Luminous Photography: Blog https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Luminous Photography tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:57:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:57:00 GMT https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u634755561-o1005408856-50.jpg Luminous Photography: Blog https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 Interior Photography for Therapy Clinic https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/interior-photography-for-therapy-clinic One of my recent jobs was for a therapy clinic in South London. They required internal and external photography of their new premises but were concerned about the lack of window/ natural light due to the restrictions of the location. I was able to discuss with them options from bring additional lighting equipment with me or to use photographic techniques that wouldn't require any additional expense or hiring of expensive kit. As a new business they decided to go with the more cost effective option and I explained how exposure bracketing works:

the term bracketing usually refers to exposure bracketing: the photographer chooses to take one picture at a given exposure, one or more brighter, and one or more darker, in order to select the most satisfactory image. Technically, this can be accomplished by changing either the shutter speed or the aperture, or, with digital cameras, the ISO speed, or combinations thereof. Exposure can also be changed by altering the light level, for example using neutral-gray filters or changing the degree of illumination of the subject (e.g. artificial light, flash). Since the aim here is to alter the amount of exposure, but not otherwise the visual effect, exposure compensation for static subjects is typically performed by altering the shutter speed, for as long as this is feasible. 

The resulting shoot was undertaken and I'm pleased to say the client was really happy with the results that made their interior look light, airy and full of natural light.

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London Street Photography Exhibition 2016 at Norden Farm in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/london-street-photography-exhibition-2016-at-norden-farm-in-berkshire Locally born photographers Tom Waller and Andy Nethercleft present a collection of images inspired by London’s Street Life. The free exhibition takes place at Norden Farm in Maidenhead from 12th April to 15th May - you can find more details about opening times for the exhibition here plus directions here. It would be great to see you there, but in the meantime, enjoy some of the images that will be exhibited.

 

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A professional food photographer based in Maidenhead is exhibiting at Norden Farm for the second time. This year, Tom will be exhibiting work from his personal portfolio projects which revolves around London and its  street life.   

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prints/ frames and bespoke options can be purchased here

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Andy Nethercleft
Originally from Maidenhead, but having lived in Singapore for the last nine years, Andy’s work has been featured across a number of galleries and initiatives across Southeast Asia, including a solo show in 2015 on Cambodian Architect Vann Molyvann.

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Bathroom and Interior Photography in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/bathroom-and-interior-photography-in-berkshire As we know, everyone has a camera these days and this democratisation of technology has enabled the almost anyone to take a photograph where ever they are.  Not only has it become ubiquitous, its also become easy to simply point and click, and, yes, for selfies and fun memories these photos are just fine, but for your business…probably not.  

 

In today’s competitive environment, its essential to represent your business in a way that customers, clients and other professionals will respect and to get them interested in what you have to sell – it makes sense to use a professional interior photographer to create high quality, striking photographs that truly represent your brand

 

Soak In Style are one of Berkshire premier bathroom designers and installers and understood the need to have their expertise professionally communicated in photography. They wanted the colours of the room, the angles of the structure or the texture of your stones to impress clients.  Bathrooms buy their very nature can be awkward shapes with little natural light that can make for dark and shadowy images if not done correctly.

Maintaining you brand quality and consistency across all outlets e.g. print, website, social media etc is key to marketing yourself properly. Showcasing amazing photography of your product is an important factor to achieving this as people have an unconscious association: if the photos are bad = the product is bad/ or the business doesn't care enough to take good photos. Poor quality photos can be a reflection of the business itself.

 

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If you'd like to discuss how professional photography can help your business then please don't hesitate to get in touch

 

Tom

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Dental Practice Interior Photography and Headshot Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/dental-practice-interior-photography-and-headshot-photography Every business needs to make sure that they make the right impression, whether this is in person when a client visits your premises or when they visit you online via your website or social media. Therefore its essential to provide online visitors with imagery that correctly reflects your business, its quality, authenticity and approachability in order to differentiate yourself from the competition and appeal to new and existing customers.

This was exactly what Burton Dental Practice were after when they commission Luminous Photography to photograph their surgery and staff for their new website. They had just re-fitted the surgery so wanted to highlight the modern and contemporary style on their website and social media but also to make the staff recognisable and approachable when clients were choosing a dentist:

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As you can see the images allow a potential customer to see exactly what the surgery is like plus who will be looking after them, which is really important to the dentist as clients can be nervous. 

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If you'd like to know more about how professional photography can help your business website and social media then please don't hesitate to get in touch 

Tom

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Custom Motorbike photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/custom-motorbike-photography As a professional photographer I get invited to photograph an almost unlimited variety of people, places, products, events etc etc etc but one thing that usually connected them all is passion. Passion for the people in the photograph, the places featured or the products they have created. 

One this occasion the passion is for motorcycles and in particular for the custom motorcycle made by my client and his son. Its a 1972 Honda that has taken years to finish, from the wreck they started with, to commissioning custom made parts and to the roar of the engine when she started up for the first time.

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The custom motorbike is all about the details so it was really important to capture some of the minutest parts of the bike.....thankfully the client was there to point most of them out to me as I'm a complete novice in this area. However, I could not help but be impressed by the knowledge, technical ability and enthusiasm but father and son showed for this bike and I only hope these images did it justice

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Why does an actor need an amazing headshot photograph https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/why_does_an_actor_need_an_amazing_headshot_photograph UPDATE - we now have a dedicated headshot website so please click here to visit PURE HEADSHOTS or www.pureheadshots.com
 

The headshot is one of the most important marketing weapons in a actors arsenal. But what separates the good from the bad? 

For me, the most important criteria in any headshot is honesty, as a casting director will expect to see the person at audition who they see in the headshot so excessive make up, lighting or photoshop tricks will only work against you. Therefore, how a portrait is lit to show the subject in the most flattering way is essential and any post-production work is reductive rather than removal of perceived flaws and imperfections. All the actors used in this blog article attended The Reel Scene acting school in London......if you are an inspiring actor you can get in touch with them here

It is also very important to remember that the Headshot serves a specific function and must not be confused with a glamour, fashion or portrait photograph that you could hang on the wall or give to your parents/ partner as gift. The headshot is about representing you, your age and personality or even specific emotions that are important to the type of roles you are applying for. Its not about looking pretty or wearing the latest clothes so it is often hard for a subject to separate themselves from the function of the headshot. It is therefore very useful to get an objective option about which headshot to use......and this doesn't mean asking your mum or girlfriend as they will be undoubtably bias. I would suggest to speaking to others in the industry, so perhaps, an acting coach, casting agent, colleagues or even the headshot photographer as they are best placed to give an honest and objective opinion that is key to success and gain more auditions.

 

As with on-camera acting, the headshot is all about the eyes and this is where the knowledge and technique of your photographer comes in. The eyes need to be tack sharp, in focus and portraying energy, vitality and passion not dull and lifeless. This is where your acting skill comes in as you may need to portray inner thoughts like pain or anger implying a back story. 

If you are reading this then I think its safe to assume you are an aspiring or working actor and understand the importance of a professional headshot in the progression of your career. However, the range of options out there can be bewildering - should you go for an outdoor headshot or is a studio portrait the way forward, do I need a simple smile or express emotion in the headshot, how many changes of clothes do I need, what style is going to get me noticed?

All of these questions are valid and, to be honest, there are no correct answers but its essential to have a direct conversation with your headshot photographer so they can understand your specific requirements and create a session around it. 

If you are interested in having this conversation about your headshot and what could potential work best for you, then please don't hesitate to get in touch

Tom

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Maidenhead Wedding Photographer shoots Beautiful Wedding at South Hill Park https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/maidenhead-wedding-photographer-shoots-beautiful-wedding-at-south-hill-park Last month saw yet another new venue to add to my list of amazing wedding venues that I've managed to photograph, it must be a record year! Sarah & Steve's Wedding Photography started at a wonderful church (St Joseph's Catholic Church) tucked away in the centre of Bracknell which provided such beautiful natural light it really made the images pop off the screen. It made such a nice change from traditional churches that look amazing due to the history and aesthetic, but from a photographers point of view, are usually very dark and tricky to photograph.

The Wedding Photography then moved onto South Hill Park in Bracknell. South Hill Park is traditionally an arts venue but due to its fantastic facilities and beautiful grounds it makes and ideal location for a wedding.

If you are interested in Wedding Photography for 2015 or booking into 2016 then please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss your requirements

All the best

Tom

Luminous Photography is a wedding photographer in Maidenhead, Berkshire

 

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Maidenhead Photographer shoots beautiful wedding at Tylney Hall https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/maidenhead-photographer-shoots-beautiful-wedding-at-tylney-hall

Its been busy summer of wedding photography in Berkshire this year. I've even made it out to Hampshire to shoot a wedding at Tylney Hall which is a beautiful venue dating back to the 16th century and offers couples a wonderful location for their special day.

As a wedding photographer its always great to find new and exciting venues that offer a really stunning range of locations for the couple and Tylney Hall certain does this in spades. From 'the getting ready', ceremony, reception and breakfast we were able to get some lovely images of the day and I'd like to thanks Pam & Andy for being amazing clients and throwing themselves into the photography. 

If you are interested in Wedding Photography for 2015 or booking into 2016 then please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss your requirements

All the best

Tom

Luminous Photography is a wedding photographer in Maidenhead, Berkshire

 

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Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Berkshire gets a Google Maps StreetView Trusted Virtual Tour https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/thames-valley-adventure-playground-in-berkshire-gets-a-google-Streetview-virtual-tour This week saw the shooting of my latest Google Maps StreetView Trusted tour for Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Maidenhead, Berkshire. As Google tours go, this location was one of the most fun to do as the playground is so imaginative, creative and, most importantly, fun. I know I would have loved this place a kid so I'm sure today's visitors must adore it

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The tour took many hours to complete due to the scale of the playground but you can now virtually wander round the facility at your leisure. The 360° virtual tour route includes indoor area's like the music, sensory and soft play rooms but also outside so you can visit castle, zip line, story and herb garden. Its a great way to familiarise yourself with the Adventure Playground before visiting it in person to enjoy all it has to offer

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If you think your business could benefit from a Google Map Business View Virtual tour then please don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat or a quote

Thanks

Tom

 

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Headshot Photography for Entrepreneurs and Start Ups https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/headshot-photography-for-entrepreneurs-and-start-ups

UPDATE - we now have a dedicated headshot website so please click here to visit PURE HEADSHOTS or www.pureheadshots.com
 

As a commercial headshot photographer in Berkshire its always great to great to work with other start ups/ entrepreneurs in the local area. I've successfully worked with Centrica for a few years now and they run program called 'Ignite' whose aim is to provide funding and business assistance for social entrepreneurs in the energy sector. This is Ignite's second year of finding companies to assist and last week I was invited to their Growth Accelerator event at Royal Holloway to provide headshot photography of each of the entrants for marketing and online purposes

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With my mobile light set up I was able to produce the following headshot photographs for Ignite. The shoot lasted about 90 minutes and we created headshots for the 9 different companies who were enrolled in the growth accelerator programme. 

I think this event only proves the fact that companies of all sizes, ranging from new start ups to well established businesses need to have quality imagery to enhance their online presence and for traditional marketing activities. That is why Centrica, one of the UK's largest Blue Chip companies, felt it was important to provide these entrepreneurs with good imagery as part of the business support package offered in the Ignite growth accelerator programme.

If you, as an individual or as part of an organisation, would like to discuss improving your corporate heashots then please don't hesitate to get in touch or you can see some other blog posts

Why is it essential to have good headshot photography on your linkedin profile

Corporate Headshots Photography in Berkshire

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Wedding Photography from The Compleat Angler in Marlow https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/wedding-photography-from-the-compleat-angler-in-marlow

As a professional wedding photographer in Berkshire its always fun to photograph a couples special day at a venue that I've not shot at in the past. Although I've done many locations across Berkshire, The Compleat Angler in Marlow was a fresh challenge for me, so a week or so before the wedding day I went into Marlow to scout out a few locations in and around the hotel.

Due to the wedding being in England in July, you can never guarantee a dry wedding day, so I found potential shoot locations for both wet and dry scenarios should the skies decide to open on their big day! 

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On the day of the wedding itself we were very lucky with the weather, as it only rained when I was photographing inside. When I took the couple on a 20 minute walk around the hotel and church for their portrait session, it thankfully stayed completely dry, and we were able to get the following photographs.

It just goes to highlight the importance of planning and preparation in wedding photography as you can never guarantee everything will go as you'd like it 'on the day'. But by planning for as many eventualities as possible you can help with the smooth running of the day and give the wedding couple photographs that exceed expectations.

