Specialist Commercial & Corporate Pet Photographer Goes Behind The Scenes At The Cromwell Veterinary Group, Cambridgeshire.

Our Commercial & Corporate photography service has catered for many companies over the years, ranging from Solicitors firms to large Airlines. However it will come as no surprise, that being a Specialist Pet Photographer, our services are often called upon by those within the Pet Industry.

One such company is the Cromwell Veterinary Group, with whom we have had the pleasure to work with over the past two years. Our time working at the various surgeries has also provided us unique, “behind the scenes” access to the amazing world of veterinary practice, and a chance to capture some “fly on the wall” documentary images, which show the genuine, everyday goings on.

Staff reacting to a young King Charles Cavalier puppy visiting the Huntingdon branch of the Cromwell Veterinary Group. Captured by Detheo Photography.

Staff reacting to a young King Charles Cavalier puppy visiting the Huntingdon branch of the Cromwell Veterinary Group.

This first image was captured today without the staff being aware. This is a scene we have witnessed time and time again . The affection expressed by staff to all the animals visiting or in their care is heartwarming and a testament to the quality of the team.  And as such it was great to get the chance to capture it on camera.

A tiny, premature puppy hand reared by staff. Captured by Detheo Photography

A tiny, premature puppy hand reared by staff.

The second image is not just of a cute puppy. It is in fact one of a tiny little chap, born prematurely and rejected by his mother.

His siblings all died and his chances of survival would have been nil had it not been for the remarkable care and dedication given to him by the staff.

Due to being born prematurely he required care that machines could not replicate. He was carried carefully by staff, inside their clothing so he could be reassured by their heart beat and kept warm at the same time. However, his 24 hour care needs meant he would also go home with staff each night, and they would tend to him around the clock, forgoing any idea of sleep!

His survival is proof of their dedication and commitment to go beyond the call of duty and it was so touching to photograph him today as he played and then feel asleep in the hands of those that gave him the chance of life.

We look forward to working with the team again soon and thank them for their openness and hospitality.

 

 

Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel Wedding of Rebecca & Scott by Herts & Essex Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography.

Having fallen behind on our blog we decided to start with Rebecca and Scotts wedding which was on the 25th April last year.

Having photographed many weddings at the Great Hallingbury Manor over the past few years the Rebecca and Scott knew they would be in safe hands.

Unlike most of our wedding enquires, Rebecca initially got in touch via Facebook late October 2014 and during their first Pre Wedding Consultation, it was clear that a connection  had been formed. A wonderful family whom we would go on to photography a number of times before the big day it self.

Fast forward to the 25th April 2015 and everything was set to go.

Bridal Preparations and accessories photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

Rebecca was her bubbly, smiley self and it was lovely to see her so relatively relaxed during her bridal preparations. This gave us the perfect opportunity to capture some stunning documentary style images.

Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

Bride getting ready at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Mother of the bride and bridesmaid helping the bride with her wedding dress and veil. Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

Scott was a little more nervous on the day, however he was, as always, a pleasure to work with. Little things mean a great deal on a wedding day and it is not just the bride who has important accessories. For Scott these were his West Ham Football Club cufflinks, which he wore with pride.

Groom and Best man getting ready, doing up the shirts, waistcoats, gravat and cufflinks .Groom Preparations and accessories at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

With the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Oak Room, already transformed, it was time for the ceremony.

Ceremony room dressed beautifully at wedding venue the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Mother of the bride and bridesmaid helping the bride with her wedding dress and veil. Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

It was so evident from the very first day we met, that Rebecca and Scott had something truly special. With two wonderful boys, their family was already formed, so it was always set to be an emotional day. And the ceremony was just that!

As the new Mr & Mrs Staff emerged, their friends and family came together to rejoiced.

Wedding Ceremony and confetti throwing at wedding venue the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Mother of the bride and bridesmaid helping the bride with her wedding dress and veil. Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

With the ceremony over there was now time for our couple to take a break and relax. As we left the guests to enjoy the superb drinks reception, we move to the lake for some beautiful, more intimate images.

