British Institute of Professional Photography 2018 National Awards Shortlisted!!

We are very excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the BIPP National Awards!

 

A few months ago we submitted 3 folios to the awards for consideration. The brief was for each submission to have a set of 5 images.

 

We submitted ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ which told the story of the bridal preparations from Rosie’s beautiful wedding last summer, ‘Dress Like A Mum’ series featuring Zoe Du Pass, Cara Sutherland, Kate Starkey and Laura Randles, talking about creating your own style and being confident in your skin. The photo shoot took place against the backdrop of the stunning No.38 On The Park. Lastly we submitted a curve ball… We love architecture, shape and finding patterns within the natural world. Exploring minimalism and abstraction, the series titled ‘Berlin’ sadly didn’t make the shortlist.

 

…Buuuttt two out of three isn’t bad!

 

The awards ceremony will take place on March 1st 2018 at The Ivy London.

 

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me guys!

... Unfortunately the 'Dress like a Mum' portraits are waiting to potentially go to print so I am unable to publish until the print is realised. Can't wait to share them with you! x

The Cotswolds Bride and Groom Show

We welcomed in 2018 with our first wedding exhibition at The Town Hall Cheltenham, The Cotswold Bride and Groom Show.

I set up my table perfecting it until it looked just right. Then I grabbed a coffee and wondered who I was going to be meeting over the next few hours.

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Just before the show opened I cast my eye over the other photographers work and went to introduce myself to a couple we chatted, the competitive element I was expecting with the wedding industry wasn't what I thought it would be. It was all wonderful supportive.

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The day flew by, spent all day chatting to lovely couples all with vastly different ideas on what there big day would be like. We made a few friends, to name one the ladies at Sugar Bowl Bake who were next to me, my little cake samples went down very well once I got home with a cup of tea I must say!

We will be showing again at The Cotswold Bride and Groom Show in September, pop along to The Town Hall and say hello!

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2017 Yearly Round Up

Here are a few of our favourite moments from 2017…

It’s been an exciting first few months at the Little Cheltenham HQ and here's why...

BIGGEST NEWS OF ALL!...

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We were showing

at

TATE Modern, London. 

Little Cheltenham was selected to have work shown in Uniqlo Tate Late at The Tanks, TATE Modern as part of the Superflex Studio’s One, Two, Three Swing. 

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“Hello world!”

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We launched at The Cotswold Baby & Toddler Show in April.
 

At the show we were lucky to meet so many lovely people and little faces, and make new friends.

We received the award for friendliest stall as voted for by the Mayor of Cheltenham.

 

WE ALSO WON...
The British Association of Professional Photography’s
Cotswold's Regional Awards 2017

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At the ceremony the very talented photographer Bella West gave an inspirational talk and presented the awards. This is our winning portrait, Steph and her Bella, 2017.

 

We love a pop up!

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When I met Kate from Overfarm I knew it was going to be a good one. After wandering round the farm yard selecting object to use, Kate made a call and had all manor of different pumpkins and veggies were brought up to the barn to dress the set. 

 

Good Deeds...

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We were proud to be involved with the very clever Kate who is CheltenhamMaman, and collaborate on the Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017. Little Cheltenham was a part of the judging panel and on the night we did a special addition awards pop up.
 All proceeds of the pop up went straight to the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton.

 

The LC Gift ‘Spend Me’ Voucher

Give the gift of memories. Or have a little taster of The LC for yourself.
I think you'll enjoy this video put together by one of my best pals, the very talented filmmaker and director Sandeep Gill.

We want to say a big LC thank you to…

Kate Clift at Retro Press, who has been working hard and collaborating with me this year, brining my stationary visions to life! I can’t recommend her enough.

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We met Kate Starkey at Cheltenham Maman with a single idea and have been in collaboration ever since. She does so much and contributes a huge amount to the mum community of Cheltenham. I can’t imagine mum life without her. 

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 I am honoured to be a panel member at the Cheltenham Maman MumBoss Club

 

Coming in 2018...

