Hertfordshire & Essex Wedding Photography. Chris & Mary At The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel.

Our first wedding at the Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel was that of Chris & Mary.

A wonderful, fun loving couple who were an absolute pleasure to work with.

From our first meeting it was clear that they wanted a relaxed, natural approach to the day and our photographic style definitely seemed to compliment this.

Working her wonders on the day was Wendy Fach, hair & makeup artist, whose creativity and expertise transformed our bride Mary,  maid-of-honour Kerry and little flower girl Niamh, effortlessly.

The day progressed smoothly and elegantly, filling the hotel grounds with the sounds of joy and laughter.

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We would like to thank all of the wonderful people we met on the day and especially to Chris & Mary who made us feel so welcomed. What a fantastic first wedding at this venue.

Hertfordshire / Essex Photographer – Great Hallingbury Manor Fairytale Weddings Launch Shoot.

At Detheo Photography we strongly believe in working in partnership with others, especially in our local community. Our commitment to providing an affordable,  high quality, personalised service has continually been met with open arms and we are proud of the links we have made so far.

One such link is with Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel. A stunning, country hotel who is always welcoming us back and has repeatedly provided a service second to none.

It was sometime early this year that we first met with Sales Manager, Jill Moore to discuss our ethos and vision for the future. So when Jill contacted us to request our services on the launch of the hotel’s new bridge, we were very excited.

Set amongst the immaculate gardens is the hotel’s own lake, in which lays a tiny island. With the hotel catering this year for some 80 weddings, they decided to built a striking bridge and create a beautiful wooden gazebo on the island.

After battling with the extreme weather conditions and having to accept some delay, the transformation was finally ready and now it was time to formally launch the new setting.

With professional Make Up Artist, Jorjia Johnson and professional Hair Stylist, Tina Crossley on board, we were set for a bridal makeover, but we needed a bride.

Gemma Freeman, who had been married at the hotel last year, was delighted to take up the role and model her beautiful dress a second time.

For once the weather surprised us and the rain held off enabling us to capture some stunning images.

We hope you agree.

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Hertfordshire/Essex Photographer – Beauty Unveiled Photoshoot with Jayne.

How many times do you stop and make time to appreciate who you are today?

If you look back on your life, how much of it would you say you spent trying to be someone else?

Of course, it is important to have dreams and ambitions, to believe in your ability to achieve the things you want. However, so many people spend years of their lives unhappy with how they are seen by others.  And as time goes on, without realising it, those feelings become the sub-conscience, deep rooted seed of negativity. This in turn grows to drain their self esteem and the ripple effect begins.

It took years to realise,  that learning to love the person you really are is the most important start to making the rest of ones dreams, a reality. That is not to say that wanting to become fitter, healthier or wiser  is wrong.

However, how many times do we hear people say, “I could never wear a bikini, I’m far to flabby” or listen to people talk about the never ending “When….”.  And what of the many people who feel that the emotional or physical scars left from life’s journey have somehow tainted their beauty, forcing them to believe that they have no right to be viewed as beautiful?

They say you cannot change the world…. well, we say you definitely can’t if you don’t ever try!  And if in trying, we help even one other person to fall back in love with themselves, it makes every individual effort worthwhile.

So the journey begins. Taking the everyday person, and unveiling their beauty to remind them that, rather than waiting for others to discover you, it is loving yourself that is the most liberating and powerful achievement. Once you can do this, nothing will extinguish the light that you shine.

Marianne Williamson wrote…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

The images below were taken from a recent Beauty Unveiled session. Jayne, a busy working wife and mother, is usually dressed in boots and jeans whizzing around catering for her family and having little time to herself. We have had the pleasure of photographing Jayne before, so it was great to be back photographing her again.  As always we had a fun time working the different lingerie sets, lighting and finding different locations to shoot in. But the images we captured really took our breath away and seeing the pride in Jaynes eyes when she first saw the final set,  was the greatest reward we could receive.

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Hertfordshire Wedding & Christening Photography. A Special And Very Unique Day For Athos, Victoria & Tillie Larkou.

It is no secret that Detheo Photography is relatively new to the Wedding Photography genre. Weddings and Christenings are very special occasions and the importance of the memories created on those days may not always be immediately apparent yet should be treated with the upmost respect. Years later when time has moved on,  the ability to look back at your images and bring all those memories to life again, is priceless.

At Detheo Photography we understand this, and are passionate about capturing images that will preserve those memories, for a lifetime.

Victoria & Athos came to us early in March this year calmly explaining that they were planning to have their lovely daughter, Tillie, aged nine, christened at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox church in North London. This in it self was quite unusual as, within the Greek Orthodox church , it is the norm to christen children when they are very young.  “Small world” I commented, as I, myself, was married there many years ago and have strong family ties to that church.

However,  it was not quite that simple!

In a manner, we have now come to know as the norm for them, Victoria and Athos went on to explain that after arranging the christening they decided it would make perfect sense to get married on the same day too.

It was definitely going to be a very unique combination of events. Yet, no one could have quite predicted just how unique the day would truly turn out to be.

On the 23rd March 2012,  a year earlier, the front page of The Telegraph ran the following –

“Hottest day of the year as Britain prepares for a BBQ weekend”

Now,  some 12 months later and the front page displayed a very different story –

“Worst March snow for 30 years brings chaos”

So, packed with all the usual camera and lighting equipment, we added snow shovels, hiking boots, sleeping bag and other emergency essentials to the car. Not forgetting the pretty vintage umbrella we had recently purchased. This umbrella, whilst insignificant to start with became the shield that defended our beautiful bride against the driving snow fall and biting wind.