Bride and Goorm photographs at wedding venue the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Mother of the bride and bridesmaid helping the bride with her wedding dress and veil. Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

The day seemed to go so fast and before we knew it the formalities of the cake cutting, speeches and the first dance were over. All that was now left was to enjoy the evening, and capture some incredibly funny images from our take of the old PhotoBooth, our very own Comedy Corner!

Funny photos captured with our photobooth comdey corner at wedding venue the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. Mother of the bride and bridesmaid helping the bride with her wedding dress and veil. Bridal Preparations photographed by Wedding Photographer, Detheo Photography

Thank you to Rebecca and Scott for booking us to cover their special day. Thank you to all their family and friends for making it such a brilliant event and to all the staff of the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, who yet again went above and beyond to provide an outstanding service.

If you are planning a wedding and would like a bespoke package created especially for you, then read more on our Bespoke Wedding Photography page or get in touch via the Contact Us page.

Specialist Pet Photography – Why We Prefer Not To Be In The Studio.

Over the years we have photographed hundreds of pets from the usual Dogs, Cats and Horses, to the not so common, Bearded Dragons, Macaws and Syrian Hamsters. However, the most popular pet so far is the dog.

Man’s best friend, originated from Wolves and has been bred for thousands of years to work and live alongside humans. Today, for the lucky ones, they are very much a part of our families. Bringing joy and friendship to young and old, we care for them deeply which of course means that when the time comes to say goodbye, the pain can be unbearable.

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Ross with his favourite toy, at home in the kitchen where he loved to lay.

As such we here at Detheo Photography, we know how important it is to capture the very essence of a pet’s personality within the images we create, be that from the way they lay with their favourite toy or the way their face looks when they are running.

However, in order to capture these special details, we believe it is important to become apart of the dog’s world. This is why we rarely book Specialist Pet Photography Sessions at our studio. Instead we believe that the best place to work with dogs and other pets, is where they can express themselves most naturally. For dogs, this would be at home, or at a park a forest, or woodland etc.

Outside in familiar places dogs will behave more naturally, sniffing and exploring and have space to engage in play, without feeling anxious or nervous about a new environment.

Studios are quite an un-natural environment for most pet dogs, which can result in excessive pacing, panting and salivating.  Others may seem calm, however they are very much aware of the photographer and will be expected to behave as per the photographers requirements.

Instead, for many of our photoshoots, we work mainly from a distance, following and capturing the dogs, as they go about their usual behaviour with little to no interaction form us. Others will have a combination, incorporating time where we may encourage a certain behaviour, include some interactions and even capture some specific portrait images.

So, if you would like stunning images of your dog that really capture their personality, but have been put off by the idea of having to take them to a studio, then our service is exactly what you need.

You will find plenty of information on our website about our Specialist Pet Photography  and a link to our prices there too.

You can also see examples of some of our Award Winning Images too.

Detheo Photography specialises in working with all animals catering for all of their individual requirements, including dogs who may be extremely nervous / fearful or unwell. Please enquire to learn more.

Somethings Are Truly Priceless!

Stunning handcrafted album from Graphistudio, Italy.Stunning handcrafted album from Graphistudio, Italy.

What value would you place on the preservation of your memories? This may sound like an odd question, however it is one that we rarely consider until such time as tragedy strikes, or life’s events take an unexpected turn.

As professional photographers we spend many years mastering the art of capturing other peoples memories. They maybe special moments captured by a Photojournalistic Wedding Photographer, or a classic portrait of a child. They maybe the unique character of a beloved family pet, photographed at their favourite location, or a stunning Portrait of a family.

And once the photography session is over and the hours of professional editing complete, the next stage is to ensure these images can be enjoyed for years to come.

After extensive research on the products available, we discovered GraphiStudio, an album supplier like no other. Not only are their products handcrafted, using some of the worlds finest materials, but their desire and commitment to providing the highest quality has seen them become the most innovative, industry market leaders.

GraphiStudio albums have graced both our office and the homes of our clients for many years, ensuring that the images of today remain the legacy of tomorrow.

