Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Price of Wedding Photography and How Much Should I Expect to Spend?

Why professional and experienced Photographers charge what they do for wedding day coverage…



This blog post was initiated from a written post by Kat Williams of Rock’n'RollBride blog fame from a few years ago, but still very relevant for brides and grooms planning their wedding today, featuring an article by respected leading UK photographer Julia Boggio from 2010, and rang true with ourselves and some of the fellow wedding photographers in the UK with whom we network with regarding wedding photography.


When we read it originally, and after some scary stories in the media from the last 5 years which have been relayed within the wedding industry and trade sphere, but are not necessarily openly out there to the general public or consumer to observe for themselves – stories where some photographers have left couples high and dry, disappointed, or even without anything to show for their hard earned cash after the wedding day has passed for instance. Couples in booking inexperienced or budget photographers – with little or no experience of weddings let alone anything else photography wise – have suffered poor service, inadequate wedding coverage, shocking photographs or wholly unfinished images and tatty sub standard albums, right down to a few photographers simply not turning up on the day itself.


OMG yes this is just the tip of the iceberg folks and it’s time you, our readers, were made aware, and gain an insight into why professional photographers charge what they do for wedding photography.


You pays your budget money for what may seem like an unbelievable coverage and product package, all combined for a low price, and you will live in hope quite literally. Fact.


Here is the article by Julia Boggio for you to get another leading photographer’s opinion on ‘The Price of Wedding Photography and How Much Should I Expect to Spend?’.


