Wedding Of Sidone & James at The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Bishops Stortford, Herts.

We met Sidone, James and little Bella, back in May 2016 at a wedding show at The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, the venue they had chosen to book for their special day and one that we know very well.
Over the 18 months or so we held our usual pre-wedding planning meetings, one of which was at the venue. On that occasion, we were joined by Lisa, the venue’s Wedding Coordinator and Mark, the Toastmaster.  They are a great team to work with and it is always a pleasure to work with venues who share the same values and offer a great service to their clients.
At that meeting was also the latest addition to the family, baby Freddie had arrived and would be only eight months by the day of the wedding.
With so much time to plan their wedding,  Sidone and James could choose and book the suppliers they wanted. However, one thing totally out of their control was the British weather! Thankfully, it is something that, as professional photographers, we always plan for. 
Arriving early on the day we began with the bridal prep and groom prep photographs.
Sidone had been clear during our planning meetings that she did not want photographs taken of her before her makeup and hair had been completed. So we took advantage of the time to capture some lovely images of her accessories and managed to accommodate James’ groom prep images too.
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A wedding day is a day of celebration, where family and friends join together to celebrate the love two people share for each other. However, life does not always work to plan and for some, it can also be a very difficult day, when sadly, some of those special people can no longer be there to share in the celebrations. And this is was the case for James and Sidone.
They were determined however to ensure that James’ father, who sadly passed away a few years earlier, would still play a part in their special day. From the lapel pins featuring his face, given to the groom and best man, to the pictures of him, that graced the memorial table and right the way through to the speeches later that evening.
By the end of the day, there was not one dry-eyed person left.
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The weather was definitely feeling the emotions too as it rained heavily throughout the day and evening. But Sidone, James, their family and friends did not let this stop them from having an amazing time. And, as always the staff at the venue, along with Toastmaster, Mark, all made sure that everything went to plan.
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We would like to thank Sidone and James for booking us to capture photographs of their special day and to all their family and friends who were fantastic.

Thank you to Lisa, Wedding Coordinator at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel and all the staff, including Mark the Toastmaster, who all worked tirelessly to ensure that the day was perfect in every way.

If you are interested in our Wedding Photography Services, please make sure to get in touch as soon as possible as we only book a limited number of weddings each year. 

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Specialist Pet Photographer, Detheo Photography, Inspired By The Horse Whisperer.

Sometimes in life, the reality turns out to be a disappointment compared to the fantasy. Like that time when you were so looking forward to something and once there it turns out not to be as great as you had imagined.  This was definitely NOT the case here!

After years of admiration and months of excitement having booked to attend a Special Training Day with Monty Roberts, The Horse Whisperer, I did question how this would live up to expectations. Would he be a nice as I imagined? Would I be able to feel the connection or would I disappear into the background? I had wanted to meet him since I was a child, so it was my responsibility to make that happen. But would he be receptive?

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Arriving at The Intelligent Horsemanship centre run by Kelly Marks (who herself is an amazing woman) I quickly realised that I never had needed to question it at all.

From the very beginning, I felt an instant sense of belonging. Which of course is a little odd as I was the only person who was not either a horse breeder, an owner or a stable hand. Some of the terminology used meant nothing to me. But when I questioned the meaning of something, Monty kindly explained without making me feel belittled in any way.

At this point, people will question, why I felt the need to attend such a training day in the first place? So let me explain.

From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by the ability to develop an instinctual understanding and route of communication between us and other species. As a Specialist Pet Photographer, I feel very passionate about the ability to understand the animals I work with. To understand how the animal is feeling, how what I do affects them, and how I can ensure that my behaviour always creates a positive experience for them.

This was the motivation behind my learning about dog behaviour and over the years I have seen how this knowledge of dogs has influenced my work. It has not only enabled me to work better with dogs in general, but enabled me to work with dogs, that others would struggle to photograph. But above all, it means that I am always working with the dogs best interests at heart.

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So it was actually quite emotional for me to finally meet Monty, and confirm that he holds the same values for his relationship with horses. It wasn’t a publicity stunt and when you watch him work with a horse that he has never met before, there was no doubting he really did understand them and have the ability to communicate with them. You could feel something between the horse and Monty, like a private conversation but with the volume muted.