Consider this…. how much will you spend on a Wedding Dress or Morning Suit? How much will you spend on the flowers to decorate your venue and the cake to share with your guests?

Yet as soon as the wedding is over, the flowers now wilted, the cake eaten and the dress packed away, other than your love for each other,  what else will stand the test of time?

Your photography is the only asset that will, not only live on long after the final dance, but that will also increase in value year after year. For as time rolls on, life will change and those we love dearly will eventually pass away.

My own father spent his final years bed bound, imprisoned by the effects of MS, Parkinsons and Alzheimer’s, before he sadly passed away. So how valuable are these images now? In truth, they are priceless!

This is why we have resisted the ever evolving trend of supplying digital only copies within our Wedding Photography Collections. Whilst we are happy to include digital versions, we will only do so once an album has been created.

The hours of design, and weeks of handcrafting are not simply to create a book of the finest paper and most beautiful leather, or even metal, covers. When we create an album, we are creating a unique, storybook, which within its pages, will preserve detailed memories to be enjoyed for many years, and treasured long after we have left this world behind.

For us we are not merely designing a book, we are crafting a priceless legacy for future generations.

If you would like to know more about our services or would like to see some of the amazing products we supply, please get in touch at contact@detheo.com

5 Years On…..Who Would Have Thought.

Maria Michael, Owner / Photographer at Detheo PhotographyRecently, I asked my children if they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Our daughter had a few ideas, whilst our son, the eldest, had none. And why should they. So many fantasise about a career in one profession or another, yet the reality is more often than not, far from as glamours as they had envisaged.

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Maria’s children when they were younger.

What did I want to be when I grew up? Now that is an interesting question. Guess what, the one thing I never considered was a Professional Photographer.

The day to day running of any business is challenging, even more so sometimes, for those of us who do so on our own. Switching off is not always an easy option, even when we know we should.

So there I was, head buried in paperwork when the messages started to arrive. “Congratulations Maria, hope you are well”.

Now, anyone who uses LinkedIn will know that it has this cleaver way of asking people to congratulated others on their new job or in this case, the anniversary of their employment. And on this occasion, I was the one being congratulated.

So “Thank You” to everyone who messaged me, because your messages made me stop and realise what had happened.Me in wales 1

5 years ago I started something totally new. Something small and personal, with no expectations, and looking back, definitely no idea, just where it would take me.

In the early days, I seemed to be finding my way in the dark and I know now the mistakes I made were plenty. But I am so grateful for those mistakes. For without mistakes, one can never really appreciate how to do things right.

I also seemed to run into many brick walls, not realising know how important their presence was. Not only did they force me to pause a while and think, but they also taught me how to preserver and use my determination to find my way around them.

Looking back, it is quite overwhelming to see how far I have come.

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Maria working on behalf of the Air Ambulance.

As I prepare for another busy week, I wonder, what will the next 5 years bring?Whilst I have learnt never to try and predict too much, I do know that the plans are plenty.

In the beginning Detheo Photography was just a name. Today it is a rapidly growth photography business, committed to providing a personalised service to each and every client.

With an already established Specialism in Pet Photography, I know have a thriving business that also caters for Weddings, Families, Beauty Unveiled & Boudoir and Corporate & Commercial Commissions.

Whilst my journey has been challenging at times, I have been blessed with many wonderfully supportive people. My husband and children, my mentor and friend John Denton, my closest friend and whip cracker, Laura, and so many amazing friends (too many to mention but you know who you are) whom I met through the Society Of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP).

Little did I know 5 years ago that I would be an Award Winning Photographer, running my own business, being commissioned by some of the industry leaders in Pet Insurance, Veterinary Care and Maritime Security. Or that my passion for Pet Photography would attract invitations from international renowned photographers to teach in this genre, on their behalf.

So, I am excited for the future and hope you will accompany me along the way, because I know it is going to be amazing.

 

Why not visit our website http://www.detheo.co.uk and take a look at what we do, the amazing images we have won awards for and read the reviews from some of our clients. 