“Let me start out by saying this: everybody deserves to have a photographer at their wedding. For this purpose, it’s great that there are a range of prices, skills and talents out there for them to choose from.
There is no hard and fast rule about what you should budget for your wedding photography. You may have heard of the 10% rule, in which 10% of your wedding budget should be allocated to your wedding photography. In reality, what I find is that people who value photography and have the budget want to spend more on it. Period.
Like any other lifestyle market, there are a variety of brands out there for you to choose from. To put it into the context of brands you are familiar with, there are the equivalents of BHS and Asda to Debenhams and John Lewis to Harrods, Liberty and Harvey Nics.
What I am going to explain to you is what you are paying for as the price increases.
At the low end of the market, the photographers are most likely 1) photography students, 2) weekend warriors, that is, wedding photography is not their full-time occupation and they do photography for a bit of cash on the side, or 3) new wedding photographers who are just starting out. It is also likely that it’s going to be a shoot and deliver package; the photographer will shoot the images and then give you a disc of images. Like I said in the beginning, it is great that there are options available in the low-budget area because everyone deserves to have a wedding photographer. But I’m not going to lie to you: it can be a gamble at this end.
In October last year, a story broke in the news about a couple that was distraught over their wedding photos and video. Out of the 400 images, they liked just 22; the videographer was heard to swear in church when he dropped his camera. People’s backsides were a common feature in the images. When I read this story, I was appalled for the couple. After all, that was it – their one chance at capturing their wedding day in a memorable way, gone. Then I read what they paid for the services: £1,450 for their photography and videography. Well, suffice it to say you’re not getting Annie Leibovitz and Steven Spielberg for that kind of money. Nor should you expect to.
I was a guest at a wedding recently, always a nice change for me. I make it a rule not to shoot friends weddings because I like to enjoy their day as a guest. However, that doesn’t stop me from scoping out the wedding photographer. I had given this friend a load of suggestions about who he should look at, but they went ahead and booked somebody else. I watched the photographer, who was wearing jeans, as he photographed the bride and groom squinting into direct sunlight; tried to photograph the group shot of all the guests with a telephoto lens (imagine holding up a toilet roll tube to your eye and trying to see a group of 100 people through it, and you’ll get the idea); and then before the first dance, he turned to me and whispered, “Help!” as he jumped in to shoot it with his non-professional camera with pop-up flash. The photos, when I saw them, were not inspiring. As I said earlier, people who value photography will pay for it; those who don’t, won’t. This couple could have afforded a better photographer. Heck, they could have afforded me. But photography was not important to them.
I’m making this point because what you choose to spend on your photography is not always down to budget.
I’ve had couples with small budget weddings hire me to do their wedding photography because it was what they wanted to spend their money on. Instead, they held back on flowers and the cake or asked family members to donate their skills and make the bouquets and confections.
What you want to spend your budget on is your choice.
Being a photographer is not just about owning a professional camera; it’s about knowing how to use it. I get so frustrated when people lump all photographers together, as though we all have exactly the same skill set. We don’t.
So what are you paying for as the price goes up?
First and foremost, it’s experience. The more experienced a photographer is, the more he or she should cost. A wedding day is fraught with pitfalls and booby traps for the inexperienced. For example, the lighting conditions on a wedding day change from bright (outside) to dark (in the church) in seconds. And then, we’re often told we can’t use flash inside the church. A photographer needs to know how to deal with this.
Experience shows up in other areas, too, like in ability to pose a couple. The majority of you will read that and think, “Posing?! I don’t want to be posed.” And I’m telling you: trust me, you do. Posing is not the opposite of having natural-looking photographs; it just makes you look better and more natural in that natural-looking photograph. Or at least, good posing does. Perhaps posing is the wrong word for it. “Directed” may be a better word. I look at my couples as two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that I have to fit together appealingly in flattering light. This is not easy and it takes years to get truly good at it. In a lot of trendy or young wedding photography today, I can easily see where a photographer has no idea what he or she is doing regarding posing or directing a couple. The bride’s waist isn’t visible or looks thick; arms look huge; men look like they have beer bellies; hands look like talons; faces look chubby because they’re in the wrong light. No, it is not dieting that can fix all this, but good posing.
Some people will have read the above and think that it doesn’t apply to them because they want entirely reportage photography. Well, here is news for you. Good reportage ain’t easy either. I can probably count the number of great reportage wedding photographers on one hand (and they charge appropriately). There is a fine line between snapshots and reportage. In the past ten years or so, reportage is a word that brides seemed to have latched on to. They would come into a meeting with me and say they wanted reportage photography and then look through my portfolio and gush over images that are so not reportage, completely posed, but natural-looking. One of the most famous reportage photographs in the world of a couple kissing outside of a Parisian cafĂ© by Robert Doisneau was found to be a fake in 1993. In fact, he had hired two actors and set the whole thing up. It came to light when two people claiming to be the subject of the famous photograph tried to sue the photographer and he came clean. Reportage, by definition, is documentary photography (also known as photojournalism). That means the photographer stands back and doesn’t get involved; he or she just photographs the day as it happens. As I said earlier, there is a fine line between snapshots and reportage. This is due to two factors: lighting and expression. A really good pure reportage photographer is going to cost you money.
Another thing that you pay for as prices go up is the ability to see light and knowledge of different lighting techniques. Using purely natural light is great, but what if you’re in a dark church and need flash? If you’re a wedding photographer, flash is your friend. If someone says they are purely a natural light photographer, their skill-set may not be suited to shooting a winter wedding. Winter weddings is a topic that seems to strike fear into the hearts of many wedding photographers. There are entire issues of photography magazines dedicated to the subject. Why? Because they are dark and you have to be confident with light. Ironic, since photography is literally “painting with light.”