Should you need a wedding photographer in Maidenhead, Marlow, Windsor or across Berkshire then please don't hesitate to get in touch

Thanks

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Summer Vegetable Food Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/summer-vegetable-food-photography

Summer is an fantastic time of year to be a food photographer as the fresh produce coming out of the ground is at its best. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the most vibrant, colourful and delicious produce this week.....so it was an ideal time to take some pictures whilst working out the best way to eat them afterwards. 

Luminous Photography is a commercial food photographer in Berkshire

For me, the pea's and beetroot are the real stars of this image, but I also love the colour of the yellow courgette which adds real depth and contrast. The photograph was taken using natural light but sculpted using a reflector and some flags to control some of the shadows. 

Get in touch should you have any food photography requirements

Tom

 

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Windsor Butcher gets Google Maps StreetView Virtual Tour from Luminous Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/windsor-butcher-gets-google-maps-streetview-virtual-tour-from-luminous-photography

For over 30 years J Hunt Butchers has been serving the finest quality meat to the local residents of Windsor and Maidenhead. However, times are changing on the High Street and the need for all businesses (regardless of size) to improve their digital marketing and online presence is essential.

As a certified Google Streetview Trusted Photographer in Berkshire I'm in a great position to help small business achieve this with a 360° virtual tour of their premises. For a one-off fee I can create the tour and upload it to Google that will provide greater engagement for clients finding you online. Due to this being a Google product, you can be assured the it will be looked upon favourably when Google Search ranks your website. 


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Once we've agreed a time and a date to shoot your tour, you can just sit back and relax as Luminous Photography will take care of everything. From stitching the images together, uploading to Google through to providing you with the code so you can embed the Tour into your own website you won't have to lift a finger

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or to arrange a quote

Thanks 

Tom - Google Trusted Photographer


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Launch of New Copyright Logo https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/launch-of-new-copyright-logo

As many fellow professional photographers know, the digital age has presented so many advantages over traditional photography from being able to take 1000's of photographs on a single memory card with instant playback of images to the endless possibilities of Photoshop and Social Media.

However, as with many things in life, this can be a double edge sword and have a darker side. So many images are now shared by photographers, clients and the general public worldwide that its becoming a greater and greater risk that some may decide to steal or 'borrow' your images. That's why protection should be at the forefront of most photographers minds in this digital/ sharing world

As a professional photographer in berkshire I've just released my latest watermark that will now be attached to all imagery.

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However, clients need not worry as this is fully removeable (or you will have access to password protected galleries) when you are downloading your images or having prints produced. It simply helps in protecting my work and your images from unauthorised copying or saving.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about this

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Why is it essential to have good headshot photography on your linkedin profile https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/why-is-it-essential-to-have-good-headshot-photography-on-your-linkedin-profile

UPDATE - we now have a dedicated headshot website so please click here to visit PURE HEADSHOTS or www.pureheadshots.com

When I discuss this subject with clients, many of them offer the same resistance as to why its taken so long to upload a profile headshot to LinkedIn. Its mainly because they prefer to be invisible or want to ‘protect their privacy’, both of which are completely understandable motive but both counter-productive if you are considering using LinkedIn in a useful or beneficial way. The whole point is to be open and engaging, so not having a good headshot picture really will effect your perception and personal brand - would you research or buy a product from eBay or Amazon without seeing a picture first?

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There are many reasons why I think a professional headshot are essential if you choose to engage with LinkedIn (or, to be honest, any form of social media). Just like a business, you are presenting your brand online and your headshot is your personal logo so it needs to look professional, approachable and credible. It has been shown that LinkedIn entries are 7 times more likely to be clicked on with a photo beside it and recruiters, in particular, will not click on profile without headshot due to the likelihood of it being a spam entry. I think its also fair to say that most professional jobs these days need an understanding/ skill with social media so having a consistent, visible and strong personal presence across any platform you engage with (twitter, Facebook etc) is essential as a company or recruiter will research you on all of them.

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So, what makes a successful Linked Headshot? Obviously styles and preferences change but the most important (and this is actually in the User Agreement) thing to LinkedIn is that it needs to be “recognisably you”. Another one of the classic errors is to take a Facebook image from ‘down the pub’ or taken with your pet/ child, as these do not add to your professional brand (even if they are lovely images) and distract from profile

Personally, I think the days of professional studio heashots are gone as they are obviously staged, posed and unnatural. My style is to take environment heashots using natural light as much as possible so these tend to take place at your office or outside as it offers a more relaxed, engaging, approachable and credible image across all types of employment or industry sector. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or is you'd like to book a session

Luminous Photography is a specialist in headshot photography based in Maidenhead, Berkshire

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Street Photography #2 https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/street-photography-2

Its been such a busy year so far that my personal project for 2015, to get out there and do more street photography, had taken a bit of a back seat. I'm certainly not complaining because as a professional photographer, you have to go where the paid work is first and personal projects must wait their turn. However, yesterday I had the opportunity to head into a very sunny London and rectify this....

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The two photographs above were my favourite from the day! I especially like 'The Three Ages of Man' image with the young, fit girl running for a bus on the left who is catching up to the middle aged businessman, who in turn, is about to pass the older, slower, slightly shabby gentleman closest to the camera. It just seems to fit the theme of the 'cycle of life' pretty well....although I know its not quite up to Titian masterpiece ;-)

The 'OK Google....where am I?" picture just made me laugh when taking it and I think it works quite well as a street photography image. This is also a good example of an image that I saw in my minds eye before taking it, although it did require luck and a lot of waiting around for the correct person to come along and stand in the right place!

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Event Photography from the re-opening of Heidis Patisserie in Windsor https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/event-photography-from-the-re-opening-of-heidis-patisserie-in-windsor

Saturday saw the reopening of the patisserie at Daniels department store in Windsor and luminous photography was invited to cover it. As a commercial photographer in Berkshire (who also loves his food and food photography) I'm always interested in new local brands being launched and Heidi's patisserie is the latest. 

Here are some images from the day and please don't hesitate to get in touch should you have a similar requirement

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Daniels Patisserie was been a Windsor institution for years and this week saw a major overhaul of the venue and menu. You can now see all the delicious pastries, cakes, sandwiches, pizza, salads etc being freshly made on-site by amazing chefs but it's the new design/ brand that you really notice. Heidi has worked at the patisserie for many years and Daniels have now made her the focal point which really adds to the authenticity and heritage of the brand. 

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Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire shoots virtual Tour for Pet Shop in Eton https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/berkshire-google-streetview-trusted-photographer-shoots-360-tour-for-pet-shop-in-eton Last week saw my latest Google StreetView Trusted 360° Tour being uploaded to Google! Being a certified Google Trusted Photographer has enable me to really add value to businesses in the local area, not just with traditional still photography but with virtual tours that engage with online customers and enhance a companies Google profile. As digital marketing is becoming more and more important to all sizes of business, and Google dominant position as the premier search engine is only getting stronger, Google Business View allows a cost effective way to improve your presence
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WAGs' Pet Boutique in Eton, Berkshire saw the benefit of Google Business View immediately so please feel free to visit the store (click on the tour either above or below) online or pop over to shop in person to say "Hi"

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries or to book a quote

Tom


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Kids Portrait Photographer in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/kids_portrait_photographer_in_berkshire

As a professional photographer based in Berkshire, I'm often asked what is the hardest form of photography you are involved in? I've tried my hand at many styles ranging form food photography, wildlife photography to wedding photography and my honest answer would have to be trying to get natural, honest and relaxed photographs of kids!

I'm sure any parent out there has found the same issues - you want to catch the perfect moment when the kids are outside playing and laughing, the lighting is awesome and you see the perfect composition in you minds eye. However, as soon as the camera come out, the kids smiles stiffen up, they stop all the natural interaction and those expressions that you love in your kids disappear immediately

 

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Professional Photographers suffer from exactly the same issues but there are tricks of the trade that can help. Firstly, consistency is key, so frequently getting you camera out so they are relaxed, engaged and don't turn stiff as a board will really help. Also have different shooting strategies depending on how old your kids are e.g. photographing 2-4 years olds is probably when children are at there most photogenic as they are unaware of what is happening and behave very naturally. Ages 5 and up is where they become more self conscious so you, as the photographer, have to work harder and be more patient - let them play so you can disappear into the background (a longer lens can really help here - I use a 70-200mm 2.8) so they forget all about the camera being on them

 

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The most important factor is not experience or having the 'right kit' or 'latest lens' but to not give up! Always have a camera with you, keep shooting and the images will come. Its easy to get discouraged (and it happens to all of us) but when you do capture that one image that encapsulates your child, it will be worth all the hard work.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with questions

Tom

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Maidenhead Google Trusted Photographer creates virtual tour for Berkshire Garden Centre https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/maidenhead-google-trusted-photographer-creates-virtual-tour-for-berkshire-garden-centre

Last week saw the creation of the largest Google Maps Business View 360° Virtual Tour that I've shot since becoming a certified Google Trusted Photographer. I was contacted by Oaktree Garden Centre & Nursery in Warfield, Berkshire about a month ago, as they wanted a way to promote their diverse range of products (including plants, garden furniture, BBQ's, Aquatics, Cafe etc etc), highlight the large scale of their premises/ operation and create greater engagement with prospective customers online. 

Please see the finished virtual tour below which you can start at various locations across the Garden Centre by scrolling further down this blog post

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A Google Maps Business View tour can help with all of OakTree's requirements with a digital marketing solution that can be implemented on their website, in addition to standing out on all of Google's products (Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ etc) across all platforms e.g. desktop, tablet and mobile. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch should you wish to discuss the benefit for a Google Tour for you business

Tom

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Corporate Headshots Photography in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/corporate-headshots-photography-in-berkshire

UPDATE - we now have a dedicated headshot website so please click here to visit PURE HEADSHOTS or www.pureheadshots.com

We all know first impressions have always mattered, but in the past that would usually occur in person, perhaps with a handshake. However, the world has moved on (or to be more accurate, online) and people are more likely to have researched you via your website, Google, LinkedIn before you’ve even had a chance to test the grip of their handshake. This means that the impression you provide online could not be more important or relevant to the perception of you or your business......so Corporate Headshot Photography can be an essential tool in achieving this

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Therefore, a carefully chosen headshot that reflects you or your business is of vital importance. Whether you are a Lawyer, Marketeer, Accountant or Web Designer your headshot should set the tone for who you are and what you are about. It is essential that you understand what impression you are trying to generate from the corporate headshot e.g. relaxed, approachable, professional, confident etc as different industries have different requirements - would you want to use a lawyer dressed in t-shirt and shorts, probably not, but a carefully constructed headshot using natural light, perhaps with an open collar, with the subject off centre looking into the lens will create a professional, creditable yet approachable image.

It not just about the individual, companies want to make their websites more engaging, honest and approachable so adding an actual image of the person you will be dealing with, to the "about us" or "contact us" pages, undoubtably creates trust and confidence in their site/ brand.

We supply 3 main types of Corporate headshot, and try to use natural light as much as possible, as it creates the most honest and flattering images.

  1. Location Formal Headshot - usually shot on clients business premises to add authenticity.
  2. Location Informal Headshot - these are becoming more and more popular as it allows more personality to come out 
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3. Action Headshot - we set up a shoot to capture the subject ‘in action’ perhaps giving a presentation or interacting with a fake client to create a more dynamic and engaging imaging 

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If you are interested in a updating your current corporate headshot or investing in one for the first time then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are based in Maidenhead, Berkshire but will happily cover London and the South East

Thanks

Tom

 

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Family Portrait Photography thats a bit different https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/family-portrait-photography-thats-a-bit-different

The days of popping down to your local high street for a family portrait photography shoot in a studio are, in my opinion, over! The reasons for this are many and range from spiralling cost of owning the high street retail space to evolving styles of photography and taste of clients. I for one, am pleased about this as I’ve never been a fan of the rather sterile, forced posed/ smiles that are generally generated in this type of environment. Family portrait photography can be especially difficult as kids are rarely comfortable being told where to stand, not to move, smile on command and generally avoid their natural (and loveable) behaviours. Therefore, its best to embrace the chaos, connections/ relationships between the family members, and most importantly, the fun of family life.

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For me, family portrait photography really comes alive when you capture the little moments of intimacy between a father and son or when a child is completely focused on an actively they love. It says so much more about the family than simply putting them in front of a white background with studio lights and expecting to recreate something real that will offer the subjects something memorable and that’s captured a magical moment in time!