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Our ‘Dress Like a Mum Shoot’ featuring Zoe du Pass, Kate Starkey, Cara Sutherland and Laura Randles is going to be in print and featured in a popular Cotswold’s magazine... Details to be revealed.

 
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Our ‘lifestyle portraits’ collaboration with Rendcomb College. For more information on having us capture family's talents at your school, get in touch

 

Happy New Year!

We had lots of fun this year and made lots of lovely new friends. The LC are excited for 2018 and the many new collaborations to follow. 

Here are a few of our favourites from 2017…

Little Cheltenham's 2017 Christmas Portrait Days

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This year The LC is very excited to be hosting our Christmas Portrait Days at the beautiful Twyning Park on 18th & 19th November.

 

We are using running two sets at the location: The very grand Living Room with a cosy Christmas scene. The space we are using can be seen below (image courtesy of Katrina Bartlam.) Ours will be fully decked with a Christmas tree and all the trimmings.

 

As well as a studio set on a midnight blue backdrop, for this you’re welcome to keep it simple or we have some of our own props available. Alternatively if you’ve something special you would like to bring we can make our plan around that!

 

Whether it’s a styled Christmas scene or choosing the studio set to create a timeless family portrait, we’ve got you! Over the two sets there really is something for everyone this Christmas. Our Christmas experience is the perfect way to create a little time capsule of your family this year.

 

Our digital portraits are all retouched to the highest standard ready for you to create beautiful prints. The great thing about having our digital portraits is you have the freedom to print, create, re print and share. Use your images for Cards, invitations, thank you notes or gifts for the in laws. Little Cheltenham provides clients with the high resolution ready for print as well as the duplicate file sized for web ideal for screen display and sharing on social media.

 

Our relationship with you is special. We offer a bespoke service, tailored from our telephone consultation, to create the photo shoot that suits you, selecting and making individual retouching notes for your portraits. To provide this high standard of service our Christmas experience has limited spaces. We spend time making sure we deliver the quality that will stand the test of time.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

x

 
 
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Image courtesy of Katrina Bartlam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are showing in the Tate Modern!

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As I would do every morning... I get out of bed and hobble bambi like over to my phone where it lives at bed time, on the opposite side of the room from me. No bed time phone for me! Hazy eyed, I do the usual read messages and check all social medias. 

To my surprise a message request form the Tate. YES!! It's 7.30am and I am loving the day. 

This photograph of mine 'Head In The Clouds' is going to be showing a the Tate Modern's Uniqlo Tate Late on 27th October 2017 in the Turbine Hall as part of the Super Flex Community in collaboration with Reggie Yates, along side the Super Flex Studio's 'One Two Three Swing.'

Very excited! 

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Tell your story your way

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Capturing moments is important whether it be holidaying with the family, fun at home or out and about. Here are a few tips from us here at the LC to really turn those memories and happy faces into a story.

 

Whenever I make pictures I try where I can to shoot in sets; making a set of images out of the one scenario that’s being captured, using 3/4 shots, close ups of details both of your subject and the location. I imagine the potential for an album, a scatter hang or multi frame display… Or that we are making an editorial photo story for Vogue! Joking not joking!

 

Right so now you’re in the right thinking mode. Imagine you’re doing the editorial spread for Vogue mag, and we’re away!

 

So with Vogue in mind it brings me to…

 

Tip 1 -  The Outfits. I always say dress for the occasion and I like to keep it simple. As Chanel said “Before you leave the house look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Consider prints, colour schemes, styles of garments and shoes or no shoes. It may sound super fussy but the clothing in the images makes all the difference to the finish. And most importantly making sure what is being warn is you. There’s nothing worse then that new shoes feeling of the shoes are wearing you!

 

Tip 2 – The Details. We love making pictures of one another and seeing those smiling faces, but don’t forget the details. Tell your viewer the full story they cannot see the other elements that make that place/ moment special. Show them the jasmine flower you love the scent or the stream with the water trickling over the rocks. Get above and flat style those toys of hysterical colour. Step back and get a picture of the landscape you’re part of.