I shot a wedding in March at a castle up north. The ceremony started at 5:00. Every photo I took, I had to light. That means I had to bring lots of expensive equipment with me, like flashes and video lights. Because I also run a family portrait studio, I work with that kind of lighting on a regular basis. But many photographers don’t. Experience with lighting increases their value and, therefore, their price. And getting good training and experience is an investment and can be expensive for the photographer, too.
At a recent wedding, one of the guests turned to me and said that I must have the best job in the world because I only had to work one day a week. If I could have mustered the patience, I would have explained to her that each wedding we shoot takes a lot of work. There’s pre-production (planning the wedding, doing pre-wedding shoots, and not to mention booking the wedding in the first place), then there’s the hard work of shooting the wedding (physically and mentally demanding, but the part of the process that takes the least time), and finally post-production (downloading the images, backing them up, sorting through them, Photoshopping them, presenting them to the client, designing an album, getting the album ready for press, etc.). It takes a lot of time and time is money.
And regarding time, more experienced photographers will charge more for their time. It’s like when you go to the hair dresser; you can pay top dollar (or pound) for the senior stylist who has been practicing the art of hair-cutting for a long time or you can save money and get the junior stylist who has had a few lessons in hair-cutting, but more than makes up for the lack of expertise with enthusiasm.
Photoshopping is another skill that holds a lot of value in photography. These days, many brides ask if they will be retouched. Back when I was in advertising, it was rare to find a photographer who was also good at retouching, but today, it’s a necessary skill.
At the low end of the market, it’s probable that wedding coverage and the disc of images you paid £750 for will not be retouched.
Retouching takes time, which means it costs money. Always beware of deals that are too good to be true!
The thing to be careful of with Photoshop is over-Photoshopping. It shouldn’t be used to make a bad photo good. The photo should be good when it’s taken in camera. At a party of photographers recently, a girl came up to me and talked about how she used photo shop effects to turn bad photos into good photos in Photoshop. Adding artistic effects to photographs is fine, as long as the basic photograph is good – well posed, well lit and well composed.
What the package includes is another thing that can drive up price.
Generally, the better the album and the better the album design, the more it should cost. Like photography, good design isn’t easy. The problem is that, like with photography, a lot of people can’t tell the difference between good and bad design. Those who are hot on design will pay more for a higher standard.
When you go into BHS, do you expect the same service that you get at Harrods?
Customer service is another thing you pay for as the price goes up. Customer service includes everything from the way the phone is answered when you call to every contact you have with the photographer’s company leading up to the day you receive your final printed album. While being a small business should be no excuse for bad customer service, it can easily get overlooked when your photographer is stressed because they have 15 weddings waiting to be processed in the month of June because they have taken on too much work. I’m lucky because I have built up a remarkable team of people around me.
Do I even need to mention that photography equipment is expensive?
When I’m at a wedding, I have thousands of pounds worth of equipment with me. And that equipment needs to be insured, too, which again costs money.
Recently, I read about a scam on a wedding photography forum where thieves would turn up at weddings pretending to be guests and make off with the photographer’s equipment. That’s a scary prospect for a photographer, whose entire livelihood rests on that equipment and the images that are in their camera bag.
The wedding industry is made up of small businesses, mostly run by people who made the brave decision to leave comfortable, full-time employment to take on the joys and stresses of working for themselves. For this reason, you have to take into account the costs of running a business and the cost of living. Running a business means you need to pay a lot of bills: rent, gas, electricity, computer equipment, data back up, software, marketing costs like advertising, and travel. The list could go on for paragraphs. And what about the cost of living? Mortgages, food, entertainment (photographers need a life, too), pensions, clothing, etc. And believe it or not, photographers need to train not just in taking better photographs, but also in how to run a solid, successful and profitable business.
And before you start bargaining with your photographer because your budget is tight, realise that a wedding photographer will work hard at your wedding.
I feel like I’ve been through a war at the end of every wedding I shoot. He or she charges what s/he charges because that’s what their experience, artistry and costs demand them to charge.
The recession, the day of the week your wedding is on, the size of your guest list (e.g. “I’m having a small wedding”), and the fact that you chose to spend a large sum on your cake, doesn’t affect how much it costs your photographer to shoot your wedding.
…I think it’s time to sign off now. And I haven’t even touched on the value of a photographer with ideas (not an easy skill in high-pressure situations, like weddings).
But before I leave you, I’ll answer the question that I’m sure is on all your lips: what do you charge, Julia?
For an 8-hour wedding with me and a second photographer, including a pre-wedding shoot in London or at my studio, an album designed by our professional designer, images on a private site, retouching of all the images in the album or images that are ordered from our website, and bespoke thank you cards, we charge £4600 including VAT. And that does not include a disc of images.
This year, I shot 20 weddings. Next year, I’m only planning to shoot ten. My associate photographer who also shoots weddings for us (£2950) will shoot 20 next year (2011).
On a wedding forum this week, I read a post by someone who said they had called up for our packages because they loved our work and she stated our prices. Another poster exclaimed that £4600 was even out of her range. However, looking back through the posts, this same person thought £1500+ was high-end wedding photography. It’s not. High end in the UK is £4000+. And we completely understand that we are out of most people’s budgets.
When I started out, I charged £600 and then £800 for my first two weddings. After that, I went up to £1750 and it’s gone up from there, as the quality of my product, cost of doing business, and experience have increased. One bride who booked me when I was starting out told me last year that she considered herself to be the luckiest bride in the world to have caught me early. Now we’re regarded as one of the top wedding photography companies in the UK and have just won the You and Your Wedding Bride’s Choice award for 2010.
If it’s any consolation, I couldn’t have afforded me when I got married. The good news is there’s a wedding photographer out there for everyone; you just have to find the one that’s right for you and your budget.”