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Google Trusted Photographer in Berkshire creates Google virtual tour for local shop https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/google-trusted-photographer-in-berkshire-creates-google-virtual-tour-for-local-shop

Luminous Photography, a Google Trusted Photographer in Berkshire created a 360° Virtual tour for Vintage Bath Ltd this week. Vintage Bath is a local shop selling everything you could need to have a relaxing and enjoyable bath - products range from soaps, salts, butters, and bath bombs to  cosmetics and scented candles using only natural ingredients.  

You can take the tours of the Maidenhead store below:


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Google Business View is a fantastic tool for SME businesses that have a customer facing aspect to their business as it allows potential customer to find you on Google locals listing more easily plus providing a more engaging and enhanced experience. If you are interested in more information then please click here or don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about the process

Luminous Photography

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The Ultimate Fish Finger Sandwich Food Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-ultimate-fish-finger-sandwich-food-photography

Its very rare that I have flashes of genius but this week has definitely seen one of them.....the spark of inspiration came out of nowhere whilst in Sainsbury's (and that's a 100% first) to experience the delights of a Fish Finger sandwich. This is meal I've not had in well over a decade since my student days so an upgrade from cheap white bread and tomato ketchup was required

I still used frozen fish fingers (some things just cannot be improved upon!) but got fresh crusty bread, salad and made my own tartare sauce....the recipe for which is sooo simple and can be found below. As this was a decadent lunch, to say the least, I decided to go all in and have a Brooklyn Lager to wash it all down. If you've not come across Brooklyn Lager it can now be found in the UK as its imported from the US and is brewed in the 'Vienna" style (amber-gold in colour and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish).

It compliments the Fish Finger Sandwich fantastically.....

Food Photography by Luminous Photography

Tartare Sauce

200ml/7fl oz mayonnaise

3 tbsp capers, drained and chopped

3 tbsp gherkins, drained and chopped

1 small shallot, finely chopped

squeeze of lemon juice

3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method: Its simplicity itself.....Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and serve straight away or store in the fridge until needed.

 

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Embed Google Maps Business View 360 Virtual Tours Into Your Own Website https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/embed-google-maps-business-view-360-virtual-tours-into-your-own-website

There are many benefits to companies having a Google Maps Business View 360° virtual tour of their bar, restaurant, shop or office. You can offer online visitors the opportunity to enhance their user experience on Google business listings by engaging with your location before they actually visit you in the real world - for example if  a husband is looking for a romantic meal for his wife, then he can find you in Google Search/ Maps/ Google+ and 'virtually walk though' your establishment to ensure it has the correct aesthetic/ feeling for a romantic evening.

Google Maps Business View also enables you to embed the tour within your own website so should a potential customer find you directly (without searching on Google, perhaps through a recommendation etc) then you can still offer them the ability to 'walk though' your establishment.

Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead have recently had a tour completed and we're keen to communicate with corporate clients that they can offer meeting rooms and presentation facilities so a Google Maps Business View tour was a perfect fit. As you can see the tour is now embedded directly into their new website and offers potential clients the ability to see the facilities first hand - please feel free to take the tour below:

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you think that a Google Maps Business View Tour could benefit your business


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Valentines Biscuits with Strawberry Hearts Food Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/valentines-biscuits-with-strawberry-hearts-food-photography

As Valentines Day is nearly upon us, I thought it was a great opportunity to try my baking skills (which are minimal) and combine it with my photography project. Having not done a great deal of baking in the past, this did provide quite a challenge especially due to the lack of correct equipment - I can highly recommend the correct type of pastry cutter otherwise you'll be hand cutting around a fiddly paper template and sharp knife ;-)

However, they certainly taste better than they look, and I even got some browny points for being romantic from my wife....

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Makes approx. 12 Biscuits

  • 300g plain flour
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 200g salted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • frozen strawberries/ raspberries

Put flour and butter into a food processor and create to fine crumbs. Add sugar and yolks then whizz to a smooth dough. Remove 1/3 of the dough, vanilla to what’s left and pulse. Wrap this dough in cling film and leave at room temperature.

Put the reserved dough back in the processor with the dried raspberries and pulse. If the dough has become too soft, pulse in a few spoonfuls more flour until a similar consistency to the vanilla dough. Put the dough in the fridge, remembering to remove it 30 mins before you need to roll it out.

Thickly roll out the coloured dough between baking parchment. Use a small 3-4cm heart cutter to stamp out hearts. Keep re-rolling and stamping until all the dough is used. Line up hearts on top of each other and press to form a cylinder, taking care to retain the heart shape. Wrap in cling film and freeze for 3 hrs until solid.

When the heart dough is hard, roll the vanilla dough, using your hands, into 3 cylinders the length of the heart stack. Stick one to each ‘side’ of the hearts, pat together to form a fat cylinder, then gently roll on your work surface until it completely encircles the coloured dough, with the frozen heart dough hidden in the centre. Chill for 2 hrs.

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Use a sharp knife to slice the log into 1cm-thick discs. Place on trays lined with baking parchment, allowing space for spreading, and bake for 20 mins. Cool on wire racks. Will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

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Google Trusted Photographer in Berkshire creates Virtual 360 tour for a selfstorage biz https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/google-trusted-photographer-in-berkshire-creates-virtual-360-tour-for-a-selfstorage-biz
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Luminous Photography is a Google Trusted Photographer that offers Google Business View 360° Virtual tours to businesses in Berkshire and across the South East. Last week I was approached by Space Station Slough, who are a self storage business offering customers the opportunity to safely store their possessions with piece of mind and confidence. 

Please feel free to visit the tour by clicking on the image above

 

 

The Google Business View tour gives customers to the chance to 'virtually' walk through the storage facility from the comfort of their computer, tablet or mobile device to see the level of expert security and range of storage options available.

To visit the 360° virtual tour please click here

Should you have any questions or would like a quote then please don't hesitate to get in touch

 

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London Street Photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/london-street-photography

As a professional photographer its always a good plan to keep pushing yourself and experimenting with new techniques or styles of the art. It is this that keeps your skills honed and creative ideas fresh, resulting in better images. Therefore, I've set myself a challenge for 2015 to start practising street photography, as its an area that I've never tried before but I've always loved the style of photograph that it produces

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As a photographer in Berkshire I decided to head up to London recently to explore the city and see how my first experience would go. I had no real plan, apart from the setting I would try out on my camera, (which I will go into during another blog article) so I just got off the train at Paddington and started wandering. 5 hours and many hundred of images later I was knackered but in love with Street Photography, its such a joy to see the city with no specific image in mind but to simply react to what arose or was happening in front of me. Most of my professional consumer and commercial photography is successful due to planning and the visualisation of what I want to achieve but Street Photography allows a more reactive methodology that I found very refreshing.

I hope you enjoy some of the results

Tom

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The Christmas Lantern Parade in Maidenhead https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/the-christmas-lantern-parade-in-maidenhead

Six local schools from the Maidenhead area took part in the annual Lantern Parade across the town on Saturday night. The theme this year was animals, with each school creating coloured lanterns of its own species ranging from foxes, fish and bears.

It made for an amazing sight when the parade left the Town Hall to start it tour and I was lucky enough to get prime position to photograph the fun

Over 500 lanterns were created for the event by the school kids under the guidance of Same Sky's who were also responsible of the larger (and very impressive) lanterns that could be seen prowling the town.  The parade was organised and co-ordinated by Robyn Bunyan from Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts who said "We have been working with a number of primary schools over the last few weeks with the help of Same Sky to create the lanterns and they look amazing, I am overwhelmed because the whole town was awash with lanterns so I want to say thank you to everyone who took part."

As a Photographer in Berkshire I can say, without a doubt, that I've never seen Maidenhead looking so bright and colourful during the festive period......I can't wait for next year already!

Tom

 

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Speccies in Berkshire gets a Google Maps StreetView 360° Virtual Tour https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/speccies-in-berkshire-gets-a-google-maps-Streetview-360-virtual-tour

Come and have a look around the Maidenhead Showroom.

This week I went to create a Google Maps Business View 360° virtual Tour for Speccies - Maidenhead, who are dispensing only practice that enables customers to make substantial saving on prescription glasses. Speccies offers clients (who already have a prescription) the opportunity to see and try on frames but also benefit from low prices that you would only normally find online - its a service that truly offers its customer the best of both world.

As a Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire, I was pleased to create a tour for Speccies that enable customers to see the range frames on offer and the comfortable and professional environment of its high street store location - please feel free to take the tour below or click here: http://goo.gl/Mg9XML


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Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information about the benefits (including improving your Google Business Listing) of Google Maps Business View 360° virtual tours or would like to arrange a quote of your premises

Many thanks

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As an aspiring actor or model what photographs do you need in a portfolio https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/as-an-aspiring-actor-or-model-what-photographs-do-you-need-in-a-portfolio

What kind of photographs do casting directors and agents actually require?

At the start of your acting/ model career a portfolio book is essential and the amount of options open to you are vast when it come to photography. Many actors starting out will have an wide array of studio photography commissioned in a wide range of poses, clothes, styles etc - this is a common mistake and not required. A more experienced actor will have a bigger portfolio book due to their time in the industry and represents the work done but as a new entrant you cannot be expected to have this.

The most useful pictures you can have done for an agent or casting director as ones that show you in various way including close ups, full length, looking to camera, looking off camera and colour/ black and white.  

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As a photographer in berkshire, I recently worked with a Alex from The Reel Scene (a school for actors in Maidenhead) to show the type and style of photography that is of most use when sending your portfolio off to agents. Alex's advice was to show a variety of style but to keep it honest and 'the real you' as agents and casting directors will see straight through too much photoshop or post production work.

So you need to be clear to the photographer of exactly what you require - so either get some advice from a professional (e.g. someone like The Reel Scene) or simply look through articles in the press/ internet for ideas of poses, clothing, make up etc. It can be a good idea to practice your poses at home and get a friend to comment on the results or bring example of the type of pose you want to achieve with you to the shoot.

If you are in need for any portfolio photography then please don't hesitate to get in touch

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Portfolio Photography advice for actors https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/12/as-an-aspiring-actor-or-model-what-photographs-do-you-need-in-a-portfolio Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:56:48 GMT
Kipper's Snowy Day Christmas Show https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kippers-snowy-day-christmas-show

Luminous Photography, a Photographer in Berkshire photographs the first performance of Kipper Snowy Day

I normally don't feel in the least bit Christmasy until about 1pm on Christmas day, but this year, it strangely hit me in November. Now this is nothing to do with the usual influx of Xmas TV ads or songs on the radio (staring way too early, as always, bah humbug 'huh) but I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph the first performance of Kippers Snowy Day at Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Berkshire. 

For those of you who don't know (me included) Kipper the Dog was created by children's author and illustrator, Mick Inkpen - who is currently on 35th title and sold more than 8 million books.

The theatre production is all about Kipper and his friend Tiger who go on an adventure in the snow – but can they find their way home?

A magical world of puppets and mischief, filled with original songs and music, this warm-hearted Christmas show is perfect for children and their families suitable for ages 3+ years.

You can find more information about booking here

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Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas showsOne Snowy Night and Miki to Norden Farm. Congratulations to everyone involved as even I was humming the songs on the way home and excited to get the Christmas decorations up ASAP.

If you'd like to see more images then please get in touch here

Thanks

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Kippers Snowy Day Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire norden Farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kippers-snowy-day-christmas-show Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:26 GMT
Norden Farm gets a Google Business View 360° Tour https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/norden-farm-gets-a-google-business-view-360-tour

Google Trusted Photographer in Berkshire provides local Art Venue with an internal 360° virtual tour.

Luminous Photography was approached by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Berkshire to create a 360° Google Maps StreetView Trusted Tour of their fantastic premises. They were keen to be able to give visitors and clients the ability to see the amazing facilities that Norden Farm can offer the community from kids to families or art groups to businesses by improving their Google Business Listing.

