Posted on January 10, 2017
Over the years we have been very fortunate to have either photographed, or have been a guest at many of London’s fantastic hotels and the Savoy has to be one of the finest.
So, having been booked to photograph a function at the Savoy Grill at the end of January this year, we decided to pop over and familiarise ourselves with the hotel and meet the staff.
The stunning entrance draws you in, promising to blow you away with what is to follow. And from the moment you enter the beautifully crafted front hall, the grandeur leaves you breathless. Every little detail carefully attended to, creating a visual masterpiece.
We decided to find out more about this iconic London landmark and discovered that the Savoy has an interesting history.
In 1246 Count Peter of Savoy built The Savoy Palace, which went on to become the home of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Sadly, in 1381, it was burnt to the ground during the Peasant’s Revolt. The estate then became part of the Duchy of Lancaster, and remains so to the present day.
In 1881 The Savoy Theatre was opened. This was due to the collaboration between theatrical impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, lyricist William Schwenk Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It was a collaboration to last for over twenty years and see the creation of a total of thirteen classic operas. Every one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s subsequent operas were premiered in the Savoy Theatre, and the entire canon became known as the Savoy Operas.
Richard D’Oyly Carte then went on to build the Savoy, which was opened on 6th August 1889. The new Savoy hotel offered accommodation for the many tourists, especially Americans, who had travelled to London to see the Savoy Operas.
With restaurants, bars, lounges, private dining rooms and banqueting suites, the Savoy offered a variety of choices for Londoners wanting to enjoy themselves. The main restaurant was opened by noted hotelier Cesar Ritz, who later became general manager.
Over the years to follow, the Savoy underwent many changes, and in 2005 it was purchased by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud, who handed the management contract to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Then, on 15th December 2007, and for the first time in 118years, the Savoy closed its doors to the public. The planned refurbishment was expected to cost around £100 million pounds and take up to 15 months to complete.
However, it was not until some three years later, on 10th October 2010, that the Savoy was formally reopened, with the final restorations costing approximately £220 million pounds.
In 2014 the Savoy celebrated it’s 125th Year anniversary.
Posted on November 25, 2016
Being a Specialist Pet Photographer did not happen by accident. Yes, it would be fair to say it was something I had aspired to. Over the past 7 or more years, I have worked hard and inevitably my business has grown. However, I believe that there was something more powerful than just wanting, that bought Detheo Photography to where it is today.
The relationships between people and animals has always fascinated me and the bonds that we build, have been one of the most profound foundations of my work.
Photographing animals takes so much more than just being a great photographer. The ability to interact with each individual, in a way that is suited to them, means dedicating a vast amount of time to learning and understanding the behaviour of each species. It is an endless journey with amazing rewards.
It is so lovely to be able to capture beautiful images of peoples pets, seeing the amazement when they view their images for the first time. And over 7 years we have been fortunate to photograph near on one thousand animals, of all shapes and sizes.
Yet, the true defining moment came Friday last week, when we were contacted by a very heartbroken lady Vanessa, explaining that her dog Samson had recently been diagnosed with Cancer.
“My Samson has only weeks to live. I have been trying to take pictures over the past couple of weeks but either burst into tears or just can’t capture a shot of him.Would you be able to fit Samson and Sadie (our other dog) for a shoot. They have never been apart for over 9 years and a picture together would be a wonderful thing for us to treasure.”
We worked quickly to make arrangements and get Samson and Sadie into the studio this Wednesday (23/11/16).
The dogs came with one of their regular dog walkers, Susanna as Vanessa understandably felt she would struggle. Instantly I sensed Samson was not quite right. It is difficult to express in words but there was just a gut feeling. So I decided to pretend that we were not doing anything other than just having a chat. I moved the giant leather pouf into the shooting area and invited the dogs to get up and lay down. Susanna then perched on the side and I sat on the floor. Within moments, they had both relaxed and soon feel asleep.
That evening I started to edit the images we had captured. But, if the truth be told, I found this an emotional time. Having said goodbye to three of our own pets, I knew all too well how devastated the family were going to be. Yet nothing I could do would ever change that.
However, there is something very special about a photograph. It has the ability to awaken all of our senses, so that in a split moment, we suddenly can feel the softness of our dogs coat and the distinct sounds of their barking. Photographs have the power to momentarily transport us back, to relive memories over and over again. And as sat back and looked at the final images, I realised, this way why I became a Specialist Pet Photographer. To be able to create these important images, so others may treasure them and in time gain some comfort from them too.