Original post here on Kat’s blog for ref and accreditation.


We’d like to thank both Kat and Julia in being so open and honest in delivering their blogpost and opinion, and in telling it like it is – always good for our prospective clients to see this type of feature and message from other suppliers, so we don’t feel we’re the one’s banging our drum.


Things we would like you as a bride and groom to remember, when searching for your own wedding photographer:



Not all photographers are equal.


Beautiful wedding photography doesn’t just happen.


Stunning images don’t just appear.


Images take time and effort on the photographer’s behalf to engineer and set up, working with you the client, so you totally value and respect what they will be bringing to the table for you.


When a photographer asks you for your final running order, it’s for a reason – photographer’s shouldn’t skim over timings or assume enough time will be allowed without reviewing your schedule - often it will be driven by the venue staff, because they have a team of waiting on and wedding resources on shift to pay for, therefore they want the timeline to be short, sharp and swift. Photographer’s should discuss the timelines with you if there is an inadequate period allocated for your photography. Anyone who doesn’t have the confidence to do this with you will wing it on the day, and invariably they will cut corners or miss the great opportunities to create fabulous art.


Wedding and bridal imagery is captured by a time served, creative and often inspired photographer, who also has the technical knowledge because s/he’s invested in him/herself and his/her business, in the equipment s/he uses, and can cope with the challenges a wedding day and certain venues can often bring, who has the right post production and finishing tools for the job in hand, and can deliver the finished quality product in a professional way, by researching and working with other quality suppliers s/he’s taken years to develop and maintain business relationships with.


If cheap is important to you, because of your overall budget, and If you are happy to pay £500 for a photographer then fantastic – but just be aware that for that price, you aren’t going to get Jose Villa/Jasmine Star/Jonas Peterson/Jeff Ascough, Julia Boggio or even award winning AshfordDaly… and our Master Photographer Greg Daly.


We hate to say it, but in this industry, you really do get what you pay for.



Cheap, cheaper, cheapest is not always your best option or choice, and may well leave you upset, feeling emotional in the wrong way, disappointed that the imagery is somewhat lacking, that you’d wished you spent more on your photography after the wedding day has come and gone, and you are now left living with that regret, and not wanting to show people what you paid for as it embarrasses you.


The reasoning behind this post is not in anyway to try and encourage you to spend more than you can afford, or are willing to, on your wedding photography. However we do want to make you stop and think what you are apportioning your budget to, and stop for a moment to ask yourselves, just how important is your wedding photography to you.


After the wedding day, the photographs and your album will be the final memory record you will the left with, for generations to come. They will and should create and invoke the right lasting and lifelong memories for you, something so special that you are immensely proud and excited, that you will want to keep on looking at, feel it, touch it, show it off to everyone.


By the way, Ashford Daly Photography too, like Julia Boggio, has won a major global wedding and bridal award or three over the last few years – MPA Yervant Bridal Award Winner 2010 – story here as a first stop.


Other awards items for Ashford Daly can be found in our NEWS section on the website and of course through our online Magazine right here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/



We have also been nominated and shortlisted for many more quality photographic awards and portfolio accolades too, and our imagery has been featured widely in the national and international media and within magazine publications throughout the UK regularly over the years, and not just for weddings.


Greg and Mary together have over 25 years experience.


They take their photography, business and client commissions very seriously, and set their pricing at realistic levels commensurate with their experience, technical skills, creativity, finishing techniques, and finished products they make available for clients to purchase in each photographic genre they deliver.


Ashford Daly Photography offer a range of wedding day coverage and display options, with the choice of quality finished products within which to show off selected imagery.


Or we can just provide time only as a starter for ten, and then you can create your own wedding collection package afterwards - it is all depending on the wedding day planning, coverage and client requirements. However all enquiries will be quoted for, big or small, grand or very intimate. Just ask. We’re always happy and eager to help.


Our Photography is ART. Art = Investment.



We work with clients who truly appreciate photographic imagery, who recognise and value the investment they want to make for the imagery they know they will obtain for the sake of their memories.


A premier service, for premium clients.


Bespoke quotations are offered for your unique coverage requirements.


If you are planning your own wedding, or know someone who is embarking on this after getting engaged recently, and would like to discuss wedding photography coverage and your potential investment level with us, please contact Ashford Daly Photography on:



Website: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/ - where our contact form will guide you through the initial questions we will need answering in order for us to get back to you.


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Original article can be found online in the Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/the-price-of-wedding-photography-and-how-much-should-i-expect-to-spend/



Monday, 16 June 2014

Everyone, at some point in their year, will wish they had thought of booking a photographer



Tell Us – What’s YOUR reason for wanting to hire and book a photographer?



Think of all the special occasions which you might have arranged in your diary or are going to plan – those red letter days, fun days, family days, romantic days, celebration days.



This week, next week, next month, this year, or next year, during the Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, in the countryside of Cheshire, Shropshire, Berkshire, or in the city and urban area of Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield’s Royal Park is wonderful), or London, at the coast in Cornwall or Devon – in fact anywhere in the UK, with a variety of landscapes and environmental or urban backdrops.


Family outings, new births, children off to a new school, learning a new hobby, taking the first ballet lesson, being chosen for the local youth team and kicking the first football, dreaming of picking their own floral bouquet, leaving for university or that eye opening round the world trip to discover brand new horizons. Couples excitedly announcing they are ‘engaged’, and now the planning of the wedding starts, or joy of the birth of a new baby – time and life does whizz on by doesn’t it – moments and events fleeting by all too quickly, hardly enough time to celebrate, to revisit, to look back on.


Are you are attending a wedding of a close friend, maybe they haven’t yet thought about their photographer or are struggling last minute to find one; maybe they are arranging something more intimate, with little fuss or pomp – big or small, every marriage and wedding day is special and different; creates wonderful new memories and presents many fabulous story opportunities to share, to laugh at, to reveal the emotion, tenderness and the love of a new couple’s chapter of life.
Perhaps you are looking forward to seeing distant relatives during the summer months, celebrating a major birthday or milestone anniversary, planning a seaside break, countryside jaunt, or UK city escape.


