easy to get along with. She answered questions about her smartphone and how she uses it on a day to day basis.
Denise enjoying the sunshine with two Busy Bees
The shoot went very well indeed and was much fun. The sun was shining and we got some fantastic photographs of Denise with the mums and the children. There was also a photographer present from the Manchester Evening News for part of the day.
It is always very interesting undertaking Commercial photography shoots like this, as my experience in both child portrait photography AND event photography can come in VERY handy
Commercial Photography in Stockport, Manchester – Dance Costume Photography
Well, it’s been another busy week in the studio here in sunny Manchester. I was asked by POSE FREESTYLE to undertake a commercial photography photoshoot in the studio in Chorlton, Manchester.
This is one of the dancers photographed for the POSE Freestyle photoshoot, filmed by SKY TV
There were 9 freestyle dancers to photograph, with multiple costume changes.
One of the dancers that we were photographing in the studio was having a documentary made about her by SKY Television. Consequently the photoshoot was filmed, and is due to be broadcast on one of the SKY TV channels (details to follow).
The photoshoot was a great success and I’ve never seen such a talented group of little acrobats!
Many thanks to Karen and Aimee of POSE Freestyle for booking us for your Manchester Studio Photography. Thanks to Andrew Wood Photography in Manchester – a great place for studio hire!
One of the dancers
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