The owners of both horses on the day were attendees of the workshop and I watched closely their reactions when Monty was working with their horse. I was left with no doubt as to how shocked and blown away they were.

At some point during the lunch break, I approached Monty and introduced myself, explaining my reasoning for attending. I thanked him for all the work he has done and continues to do, in trying to make the lives of horses better all over the world, and, for giving me the knowledge and inspiration to keep learning and working the way I do. Taking my hand, we spoke briefly and he thanked me for attending and for my kind words. This gesture will never be forgotten.

I have never in life idealised anyone based on fame or status. It was never and still is not important to me. It is what they choose to do in life that intrigues me and where they gain my respect.

To me, Monty Roberts is not a celebrity, he is a man who has is trying to make a difference. To remind humanity that each animal has its own evolution, its own behaviour and its own way of communicating.

But for me, Monty’s work serves as a reminder of a deeper message. When working with animals, you learn that they can sense chemical changes in our body. Increases in our adrenalin and heart rate, for example, will have an impact on them. With horses, it will often make them fear a possible upcoming danger.

So it is not just about learning to relax and clear your mind of all negativity, but also the ability to just BE in that moment, that makes that connection more possible.

Animals do not care about our social status, wealth or materialistic possessions. They do not know who we are in the human world, all they relate to is who we are at that moment in time. It is our intentions and our behaviour that confirms the purity our heart and mind and it is only then that they will begin to trust us.

Monty and Me March 2018After the day had ended, I had the opportunity to speak to Monty again whilst he signed my book and also had a chance to speak to Kelly Marks who is in her own right, an incredible woman who also works so hard at changing the lives of horses and their owners. An accidental meeting drew Monty and Kelly together (although my belief in fate would suggest this was meant to be) and after a short period, Monty asked Kelly to be the first ever to teach his methods to the public. This was to be the birth of the Intelligent Horsemanship.

I hope to meet up again with Kelly and her team in the future. Her passion and knowledge are infectious. And her kindest is evident for all to see. Without her commitment to the Intelligent Horsemanship, the opportunity to meet and witness, first hand, Monty’s methods would not exist. I personally would like to thank Kelly for making this possible. It has changed the lives of so many horses and people and I am sure it will continue to change many many more. It definitely has changed my life.

I encourage anyone with a horse or pony to at least attend one of the demonstrations held by Kelly or Monty and witness the same as what I did.

It will change your lives, how much of course, is up to you.

 

Specialist Pet Photographer, Detheo Photography Is Making New Developments In Their Equine Photography

As the week draws to a close we are preparing to head off to fulfil an amazing, lifelong dream to meet and train with Monty Roberts, The Horse Whisperer. 
Since a young child, Monty’s methods of connecting with the horses he works with had always fascinated me. I loved all animals and was fortunate to have an uncle who had a farm. I recall spending many weekends there, where he had various animals and in particular his gorgeous Arabian horses. I would spend hours standing by the side of the field watching them and interacting with them.
So gaining a natural confidence around horses came easily, but I never lost my respect for them as animals. Their world was different to mine. And however much I watched them, I knew I had a lot to learn when it came to understanding their body language, the way they would communicate with each other and the rules of the herd.
Since starting Detheo Photography, many years ago, I have been very fortunate to photograph many animals including horses.
Detheo Photography has always focused on capturing the individual character of each animal and over the years we have gained a strong reputation for the way we work. Currently, however, we are more commonly recognised for our work with dogs. Often these dogs have some level of challenging behaviour. Many are anxious/nervous, others have significant medical needs. But regardless of what the complexities are, they all require someone who can understand them and work accordingly.
It is through the ability to connect with them that we have been so successful. Unlike traditional training methods, we have no desire to teach them anything. What we do is to connect in a more natural, innate way. By learning to understand the way they think and how they behave, we can start to build the trust between us. In turn, we can work in a way that is more respectful to them.
Now, in 2018 we have decided to move forward and develop this way of working within our Equine Photography. So, who better to helps us get started than Monty Roberts.
It is an exciting new chapter and one that we hope you will share with us. We have so many plans in the pipeline and will aim to keep everyone updated via our Facebook Page so please make sure to Like the page and join us on this new adventure.
If you are looking to capture stunning images of your pet, be it a hamster, cat, dog, horse, goat or chicken, then please have a look at our website www.detheo.co.uk  and click on the Specialist Pet Photography page. Or contact us directly by clicking here

Detheo Photography – Exciting New Developments Have Begun.