Every occasion, every diary date, every meet and greet, and every person, whatever their age, whatever their budget, has something going on in their lives to say afterwards, ”I wish we had thought of and booked a photographer to capture these special social moments”, hoping they could reflect back on them in years to come, and share them again and again with other future generations.



Don’t let your moments drift on by, race on past, escape time, be all too readily forgotten, or become the distant treasure that is lost, never to be captured or brought out and poured over time and time again with your nearest and dearest, people whom you know now, or grow to know in the future.


Call us.



Tell us about YOUR reason for wanting to book a photographer this year.



Check out our collection of photography services here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/ in the PHOTOGRAPHY section, call for a chat, or send us a note using the website contact form, if you would like to explore another specific idea, for or with the ones you LOVE.


Contact Ashford Daly Photography Ltd here:

Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – client sales line and enquiries about hiring and booking our photographic services only please…
Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com
Contact Form: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Social Photography and Portraiture Section: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/photography/social/social-portraiture/
Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd


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Original post can be found online in our Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/everyone-at-some-point-in-their-year-will-wish-they-had-thought-of-booking-a-photographer/





Sunday, 1 June 2014

Every Day Should Be A Father’s Day

How many pictures or photographs, taken through your early infant years, teenage years, early formative years, or during your adult years, do you have to look back on with your Daddy and other close relatives?



Many would say that there are so few images in our pasts because photography wasn’t so popular or as accessible as it is now, and to some extent that is true, however, now we have the problem where there are more people taking photos, but often there is a parent who is not in the shots simply because they are the ones taking the photos, or they’re not sure what to do, how to pose to get a natural relaxed shot and still have a fun and friendly experience for all.


So, this Father’s Day (on June 15th this year), make an extra special effort to have time with your Dad.



Make a plan and we’ll help you record it – even if that’s not on the day itself, book a photography session with us, and create a lasting memory for you and your head of the family.


Why not ask us capture some photo’s for your future year’s, maybe something you can eventually show to your own children.



Yes we’re asking you to book a family lifestyle photo shoot with Ashford Daly Photography.



And it doesn’t need to be a session occurring on Father’s Day itself – it can be something you book for a future date, say in the summer, especially if you need it to tie into summer school holiday, a relative’s visit this vacation, or your Daddy’s birthday, or we can capture his special hobby, or a pastime that defines his spare time, or perhaps a new contemporary portrait for his study, a relaxed annual family photo shoot of you all together, or just because you want to say ‘Dad, we love you’.


You’ll never get this time back once it’s gone, thinking you’ll do it tomorrow or another day, or another year, might mean that there will be a tomorrow when you can no longer have this time together. That is a rather hard fact of life, but it happens to us all.



When you are thinking about what to get your dad this Father’s Day make it something you can’t wrap up in paper and tape literally, make it something you can wrap up in happiness. A wealth of memories, a sprinkle of fun and laughter, a day of togetherness, all wrapped up in joy, love and some seriously special times. An experience, that you can enjoy together.


Ashford Daly Photography are friendly, experienced photographers based in Cheshire, providing coverage and photo services across the United Kingdom.



To contact us with an enquiry about booking family portraiture or a contemporary lifestyle session, please fill in our website contact form here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/



You can also contact Ashford Daly Photography Ltd here:

Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – client sales line and enquiries about hiring and booking our photographic services only please…
Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com
Contact Form: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Social Photography and Portraiture Section: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/photography/social/social-portraiture/
Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd
All images, audio and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited. All rights reserved.




Original post can be found online in our Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/every-day-should-be-a-fathers-day/







Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Published: Photography Monthly Magazine – May 2014 – Paris, Jaime La Photographie

Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography are very pleased to advise they have been published in the UK’s National Press for photographic professionals, trade and professional industry observers, with a selection of fine art photographed whilst in Paris, France.



Here Greg and Mary are published in the respected Photography Monthly Magazine title - May 2014 issue – in the PARIS Gallery section, which can be found on pages 16 – 23 in the ‘J’aime la Photographie’ celebrations feature, in which some of our fine art imagery from our Paris Limited Edition Prints Collection are included for the celebration of the culture of two major past events for the European country and their capital city.


There’s a double celebration this year for the French capital – it’s the 20th anniversary of the Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel, and the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. The latter the most photographed landmark attraction.


Our imagery is also selected by Photography Monthly Magazine Editors, Art Directors and One Vision Imaging to show how artistic impressions can be brought together by way of a collective composition to produce luxury wall art. This can be seen on pages 92 and 93 of May’s issue.



