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The Dash Poem

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

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 Linda Ellis
http://lindaellis.net/

This fabulous poem by Linda Ellis really gets to the heart of what’s important in life, it inspired me to do this slideshow to celebrate the life of my wonderful dad, who passed away a short time ago.

Babyballet Photoshoots

We recently had the pleasure of photographing some of the lovely children that attend Babyballet classes in the surrounding area. Here is a selection of images taken during the sessions.

If you’ve run a class or group and would like to know more about our location photoshoots, please get in touch.

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