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Guest blog for Old Thorns Manor Hotel

Yeah… I did a spot of writing for an Old Thorns blog. It’s an amazing wedding venue we’re a preferred supplier for (wedding photography) and one of our fave places to shoot a wedding, so it’s been great to jot a few words down for them based around some images they really loved.

We’ve been shooting weddings at OT for the past decade and seen soooo many changes and it’s been wonderful having a working relationship with a venue for this length of time even through those changes- we must be doing something right!

So yeah, a cracking venue to host a wedding and a fabulous team there to help wedding couples, so here’s the blog we featured in (click the link below)

6 of our Chris Such Favourites

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the NEC we go..

NEC bound today as we headed up to Birmingham, to the annual ‘The Photography Show’ (the big one for UK) to check out new stuff, chat to people, and to see the product ranges from our wonderful album suppliers Graphistudio, who just so happen to sponsor the show! In the pro’s only lounge (run by Graphi) we slurped coffee, chatted to the gang and touched up the sexy new stuff they are introducing! Oh and did I mention Graphi are using one of our albums in their display, both at the show and also at the UKHQ? Nice touch eh! Bit of kudos there.. tasty!

That was worth the drive alone to find that out!

Sarah bought some props for the studio, we listened in on a couple of seminars, chatted to some interesting suppliers and signed up for a couple of things, and then drove home.

I’m tired now, so going to have an early night..

TTFN.. 🙂

You may think I’m a lazy git

OK, OK, it’s nearly March and I’m only just posting about how fab our 2017 wedding season was! Whilst other ‘togs were talking about this in December last year, I thought I’d be different and wait until the rush was over…

…nope, we’ve just been busy doing stuff like designing client albums, a couple of new display albums, our first wedding and wedding show of 2018, a bit of an upgrade to our working space (why does a weekend job always take longer than planned eh?) and all that exciting stuff of meeting new couples fresh on their wedding planning journey; this year is going to be rather hectic!!!

And y’know what? Creating a slideshow from my favourite memories of last year is not a 5min job either- it was soooo tricky trying to narrow it down to a sensible number and even though I had to be ruthless in the end and cull a load out (otherwise the slideshow would’ve been 10mins long and you’d have fallen asleep/switched tabs to that cat video on FaceBook you’ve been tagged in) I still ended up keeping too many for a sensible length slideshow!

Oh well, moving on, my fave moments of 2017; each one triggers a kool memory for me from being in the moment with the people involved, so if you fancy taking a gander click here and chill out for 3mins.. (click HD option if it doesn’t automatically do so as fuzzy images are rubbish!) It is a touch too fast for my liking but it won’t take up too much of your time to check it out either!

Enjoy… 🙂

New Graphistudio album range designed finally!

HOLY SH*TBALLS, my grey matter is frazzled today after a mind-numbing frenzy putting the final creative touches to our next album range to be introduced from our amazing suppliers Graphistudio. Not that I’ve been meaning to do this for 6 months, but I finally had a bit of ‘spare’ time in between wedding edits and sat down for a few days to get it designed.

These things have to be very carefully thought about, one cannot simply sling these together with whichever images one is drawn towards; each page or double-page spread has to be thought out and designed with an overall theme that runs for the complete album.  An album has to flow, the design has to tell a story, the theme has to work, the pages have to follow on from each other, the typefaces and fonts have to work together, the borders and colours and backgrounds have to match, the images need to be complimentary to the others on the page.

Damn there’s so much more than throwing down a client’s choice of images on a page and being done with it, I’ll leave that to the cheap/lazy photographers out there who give zero f**ks about design and unique album layouts for their clientele, or who don’t care about presentation, or [heaven forbid] those who use templates and auto-design software!!! These things are supposed to special and unique!

Display albums on the other hand, are equally taxing; yeah OK, I get to choose the images to tell the story however I like, which is easier in some ways, but I have to choose so carefully as the story has to inspire others, not a couple looking at memories of their day with their friends and family on the pages- double hard bas***d task that is!!

Well, that was an unintentional rant! I only started out to wax on about a new album concept range we’re introducing in the next couple of weeks! Although technically, we’re introducing two new album ranges, I’ve only designed the album set for one; I have worked out the package options for one range and designed the album layout and ordered the other, so kinda halfway there!

I will be shouting a bit more about all this stuff when the other design has been created and sent off, and the package options for both have been finalised- until then… tata 🙂

Service tweak aka ‘Arse-Kicking Incentive’

All-new arse-kicking incentive option..

I’m always thinking about ways to improve how we do things, or the products we offer, or our service to you lot- it’s a constant internal monologue chatting away at the back of my mind (does my head in if I wake up at 3am with my brain spinning I tell ya!)