How exciting. Very honoured to be part of the new ‘J’aime la Photographie’ article and for one other trade leading supplier to recognise our artwork is a good fit for their art and image display products to fellow photographers and the trade.


To contact Ashford Daly Photography, please see below:



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – customers interested in or enquiring about our photographic services and products only please.


Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/


The Ashford Daly ART Collections can be found here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/introduction/


A selection of Imagery from The Paris Scapes Limited Edition Fine Art Collection and Portfolio, by AshfordDaly can be previewed here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/the-collections/scapes/the-paris-collection/


Make contact to enquire about hiring the Cheshire based UK photographers here:


http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/


Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/


Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd


All images and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited.



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Published: Photography Monthly Magazine - April 2014

Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography have been published in the UK’s National Press for photographic professionals, trade and professional industry observers, with a selection of images portraying the Great British weather around the UK's Cornish landscapes and coastlines.



Here Greg and Mary are published this month again in the respected Photography Monthly Magazine title - April 2014 issue in the WEATHER section across pages 18-25, and specifically on pages 20 and 24, with photographs from St Ives in Cornwall, on a stormy day, and at Godrevy Lighthouse with the Atlantic crashing in against the rocks and beachline, making for a spectacular scene and seascape.


More can be found on this story in our online Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/


To contact Ashford Daly Photography, please see below:

Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – customers interested in or enquiring about our photographic services and products only please.


Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/


The Ashford Daly ART Collections can be found here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/introduction/


A selection of Imagery from The Land and Sea Scapes Limited Edition Fine Art Collection and Portfolio, by AshfordDaly can be previewed here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/the-collections/scapes/the-landsea-scapes-collection/


A selection of Imagery from The Cornwall Limited Edition Fine Art Collection and Portfolio, by AshfordDaly can be previewed here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/the-collections/scapes/the-cornwall-collection/


Make contact to enquire about hiring the Cheshire based UK photographers here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/


Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com


Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/


Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd


Twitter: @AshfordDaly & @Daly_Greg




All images and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Business Portrait Photography and Corporate Headshots in Nantwich Cheshire – May 2014 Deal

Business Professionals – Commercial Headshot Photographs for Websites and Marketing to occur during May 2014.



Book your Business Professionals – Commercial Headshot mini shoot, for just £95, which includes 3 sized digital headshot images.


Do you own a website for your business? Yes, then read on.


Do you have your own picture and that of your staff too for that matter on your website? If not, then read on.


Do you have a need for your headshot image to accompany written articles or to sit alongside discussion panels published in magazines or trade journals? If not, or if you’re ready for an update or upgrade, then right now is the month to get things sorted out with Ashford Daly Photography.


There’s only one chance to make a good first impression in business and people like to see who they will be working with, especially with the professions or with a smaller business working largely from the home office environment.


Gone are the days of a boring portrait – add a bit of personality into your brand…



Whether you’re a financial adviser, lawyer, partner solicitor, accountant, writer, musician, actor, fashion or graphic designer, consultant, therapist, lecturer, DJ or mumpreneur – whatever you do, wherever you work, whomever your target client is, this photography service is offered by Nantwich based Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography especially for you to get your marketing, branding and social media channels to the next level, whilst also conveying your individuality.


Our Business Professionals’ mini sessions portrait headshot deal a really silly price during the month of May 2014 only!*



Yes we know.


Here we are offering a 30 minute headshot photo shoot session, on selected available weekdays and available appointment slots in our diary, from 1st May 2014, to 30th May 2014 only (please note this excludes weekends and Bank Holiday dates), for just £95, including 3 sized digital images that we select, fully worked for you. (You choose either all colour, or all black/white finish, or leave it to us to select and mix them for you, so you have the 3 best images – in our professional opinion!).


Got a whole team who need their professional portrait taking?



No problem. We have a great volume deal for you too.


Groups of 6 or more people can have their Business Professionals Portrait sessions for £75 per person, and groups over 12 for just £60 per person. Limited to a MAX of 14 people per day.


The images are provided as sized web images, and as sized images for use as thumbnails in marketing brochures and leaflets, or on your social media channels, issued with usage rights for that alone.


That’s a really great deal!



YES, we know…


As you can imagine we get inundated with requests when we offer Business Professionals’ – Commercial Headshot Portrait Photographs for Websites and Marketing, as we can only do a limited number of these mini photo shoot sessions each year.


So if your marketing budget, goals and personal resolutions for this year includes a need for new headshots and business corporate imagery for you or your staff, ring us now on 07709 522626 and book your Business Professionals’ mini session at this silly price!



Other options?



