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Celebrating Family

Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

We love to celebrate family, it’s been our great privilege to serve families, big and small, for many years. Under the umbrella of family are friends and people we share our lives with.

We love the dynamics of families, no two are ever the same. Families are as unique as the individuals that make them up.

Celebrating the unity of family requires cherishing the individuality of personalities that make a family a family. That’s why we have so many individual experiences to enjoy.

Family shoots, which include individual photos,  maternity shoots, baby sessions, and of course pet shoots. Come and enjoy one of our photoshoots soon, let our family welcome your family 🙂 You can find links to all our photoshoots here, which can be purchased for yourself or as gifts.

Below are some family orientated quote graphics to enjoy.

when all the dust settles family is all - Mike Turner Photography
when all the dust settles family is all – Mike Turner Photography
family love you most - Mike Turner Photography
family love you most – Mike Turner Photography
family to promote world peace- Mike Turner Photography
family to promote world peace- Mike Turner Photography
family is sharing love not just blood - Mike Turner Photography
family is sharing love not just blood – Mike Turner Photography
good friends are family - Mike Turner Photography
good friends are family – Mike Turner Photography
precious moments with family - Mike Turner Photography
precious moments with family – Mike Turner Photography
things are not important - Mike Turner Photography
things are not important – Mike Turner Photography


Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography
Family is the most important thing by mike turner photography

We love to serve families at our studio in Lowton and have been doing so since 2008. Families come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of characters at the heart of them. Families as small as two and as large as, well, many.

Great families lie at the heart of our communities and should be celebrated and treasured.

We specialise in celebrating families with photoshoots for each and everyone one of the family members as individuals as well as to enjoy and share together.

Our love of serving families runs deep, we love our family of relatives and friends, who include customers who we’ve got to know well over the years as we’ve seen their family grow and evolve. It’s a privilege to have an opportunity to capture those moments in time that will long be treasured, celebrating milestones, stages and events in their lives.

I decided to write the following piece about my thoughts about family, hope you enjoy it…..

Family don’t have to be blood related, they can include friends, pets, neighbours, colleagues. It’s not about the genes we have in common it’s about the love we share. Love is what connects us, what bonds us together, what fills us up.

Family energises us because if someone else can have belief in us, we have permission to believe in ourselves.

A family can be as small as two or has big as many. If you’re alone don’t be, reach out, there are people who care. We care! Strangers are potentially family you’ve yet to get to know.

You can’t take family for granted, they are a blessing not a promise. Love and care for them, share and bond with them. Celebrate their individualism and the uniqueness of your shared connection because no two connections will ever be the same.

When we experience the loss of a loved one, it is often the things that drove us mad in life that we miss of them in death, at least it has been in my experience.

Our faults and hang ups are part of what make us uniquely us. Give them space to be appreciated in ourselves and in others, particularly family, and not just in death but in life.

Love, cherish, celebrate each other every day. Smile, laugh and remember good times shared and never forget.

family by mike turner photography
family by mike turner photography

Mr Bojangles – Brings Back Memories

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social media video cover

I know this isn’t technically anything to do with photography, but as with photographs, such videos bring back fond memories, long forgotten. They are a link to people and places that meant something to us.

I just love this song, conjures memories of days gone by. As a child, l loved to watch the movies that Sammy Davis Jr starred in, and through them got to enjoy his persona.

But  I’ve learned to appreciate these artists even more as I’ve got older. Maybe it’s a craving for  my youth, when times seemed less complicated. I’m not sure they were any less complicated in reality, maybe it’s just a fact that now I’m over 50, I have more to look back on than I have to look forward to (heavy that isn’t it, sorry but true). This song has a sadness to it, a sentimentality and reminds me of people sadly no longer with us, that still have a fond place in my heart. I think it’s okay to look back sometimes. Hope you enjoy the emotion of this song. Below are the lyrics to help you sing along if you’d like.


I knew a man,
And he’d dance for you
In worn out shoes,
With silver hair, a ragged shirt,
And baggy pants
He would do the old soft shoe
He could jump so high,
And then he’d lightly touch down.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, i was,
While I was down and out,
He looked to me to be the very eyes of age, as he spoke right out, talked of life, Lord that man talked of life,
Laughed, slapped his leg and stepped.