It is testament to the relaxed and adaptable character of both Victoria and Athos, that the day went ahead regardless and whilst the blizzard did its hardest to work against us, we managed to capture some great images.

By the time the church service had finished the snow flakes resembled tennis balls.  As we reached  The Gables, on Newgate Street Village, Hertfordshire where the reception was to be held,  we were greeted with a thick white blanket of snow.

Regardless, the day turned out to be fantastic, with family and friends enjoying the celebrations and the images captured perfectly the depth of love Victoria, Athos and Tillie have for one another.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and share your special day.

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Learning From The Best

Anyone who knows me well will tell you how strongly I believe in Fate.  And over the past 16yrs that belief has been put to the ultimate test and yet Fate has never let me down.

Just before starting Detheo Photography, and throughout it’s first year I attended many courses, hungry to refine my skills. However, I always came away  feeling unsatisfied.

Looking back I know now why.

As in all professions, people have very different reasons for doing what they do. Throughout my life I have always been driven to jobs that mean something personal to me, and photography is something very personal. My passion to capture those snippets of time, that so powerfully transport you instantly back, has always been my driving force. I  needed to learn the basics, which I did, but the courses always seemed to skim the surface, falling short.  They never catered for the individual, never understood my strengths or try to identify my weaknesses.

Then last year, just by chance, I came across a thread on the SWPP forum, which unbeknown to me, was set to totally change my life. My first 121 training course with John & Liz Denton sent my head spinning. It was the most amazing experience and I shared my feelings in a post that you are welcome to read back on if you like.

So, when I heard that I was going to be given the opportunity to return to Cold Harbour Studios and embark on my second 121 training course with John,  I could not believe it.

And as before, we were joined by two brilliant models. On day one I had the pleasure of working again with Jennifer Dickinson. Jennifer and I met on my first visit. We then caught up at the SWPP Annual Convention 2013 where Jennifer was working with some other photographers. So, it was lovely to see her again on this trip.

On day two, John and I were joined by Katie Louise. It was the first training session Katie had modelled for and I felt very honoured. Her beauty and natural talent are undeniable and she is a great addition to the Denton team.

Straight talking, down to earth, and a true photographic genius, John Denton does what those others in the past forgot to do. Before he teaches anything, he sets out to learn about his pupil. He gets to know who they are, he identifies their strengths and weaknesses and tailors his teachings to help them achieve their fullest potential. As for Liz, she is without a doubt, one amazing woman and the wealth of knowledge she holds is remarkable. Her ability to motivate and guide you through the marketing, branding, advertising etc side of the business leaves people, including myself, feeling so energised.

Photography is so much about who we are as individuals and as such it can be difficult to accept critique. However, I came to trust John & Liz very quickly and a similar sense of humour ensured we connected from the start.

Just like my first visit, this second 121 stripped away all distractions, guided me deeper through my journey of development and taught me to accept responsibility for the barriers I created,  that were holding me back. It was without a shadow of a doubt, a soul searching and eye opening experience.

I have come to hold both John and Liz very dear and feel very fortunate to have met such inspiring people. People I know I will forever call my friends. But how do I thank them for the tremendous influence they have  had on my life? I had plenty of time during my three hour drive home to contemplate this and I realised, there really was only one way. To take everything they had taught me, draw on all the belief they had shown in me and really make Detheo Photography everything I have always wanted it to be. And in turn, I hope one day, they can look back and feel proud that their influence helped form the solid foundations on which Detheo was grown.

(Below are some of the images captured on the second 121 training course at Cold Harbour Studios). 

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Something Old & Something New.

 

As Detheo Photography enters it’s third year, something quite magical has begun to stir. There are changes on the way, and along with a complete rebranding, we will be launching a new package of services and new products.

So in preparation we decided to spend the day photographing the beautiful Fros at one of the two stunning venues we have managed to create a link with.

Down Hall Country House Hotel, has long been a special place for us personally, as it was the setting for many joyous and memorable functions, long before Detheo Photography even started. Yet throughout the years it’s elegance and striking beauty have never faltered and we are honoured to have it on our list of approved locations for many of our future shoots.

With all the new changes and venues, I hear you ask, “where does the old come in?”  Well, in order to compliment the beauty of our environment, it was essential that Fros wore something quite spectacular.

Sixteen years after it was lovingly designed by myself and carefully hand crafted by Maria at Mirror Mirror in Crouch End, London, my own wedding dress made it’s way out of it’s resting place to take centre stage.

And we are sure you will agree,  it proved to be the perfect choice.

We hope you enjoy the images we created just as much as we enjoyed creating them.

Please watch carefully over the next few months as we begin to announce exciting new changes, and special offers for you all to take advantage of.

The Beauty Of Winter

I believe each season brings its own beauty and Winter definitely did not disappoint this week. Waking up feeling quite unwell, I piled on my layers ready to drop the children off to school, promising to return to my sofa and spend the day recuperating.

However, opening my front door I gasped with amazement at the stunning scene that greeted me. With an average temperature of -7 everything had frozen and turned white. I felt like I was stepping into a new, magical world.

With photography running through my blood I knew there was nothing I wanted more than to come back, grab the camera, my buddy Harvey, and head out.

And so we did. Walking through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside surrounded by crisp, ice covered foliage I only wished we could have many more days like these because they make fantastic backdrops for photoshoots.

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