 

Tip 3 - Create your own backdrop. Take a moment to look around where you are and notice the details that really talk about where you are. For example in Sicily there are many old empty houses with rustic paint, or old doors or wonderfully traditional graffiti. Signage is also a fun one! Or even as I did this year, wanted to capture the little one with his giant melon, so neo classical seemed to end up the plan!... Propped an old sheet up with a couple of brooms for a backdrop and there we had it!

 

Tip 4 – Let Go. It’s all very well being a control freak of the elements, but some of the best pictures and moments come out of chaos. Let go and embrace what comes from it, experiment with long exposures or capturing motion, try those under exposed semi silhouetted shots. For me this has always been an easier concept when using film as the shot is made, the film is processed then the print is in hand that shot with unexpected motion blur for example is real. Learn not to delete in camera and look over them with fresh eyes as they may tell more of your story then you expect.

 
 

Gareth & Rosie's Wedding

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Rosie and I met in a quiet little Cirencester café and discussed wedding plans. The styling was set, barn location, festoon lighting and lots decorations handmade by Rosie and her family. I was given the Pintrest page of inspiration which showed deep blues, greens and pinks with touches of gold for the colour scheme, it all looked just as I would have expected from Rosie, Vintage but not in a cliché way.

 

On the morning of the wedding we pulled into the drive of the very beautiful Finial House tucked away in Broadwell. We stood outside and looked over the gardens, the mist was still low and the sound of bird song filled the sky.

 

We wandered in ooing and ahhing at the beautiful interior and were shown up to the room by the lovely Hamish. We entered to find the bridal party all in bed together giggling and reminiscing about the charades of the previous evening.

 

A coffee was in order! Fortunately Hamish was obliging and we stood around drinking fresh coffee and chatting about his parents beautiful house. Wandering around I fell in love with the widows of the dining room, the dress needed to be shot there. 

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As makeup and hair were happening I flittered around making pictures, the room in which we were in had a lovely big window and the light was perfect from the bright and cloudy day. Something that was most striking was how calm and stress free the day was. There was a wonderful atmosphere of calm.

The girls all had their hair styled in plats with little flowers weaved in; we took the bridesmaids and the flower girls onto the lawn and made some pictures against the house. The ivy worked so well against the navy dresses, and the flower girls ran around the lawn twirling and collecting daisies like little angels.

When Rosie was finally ready she looked like an old Hollywood movie star, big red lips and her naturally nostalgic look. It was an emotional atmosphere as she opened various little heirlooms her mother had brought her to wear on her dress. They fixed them on and helped Rosie into her dress. We only had moments to shoot as the wedding party was running late for the ceremony. 

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In a whirlwind the wedding car set off.

 

We were on our way, following behind the bridal party in the car, or what I hoped was the bridal party as this point as there had been so many lanes and turns we did a little panic. Fortunately for me they all got a little lost and on grinding to a halt I could see a bridesmaid hop out of the front car in the rain and gab what I can only assume was a sat nav out the boot!

 

Within minutes we arrived at Oxlease Barn. Super speedy parking, and running through to capture Rosie walking in with her farther. 

 

The ceremony was beautiful, taken by one of Gareth’s dear friends in all his medals and finery.

 

As the newly weds exited the barn doors, the confetti flew the whirlwind began again.

 

Champagne, laughter and hiding out in the sheltered part of the garden. By this time the rain was oh so heavy. We made some pictures of Rosie and Gareth under the sheltered area. Myself and my assistant under about three umbrellas shooting on the lawn! When I was retouching I noticed that the rainfall were visible in the images.

 

When it was time sit down for the meal we were seated at the table with some of the guests. It was surreal and wonderful being included in the day that way.

 

The day was filled with amazing speeches; there were tears laughter and more tears.

 

The bar opened… Soon followed a line out with the bride (learnt what a line out was!) so much laughter and of course more rain.

 

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As the band was setting up we took the bride and groom off in a moment of let up from the rain and took a wander. We captured some beautiful images. The grass was muddy and the rain had picked up again, we took shelter under some trees and made some pictures under the magic green hew set upon us from the wet leaves.