Click on the tour below and try out Google Maps Business View for yourself


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Luminous Photography is so happy to provide a more engaging and enhanced experience to Norden Farm's online users via this 360° virtual tour. It enables them to virtually visit the location and explore the facilities before stepping through the front door

If you are interested in a tour please don't hesitate to get in touch

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Marlow Christmas Lights with Tom Kerridge https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/marlow-christmas-lights-with-tom-kerridge

Marlow Christmas Lights 2014 with Tom Kerridge

Luminous Photography, a photographer in Berkshire was in Marlow yesterday for a festive commercial shoot and by chance was there to see Marlow come out in force to see the Christmas lights get switched on. The honour was given to local Michelin Star Chef and TV personality, Tom Kerridge who seemed to absolutely love the job (as these photos attest to)

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Hundreds, if not thousands came out for the second year the lights to see the lights switched on and we entertained by carol singers and the temptation on late night shopping. It really did feel like Christmas had arrived, and even this miserable photographer found himself humming jingle bells on the way home

Tom

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Corporate Escapees - SEO 101 https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/corporate-escapees---seo-101

Corporate Escapees helps those who've recently left the corporate world to create a start up business of their very own

This Thursday saw the most recent meeting for Corporate Escapees, which is a business biscotti gold club event run by Tom Waller from Luminous Photography (a Photographer in Berkshire), Alex Bakker from See-Saw Online and Sarah Leach from Stride Consultancy

The meeting is run on the second Thursday of every month at Norden Farm in Maidenhead and is all about collaboration and education (and networking) for those who have recently left to corporate world to create a start up business. We are looking to appeal to any corporate escapee who is looking to start their own business or has been going for the past few years. We have previously covered topics such company structure, finance, accounting, well being, coaching tips etc and have a fantastic agenda go into the New Year

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This month we been lucky enough to have presentations for Matt Hayman from Visible Digital, an SEO expert and Vanessa Hunt from Vanessa Hunt Consulting who among other things, blogs for a living. Both speaker gave passionate and informative presentations to our attendees that covered information for those that had no knowledge of the topic to those with more experience and understanding.

So if you've left the corporate world within the last three years and would like like some support or could offer your experience to the group then please don't hesitate to get in touch

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire corporate escapees https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/corporate-escapees---seo-101 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:00 GMT
Luminous Photography Exhibition - The Aftermath https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/luminous-photography-exhibition---the-aftermath

Luminous Photography Exhibition - Photographer in Berkshire's Exhibition comes to a close.

The 10th Nov was a sad day for me as it saw the taking down of the first public showing of my creative portfolio at an exhibition at Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. As a professional photographer in Berkshire I'm used to show my commercial, portrait and wedding photography to clients who are familiar with my work (which is why they hired me I the first place). However, as I found out, it's a very different experience showing creative work to the general public that I feel is good enough to be exhibited. With out a doubt it the single most intimidating thing I've done since admitting to my friends and family that I was going to being leaving my safe and successful job to pursue photography 100% full time.

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The whole experience has been amazing and proof of the saying 'that is good to do things that scare you from time to time' and this certainly fitted the bill. As someone who has never done this before I've had to learn a great deal of technical knowledge outside of the actual photography (although actually selecting which images to show did lead to sleepless nights) such as printing, mounting, framing, positioning etc etc the list goes on! 

I did receive fantastic advice from the experienced team at Norden Farm plus the printers and framers that I used to produce my image s so I must thank Dave Essex at One Vision Images and Marvin at Eye Candy Art Group. All gave up a lot of time to help me get the results.

Please see a few images from the show but if you' like to see everything the please click here and get in touch for the password

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/luminous-photography-exhibition---the-aftermath Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:43:02 GMT
Luminous Photography - a Photographer in Berkshire passionate about wildlife https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/luminous-photography---a-photographer-in-berkshire-passionate-about-wildlife

Berkshire Photographer goes behind the scenes.

As a passionate professional photographer in Berkshire I get many great opportunities to work with clients on creative projects. But sometimes there are other area that I just love to photograph for my own pleasure.....and wildlife is definitely one of them. I recently headed off to Woburn safari park on a behind the scenes invitation which really indulged my passion

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Being taken round the park with knowledgeable staff was a real pleasure as was getting some access to the animals that a typical guest would not get was very special indeed.

Obviously getting close to lions, tigers and bears is a very special and humbling experience which hopefully is reflected in some of my pictures from the day. 

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I hope you enjoy the images and if you like to see more from the day please get in touch


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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Photographer in Berkshire wildlife photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/luminous-photography---a-photographer-in-berkshire-passionate-about-wildlife Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:52:32 GMT
Google Maps Business View Photography for DNA Cycles in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/google-maps-business-view-photography-for-dna-cycles-in-berkshire

Photographer in Berkshire produces Google Maps Business View Tour for DNA Cycles.

Luminous Photography is a Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire who is proud to produce another Google Maps StreetView 360° Virtual tour for Maidenhead's premier cycle shop. DNA cycles has been part of Maidenhead landscape since 2001 and has developed a loyal following ever since, due to exceptional customer services and a combined bicycle experience of more than 30 years. 


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As a true independent retailer, DNA cycles offers many type of cycling products across many brands ensuring they have the right products to meet customers requirements. The Google tour enables clients to virtually  'walk through' the Maidenhead store providing those who find DNA cycles online a more engaging and enhanced user experience before they have even stepped into the store. A Google Maps Business View Tour can really help Google Local Business by improving their status on Google business listing Photographer in Berkshire Google Business View Tour DNA cyclesPhotographer in Berkshire Google Business View Tour DNA cycles

 

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Luminous Photography Exhibition Movie https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/luminous-photography-exhibition-movie

Luminous Photography Exhibition Time Lapse Movie.

Berkshire Photographer, Luminous Photography is exhibiting some of his creative work at Norden Farm, Centre for the Art in Maidenhead from 28th Oct to 9th November. This a time lapse video of the production process up to the launch event held on 30th Oct.

Many thanks to everyone who supported me in creating this event

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Business View Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/luminous-photography-exhibition-movie Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:47:32 GMT
The Making of Kipper https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/the-making-of-kipper

Commercial Photographer in Berkshire invited to capture the making of Puppet for stage show

Some photography jobs are definately more fun than others so the chance to get involved in documenting the 'birth' of children favourite, Kipper the Dog was just too good to pass up. Kipper and friends have been commissioned as stars of a forthcoming stage play for kids that will debut over Christmas this year so it was a great opportunity to see the creativity, skill and sheer hard work that goes into making the puppets come alive. If there is anyone out there who is unaware of Kipper the Dog - he is a character in a series of books for pre-school -age children by British writer Mick Inkpen. The books consist of 34 titles (as of July 2005), which have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages. The books have also won many awards.

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If you have any requirements for a commercial photographer in Berkshire/ Buckinghamshire then please don't hesitate to get in touch here

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Wedding Photographer in Berkshire

As a wedding photographer in Berkshire I'm lucky to have some amazing clients who have chosen some of the most beautiful venues in the county to get married. Just recently I've had wedding shoots at Cliveden House, The Guildhall in Windsor to name but a few.

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In my opinion the best wedding photography is not simply about the images themselves, its about capturing passion to show that everyone has a story and how unique and important this is. It is the job of the photographer to understand the couple and the style of images that they desire in order to produce stunning results that will be cherished forever. 

I try to not to follow the formulaic process of traditional wedding photography as I find it stiffles creativity and ends up saying nothing about the couple or how special their day is.  

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 My style is organic and contemporary, using natural light as much as possible to tell stories from special days and relationships to locations and products. In my opinion photography has moved away from simply capturing the presence of a subject to reporting on events and capturing that sense of occasion that is unique and so sought after by clients. My aim is to show the natural spirit of people and recording significant moments as they occur without interrupting or making my presence known to create truthful yet beautiful photographs.

If you'd like to know more, please get in touch here

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Luminous Photography Exhibtion is Now Open https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/luminous-photography-exhibtion-is-now-open

Luminous Photography Exhibition is now open.

I'm very happy to say that my exhibition opened on Tuesday 28th October and I'd like to thank everyone who has been to Norden farm so far to see it. As a Photographer in Berkshire its great to be able to show my work to the local community so please feel free to pop down and visit

I am so proud to be exhibiting work from my creative portfolio for the first time and showcasing some favourite images taken from this year. These include cityscapes of London and New York, landscapes of Norfolk and Costa Rica, a rich variety of wildlife plus a selection of family, commercial and individual portraiture from my photography business

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The exhibition runs until 9th November and please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or I'm happy to meet at Norden farm to discuss the photo's with you

Many thank
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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/luminous-photography-exhibtion-is-now-open Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Photographer in Berkshire to Exhibit at Norden farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/photographer-in-berkshire-to-exhibit-at-norden-farm

Luminous Photography Exhibition

Tom Waller is a Photographer in Berkshire who is exhibiting his work for the first time and invites you to witness his wide ranging portfolio of photographs.

The Exhibition takes place a Norden Farm in Maidenhead between 28th October and 9th November 2014.  You can find more information on opening times/ dates here and directions to the venue here

Some of the work he will be showcasing include cityscapes of London and New York, landscapes of Norfolk and Costa Rica, wildlife such as birds and flora as well as variety of family, wedding and individual portraiture. He approaches each photo shoot from a different perspective, using unusual composition or distinct natural lighting techniques so that he can tell stories in his own way.

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Photographic Exhibition in Maidenhead maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/photographer-in-berkshire-to-exhibit-at-norden-farm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:02:42 GMT
Google Photographer in Berkshire creates Google Maps Business View tour https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/google-photographer-in-berkshire-creates-google-maps-business-view-tour

Google Photographer in Berkshire creates Google Maps Business View tour for Audio Venue

 

Luminous Photography is a Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire who recently completed a Google Maps Business View 360° virtual tour for Audio Venue.

Audio Venue are a bespoke audio visual specialist who offer design and installation of home cinemas, multi-room and stereo audio systems based in Maidenhead. The Google Business View tour has allowed them to offer customers the opportunity to engage with their Maidenhead showroom from their mobile phone, tablet or laptop and has helped enhance their online visability plus improving Google business listing

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Feel free to take the tour by clicking on the map below: http://goo.gl/maps/Hi2oz

 


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New Build Homes Photographer in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/new-build-homes-photographer-in-berkshire

Interior and Exterior Property Photography

Luminous Photography is a commercial Photographer in Berkshire that has recently undertaken some photography work for Shanly Homes and Sorbon Estates who are a very large regional commercial and residential developer. I was commissioned to photograph a number of commercial and residential properties to update their marketing material now these locations are complete.

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When real estate photography is done well it can help to create interest in a property that ultimately will have a positive impact on the sellers bottom line.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions about new build, real estate or commercial photography as I would be very happy to help

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Interior and Exterior Property Photography Luminous Photography New Build Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/new-build-homes-photographer-in-berkshire Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:38:51 GMT
Luminous Photography creates 360° Google Tour for The Three Tuns in Henley https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/luminous-photography-creates-360-google-business-view-tour-for-the-three-tuns-in-henley  

Google Trusted Photographer in Berkshire creates Google Maps Business View 360° Virtual Tour for The Three Tuns in Henley.

As a Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire, Luminous Photography was recently invited to create a 360° Google Maps Business View Tour for The Three Tuns pub in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The tour highlights the pubs unique charm but they also have a fantastic reputation for the quality and look of their menu, so Luminous Photography was also asked to take some food photography images to reflect this. In addition, a Google Maps Business View Tour can help improve a companies Google business listing to make it easier for online customers using 'Google local business' to find you

Please feel free to explore The Three Tuns below by clicking on the entrance.....


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The Three Tuns offer great food combined with genuinely warm and welcoming service from a friendly team of staff, trained by Marks' wife Sandra and manager Hannah. Its helped them build a great reputation within the town. This has been reaffirmed by being recommended in the 2014 Michelin Guide for the second year running. The Charming pub in the centre of Henley is one of the oldest in town, dating back to the 17th century.

The food photography images below are from their current menu......Bon Appetite!

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Business View Google Streetview Trusted Photographer Google Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Google Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Streetview Trusted Photographer Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire commercial photographer food Photography food photography of the three tuns henley google business listing google local business google maps business view google photographer google virtual tour maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/luminous-photography-creates-360-google-business-view-tour-for-the-three-tuns-in-henley Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:19:51 GMT
Google 360° Business View Tour for Grosvenor House in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/google-360-business-view-tour-for-grosvenor-house-in-beaconsfield-buckinghamshire

Google Business View for Sorbon Estates.

Luminous Photography is a StreetView Trusted Google Photographer in Berkshire and we recently had the opportunity to create a Google Business View 360° tour for Grosvenor House owned and managed by Sorbon Estates in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire


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Grosvenor House comprises a modern highly specified, self contained office building, totalling approximatley 16,450 sq ft, with 70 car parking spaces

Sorbon Estates is a well established commercial property investment company with a commitment to excellence. We specialise in acquiring, refurbishing, redeveloping assets to maximise their potential.

The Sorbon Estates culture is that of challenge, creativity and flexibility which encourages the development of a commercially sound and attractive product. Reflecting these attributes, Sorbon Estates can justly pride itself on its high levels of quality and consistency of service at all times.

