Sawbridgeworth Dog Show 2016 – Beautiful Images Captured By Herts & Essex Specialist Pet Photographer

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

 

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Interview With Maria Michael, owner of Bishops Stortford based, Detheo Photography.

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)

Interview with Maria Michael, owner of Bishops Stortford based Detheo Photography

Interview with Maria Michael, owner of Bishops Stortford based Detheo Photography

Interview with Maria Michael, owner of Bishops Stortford based Detheo Photography

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.

 

 

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

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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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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