 

Rebecca & Scott’s Pre Wedding Photography Session. Hatfield Forest, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire & Essex Borders.

 

Sometime back in February this year we had the pleasure of Rebecca and Scott’s Pre Wedding Photoshoot, which was set within the natural beauty of Hatfield Forest, Bishop’s Stortford, on the Hertfordshire and Essex Borders.

Of course being February and in the United Kingdom, it was inevitable that the weather could pose a problem. However, Rebecca and Scott have proved to be a fun loving and easy going couple who would happily deal with whatever came their way.

They had wanted to capture natural, relaxed images with an aim to select one for their Signing Board, on which guests could leave a permanent message on the wedding day.

As is often the case at the beginning of any photoshoot, we spent a little while just walking and talking. It is important to get the couple to relax and humour often helps. Thankfully it was not long at all before Rebecca herself was providing the laughs. One particular moment will never leave our memory. We had located a clearing and I asked the couple to walk away from me and head towards the trees that lined the clearing. Scott took off before I could finish explaining what they were to do, which meant he had left Rebecca behind. As she turned and noticed Scott some way in the distance she took off calling loudly “Scott, Scott wait your meant to look like you love me”! I cannot tell you how long we all laughed about this, but I do know it was soon to become one of many hilarious incidents from that day. This included the rain that repeatedly started then stopped, Rebecca navigating the mud in her ballet pumps, two boys falling into a huge mud pit whilst attempting to balance on a piece of wood and some members of the public walking straight into a shot just as we were about to take an image!

Both Rebecca and Scott were great and it was sure a pleasure to work with them but then we knew it would be because, what was evident since the first time we met, is that they are a truly genuine, honest and devoted couple, whose love for each other and their two beautiful little boys, radiates for all to see.

 

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If you are looking for a personalised Wedding Photography service then feel free to get in touch and discover what we can do for you.

Bishops Storford Based, Award Winning Specialist Pet Photographer – Two New Awards For March 2015.

So proud to announce that I have been awarded both a Gold Award and a Highly Commended Award in the March 2015 Monthly National Photographic Society (NPS) Competition.

 

Having photographed hundreds of pets over the years, I feel very proud of the images I have created and to each of those clients, those images are perfect.

However, when you are submitting images for competition, you are treading on very different waters! Being judged by those at the top of their career, alongside so many other professional photographers is very daunting and what once seemed like the perfect image, beings to fall apart at the seams.

The judges view the images of the first time without the emotional attachment to the subject that the owner has. All they have is the image itself. Therefore, images submitted must have impact, engaging the viewer and translating their story without any words.

As an animal lover who has adopted two rescue dogs, I am often engaging with animal charities and rescue groups throughout the year and doing a little to support their cause. As such I often read very sad and quite disturbing reports of cruelty and suffering, but also reports of amazing individuals who dedicate their lives to saving animals both nationally and internationally.

This inspired me to create the following image that was awarded GOLD.

Black Labrador, Award Winning  Pet Photography,  Detheo Photography

 

The second image submitted was captured during one of the many shows we attend throughout the year. Often at these shows, I can photograph up to 100 dogs on one day, in an environment full of noises and smells, capable of distracting even the most well behaved of dogs.

The Rottweiler, just like many other breeds, has been stigmatised for so many years as the “devil dogs”. Misunderstood as aggressive and dangerous, so many wonderful breeds are wrongly labelled this way, with the media ready to pounce when something seems to have gone wrong.  The general public never discover the truth behind the story and the stigma deepens, yet the importance of education and understanding of canine behaviour is diluted even further.

I chose this image, which was awarded a Highly Commended Award because I felt it expressed perfectly the true, gentle nature behind our large canine breeds.

Rottweiler, Award Wining Pet Photography, Detheo Photography

 

Thank you to all the wonderful people and their pets who are such a pleasure to work with.

If you are looking to capture your pets character, to preserve their memory so that it can be treasured for a lifetime, visit our website www.detheo.co.uk to discover more about our Specialist Pet Photography sessions or email us at contact@detheo.com

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