Posted on July 11, 2017
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.
We then walked across the road to groom Scott’s parent’s home to capture images there with his parents too.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on February 28, 2017
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.
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 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.
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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.
Posted on March 5, 2016
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 email@example.com
Posted on January 30, 2016
Recently, 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.
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.
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.
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.