Sorbon Estates is located in Beaconsfield and operates in and around the M25, the Thames Valley and Greater London, reaching out to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Essex, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, 

 

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Google Business View Google Streetview Trusted Photographer Google Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Google Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire Google Trusted Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Streetview Trusted Photographer Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/google-360-business-view-tour-for-grosvenor-house-in-beaconsfield-buckinghamshire Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:52:55 GMT
Interior and Exterior Photography in Berkshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/interior_and_exterior_photography_in_Berkshire

Interior and Exterior Photography in Berkshire.

Luminous Photography is a commercial Photographer in Berkshire and was recently invited to photography the inside of Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead to update their marketing images that reflects the recent large investment in the interior decoration. Since September 2000, Norden Farm has offered the people of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and beyond, the best in entertainment and the performing arts. 

The interior and exterior photography you can see below has been taken from some marketing material produced by Norden Farm using our images and highlights the importance of experience, knowledge and correct equipment to truly make the venue look at its best. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you feel that your premises or venue could benefit from Luminous Photography's interior/ exterior photography

 

The facilities avaliable at Norden Farm are fantastic and include

• Nationally renowned arts centre (including theatre, gallery and Café Bar)

• Rooms to seat up to 268 delegates

• Highly accessible by road and rail and offers ample free on-site parking

• Off the M4 J8/9, 20 mins from Heathrow and 20 mins from Reading by car

• Outstanding quality low cost catering

• WiFi internet access

• Experienced and professional staff

• On site conference technicians and high quality technical facilities

• Sony 4K Digital Projector means unbeatable quality, High Definition

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• Rooms with natural light

• Purpose built modern facility combined with traditional settings

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Coxless Crew Pacific Ocean Row https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/coxless-crew-pacific-ocean-row

Photographer in Berkshire covers CWN 2014

Whilst at the Centrica Womens Network Event 2014 there was a presentation from The Coxless Crew who are an inspirational group of 4 women who are setting off on to safely row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean, from Long Beach California 8446 miles to Cairns Australia.

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The charities that are being rowed for are:

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

As more women join the army and take part in frontline duty there is a greater risk for them to be seriously injured. As we are an all female crew, Walking with the Wounded have agreed that all money raised for the charity during the row will be put into a dedicated fund to specifically help our injured servicewomen.

Finding long-term employment is one of the biggest challenges facing wounded servicewomen and men hoping to lead a normal life after severe injury.

Walking with the Wounded help fund the re-training and re-education of these women and men to help with their transition after active duty.

www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

BREAST CANCER CARE

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and the number of cases is rising. Around 55,000 people are now diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year, with about 400 of these being men. That’s one in eight women.

Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer. Their clinical expertise and emotional support network help thousands of people find a way to live with, through and beyond breast cancer. We are constantly inspired by the strength and character shown by the women that are fighting their way through it and we want to give something back to these incredible ladies.

www.breastcancercare.org.uk

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Good luck to all involved in the fantastic journey

Luminous Photography

 

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360° Virtual Google Tour for Renewable Energy Showroom https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/360-virtual-google-tour-for-renewable-energy-showroom

Google Business View for a Renewable Energy Showroom.

Luminous Photography is a Google StreetView Trusted Photographer in Berkshire who had the opportunity to create a Google Business View tour for Energy Solutions Malvern


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As a Google Trusted Photographer we offer the opportunity for businesses in Berkshire/ Buckinghamshire and the South East to have dynamic 360° StreetView style tours inside their premises. 

Google Business View allows local businesses to enhance their presence across Google and offers multiple benefits

  1. Stand out in Google Searches, Google Maps, Google+, Google Local across all platforms (desktop. tablet and mobile)
  2. Allows customers to take a fully interactive 360° "walk-through" tour of your business. Its especially useful for trying to attract new customers to the aesthetic/ design/ uniqueness of a business before they can physically visit or purchase from you
  3. The package also includes min. 10 professionally taken Point of Interest (POI) photographs
  4. You can embed the tours/ POI's into your own website
  5. Stand out from your competition
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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Google Business View Google Streetview Trusted Photographer Google Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Google Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Streetview Trusted Photographer Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/360-virtual-google-tour-for-renewable-energy-showroom Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:35:53 GMT
Thew Arnott 150 Year Celebrations https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/thew-arnott-150-year-celebrations On Friday, Thew Arnott celebrated its 150th year in business at the Italian restaurant Crostini's in Cheam, Surrey. Luminous Photography, a Photographer in Berkshire was invited to cover the celebrations that went on long into the night with entertainment from a fantastic magician and a tribute Frank Sinatra singer ThewArnott150-2027ThewArnott150-2027 ThewArnott150-2006ThewArnott150-2006

Established in 1864, Thew Arnott is a family business with its Head Office in Wallington, Surrey and Production & NPD facilities in Deeside, North Wales. Focused on the development, manufacture and sales of speciality ingredients, we are enjoying growth and expansion into local and international markets in the food, pharmaceutical, technical and cosmetic industries

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer event photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/thew-arnott-150-year-celebrations Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:15:10 GMT
The Bounty in Buckinghamshire gets Google 360° Business View tour https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/the-bounty-in-buckinghamshire-gets-google-360-business-view-tour The Bounty Pub on the Thames at Bourne End is the most recent company to have a Google StreetView Trusted 360° Virtual tour of their premises. Luminous Photography, a Photographer in Berkshire was very happy to provide a tour for this unique Buckinghamshire institution
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The Bounty is located right next to the Thames at Cockmarsh on the stretch of the river near Bourne end. With an outside terrace that stretches all the way down to the river's edge, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening whilst enjoying a drink or something to eat from our extensive menu. The Bounty is full of character and a real family pub where eveyone is made to feel truly at home by our friendly and helpful staff.

Despite its location, which is only accessible on foot or by boat The Bounty is a very popular pub with 'locals' who prefer it to other pubs closer to home. It is not possible to get to The Bounty by car but for those coming from further away The Bounty is conveniently located under half a mile from Bourne End train station and just over a mile away from Cookham train station.

The Bounty is a very unique pub which is full of character from top to bottom. They serve a variety of drinks including Rebellion beer, produced locally in Marlow. They also serve food and The Bounty is a family friendly place with a large outdoor seating area next to the river which is great on a sunny summer afternoon. To keep children entertained there is also an outdoor play area. The place has a very homely feel to it and the friendly staff will be sure to look after you.

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Google Business View Google Streetview Trusted Photographer Google Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Google Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire Streetview Trusted Photographer Streetview Trusted Photographer in berkshire Streetview Trusted photographer in Buckinghamshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/the-bounty-in-buckinghamshire-gets-google-360-business-view-tour Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:54 GMT
Monkeys of Costa Rica https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/monkeys-of-costa-rica

Four species of monkey are native to the forests of Costa Rica, the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii), the White-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus), the Mantled Howler (Alouatta palliata) andGeoffroy's Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). All four species are classified scientifically as New World Monkeys. Two of the species, the Central American Squirrel Monkey and the White-headed Capuchin, belong to the family Cebidae, the family containing the squirrel monkeys and capuchins. The other two species belong to the family Atelidae, the family containing the howler monkeysspider monkeyswoolly monkeys and muriquis.Each of the four species can be seen in national parks within Costa Rica, where viewing them in natural surroundings is a popular tourist attraction. The only park in which all four species can be seen is Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula.

White-Faced or Capuchin Monkey (below) is the species you are most likely to encounter closely in Costa Rica. They occur on the Caribbean slope’s wet forests as well as the Pacific side’s drier forest habitats. Capuchins are approx. 50 cm high and eat everything from flowers, fruit, bird-eggs, insects to the sandwich you brought to the beach. Their troop size is between 2 to 20, usually grouped around a single adult. Watch out when meeting these overactive primates: they are known to snatch anything edible or shining and are sometimes in an aggressive mood to defend their territory.

Capuchin monkeys are most common at the National Parks of Manuel AntonioCorcovado and Santa Rosa.

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Squirrel Monkey (below) is a tiny monkey (ca. 0.6 kg), best found in and around Manuel Antonio National Park. Their habitat are Pacific wet forests, where they feed on insects and small plants. Due to the reduction of lowland forest on the Pacific side “titi” monkeys are endangered. Squirrel monkeys primarily eat fruit and the occasional insect. Interestingly these fast moving monkeys do not use their tails for climbing, but as a balancing pole (similar to cats).

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Howler Monkeys (above) are the largest monkey species, growing up to 1m and weighing around 5 kilograms. Their habitats are lowland wet evergreen forests. Howler monkeys got their names due to the deep rumbling growls they make in the early mornings to mark their presence and thereby, their territory. In some places (TortugueroCorcovado) this will be your wake-up call. Their noise carries for up to five kilometres and makes the loudest sound in the jungle. Despite of these sounds, howlers can move extremely quietly and slow: they rest 80% of the day. Often they might pass the canopy right over you without being noticed!

Finally, Spider Monkeys (below) can use their tails like a fifth hand with which they can support their entire body weight. Spider monkeys rarely leave their tree habitats, where they feed on leaves, nuts and fruit. They are known to communicate by gestures: by approach of a human they might climb to the end of a branch and shake it heartily to scare the intruder away. If this does not work, they can throw heavy branches at the unwanted guest.

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Google Business View in Buckinghamshire https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/google-business-view-in-buckinghamshire

Google Business View in Buckinghamshire. 

Luminous Photography (a Photographer in Berkshire) offers Google Streetview Trusted 360° virtual tours to businesses in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and last week completed a tour for bespoke tailor King and Allen based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. 


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Founded in 2003 King & Allen provide traditionally made bespoke suits at affordable prices.  They pride themselves in offering high quality suits with fabrics from Savile Row cloth merchants, baste fittings and the elusive floating canvas which is backed up by our Fit Guarantee.
 

Tailoring consultants are able to offer expert advice to guide you through the experience of buying a bespoke suit from choosing the cloth, selecting the lining and use of personalised embroidery as well as advising you on the style and fit of suit that both meets your expectations and suits your particular body shape.

From £299 -£1299 King and Allen offer unlimited style options and extensive range of fabrics including Holland & Sherry, Dugdale Brothers and Dormeuil together with the expertise of our trained tailors will create a beautiful hand finished suit. 

The Amersham store that underwent the Google Business View tour is modern and spacious and has a lot of natural light provided by its glass frontage which is ideal for viewing fabrics.  There is a full range of cloths available from our classic range to Holland & Sherry’s super 180s wool cashmere as well as our shirt bunches.  Samples of our suits and shirts are also on hand to view.

 

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Fine Art Series - Circles in the City https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/fine-art-photography-of-the-city

Circles in the City.

In this series of Fine Art Prints, I decided to take a different approach in term of style and format to really challenge my creative muscles and to try and see the world in a very different way. All the images are taken using a 8mm fisheye lens which gives the photographer unique access to 180° field of vision, that results in its own set of creative possibilities but also some very real challenges. However it is these challenges that were an absolute joy to play around with and enable me to create a different perspective of London and New York that is seldom seen. You can find more images by clicking here

As you can see from these images I've tried to combine the classic cityscapes that we've seen many time before (such as Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the City of London) with traditional elements such as light and dark, geometry, leading lines etc but in a modern and urban way. When taking these images I had a specific a printing technique planned in which to produce the final image. When printed these images are produced using a 250 gsm satin archival professional photographic paper, the image is heat mounted onto an 3mm aluminium panel, which is then finished with a gloss seal. Fitted with a special hanging system so the product sits off the wall, giving it a floating effect and an overall modern and urban feel that compliments the cityscape theme perfectly. You can see some real examples this printing technique below For more information on purchasing these prints or so see other examples of images in this series the please don't hesitate to get in touch

 

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Google Trusted Photographer in Maidenhead, Windsor and the South East https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/google-trusted-photographer-in-maidenhead-windsor-and-the-south-east Luminous Photography is a Photographer in Berkshire who now offers Google Business View 360° Virtual Tour Photography for local businesses in Maidenhead, Windsor, Marlow, Cookham, Ascot, Henley but also further out into Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London and the South East. Please see the video below for more info

Luminous Photography is a Google Trusted Photographer that offers the opportunity for businesses in Berkshire and the South East to have dynamic 360° StreetView style tours inside their premises. 