He said his name was “Bojangles”
And he danced a lick right across the cell
He grabbed his pants, took a bitter stance, jumped up high
That’s when he clicked his heels
Then he let go laugh, Lord he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around

That was Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Lord, he could dance

He told me of the times, he worked with minstrel shows, travelling around the south
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he,
They used to travel all about
But his dog up and died, dog up and died
And after twenty years he still grieved.

He said “I dance now and every chance a honky-tonk, for my drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, you see son, I drinks a bit.”

Then he shook his head
Lord, when he shook his head,
I could swear I heard someone say please

Mr. Bojangles
A-Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Come back and dance, please dance
Come on and dance now

A-Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles, dance
Come back and dance, Mr. Bojangles…



3 Ways To Display Your Favorite Travel Photos

Think Outside The Box

There are a lot of different ways to display your favorite photos from your favorite travels around the world. You can put them in a photo album, have them set in a finely crafted frame, keep them in your wallet, or any number of things. It all depends on what moves you.

What gets you going? What inspires you? What makes you feel that certain indefinable something that helps move you forward? Don’t be afraid to be creative! What matters how things look at the end, not so much how you got there. With that in mind, following are three display ideas which aren’t necessarily traditional, but can help you memorialize your favorite times in style.

1. A PVC Vase To Memorialize Your Favorite Places

A bit of PVC pipe can be an ideal display solution. All you do is cut lengths of PVC which match the height of your photos, then carefully wrap them around, and plant the pipe in a circular holding solution; like the slot where an umbrella would usually fit on your backyard patio furniture.

Those umbrellas are notorious for being accidentally left open and ravaged by the wind. Instead of leaving the table with a hole in the middle empty, stick some PVC in there with some travel photos that match the décor of your backyard, or green room. Then round the scene out by putting flowers into the hollow inside of the pipe, and allowing them to spill over the side—as in the photo below.

flowers in vase mike turner photography
flowers in vase mike turner photography

2. Arrayed In A Perfectly-Designed Scene

Many homes will have areas specifically designed in a way which helps you remember travels, or those special occasions which deserve to be commemorated in some way. Sometimes a whole room of the house may be devoted to such presentations of your travels. If you’re going to go this route, you can avoid the reinvention of the wheel by simply finding and installing various backdrops.

Follow this hyperlink for photography backdrops and props; you can find just what you need to set up your most perfect scene. Whether urban or floral, expressive or monotone, you’ll be able to find whatever best fits your favorite travels. When you can add props as well, that allows you even greater visual definition in presentation.

3. A Chicken-Wire Partition Collage

A partition that accordions open or closed can be a great way to maximize the space in a room, dividing it up in a stylish way through semi-transparent imprinted chicken wire or colored fabrics. You can further maximize such space preservation options by making a collage of photos from your dream vacation up and down the partition, on either side.

For example, if you lived in a small one or two-bedroom apartment, you could divide up the living and dining area with such a partition, even going so far as to have either side feature a different style from a different vacation. Perhaps the side facing the window fits a green theme for the room and includes pictures of lush Hawaii, while the more beige-toned opposite side of the room features pictures from your travels through Las Vegas in the sand-strewn summertime.

las vegas holiday mike turner photography
las vegas holiday mike turner photography

It’s All Up To You

When it comes to the presentation of your photos, you definitely want to do something more than simply store them online in varying digital albums where they’re forgotten until someone you didn’t know was following you decides to randomly like one from years ago.

Instead, give some care to your favorite times. Put them up for family and friends to see, and do something more convenient than leaning a bunch of frames on the top of cabinets or dressers where children and revelers can stumble into them and break them.

In contrast, when you’re displaying photos in a scene including a backdrop, or throughout a partition collage, or supported by PVC, you have greater strength in presentation, allowing pictures to survive even in the face of Murphy’s Law. Determine what your best photos are, and what works for you. You’ve got a lot of options, there’s plenty of potential; let your imagination run wild!