As many already know, Detheo Photography began over 7 years ago almost by accident. But we had never envisaged just what the future would hold.

The journey has been, at times, very challenging, both physically and emotionally, but nothing could destroy the passion.

In the very early days we worked from a room in our home. It was far from ideal, but it was all we had. At that time we would meet clients away from the office.  Then in 2013, with the business steadily growing,  we decided to convert our garage into a new office and studio combo.

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Converting the existing garage into a new office

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This was to be a great asset and the business started to really take a turn as we were able to display samples of our work, host meetings and small workshops. At the same time we also started our Christmas Special Offers, shooting from the same space.

However, the business continued to evolve and over time we decided to make the move and take on our first Barn Studio.

Rustic and airy would be very simplistic words to describe it! At over 100 years old with no windows, lighting, flooring or heating it was a new challenge. But it gave us clarity on what we wanted for the future.

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It was exciting to have such a huge space.

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It accommodated many photoshoots and training sessions.

And just 12 months later we had moved into a properly converted stable block just opposite. We retained the Barn Studio name for ease and have since then seen Detheo Photography take another huge leap forward.

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Our current Studio is still spacious and rustic.

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We have a great shooting space too.

The transformation from those early days has been incredible and it is still quiet unbelievable to look back and see how far we have come.  But it is a journey that we have not travelled alone and the support of family and close friends has been a huge part of our success. Along the way we have faced difficult times, but we chose to learn from them and they have served to make us stronger and wiser.

2017 began with a promise to ourselves. It was to be our own commitment to dreaming bigger and, in turn, to achieving greater goals.

Today, we are proud to say, that we are well on our way to making those dreams a reality with this week seeing the building works begin on our new, purpose built office and studio.

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The build is going to be quite extensive and projected to take approximately 4 months to complete. As such, business will continue as normal from the Barn Studio. However we look forward to keeping everyone updated on developments during the building phase, so make sure to follow our page on FaceBook.

Thank you to all of our clients for whom we have worked with over the years and especially to those who have been so supportive of our work. At the very core of  all our plans and developments is the ability to offer the highest, most personalised service possible and we know this new move will do just that.

 

London Wedding Photographer. North London Wedding Of Helen & Scott. St Anne’s Church, Highgate and The Grand Palace, N.22

No matter how many years we have been photographing weddings, we still get that special feeling every time we are photographing one. And it was definitely no exception for the Wedding of Helen & Scott.

We first met the couple early 2016. During that first meeting we developed an instant connection. They explained how they had been together for many years and had three lovely children, Lucy, Chloe & Charlie, yet they had only now decided to get married.

Sadly, Scotts father had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was quite unwell so Helen and Scott explained that some plans would have to remain flexible and of course we were more than happy to accommodate this.

This wedding was to be a fusion of Greek Cypriot and English cultures, with a traditional Church of England ceremony at St Anne’s Church in Highgate, N6 and followed by a more traditional Greek style reception at the beautiful Grand Palace Banqueting Suite, N22.

Having now known the couple for over a year it is fair to say that both Helen and Scott are some of the most funniest, kind hearted and genuine people we have worked with.

So on the 24th June, we started the day welcomed with open arms at Helen’s parent’s house, joined by great videographers Tony Vouniotis from Top Class Vision and his assistant Mario. Both were a pleasure to work with and highly recommended.Whilst here we captured the bridal preparations and the traditional Greek Orthodox blessing with incense.

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We then walked across the road to groom Scott’s parent’s home to capture images there with his parents too.

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Once done here we were off again to find Father Andrew at St Anne’s Church. After the ceremony a Traditional Red Bus arrived to take guest on to the reception whilst we remained to capture some images of the new Mr & Mrs Gentle!

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We then off to meet all the guests at the wonderful Grand Palace Banqueting Suite where we were all spoilt with wonderful food and a brilliant service. It was without a doubt a fantastic day and one that everyone seemed to enjoy throughly.