Google Business View allows local businesses to enhance their presence across Google and offers multiple benefits

  1. Stand out in Google Searches, Google Maps, Google+, Google Local across all platforms (desktop. tablet and mobile)
  2. Allows customers to take a fully interactive 360° "walk-through" tour of your business. Its especially useful for trying to attract new customers to the aesthetic/ design/ uniqueness of a business before they can physically visit or purchase from you
  3. The package also includes min. 10 professionally taken Point of Interest (POI) photographs
  4. You can embed the tours/ POI's into your own website
  5. Stand out from your competition

The Google Business View (GBV) concept has really taken off in the US we are seeing a similar trend here. Please click to see how GBV has helped to increase demand and attract new customers in the real world.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or to arrange a quote

Contact Tom at Luminous Photography

email: tom@luminousphotography.co.uk

Call:   07590916407

Why is it important to enhance your Google presence.....here are some stats to consider!

 

  • There were 2.2 trillion searches on Google globally over the course of 2013
  • 89% of searches in the UK are made through the worlds number one search engine, Google
  • Overall 94% of searches go to natural search in the UK, with only 6% of successful clicks going to paid search results
  • Interestingly the age demographic clicking on PPC search results are generally older; in fact 65% of people who clicked on PPC in the UK were over 35 years old. Organic results therefore could be seen to reach a younger target audience
  • When it comes to Google search results, 90% of users click on the first 3 results in Google. When it comes to SEO, it really is “in Google we trust"
  • 2014 is the year of mobile web traffic; mobile or smartphone web traffic could overtake desktop web traffic as early as July this year
  • M-commerce is growing in all age groups, with 25-34 year olds expecting to use mobile shopping 15% more in 2014 than in 2013

 

​As you can see, the importance of your business profile on Google cannot be understated, so by utilising Google Business View photography your Google presence is enhanced across all their services (Google Search, Google Maps, Google Places, Google+ etc) and across all platforms (desktop, tablet and mobile). For a one-off fee your 360° tour is stitched together, uploaded and hosted directly by Google so when your business is found by customers they will enjoy a greatly enhanced and engaging search experience, setting you apart from the competition.

 

So, if you feel that your business could benefit from an enhanced Google profile then please get in touch for a chat or I'll be happy to visit your premises to provide you with a quotation.

 

 

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Tilt-Shift Photography of New York https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/tilt-shift-photography-of-new-york Luminous Photography uses Tilt-Shift creative effect to miniaturise New York

During a trip to New York earlier in the year I had the chance to experiment with a creative technique called Tilt-Shift/ miniature faking. The effect was done in post-productions (rather than with an actual tilt-shift lens) but the miniature faking effect can still be powerful when used.....in this case I used an ipad app called Snapspeed that is so useful for editing and adding effects to photo's whilst travelling.

I love using this effect, especially if it means getting the chance to fly in a helicopter...... 

here are some useful tips for creating tilt-shift images

  • The photo must be taken from above, but not directly overhead. This only reflects what someone taking a photo of a miniature scene would likely do; it’s unlikely they would (or even could) be level to the subject. If you have a direct over shot, you won’t be able to get a decent depth of field that is required.
  • A simple scene is usually better than a complicated one. This is because miniature scenes are usually very simple; you wouldn’t find a dense city block, for example, in a model railroad scene. 
  • Photo sharpness is a must, as well as good lighting. There will be enough blur in the photo as it is; your focal point must be sharp.
  • If people are in the scene, they need to be fairly obscure and small. Again, reflecting what you’d see in a real miniature scene. People are very small, and not well detailed in miniature scenery. 
  • Generally, avoid wide shots, and make sure the scene is interesting – for instance, an aerial photo of a cathedral with spires and flying buttresses is interesting, while an aerial photo of a flat-topped shopping mall would not be.
 

 

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Fisheye London Cityscape MashUp https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/fisheye-london-cityscape-mashup

As a photographer I'm always trying to find creative ways to see the world and to capture it in an image. Recently I've been experimenting with a fisheye lens in major cities across the world and using photoshop to mash cityscapes together to create something 'a little different'. In this images I've taken images across London including the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, The National Gallery and The City of London and then stitched them into a single image. The idea was to mash up the old and the new in an 'impossible image' that takes a unique perspective on a city that I've not seen before

The fisheye lens was originally used for meteorology to study the sky and cloud formations, fisheye’s were originally called “whole-sky lenses.” These lenses quickly became popular in the general photography field because of their fun and unique uses, and of course their incredibly distorted lines. They can be used for many different purposes, both professional and for fun (but mostly for fun).....I will be exploring the potential uses for this lens in future blogs

If you are interested in seeing anymore images then click here

Thanks

Tom

 

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The Big Energy Idea - Ignite Social Enterprise https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/the-big-energy-idea---ignite-social-enterprise

Luminous Photography is a Photographer in Berkshire who was asked to cover 'The Big Energy Idea' that supports ambitious energy entrepreneurs, giving them business support, powerful connections and the potential to secure a minimum of £50k investment from Ignite to deliver social impact at scale.  

At the inaugural event held at Centrica’s head offices in Windsor, on 29 and 30 April 2014, the successful Big Energy Ideas were selected. The 10 entrepreneurs will now work with an expert team from the energy sector to raise investment in their ventures in order to grow their companies and scale the social impact of their work  

More images from the event can be found here

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The 10 final Big Energy ideas are:

Brackenburn: Based in the South West, Brackenburn has created new technology that enables the use of locally harvested brack to produce briquettes for wood burning stoves.

Co-Wheels: Based in North East, UK wide, Co-Wheels is the first registered social enterprise that focuses on making personal mobility accessible for lower income communities while reducing car use.

Energy Box: Based in Soho, Energy Box will deliver a £100 per year cost of energy reduction per household in fuel poverty while employing people from the same communities to manage and maintain the system.

Energise London: In four of London’s 33 boroughs, Energise London operate free energy savings advice helplines and train employees to recognise and address fuel poverty.

Energy Solutions Malvern: Based in West Midlands, Energy Solutions Malvern provide renewable energy installations to customers who enjoy return on investments and environmental benefits from a reduction in their carbon footprint.

Gower Power: Based in Wales, Gower Power will build solar farms, providing green electricity for households and a local school. Using the Feed In Tariff income they will grow affordable, local produced food on the farm owned as part of the Co-op structure.

GrowUp Urban Farms: Based in London, GrowUp Urban Farms will create urban farms that use sustainable technology to grow food for local communities that lack open spaces in a way that is energy efficient.

Health Squared: Based in North Yorkshire, Health Squared sell wood briquettes as a commercial venture for public good. Working with local health partners, their public good is providing renewable energy to all customers and free briquettes to targeted older peopel to keep them warm.

Rekindling: Based in London, Rekindling will support the rehabilitation of offenders by making what would otherwise have been waste wood into bags of firewood and kindling which will be sold commercially.

Sust-It: Based in the South West, Sust-It is a customer focused energy use comparison and advice website that assists low income individuals and improve energy literacy.

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All the entrepreneurs took part in masterclasses and motivational coaching during the two day event that will benefit them in moving their business models forward. 

Congratulations to all the companies who made it to the event as there were some fantastic social enterprise idea. And to the winners, good luck in the continuing process to achieve funding

Tom

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Birds of Costa Rica https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/birds-of-costa-rica

Luminous Photography recently travelled to Costa Rica to photograph the local wildlife. The rich variety of birdlife was especially impressive and made a big change to what I usually see in Maidenhead, Berkshire

Although Costa Rica is a small country, it is in the bird-rich neotropical region and has a huge number of species for its area. 894 bird species have been recorded in the country (including Cocos Island), more than in all of the United States and Canada combined. Of those species, eight are endemic (five mainland species and three species found only on Cocos Island) and 19 are globally threatened. The Official List of the Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica contains 857 species. Over an area of 51,100 kmthis is the greatest density of bird species of any continental American country.

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Birds of Costa Rica Costa Rica Hummingbird Luminous Photography Tiger Heron https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/birds-of-costa-rica Wed, 07 May 2014 15:18:07 GMT
Lifestyle Portrait Photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-portrait-photographer

Contemporary family portraits produce some of the best and most popular images taken by Luminous Photography.  My preferred method is for Lifestyle Portrait Photography that takes a more relaxed approach to portrait photography by utilising a home or an outdoor setting: an individual or family is placed in a less formal or familiar setting, which also helps to reveal more about the character, personality and life of the person or family.

To capture beautiful lifestyle portraits successfully, there are specific tips and techniques we need to follow. However the most important is to simply learn about the subject/s

Our lifestyle portrait planning begins with questions about the subject. We want to show more of his or her personality and life, so we must understand him or her better. 

For example we may ask about

  • about his or her daily schedule and responsibilities
  • talk to his or her spouse, friends, co-workers, etc. to obtain some third-party perspectives
  • favorite hobbies/ pastime
  • Favourite places and why etc

With that information, I have a realistic basis from which to choose a location for the portrait and what kind of picture to compose. Ideally I’d to spend time with the subject so he or she will become familiar with me and more confident about what I want to accomplish. This is why at Luminous Photography we do not put a time limit on our sessions as this process cannot be rushed and, in addition to this, we've usually had in depth conversations before the shoot commences

It’s not just that many people are uncomfortable in a photography studio, under the hot lights. It also divorces them from much of what makes them who they are. For example a portrait idea could be a well-planned, well-lit and carefully composed photo of a son playing his guitar or a daughter acting in a play. in my opinion this is a much more interesting image than of her in a professional photographers studio setting. She can be surrounded by instruments/ microphones and family/ friends, whilst playing a song to emphasise the passion or hobby even more.

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Perhaps your daughter is a budding photographer; so instead of (or in addition to) a formal pose in a new dress in the garden, photograph her with a toy camera taking pictures of her sister with dramatic sunlight streaming through high windows creating interesting shadows.

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Whatever location(s) we choose, it should be an extension of the subject, with a few interesting elements that help tell his or her story. The location must offer the right balance without dominating the portrait. In most cases, the location for the lifestyle portrait won’t be ready-made. You may have to do some arranging. For example, there may be a lack of interesting, supporting elements, so don’t hesitate to add props if they will help. You also want to eliminate background and/or foreground clutter and find subtle, neutral background.

If you like the sound of who we go about our beautiful lifestyle photography, then please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can start planning it today!

Thanks

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography contemporary family portraits lifestyle photography lifestyle portrait photographer maidenhead photographer portraiture https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-portrait-photographer Wed, 07 May 2014 14:25:32 GMT
Sloths of Costa Rica https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/sloths-of-costa-rica Luminous Photography recently went on a trip to Costa Rica (a little different from my usual territory of Maidenhead, Berkshire) to travel around and photograph as much of the natural beauty and wildlife as possible in 15 days. The trip was a great success and after a lot of travel via canoe, boat, bus and very small planes I arrived in the land of the Sloth Sloths in Costa RicaSloths in Costa Rica

Sloths are classified as folivores, as the bulk of their diets consist of buds, tender shoots, and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees. Some two-toed sloths have been documented as eating insects, small reptiles, and birds as a small supplement to their diets. Linnaeus's two-toed sloth has recently been documented eating human faeces from open latrines. They have made extraordinary adaptations to an arboreal browsing lifestyle. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrients, and do not digest easily. Sloths, therefore, have large, specialised, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves. Sloths' tongues have the unique ability to protrude from their mouths 10 to 12 inches, an ability that is useful for collecting leaves just out of reach. As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take a month or more to complete.

On one occasion, after waiting around for hours, I was lucky enough to capture a mother and baby up in the trees. It was such a touching sight as the mother is such a tender carer and it was amazing to share the moment

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Since leaves provide little energy, sloths deal with this by a range of economy measures: they have very low metabolic rates (less than half of that expected for a mammal of their size), and maintain low body temperatures when active (30–34°C or 86–93°F), and still lower temperatures when resting.

Although unable to survive outside the tropical rainforests of South and Central America, within that environment sloths are outstandingly successful creatures. On Barro Colorado Island in Panama, sloths have been estimated to comprise 70% of the biomass of arboreal mammals.[5] Four of the six living species are presently rated "least concern"; the maned three-toed sloth (Bradypus torquatus), which inhabits Brazil's dwindling Atlantic Forest, is classified as "endangered", while the island-dwelling pygmy three-toed sloth (B. pygmaeus) is critically endangered.