So Sarah and I took a break the other day, grabbed Archie’s lead and coat, and headed outdoor to give him a long walk and us some fresh air to clear the mind-fog so we could chat ideas about improvements we could make.  Now you lot know from my mini-rants, that I’m super-passionate about folk having printed products, proper stuff that is going to last and be treasured, stuff to show off not only now, but in years to come, y’know stuff to get out and giggle at.  You all know this as I go on about it enough!

Now, I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to to-do-lists, priority-lists and ‘get-around-to-it-eventually’ lists, I live in the real world too y’know and I always joke about having my to-do-list written out on a loo roll- I roll it out and keep adding to this impossibly long list!  And sometimes I just need a good ol’fashioned kick in the rear to get sh*t done (Sarah is good at this!) and this is where our idea has sprung from.

I’ve always dug our flexible approach with separate photography and separate products afterwards, it’s what sets us apart from the standard stuff out there, and I plan to keep doing this!  And we never pressure anyone to choose a particular option or product, it’s always been and will remain to be, “you order what you want, when you want.”  Simple and flexible.

I’m always looking at ways to work more efficiently and to try and minimise the bottlenecks that sometimes happen with workflow at certain peak times of the year.  With this in mind we have come up with a tweak to the way we offer stuff to streamline our workload and help to spread things out over the year more effectively for us.

I pinged out our newsletter the other day with all the options on this, so if you’d like a digital copy, email me at and I’ll buzz a copy over

We’ve cheekily called it ‘Arse Kicking Incentive’ which I think has a certain ring to it and I may well adopt this moniker in future correspondence #arsekickingincentive..

Anyway, enough for today, I need another cuppa…

Big hugs from Chris and Sarah  🙂 x

Another wedding show at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook, Hampshire

Another wedding show at Old Thorns yesterday. Always busy. Thank you….

*Dramatic pause to go fetch another cuppa*

Another crazy-busy wedding show at Old Thorns yesterday with loads of couples chatted to and contact details taken to bombard with information today! Thank you to everyone who came and chatted to Sarah and I, we have a load of details to input and pester now. Watch those junk folders for stuff you don’t think you need but you’re going to receive anyway, and then realise how useful they really are, and then commission us to shoot your magical day. You know it makes sense!!  TTFN 🙂 x

Server woes update

Yup still experiencing server woes, but I think our emails are working (had to use a bit of creativity) for now, although not fixed properly.  Have a backlog of editing to do and blog posts of recent weddings, portraits and corporate shoots to upload, but priorities first!

Tech. can suck sometimes but I’ll keep smiling, we will win this battle 🙂

Wedding photography restrictions in church

We’re always super-respectful and abide by the rules set (the proper pro thing again). If we’re allowed, we’re still respectful of where we are (all religious beliefs set aside) even when given free rein. OK, in my opinion, capturing this part of a couple’s day is up there on the important list, but if resticted, we still abide- what really p*sses me off is when we’re restricted and no mention is made of guests sticking out their phones/pads/camera snapping away merrily. From a couple’s perspective, who out there wants to give their opinion on if their photographer is not allowed to shoot inside, would they be disappointed?  I know we are!!!

click here for an archive article posted about this subject from other photographers.

Bloody server woes AGAIN

FFS… same issues as last time, so yeah just venting/ranting/informing.. managed to hack into our website and working on a work around/fix for our emails.  Cannot send or receive from our business account AGAIN so will try using my personal email account to get our post-wedding-show emails out to all those who left their details with us.  Best/busiest show in years and this falls in my lap.  Don’t know whether I’m raging mad or upset/frustrated… if you’re reading this and have sent an email with no reply received within 24hrs, then it’s gone missing.  You could try im’ng us on FaceBook or Twitter or even that arcaic thing called a telephone…

Old Thorns wedding show

Holy sh*tballs… now that was a wedding show!  I’ve been attending (showing off at some might say) wedding shows/fayres for the past 15 years, and in the last few years, show attendance/interest at shows has seen a decline.  It’s not that less couples are venturing out to attend shows, but the saturation of the market with numerous wedding shows every weekend- some utter crap and not promoted, many mediocre, a few high end and fabulous, and a million venue open days to choose from.  Not to mention online ease!

So it was awesome to have one that really kicked ass again.  PMN Wedding Fayres always promote heavily and certainly organise some of the best wedding shows around (of which we do a few of the best ones) and Old Thorns Manor Hotel is a fab award winning venue we love shooting at, which we do numerous times each year, so has appeal and draws couples from a wide area to get married there.  Yeah ok, it does help we’re recommended by them, but we do an awesome job, know the venue extremely well, know the staff and how they run weddings, which is a seriously beneficial attribute on a hectic wedding day, to help keep everything ticking along smoothly.  Trust us, we’re all pros!

Thanks guys for an epic show, and thank you to those of you reading this who left us your contact details… we’ll be in touch 🙂