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  1. Picture this … 

     

    Having a photo taken by a professional photographer is a moment to cherish. After all, it doesn’t happen every day. 

     

    You may take photos on your phone, share them to social media, and you might even organise them in albums on your phone. 

     

    This is great - I’m all for people taking photos. But, there’s a real difference between having some good pics and having some wonderful shots taken of your family by a professional photographer. 

     

    It’s an event. A special event, where you have probably had your nails done, had the children’s haircuts sorted, maybe even bought a special top. 

     

    A session is about creating the perfect picture, a moment in time. I love my job and it’s amazing to see people’s faces when they see the results. It’s unbelievable to think you’ve played a small part in capturing something special. 

     

    What I would like to see more of though is people having their photos developed and displayed. 

     

    If you’ve gone to the effort of having them done, proudly display them on a wall at home. If you leave them on a computer or memory stick, you’re in danger of either not really looking at them, or losing them if a device becomes faulty. 

     

    Think about it. 

     

    Some people have what is called a legacy wall. It’s a wall at home where photos and portraits are displayed. What’s amazing about a legacy wall is that if you keep adding to it, you will soon see how people change. You’ll notice for example just how quickly children grow up. 

     

    You’ll have cherished memories on display perhaps of people who are no longer with us. 

     

    If you are going to have lovely photos displayed, I also think it’s important to get them printed properly. By all means go to a high street shop, but you’re not going to get the quality that they deserve. 

     

    You need the colours to be just right. If they are enlarged, there’s nothing worse than the image becoming distorted as it gets bigger. 

     

    Then you’ve got the frame to get right. It’s got to both complement your interior decor and not distract from the picture it holds. 

     

    If it is too big, it’ll look out of place, and if it is too small, it'll be lost on the wall. 

     

    When you think about it, there are actually quite a few things to think about. 

     

    A lot of thought (and experience and practice) goes into getting a picture just right. It makes perfect sense to make sure that the picture is displayed as beautifully as possible. 

     

    As you know, I love taking photos and portraits at my photography studio in Pecks Hill, Mansfield. We have some portraits displayed on the wall there so you can see what they look like. 

     

    We think they’re awesome! 

     

    You’re more than welcome to come along and have a look (make an appointment though by emailing me on [email protected] or calling me on 07875 905143). 

     

    Elizabeth XXXX

  2. What an exciting time. The sun is shining and lockdowns are easing. Is some return to normality in sight? Oh my goodness, fingers crossed it is and I can go back to focusing on my photography and taking amazing pictures for you to cherish.


    It’s been a strange past 12 months or so hasn’t it? Let’s be honest, it’s been tough for many people, more for some than others of course.

    As you will know, I’m a professional photographer, based in  Mansfield, and I specialise in capturing memories that last a lifetime. I love what I do, but lockdowns have meant that all the weddings, maternity and newborn portraits have all been cancelled or postponed. 

     

    My studio in Pecks Hill has been empty. It should have had smiles and laughter as we captured beautiful images of you and your families that you could have cherished forever.

     

    But, as it turns out, I had to put the camera down and do something different. 

     

    In the first lockdown,I learned how to sew and made 1,000 items for our NHS & key workers - real heroes. From uniform wash bags to ear protectors, I then went on to masks, and sold them for £3 each, with all proceeds going to the John Eastwood Hospice. An amazing £2,100, was raised and presented to the hospice (using a big social-distanced sized cheque). 

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    Lockdown two then hit and I put together hampers for underprivileged children in the area. I raised £330 towards food and took donations from customers, family, friends and public. In total, I made 133 hampers in just four weeks and they went to local schools, charities and organisations who work with families that are struggling. An awesome donation of £250 came from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020, and that went into the food items kitty.

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    I then got a job at Asda, doing stock replenishment. Remember the gorgeous weather we had? Didn’t bother me too much as I was asleep during the day as I worked nights!

    I found it so difficult to sleep during the daytime and I really do take my hat off to anyone who works nights! Didn’t suit me im afraid. 

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    Sew, what next? That’s right, I got a job at FRV Tailoring, sewing items for military personnel. I absolutely love it there, sewing belts, bags and other items for people in the military

    (I’m still working there now).

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    In between all of this, Sean and I recently became homeowners, moving to the historic village of Edwinstowe - a beautiful place with loads of walks on the doorstep.

     

    Nice cafes, a handful of nice pubs, takeaways, restaurants - can’t wait for everything to open up.

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    Throughout all of this, I have been sharpening my skills with the camera. Practice makes perfect, so I have been editing, investing in new props, doing online training courses. I’m also looking at ways of “wrapping” babies for some newborn shots - aw, so cute,  you’ll love them.

     

    Seriously, I love what I’ve been doing but I cannot wait to throw open the doors of the studio and get back to taking pictures that you can cherish and I dream that soon I can see you all, even if it is from a safe distance.

     

    Stay Safe, and I cant wait to Welcome you all back into the Studio ! 

    Elizabeth XXXX