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Midsummers Night's Dream https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/midsummers-nights-dream

On Thursday night, Luminous Photography was invited to photograph the Norden Lights Academy's performance of Midsummers Night's Dream at Norden Farm in Maidenhead, Berkshire. With ages ranging from 16 -21 , all the actors gave performances beyond their years exuding confidence and style. I hope the selection of images here does the production justice.....to find a greater range of photo's from the evening please click here

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of AthensTheseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world You can find more images from the performance here

 

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The Studio Sessions https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/the-studio-sessions

This week, Luminous Photography was invited to photograph the March edition of The Studio Session at Norden Farm in Maidenhead. The regular event sees local musicians play a set of stripped back music in an intimate Studio space. The night always showcases an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians. You can find more images of the event here

March's line up included:

* Dan Hunter

Dan takes inspiration from Cat Stevens, Paul Simons and the Stereophonics. His acoustic sound combines pop with a twist of folk.

 

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* Keeping Company

Keeping Company are local students Molly Lawes, Sam Thompson and Natasha Wilson. They have been playing together for two years. They take their influences from McFly, Bastille and the up and coming band Vance Joy.

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* Ollie Robbens

17 year old Ollie plays mind blowing technical finger style acoustic guitar. He takes his inspiration from Moddi, Nahko Bear , Ben Howard and øystein greni

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* Reviva Rush

Local duo Reviva Rush are Retini and Andrew. They take influence from Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

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* Tara Deane

Tara is a local lady and is a regular at the Hobgoblin open mic night. She is influenced by KT Tunstall and Imelda May.

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* The Herberts

The Herberts are a Reading-based collective of musicians who are inspired by a collective love of all things soul, jazz, blues, gospel, reggae and funky.

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* Chameleon

Chameleon love making music that will open your ears and make your feet follow.

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire concert Photography maidenhead photographer the studio Sessions at Norden Farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/the-studio-sessions Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:46:58 GMT
Norden Farm Jazz Night https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/norden-farm-jazz-night

On Friday night Luminous Photography was invited to enjoy and photograph a fantastic evening of Jazz at Norden Farm in Maidenhead. However, this was not just for the professionals as it was also School's Jazz Day where students from the local area came down for the afternoon to learn from and then perform alongside Simon Allen and other invited musicians. The students came from Cox Green School who, without exception, played with great talent and enthusiasm!

If you would like to see more images from the evening then please click here

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Once the schools had finished it was time for the Pros's to take to the stage and they included Simon Allen who has worked with the BBC Big Band and musicians including Iain Ballamy, Django Bates and Ben Castle. He is supported by a plethora of exceptional musicians: Peter Churchill (piano, vocals),Mike Soper (trumpet, flugel), Peter Billington(bass) and Clark Tracey (drums) NordenFarmjazznight-1053NordenFarmjazznight-1053 NordenFarmjazznight-1050NordenFarmjazznight-1050 NordenFarmjazznight-1049NordenFarmjazznight-1049 NordenFarmjazznight-1047NordenFarmjazznight-1047

You can find many more images of the evening here

Tom

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Cox Green school jazz performance Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer norden Farm Jazz Evening https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/norden-farm-jazz-night Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:04:17 GMT
Bride and Bouquet Blends https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/bride-and-bouquet-blends

Luminous Photography was recently commissioned by a bride who wanted a more unique piece of art created from the wedding photo's I had already taken last year near Maidenhead. The concept I came up with was to take the bridal portrait images from the day and merge it with the some of the natural detail shots using a post production technique called double exposure or blending!

In this image I've mixed natural elements from the day, specifically flower petals from the brides bouquet. In doing so, it creates a beautiful depth that challenges ideas of reality and creates something truly special from her wedding that is unlike anything her friends have to commemorate their day. She was so pleased to have an image from the day that is less traditional and completely unique! 

The image was so well received that I suggested the concept to another wedding clients. They loved the idea and we were able to produce the images below. I now offer this option to all new wedding clients but it should also work with anyone who is already married and has some fantastic digital images taken from the day (even if I was not the photographer) so if you are interested please don't hesitate to get in touch!

 

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Luminous Photography maidenhead photographer wedding blended photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/bride-and-bouquet-blends Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:27:38 GMT
ROSA newsletter photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/rosa-newsletter-photography

ROSA uses Luminous Photography Pictures

I am so pleased that ROSA have used one of my images from the Centrica Women's Network training event I covered a couple of weeks ago in Windsor. Their latest newsletter covers many events that are being undertaken to highlight International Womens Day 2014 - IWD was founded in 2001 as a non-profit philanthropic venture dedicated to keeping International Women’s Day (IWD) alive and growing.

It is still possible to donate to the Centrica Womens Network Arctic Challenge - you can find details here

Good luck and raise loads of money for a great cause

Tom

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire ROSA Newsletter Luminous Photography Photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/rosa-newsletter-photography Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:01:39 GMT
Event Photography Technique https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/event-photography-technique

Luminous Photography - Event Photography Technique

After years of shooting events for many different clients around Maidenhead and beyond, you tend to get the feeling of how one should typically go. And just like other events such as weddings, concerts, presentations, launches, you learn the shots that are necessary, where you need to be at what time, etc. Throughout these events five key things have echoed through them all, but one can be the biggest core–stealth. Based on my experiences, here are five things needed to tell stories through your photos at events.

Do Your Research!

One thing I’ve learned is that you have to do your research to establish who are the main players at the event and photography them accordingly. Knowing your level of access can save you the trouble of having to deal with security is also very important. Not only do you not want to miss the key personalities, you also don’t want to get yourself kicked out of the venue and lose your commission....its essential to get as many unique and specific shots as possible. 

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Warm Up Before The Main Event

Its important to have establishing shots for the narrative of the event so its a great time to warm up. I'll even have my camera out and have a few shot taken before everyone arrives. this sorts out the settings I want to use so there is not fiddling too much at the event. 

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Adopt A Non Interference Frame Of Mind

Be in the moment, don’t be a distraction. Covering an event, behind a camera, you are not supposed to be part of the event. You are observing the moment, recording it. Effectively you need to be invisible. By the time the event ends the attendees should be wondering if you were there at all. That is a lofty goal, but it is obtainable. The truth is going into an event you’ll need to be in the state of mind to blend in and move quietly. Yes, people will see you. They should not be distracted by you.

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Tell the Story of the Event

Learn to tell the story of an event. There will be a beginning, these are the images where you set the scene. A middle and these are the images the shoe the people in involved and their purpose there. In the end you want to get the res of the people there, their retains to the event. Your images have to convey all this. If the event is about something in particular make sure you show it with the context of the environment and people involved. If your intended audience can’t see what the story or event is about you are doing it wrong.

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/event-photography-technique Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:29:44 GMT
Half Term at Norden Farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/half-term-at-norden-farm

Luminous Photography was invited to Norden Farm this week to cover their program of events for half term. It always very tricky to entertain the kids during half term but Norden Farm have some great activities to entertain the little ones this month - this can range from story telling to art classes to puppet performances - you can find a full schedule of activities here

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Back again after a story telling summer at Norden Farm's, Julie brings a story to life using character and voice. The audience are invited on the journey through listening and participation. Watch as their imaginations ignite to travel together through the world of the story.

If you fancy your child becoming a budding artist then check out what is also on offer:

Music on Monday

Make a pull-along dog and musical shaker

Magic on Tuesday

Create magical optical illusion images to bewilder your family and friends!

Mythical Creatures on Wednesday

Create your own mythical creatures. Will they be friend or foe to the 'The Boggle' ?

Princes and Princesses on Thursday and Friday

It’s time to be a Prince or Princess! Create your own magical crowns, and watch out for the Frogs…

 
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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire half term at norden farm maidenhead photographer norden farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/half-term-at-norden-farm Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:52:43 GMT
Luminous Photography Video Portfolio https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/luminous-photography-video-portfolio

You can now find my video portfolio on YouTube or watch the video below

 

Luminous Photography is based in Maidenhead, Berkshire and specialises in Lifestyle Portrait Photography, Commercial Photography, Wedding Photography

 

Many thanks

Tom

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/luminous-photography-video-portfolio Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:57:05 GMT
Centrica Womens Network Arctic Challenge 2014 https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/centrica-womens-network-arctic-challenge-2014

Luminous Photography was recently asked to turn up in a Windsor Park to photograph a Nordic skiing training session of the Centrica Women's Network who will be off to the Arctic in March to raise money for ROSA.  Naturally I was curious, so who are the Centrica Womens Network.....

"We are a team of 25 women from the, from all levels of the business, and at all stages of our careers. Together we’ll be raising £25,000 for the Centrica Women’s Network nominated charity Rosa.

We will be doing this by taking part in the Centrica Women's Network Arctic Challenge. The Arctic Challenge is a unique opportunity provided by Centrica for a team of women to push ourselves beyond both our physical and mental comfort zones. The challenge takes place in March 2014. The location for this year’s challenge is the Norwegian Arctic Circle, in temperatures as low as minus thirty degrees Celsius. 

Over five days we will have to tackle a number of physically demanding challenges including cross country Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, building snow shelters and a 60km dog sled.  As you can see we have already started training for the challenge!

Money raised from this exciting venture will go to ROSA. Rosa is a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK. Because, while many women and girls here do enjoy freedom of choice and the opportunity for success in their lives, that’s simply not true for all. Their vision is of equality and justice for all women and girls in the UK.

Women aren’t short of ideas to help create positive change in their lives, but they are often short of the money needed to turn those ideas into reality. That’s why Rosa was launched in 2008 – to help raise more money for women’s projects and organisations".

If you would like to make a donation then please click on the link below

http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CWNArctic

The Nordic walking training was kindly volunteered by Anthea Osborn-Jones, Qualified Nordic Walking Instructor. Plus a big thanks goes to South Oxfordshire District Council Go Active programme who lent some of the poles to the group!

All pictures can be found here

Good luck to all involved

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Centrica Womens Network Arctic Challenge Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/centrica-womens-network-arctic-challenge-2014 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:16:37 GMT
Berkshire Floods Part 3 https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/berkshire-floods-part-3

And the rain just keeps on coming.....I managed to get even more images of floods over Maidenhead and Cookham this morning from Cliveden House in Taplow.  The water level in Windsor last night  was also looking looking pretty high so the next few days are going to be very difficult for the region. 

Good luck to all

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Floods Berkshire Photographer Photographer in Berkshire landscape photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/berkshire-floods-part-3 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:06:20 GMT
Berkshire Floods https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/berkshire-floods

Berkshire is suffering from floods yet again - I went out into the wind and rain this morning and headed over to Winter Hill in Cookham to get images that overlooked Maidenhead, Cookham, Bourne End. The volume of water effecting the region is staggering, and as you can see from the images below, its impossible to tell where the Thames ends and the land starts. Unfortunately the rain is forecast to continue over the next few days so best wishes to all those are already suffering and those who are yet to be affected!

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Cookham Gravity Grand Prix Luminous Photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/berkshire-floods Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:38:32 GMT
Maidenhead Newspaper Article https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/maidenhead-newspaper-article

I was very happy to read the Maidenhead Advertiser this week as they used one of my images in their article about Sir Nicholas Winton's film "Nicky's Family". I wrote a blog entry about this a few days ago where you can find more information about the film and images from the screening at Norden Farm

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer portraiture https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/maidenhead-newspaper-article Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:23:18 GMT
Baby Photo Shoot at Home https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/baby-home-photo-shoot

The at home baby shoot is a real life saver for many new parents as it means they can have the benefits of capturing their little bundle but none of the hassle of getting them out and to the studio in the few months of their life. Its a huge advantage to have everything you need at home, the surroundings are familiar and there is no stressful journey, no cold weather to contend with, no timing feeds and remembering everything you need.

The home photo shoot can make the whole process far more relaxing for everyone (baby, parent and, thankfully, photographer) and doesn't limit the ability to get some amazing shots of your 'little one'. As long as we can get some access to natural light (large window, conservatory door), and an enthusiastic parent to coax that winning smile then we can hopefully create images that you will treasure for a lifetime.

My thanks to baby Claudia and parents in Cookham (near Maidenhead) for a really good fun and successful photo shoot. You can find you gallery here

Tom

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Luminous Photography baby photography maidenhead photographer portraiture https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/baby-home-photo-shoot Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:55:22 GMT
Nickys Family screening at Norden Farm https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/nickys-family-screening-at-norden-farm

On Saturday evening Norden Farm screened Nicky's Family, a film based on the life of Maidenhead's Sir Nicholas Winton. The screening, attended by Sir Nicholas himself, was introduced by the Home Secretary Theresa May MP and Rabbi Jonathan Romain led a discussion at the end of the film.

Nicky's Family

Discover the inspirational true story of "Britain's Schindler" Sir Nicholas Winton in the award-winning film "Nicky's Family". An ordinary British stockbroker, Nicholas Winton organised the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 103 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His heroism would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known around the world, and thousands of descendants of 'Nicky's Family' continue to follow in his footsteps to do good. "Nicky's Family" has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world, winning over 29 awards - including 13 audience awards from U.S. film festivals!