Alternatively you can book an individual 1-2-1 portrait photo shoot session with one photographer for a 1>2 hour duration; portrait session fees start from £125 time only. Single un-mounted and unframed 10″ prints are then available to purchase and priced from £45 each; or if you are interested in having a corporate portraiture session done, but would like to incorporate more of your business or your business lifestyle, then please do get in touch and request a bespoke quotation for a commercial photo shoot, which starts from £550 for half a day rate (AM or PM for weekday slots), depending on your personal/business requirements and the location.


E-mail us to book, or to enquire about specific weekday diary dates on: info@ashforddalyphotography.com or use our website contact form: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/ providing all your details with your request.



NOTE – This Deal Only Valid: for confirmed bookings made and confirmed before Monday 28th April 2014. Appointments are very limited. Other options as advised above; thereafter by bespoke quote/commercial rate only.



T&C’s do apply, please ask for further details, providing your full contact information, along with your requirements brief.


Ashford Daly Photography are multi-award winning and widely published photographers based in in Nantwich, South Cheshire. We can also be booked for family portraits, contemporary lifestyle & social portraiture, documentary weddings, engagement shoots, post wedding bridal art, commercial and advertorial assignments & corporate head shots, equine & fine art commissions throughout 2014.


Go on, refer us to someone you know, who needs us, or wants to book an award winning UK press and PR photographer for their business portraiture and corporate headshots this year – or share our web link.



You can contact Ashford Daly Photography Ltd here:



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – client sales line and enquiries only please…


Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com


Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com


All images, audio and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited. All rights reserved.



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Easter 2014 is 18th>21st April – Gift A Spring Or Summertime Family Lifestyle Photography Session

Easter, Spring and Summertime - Lifestyle Photography Sessions with Cheshire Family Portrait Photographers



Yes we can smell and see the first hints and glints of Spring and Summer in the air. Fresh, clear blue skies, blossom buds eagerly forming, bluebells, crocus, daffodils and snowdrops poking their little tops through the soil; lashings of chocolate in the form of eggs and cake at Easter, and Mother’s being treated to visits and fun from their families, plus a slew of upcoming May bank holidays with a bit of springtime sunshine and the promise of some soon to be here summer warmth hopefully arriving in time for good measure. If there’s a period in the diary that’s ripe for romance, leisure, rest and relaxation, and a bit of family togetherness or ‘you’ time, it’s this six month period of seasonality during spring and summer, and specifically through the months of April through till the end of September.


This year, swap sweetie feasts at Easter or lengthy boring car journeys on Bank Holidays, for a wonderful photographic treat within the great outdoors, with the glorious countryside as your backdrop.



Grab some 2014 memories while you’re about it, with your partner or fiancĂ© (especially if you’ve recently popped the question, proposed and became romantically engaged, eagerly planning for the big wedding day ahead), or plan a social treat with close friends, dear family members or not too often seen relatives from far flung destinations here in the UK or from destinations overseas and abroad.


If you need further persuasion, we’d like to mention the Easter weekend is very nearly upon us, and it’s usually the first extended holiday date that families do venture to step outside into the great outdoors to enjoy some warmer weather, with over active children in tow, often hunting for chocolate surprises, and to burn off those high energy spurts (as well as some of the sugary presents that favourite Great Aunts and Easter bunnies have left or hopefully hidden).


Summer school holidays are also on the horizon – time to start thinking: ’do you need some new annual family lifestyle or group photographs?’ – And definitely something to think about for later on in the year as gift ideas or for a special present for Grannie and Granddad if they are paying you a special one off vacational visit whilst the children are off on their summer school holiday weeks.


Go on – create an occasion of it this year.



Create some memorable and cherished pictures of the fun and relaxation you can all enjoy together, whilst on an Ashford Daly Photography Lifestyle Photo Shoot Session, outdoors in the lovely landscapes, with scenic natural environments as your backdrop – and yes this can include your garden at home too.


Don’t delay, contact Ashford Daly Photography for further information and to make a booking.



Easter, May bank holiday weekends and over the summer are popular period for the diary; the time we provide and photographs we capture for our clients are always so precious to them, and often make for a real family fun occasion, and provide such fabulous memories of great and wonderful times spent together.



Check out our collection of photography services here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/ in the PHOTOGRAPHY section, call for a chat, or send us a note using the website contact form, if you would like to explore another specific idea, for or with the ones you LOVE.


Contact Ashford Daly Photography Ltd here:



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – client sales line and enquiries about hiring our photographic services only please…
Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com
Contact Form: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Social Photography and Portraiture Section: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/photography/social/social-portraiture/
Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com
Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd


All images, audio and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited. All rights reserved.


