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Photoshoots To Celebrate Your Unique Style

makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington

Whether you come to enjoy a Makeover photoshoot, where you have your hair and makeup professionally styled, or for a regular photoshoot, we’ll take a variety of stylish portraits to capture your unique personality and style. We’re all individuals and here at Mike Turner Photography we believe in celebrating this uniqueness. Check out just a small selection of images captured during one shoot, to get an idea about the variety of images we’re able to capture. We’d love to see you at our studio in Lowton soon. Check out more information about our makeover photoshoots and our regular portraits.

makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington

8 Reasons to have a Professional Family Photo shoot

family photoshoots by mike turner photography
family photoshoots by mike turner photography

Looking back on family photos still provides us with a warm feeling inside. There is something built into the human psyche to want to know about where we come from and what our genes looked like in former generations. Unfortunately photography is still a relatively modern medium and goes back no more than a couple of generations. Only the high class of the past, with large painted portraits proudly displayed on mansion walls have a clear record of their ancestors, the rest of us have to make do with poor quality family snaps, thrown into a, often, badly conceived family album.

Family snaps become more sentimentally valuable over time, as loved ones pass on; their photos trigger fond memories shared with them. Those photos become irreplaceable (check out The True value of a Photograph). The photographs taken today will be viewed in the same way by your children and your children’s children.

Professional photo shoots are a great excuse to get the family together. This not so difficult with young children, however there is a temptation to delay a photo shoot until next week, which becomes next month, which becomes next year. All the while those young children grow into older children who get to an age where they spend less time at home and maybe head for university or their own lives and then getting them together really can become problematic. They say tomorrow never comes, and children are not children for so long, and from my own experience this is so true. My advice ‘just do it’

Once you get the family together, a professional photo shoot can be a fun thing to share, getting into poses you wouldn’t normally conceive can become a great memory. Shared experiences are what makes life enjoyable.

While the family is together, why not make a day of it, go out for some lunch and if you’re a mature family take the chance to catch up. If there are grand kids, they will love to chance to meet up with cousins.

As well as having a great family experience, you get to have a memento of that experience to display with pride in your home. Professionally finished images are done to the highest quality, and are designed to last for years to come. Get them on your walls and show them off. Be proud of loved ones and the people closest to you, and show them to the world.

Modern digital photography makes photos much more shareable. Many photographers now provide digital versions of their images to share on social media platforms such as Facebook. Have your family proudly displayed as your profile image.

Professional photographers have the best quality lighting set-ups available, and these lights are specifically designed to make you and your family look your best. Sometimes a little airbrushing doesn’t help too

For the shyer members of the family it is a chance come out of their shell. They will be shown by the expert photographer to pose in a way that flatters them and gives them a greater sense of themselves. We all like good pictures of ourselves. It’s the not so flattering ones we don’t like to see. Professional photography will bring that inner confidence to the surface. It is there deep inside the shyest of us.

If the list of reasons for having a photo shoot is not enough to convince you, then this one might just change your mind. Having a professional photo shoot is a great excuse to get yourself a new wardrobe. Well maybe not a full wardrobe but a new outfit at the very least. What greater excuse do you need than to capture that all important family portrait session?

Getting the best from a professional photo shoot is about preparation. Young children should be well rested, well fed, and not made too much fuss of. Older members should be well rested, well fed and not made too much fuss of, and the ones in between should be well rested …. You get the idea. Don’t delay and get your family captured and future proofed.. What are you waiting for?

 

Get a Animated Logo for Your Video Content, Fast, Simply & Really Affordably

Mike Turner Photography: Make your brand stand out
Mike Turner Photography: Make your brand stand out

If you don’t already understand how important Content marketing is for the future success of big and small brands online then, you will inevitably discover soon enough, as your social and search results start to suffer.

According to Cisco, by 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic. So if you aren’t yet creating video content, you should, at the very least be making moves in that direction.

Video is fast becoming the preferred means for people to consume content, both for entertainment and information gathering purposes.

You can fight this trend all you like, but while you do so, your competitors will be serving your “potential” audience with the very content they want, the way they want it.

Video content is an investment, it is your future lead generator. Providing upfront value through the provision of content, helps to build trust and liking in your brand, two things that are essential if you’re to gain traction online.

Branding your videos, whether hosting them publicly on Youtube or Wistia and embedding in your website, or listing privately, it is essentially important to gain strong brand recognition, to that end we are providing an incredibly cost effective service for professional quality video logo animations.

For just £20 each, you can add that extra perception of professionalism to your video content, and  ensure you brand is noticed. Check some examples out below.

We’ll advise you for the best look and format for your logo. All we need is a high quality source file of your logo. We can even redraw it for you, but this would be an additional charge.

Make no mistake, video is the future, jump on board now before you start losing ground to your competitors. Drop me an email to discuss.

But just to outline how it works:

#1 You choose the design you like from the video below

#2 You send me your logo design file

#3 You drop me an email and we arrange payment via Paypal, Debit or Credit card

#4 We create your custom animated logo, using the colours in your logo etc

#5 We email the logo to you in mp4 format, all done

Clothing Tips For Your Photoshoot

Mike Turner Photos Clothing Tips and Ideas
Mike Turner Photos Clothing Tips and Ideas

When it comes to deciding what to wear for your photoshoot, it’s best to keep it simple and plain. Try to avoid busy patterns and bright colours. Aim for neutral complementary colours where possible, unless bright and patterned is more representative of who you are.

It’s also a good idea to think about where you’re going to be displaying your images in your home and what will look good in that setting.

If you’re participating in group photos, think about matching styles and colours so that they go together. I always recommend neutral colours that don’t distract the viewers eye.
For instance if most participants are wearing dark clothing and one is wearing white, this will make the white outfit stand out and distract attention. This will make it difficult to place that person in group shots without making the photo look unbalanced, unless the person is placed in the centre of the photograph. This will greatly limit the amount of posing variations during the photoshoot.

Patterned outfits have the same distraction element, drawing the attention of the viewers eye, with the added complication of making the photo look busy and noisy.

It is very important that you feel comfortable in whatever you wear and it be in keeping with the style of portraiture you are wanting. Formal shots look best wearing formal clothing. casual style images look best, yes you got it, in casual clothing.

If you’re particularly uncomfortable with showing your arms or legs, wear clothing that helps cover these up.

If you’re wearing a strapless top, please consider wearing a strapless bra, at least if you’re female. This helps prevent straps showing up in the final photographs.

The main thing to remember is to feel comfortable in whatever you wear. Make sure your clothing is representative of who you are, after all it’s a portrait of you.

If you’re unsure, please feel free to bring a selection of clothing options and we can help you choose the best options at the studio

Check out some clothing ideas below.