On Thursday 24th November, Samson’s condition deteriorated and today, Friday 25th November, he crossed over Rainbows Bridge. However, his paw prints will remain on the hearts of all that knew him.
Posted on June 26, 2016
Being a photographer and an animal lover means that family are never too stuck for gifts and last year we received an amazing gift that combined both passions. A voucher for a day’s photographic experience at Woburn Safari Park, with WildArena Imaging.
Woburn is a familiar location as we have often visited with the children on family days out. It offers the perfect opportunity to see some incredible animals in large open spaces, whilst driving around in your vehicle.
However, this day was going to offer something a little more special. David was our guide from WildArena Imaging and he was accompanied by Alice, one of Woburn’s own rangers.
As a group of eight, we divided ourselves between two 4×4 vehicles that David and Alice would be driving.
Whilst bumpy, this gave us the opportunity to move off from the traditional visitors routes and cross over, close to where the animals would be. In fact at times you could feel their breath as they strolled past or even looked up to investigate your sent in the air.
It was a brilliant day and whilst the photographic opportunities were plenty, there was something quite emotional about being so close to the animals. It was as if some of them too, seemed fascinated with us. Looking directly into the eyes of a Lioness or a large Bear and feeling something quite peaceful, is not what most would expect.
But it was out of the vehicles and on foot that we met some animals that, I for one, misunderstood most. The Black and White Ruffed Lemurs where truly special. Affectionate and gentle, they can of course also be quite cheeky. However, I discovered that they love it when you give them gentle scratch beneath their arms. So much so, that if you stop they will raise their arm up to signal for you to carry on. They also like to hold on to your fingers and once they do, you just do not have the heart to prize them off.
Here are just a few of the images we captured on the day. If you like the images then please feel free to leave a comment below.
Sawbridgeworth Dog Show 2016 – Beautiful Images Captured By Herts & Essex Specialist Pet Photographer
Posted on June 13, 2016
In typical British fashion our morning started with rain. Reaching Bullfield’s Recreational Ground, Sawbridgeworth early to prepare our stand for the Dog Show, we were hopeful the rain would ease off in time for the formal start of the show. Which surprisingly it did. Bit of course this was short lived. The proceeded with intermittent spells of showers and dry periods. This however did not deter those who had decided to attend.
People of all ages, from all walks of life arrived to enjoy the day. There was a steel band, live music, the dog agility and dog show, alongside various stalls and even the fire brigade, who were displaying one of their amazing fire engines.
It was great to meet so many new faces and equally great to catch up with those who we have photographed in the past.
A big thank you to Adrienne from DogAblitly and Sawbridgeworth Town Council for the invitation and we look forward to attending again next year.
Here is a short slideshow with the images we captured on the day.
If you would like a Specialist Pet Photography Session for your dog or other pet, please visit our website for more details http://www.detheo.co.uk
Posted on June 11, 2016
When I was first contacted by Angela Adams, asking if I would be willing to give an interview for her column in the Professional Imagemaker Magazine, I was quite stunned.
Professional Imagemaker Magazine has graced my office for many years. One of the many perks of my membership to The Societies Of Photographers, it’s articles have provided endless inspiration and learning, featuring some of the worlds best photographers. I genuinely never even considered that I, would one day feature in the very same publication, let alone over three pages.
Of course I would accept, after all it really was an honour.
At first I did not realise the impact the article would have. Many people know me, know my story and have shared my journey. But it was the one person who knew me best, and knew more of my story than others, that was to be most affected. That person was me.
Why? Well you see, I felt so strongly that I should respect this opportunity by giving careful consideration to each question. However, in doing so I began to appreciate my own journey. It was like I got to travelled that same road, but this time I was able to actually pay attention to the views.
Through hard work, physical and emotional dedication, my dreams began to became reality, but I was almost too blinkered to realise. In life we spend so much time hiding in the shadows that we often do not realise when the shadows have disappeared.
Thanks to Angela’s interview, I was able to take a fresh look and realise how far I had come in such a short space of time.
I hope you enjoy reading the article and feel free to leave your comments.
(Please click on the images to enlarge them, making them easier to read)
Specialist Commercial & Corporate Pet Photographer Goes Behind The Scenes At The Cromwell Veterinary Group, Cambridgeshire.
Posted on May 10, 2016
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.
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.
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.
Posted on April 2, 2016
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.
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.
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.
With the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Oak Room, already transformed, it was time for the ceremony.
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.
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.
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!
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.