Complete gallery of images can be found here

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Luminous Photography maidenhead photographer nickys family screening in maidenhead norden farm theresa may https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/nickys-family-screening-at-norden-farm Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:47:23 GMT
Stowa Watches https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/stowa-watches

Stowa are a German watch company that has been manufacturing high end time pieces since 1927. The model below is the 1938 Matt Chronograph which is based on a pocket watch from the 1930's that has a Valjox 7753 automatic movement with an intricately embossed dial and a simple, yet classic typography. It has been lovingly manufactured using materials such as bronze, silver and pink gold in a complex process that dates 80 years. 

Photographing watches can be problematic due to the reflective nature of the expensive and precious materials used to create them. However, through a blend of creative techniques that takes advantage of clever lighting, exposure, sharpness I've hopefully be able to produce images that really show the watch off in it full glory.

This was such a fun shoot to work on but was also technically challenging in equal measure. However this is why I love photography and made it a true pleasure to work on, as it made me think about every little thing I was doing, and why I was doing it! You can see the whole galley of images here

Bring on the next one!

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Stowa watch photograph maidenhead photographer watch photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/stowa-watches Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:16:54 GMT
kids in colour or black and white https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/kids-in-colour-or-black-and-white As a photographer in Maidenhead, one of the questions I'm asked the most is "does this picture work best in colour or black and white?"....this is especially true when it is a picture of a child. Firstly, I would say it comes down to personal taste and what the photo is trying to convey, but secondly, the light conditions/ background (e.g. lots of colours can be distracting or subtlety of tones can influence the choice greatly) and subject matter are very important contributory factors.

I think some images below naturally work better in B&W and others are certainly more suitable in colour. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers but I would be very interested to hear any comments or opinions you may have?

You can find the galleries here

Let me know

Thanks

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer black and white verses colour kids photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/kids-in-colour-or-black-and-white Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:35:19 GMT
Maidenhead in the Fog https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/maidenhead-fog

It was one of those occasions where an early and cold start to the day wasn't too enticing but thankfully I remembered to follow the first rule of photography......always take a camera with you!

I managed to capture some interesting pictures of Maidenhead in the fog

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography landscape photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/maidenhead-fog Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:04:05 GMT
Bakery Product Photoshoot https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/bakery-product-photoshoot

My latest shoot was of some tasty treats from a bakery based in Maidenhead, berkshire....its certainly a tough job but someone has to do it! All pictures were taken using natural light to go with the natural ingredients used to make them. Food is one of my favourite things to photography, just have to be careful not to eat everything before I get the chance to take a picture

The complete set of images are here

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire commercial photographer food photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/bakery-product-photoshoot Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:19:29 GMT
The Floods https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/the-floods The Thames in Berkshire has been badly swollen with the floods recently. Nowhere more so Cookham which has seen the water continue to rise - these photos were taken first thing this morning with the threat of further increases predicted this evening. Good Luck cookhamfloodsjpeg-1003cookhamfloodsjpeg-1003 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1001cookhamfloodsjpeg-1001 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1002cookhamfloodsjpeg-1002 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1007cookhamfloodsjpeg-1007 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1008cookhamfloodsjpeg-1008 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1009cookhamfloodsjpeg-1009 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1014cookhamfloodsjpeg-1014 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1013cookhamfloodsjpeg-1013 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1017cookhamfloodsjpeg-1017 cookhamfloodsjpeg-1015cookhamfloodsjpeg-1015

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire best photographs landscape photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/the-floods Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:23:37 GMT
What to Wear on a Portrait Shoot https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/what-to-wear-on-a-portrait-shoot The clothes worn on a portrait shoot can be a tricky subject to discuss. Even as pros we have a hard time getting people to listen to why this is important and they show up in clothes that are not in the best interest of creating the most successful images possible.

This blog will hopefully help you understand what to suggest people wear for their portrait. You’ll also learn why these suggestions really are in your best interest so we can get the most out of the shoot.

Clothes can make or break the portrait

What the subjects are wearing in a portrait is just as important as all the other details such as: lighting, location, and posing. Poorly selected clothing can really take away from an otherwise really great portrait.   The goals in helping your portrait subjects or clients select clothing are:

  •  to make the people the main subjects
  • to flatter the subjects and help make them look their best
  • to disappear and be a non-issue

Poorly chosen clothing, or having no discussion about it at all, can result in just the opposite of all those things.  NOT what you want to have happen!

  • clothing that stands out so much you hardly even notice the people
  • arms, legs or tummies that look less than flattered and people that are unhappy with the end results
  • clothing that takes so much attention and draws your eye around that it becomes more about the clothes and a fashion photo that it does a portrait of the people in them

So what IS the best thing for people to wear?

 

I get asked for tips all the time. People “hear” funny things about what they should or shouldn’t wear for their portraits and show up in the strangest things that can really distract the eye and create less successful images. It is, of course your photo shoot so you can wear whatever you wish but if you like some suggestions then please keep reading:

This is what I recommend for what to wear to a portrait session (plus the reason why it can be a good idea)

  • wear solid coloured clothing - so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.

  • choose muted tones that are a bit subdued  - so that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colours project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which can also makes you look larger.
  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) - White top, dark trousers will make your top look bigger.  White trousers, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
  • choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones - So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos can look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out!
  • choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow - because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger
  • choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies - so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg
  • choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) - because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait
  • keep jewellery simple and minimalistic - because too much draws attention from your face
  • do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes - it is because your portrait will be more timeless and represent more closely who you are, not just what you look like.”
  • if getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session -  Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait sessions
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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire best photographs maidenhead photographer portraiture what to wear on photo shoot https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/what-to-wear-on-a-portrait-shoot Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:45:32 GMT
North Norfolk https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/north-norfolk North Norfolk Norfolk took a bit of a battering in the storms last month so I was very interested see how it had recovered whilst up there on assignment over the New Year. Thankfully things had returned to normal after a big clean up and the beaches especially looked amazing, if not, rather foreboding with the weather looming in once again! norfolkdec13jpeg-1003norfolkdec13jpeg-1003 norfolkdec13jpeg-1001norfolkdec13jpeg-1001 norfolkdec13jpeg-1004norfolkdec13jpeg-1004 norfolkdec13jpeg-1005norfolkdec13jpeg-1005 norfolkdec13jpeg-1002norfolkdec13jpeg-1002 norfolkdec13jpeg-1000norfolkdec13jpeg-1000

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography landscape photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/north-norfolk Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:08:18 GMT
Kids Photo Shoot https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/kids-photo-shoot Kids Photo Shoot

Photographing kids can sometimes be a very tricky process but not with these two. Both girls were amazing and threw themselves into the session making my job so much easier and enabling us to capture some lovely natural images. I think Maidenhead may even have some new budding photographer in the making...

You can find the complete gallery here

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography kids photography maidenhead photographer portraiture https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/kids-photo-shoot Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:18:10 GMT
Santa Claus came to maidenhead https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/santa-claus-came-to-maidenhead When Santa Claus came to town!

Santa Claus and his Reindeers came to Maidenhead today bringing much festive cheer to all in the town centre. Money was also raised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club who were running the (toy) Reindeer Racing

Merry Christmas

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/santa-claus-came-to-maidenhead Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:07:16 GMT
Special Offer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/specialoffer  Dec 13/ Jan14 Special Offer. 

To celebrate Christmas and moving into 2014, Luminous Photography is pleased to offer new customers the following introductory offer - you can view/ download it here

We specialise in organic photography shoots for individuals/ couples and families. So ‘what is organic photography’ I hear you ask.....well, think of it like organic food that uses natural processes to create a product that is superior to a mass produced, chemically enhanced one. In the same way, we prefer the natural approach to photography and avoid the use of harsh lights in a studio environment that is ‘alien-to-most’. We achieve this by utilising daylight as much as possible, whilst the session takes place in the most comfortable and familiar surroundings, (i.e. usually in your home or a place of personal interest) as we believe this enables clients to relax and truly enjoy the experience which will in turn create more beautiful and honest images 

If you are interested please get in touch here 

Thanks
Tom

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Best Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire family photo ideas maidenhead photographer photographs" portraiture https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/specialoffer Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:59:18 GMT
Ignite Launch - Energy to Change Society https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/ignite-launch---energy-to-change-society Lets Ignite the Nation

IGNITE is the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. Ignite believe that energy entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in building a better society and they’re here to help them achieve their potential. Tuesday night saw the launch of the Big Energy Idea with introductions and presentations from: 

Simon Devonshire, Director Wayra Europe

Sam Laidlaw, CEO Centrica

Paul Harrod, CEO Together Group

Jill Shedden, Group HR Director, Centrica

Cliff Prior, UnLtd 

The Big Energy Idea supports ambitious energy entrepreneurs, giving them business support, powerful connections and the potential to secure a minimum of £50k investment from IGNITE and WAYRA to deliver social impact at scaIe. I want to wish all involved, from investors to social entrepreneurs, the best of luck with such a worthwhile venture.

You can find the complete gallery here

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography" Photographer in Berkshire event photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/ignite-launch---energy-to-change-society Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:06:23 GMT
Beautiful Scotland https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/beautiful-scotland Many people would think that heading off to a job in the Highlands of Scotland in late November would be a photographers nightmare due to the weather. But I'm here to say that this could not be further from the truth as it was glorious for a few days up there. I even managed to squeeze in some time to get out there and take my own photo's of the amazing landscapes/ wildlife near where we were based. We were fortunate to be staying on the banks of Loch Ewe (about 90mins west of Inverness) in some awesome accomodation from Unique Homes Stays that gave us easy access to the surrounding countryside. 

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them ....

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire landscape Photography maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/beautiful-scotland Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:12:51 GMT
DRESS YOUR WALL SERVICE https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/dress-your-walls-service As part of our continual commitment to providing clients with total satisfaction, Luminous Photography also offers every private client our 'Dress your Walls' style and design service. At times, it can be difficult to decide which photo/s to hang from a large selection that you're delighted with so we are only too happy to use our extensive experience to a help narrow down your favourites.

We are proud to offer a wall art design consultation during the ordering session. Luminous Photography has invested in unique visualisation software that takes all the guesswork out of the process by showing you exactly what your images will look like on the walls of your home.

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At the initial consultation, in addition to gaining a good understanding of what you want to achieve from your photo shoot, we will look at the wall space in your room/s to get an idea of where the images will best suit. We take a picture of the wall/s and superimpose the finished images from your session with us. These will be to scale and use a variety of frames and canvas formats to give you a very accurate impression of how they will look before you invest in the final pictures.

It is this commitment to complete client satisfaction that sets us apart from the crowd.

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Photographer Dress your Wall Service Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/dress-your-walls-service Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:43:36 GMT
Luminous Photography now has a Google+ page..... https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/google Google +

Well, I've finally signed up to google+ so it will be far easier to share my news and pictures. You can now find Luminous Photography on google+ so feel free to visit me and say 'hi'

My google+ page

It also helps anyone in the Maidenhead area find me.....just do a google search!

 

 

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire google+ maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/google Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:47:45 GMT
Cookham Gravity Grand Prix https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/cookham-gravity-grand-prix  

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Yet another successful year at The Cookham Gravity Grand Prix 2013. It really is a fantastic event for the whole family and I know we are really looking forward to 2014 already. Congratulations to all the organisers and participants - I hope you enjoy the photos!

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Cookham Gravity Grand Prix Luminous Photography Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/cookham-gravity-grand-prix Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:40:32 GMT
Jools Holland https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/jools-holland Jools Holland Concert

Thanks to Jools for a fantastic concert as always. We are looking forward to the next event at Holkham Hall 

 

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Jools holland Luminous Photography" "concert photography" "Holkham hall" Photographer in Berkshire maidenhead photographer https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/jools-holland Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:36:31 GMT
Engagement photo idea https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/engagementphotoidea  

She said 'YES'

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I felt that my first blog entry to Luminous Photography should be an important one and none could be more important to me than my engagement. Thanks to my wonderful Fiancee for saying 'yes' and to my dad for volunteering to take the pictures. 

Tom

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tom@luminousphotography.co.uk (Luminous Photography) Berkshire Commercial Photographer Berkshire Photographer Photographer in Berkshire engagement photo idea luminous photography maidenhead photographer proposal photography https://www.luminousphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/engagementphotoidea Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:32:01 GMT