Category Archives: Having fun with photos

Smile: A Poem By Spike Milligan?

smile poem by spike milligan
smile poem by spike milligan

I love this poem.

“Smile” is a poem by the late, great Spike Milligan that promotes the positivity of smiling.

But was it actually penned by the comedy legend at all? There are lots of websites attributing Spike as author, but I have also heard it might have been originally written by Karen McLendon-Laumann.

With both people being linked as authors, I’ll mention both in this post, but whoever actually came up with this beauty, it’s a great gift to the world. 

We could all do with smiling more, that is for sure. the science is pointing to the health benefits of feeling more positive. You can’t help feeling better when you’re smiling. 

So does that lead on to the possibility that having a photoshoot is actually good for your mental health? I’d like to think so.

We are in the business of making people smile, and in return it makes us feel better, so please come and join in the fun at Mike Turner Photography, we have lots of photoshoot experiences to enjoy.

Check them out here.

Mike Turner Photography deals (click for more)
Mike Turner Photography deals

Quote Mugs For Sale

Having a brew is the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy a little inspiration while you’re enjoying your break, and prepare yourself for getting back into the mix. We could all do with a bit of inspiration from time to time.

Our Mugs are designed to do just that, available as 10 oz, 12 oz, 15 oz and 17 oz sizes.

These high quality mugs make the ideal gift for birthdays and other special occasions, you won’t find these designs anywhere else.

15 oz mug time is precious
15 oz mug time is precious

12 oz mug follow bliss mug
12 oz mug follow bliss mug

15 oz mug unbecoming
15 oz mug unbecoming

Product Each Pack of 3
Ceramic 10oz Mug £7 £18
Latte Mug 12oz £8 £21
Latte Mug 17oz £10 £27
Mega Mug 15oz £10 £27
Custom designs all sizes £12 £33

Family Stick Drawings

stick figures at Mike Turner photography
stick figures at Mike Turner photography

Family stick drawings are a fun, unique opportunity to showcase family members and can be printed on a variety of finishes, from prints to acrylics, and look specially impressive on metallic finishes. The lovely family below enjoyed a family portrait at our studio and are illustrated above.  But you don’t have to come for a family portrait session, just send us over a family photo and we’ll do the rest.

These are obviously unique commissions and may take a few weeks to complete, so if you’re interested in capturing your family please drop us an email and we’ll provide further information.

family portraits at Mike Turner Photography
family portraits at Mike Turner Photography

stick figures at Mike Turner photography
stick figures at Mike Turner photography

stick figures at Mike Turner photography
stick figures at Mike Turner photography

Head Shot Quote Graphic: Ideal Facebook Cover Image

portrait quotes
portrait quotes

Quote graphics are very popular on social media, so we have been playing about with spreading the love with our JOY, LOVE, PEACE, HAPPINESS, graphic, layered onto a head shot image, along with a personal quotation. We think it is a great personalised Facebook cover image.

portrait quotes
portrait quotes

We are more than happy to provide one free of charge for your social media channnels, if you contact us via Facebook or Instagram.

portrait quotes
portrait quotes

If you would like to have one printed as a piece of framed art, then give us a shout, obviously there would be a charge for this sort of thing because of the cost, but let us know what you would like and we’ll give you a quotation.

portrait quotes
portrait quotes

And it even works well for the fellas

The True Value Of A Photograph

Mike Turner photography: the value of a photograph
Mike Turner photography: the value of a photograph

The following passage is from a great article about the value of photographs, written by kennethlinge.com, you can follow the link and see the original post. I thought it perfectly illustrated the true value of photographs on an emotional level. It’s contents was originally intended to be read by other professional photographers

” Years ago a photographer friend of mine told me a true sales example of how he perceived the value of a picture. He was at a client’s home doing a sale’s appointment and they reacted to his price of $85 for an 8 × 10. This was around 1990 and we were still shooting film. Looking over at the client’s book shelf he saw an old, beautiful 8 x 10″ black and white photograph of a couple. He went over to the bookshelf to have a closer look at it and said: I love this picture, it is so beautiful. I would love to buy it from you, what about $200? The wife answered: It’s my grandparents and the only copy we have, so there is no way I will sell it; it means a lot to me. My friend said what about $300? She answered it is worth more than money to me. Then he said: And you think it is to expensive to pay $85 for the one of your own family?”

I hope this post can put some thoughts in your mind on the value of what we do and what we should charge; we are creating so many priceless treasures for people. Let’s treat our work as what it truly is, wrap it in silk paper, hold it up carefully by the edges when we show it to our clients and be respectful of the truth worth of beautiful images.