 

Gareth isn’t one for photos so we didn’t keep him away too long and  captured a Reservoir Dogs style walking shot with him and the groom’s men.

Rosie’s rustic wedding cake was ready for the chop and with nothing less then a silver sword. We were so impressed by the cake, Rosie and myself had had a chat the night before on the phone, she was mid bake with cigarette in hand. It was so perfect. 

The band was ready to my astonishment …… who performed the service was suddenly in check trousers and a clash t shirt playing all the classics!

 

Dance, drink and be merry… well at least everyone else was. I was in the kitchen under Rosie’s instruction taking a doggie bag of cake and hoping to get a decent night sleep before the impending doom of the triathlon in the morning.

 

Gareth and Rosie's wedding day was a truly brilliant experience. A beautiful day filled with lovely people. They are so lucky to have so much love around them. We were so honoured to be a part of it and included in it. 

 

Congratulations to you both. Big love. 

 

Happy 15th Birthday Paint it Yourself Pottery!

Happy 15th Birthday Paint it Yourself Pottery!

 

We had such a wonderful morning celebrating 15 years and creating some of our own designs, and when I say creating, I handed my two-year-old paint brushed and some of my favorite flecked paints and let him go wild. I’m calling it ‘painterly’ it most definitely is too!

 

As my friend and I sat there with our little ones drinking coffee and making the occasional creative decision the conversation turned to us going and painting there as youngsters and how fondly we remembered it. In fact the milk jugs my sister and I had painted still adorn mums dresser with pride of place. And now the plate my son has created will have pride of place in mine.

 

It really is wonderful to have a place in Cheltenham that the family can create little heirlooms that will be added to over the generations.

 

We have a lot of love for PYP, here’s to the next 15!

Arabella's Story

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Arabella’s story began with a theme from mother Steph; an image of a baby with baloons she’d seen, this lead to disgussions of colour schemes and the rest evolved from there... 

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"I booked Kate from Little Cheltenham to come to our home to take some photographs of my daughter to celebrate her first birthday. Kate was very professional and brought all her own lighting equipment and props for the shoot.

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It was such a fun experience and my daughter and I felt so relaxed throughout. As Kate is a mum herself she knew exactly how to get the best out of my little girl and also knew when it was time to take a break!

The final images are so natural and capture our daughter perfectly. Kate even gave me advice after the shoot on what photographs sets worked well together and helped us to

decide where best to hang the photographs around our home.

We were so thrilled with the results that we created a multi aperture frame out of our favourite prints to give to the grandparents as a Christmas present! 

 I would highly recommend Little Cheltenham to anyone thinking of a beautiful and unique way to capture those special moments."

Little Cheltenham Note: 'Steph and her Arabella' (b&w featured above) Is the 2017 Cotswold Regional Awards Winner! 

                  

 

Rise of the 'Glamma'

The age of the grandparents, a vision back lit and soft focused adorning pastel knitted cardigan with a tissue in one sleeve and a Werther’s original in the pocket are fading.

 

Enter the Glamma, and the many names that she may go by. I’ve had many a conversation with my own mother while pregnant and I know others have to. “Call me Gigi,” she says, we settled on ‘Nonna’ what with the Italian heritage.

 

There are all kinds of new trendy grandma names flying around ‘Cece, G-ma, Glammy, and Yayo’ you probably know or have more of your own! Duchess of Cornwall, says that her grandchildren call her 'GaGa,’ and then there is Sharon Osborne who decided she wanted to aptly be known as Shazza by her granddaughter. But it all began with Goldie Hawn putting it in her book, and thus the Glamma was born.

 

…And Why not? It adds anther argument, or sorry ‘discussion’, of trying to name another human as well as thinking and agreeing on baby names. Maybe when we reach that age we will understand.

 

The ‘Glammas’ of today are not like our Grandmothers; they are children of the 60’s the independent woman who went to work and first wore the mini skirt. They are fashionable, on with the latest technology and culture. So much new language has emerged from the new ways in which we interact and communicate. I think the Grandmothers can have their revolution too.  

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Goldie Hawn baking cookies with her grandsons.

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