Original article and imagery can be found here in The Ashford Daly Magazine:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/easter-2014-is-18th21st-april-gift-a-spring-or-summertime-family-lifestyle-photography-session/









Monday, 31 March 2014

Published: Photography Monthly Magazine – Upcoming Photo News re our Paris, France Imagery

Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography are extremely pleased to announce they have been published in the UK’s National Press for photographic professionals, trade and professional industry observers, with a pre-cursor image taster taken in France.



In what is turning out to be a bumper few years for Nantwich based Ashford Daly Photography for new media and press publications in which our photographic imagery and professional knowledge are featured, sought after and are being prominently published in highly respected national and European quality magazine print titles.


Here Greg and Mary are published this month in the respected Photography Monthly Magazine title - March 2014 issue in the NEWS section on page 45, where the Editor and Art Director are pre-advising of the ‘J’aime la Photographie’ celebrations feature appearing in an upcoming future issue of the magazine, and in which some of our imagery from the Paris Limited Edition Prints Collection will be included for the celebration of the culture of two major past events for the European country and their capital city.


How exciting. Very honoured to be part of the new ‘J’aime la Photographie’ article.


Watch this blogspace for more information on this, once the magazine goes to press and hits shelves near you soon.




To contact Ashford Daly Photography, please see below:



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – customers interested in or enquiring about our photographic services and products only please.
Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/
The Ashford Daly ART Collections can be found here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/introduction/
A selection of Imagery from The Paris Scapes Limited Edition Fine Art Collection and Portfolio, by AshfordDaly can be previewed here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/fine-art/the-collections/scapes/the-paris-collection/
Make contact to enquire about hiring the Cheshire based UK photographers here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com
Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd
Twitter: @AshfordDaly & @Daly_Greg


All images and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited.


Original article and imagery posted online in The Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/published-photography-monthly-magazine-upcoming-photo-news-re-our-paris-france-imagery-2/



Sunday, 30 March 2014

Published: Photography Monthly Magazine – March 2014 – New Life

Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography are extremely pleased to announce they have been published in the UK’s National Press for photographic professionals, trade and professional industry observers, with a great equestrian image taken in Cheshire, with a breeder who has supplied new foals to Newmarket and the Godolphin group.



In what is turning out to be a bumper few years for Nantwich based Ashford Daly Photography for new media and press publications in which our photographic imagery and professional knowledge are featured, sought after and are being prominently published in highly respected national and European quality magazine print titles.


Here Mary and Greg are published this month in the respected Photography Monthly Magazine title - March 2014 issue in the New Life Gallery article, featured across pages 20>27, with a beautiful and emotive photograph taken in the early hours of one morning, whilst at the horse breeders stable, waiting patiently for this fabulous gentle mare to give birth to her new foal, part of a new thoroughbred line – a very magical moment.


To contact Ashford Daly Photography about lifestyle, and equestrian portraiture, or to commission your own fine art investment, please see below:



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 – customers interested in or enquiring about our photographic services and products only please.
Web: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/
The Ashford Daly Equine Photography information can be found here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/photography/social/equestrian/
Make contact to enquire about hiring the Cheshire based UK photographers here: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com
Blog: www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd
Twitter: @AshfordDaly & @Daly_Greg




All images and text © Copyright and Intellectual Property of Ashford Daly Photography Limited.


Original article and imagery posted online in The Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/published-photography-monthly-magazine-march-2014-new-life-2/

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Published: Master Photography Magazine, March 2014

Commercial Photographic Work In Print Through Awards Showcase.



We are extremely pleased to announce we’ve been published again this year in the UK’s National Professional Photography Press – this time, in the Master Photographers Association, Master Photography Magazine, for their March 2014 issue.


The whole magazine issue is dedicated to the Master Photography Awards 2013 Showcase, and includes the commercial advertorial imagery for the Cheshire based Ashford Daly Photography, and Master Photographer Greg Daly, on page 18, which was Awarded with Excellence in the Press PR and News category, and is featured alongside some truly amazing fellow photographers as well for other categories, some of whom we know and network with too.


BIG pats on the back for those we know who are also published, and were also recognised also in the awards ceremony.


Inspiring and motivating food for thought through truly amazing photographs in their chosen subject matter.


For wedding and social photography, commercial, advertorial, promotional photography assignments and enquiries, please contact us for further information on our coverage, photo shoot session options, pricing investment levels or for a chat and quote.



Tel: +44 (0) 7709 522626 - client sales and enquiries about our photography services only please.
Email: info@ashforddalyphotography.com
Web: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/
Contact form: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/contact/
Blog: http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AshfordDalyPhotographyLtd
Twitter: @AshfordDaly & @Daly_Greg


© Copyright Ashford Daly Photography. All rights reserved.




Original article and imagery posted online in The Ashford Daly Magazine here:
http://www.ashforddalyphotography.com/blog/published-master-photography-magazine-march-2014-2/