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We have to say a huge thank you to Helen and Scott for entrusting us with photographing their special day. To all their family and friends for welcoming us and making us and being so great to work with. To videographers Tony and Mario for being so brilliant to work with. To all the staff at Grand Palace Banqueting Suite for taking such good care of us. And finally to our assistant, Christine who worked so hard on the day.

We would like to wish Helen & Scott a lifetime of joy and happiness.

If you are interested in our services please get in touch via the website http://www.detheo.co.uk or email us directly at contact@detheo.com.

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer- Carla & Richard’s Intimate Bishops Stortford Wedding.

Have you ever spoken to someone over the phone and just felt that instant connection? Well exactly that happened earlier this year.

We received a call from Richard asking if we had availability on 13th February to photograph a small, intimate wedding ceremony at the Bishops Stortford registry office. This was less than a month away.

Richard explained that whilst they live in Buckinghamshire, they had decided to have the ceremony in Bishops Stortford, as he really wanted his grandmother to be there and making her travel to the couples home town would be too stressful for her.

Speaking to Richard gave us a chance to really understand the dynamics for his family and that of his Portuguese wife to be, Carla. We seemed to click immediately and at the first planning meeting Carla confirmed that too.

She explained how she had been in the room when Richard had called. When the call ended she had turned to him and said “you really got on with that photographer, didn’t you?”.

They both explained how they found us to be approachable and flexible and in turn this made them feel relaxed and confident.

So the day soon arrived and as expected, it was very lovely indeed. Their love for one another seemed to fill the room and the laughter was definitely there too, as the nerves got the better of Carla and for a split moment she struggled to remember her own name!

After the kiss, the confetti shot and a quite trip to the park for some family photos, we headed off to The Lemon Tree restaurant close by in Bishops Stortford, for the reception. Here the love and joy continued and it was so lovely to see the two cultures coming together.

It was such an honour to be part of their day and we wish them a future filled with joy and happiness.

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Bishop’s Stortford Based Specialist Pet Photographer. Fine Art Image Of Puppy Lexa Gains Another Award.

As we look forward to Lexa’s second photoshoot this Sunday, we reminisce on the fluffy bundle that we meet a few months ago.
Back in November last year, our clients, Kezia & Dom purchased a “Watch Me Grow” package for their new puppy, before they had even before brought her home. They had shared their lives with dogs before and knew first hand, not only the joy they bring to our lives, but the heartache that comes when they sadly pass away.
This is what guided them to seeking the services of a Specialist Pet Photographer and we are always honoured when clients come to us, knowing how much they value our service.
Having only been with her new family for a matter of hours, Lexa came to the studio for her first session and of course, made a huge impact.
Working with puppies of such a young age is definitely not for the faint hearted. They have not yet developed the bond with their new family and have not even experienced the most basic of training.
As such it took a great deal of patience and a good understanding to be able to harness her natural behaviours and use that knowledge to capture the images we had wanted.
On the day, Lexa was fantastic. A typical puppy she was initially cautious, but soon settled in and was eager to explore our studio!
The images we took were brilliant and as a collection, they definitely captured her character. However, we were also able to create one of our signature Fine Art images, which we then decided to enter into the online monthly competition held by The Societies of photographers. At that time the image was awarded a Highly Commended Award.
Then, just last week, the image was presented before a panel of 6 judges at the international 20×16 Print competition, part of the annual photographic convention held at the Hilton Hotel, London.
We were fortunate to have been in the audience when the print was placed before the panel and were totally amazed when they awarded the image a Merit with a score of 84! Another image we had submitted was also awarded a Merit, with a score of 82.
Seeing Lexa’s image then hung alongside other Merit awarded images from some of the worlds best photographers was truly inspiring. Whilst this is not the first time we have had our images gain awards, it is only when you know the complexity of working with such a young dog, that you really can appreciate the achievement.
So, Lexa is now that little bit older and we are really looking forward to capturing the next stage in her development as we meet on location for our next photoshoot.

If you too would like to have your dog, horse, cat or any other pet photographed by Specialist Pet Photographer, Maria Michael, please click HERE to be forwarded to our Contact Us page. Or to visit our website for more details click HERE.

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