Photographer Reloaded... The latest goings-on in the world of Danny Higgins Photography!

Organising your wedding? Here's a great checklist, from hiring a venue to choosing a photographer, to ensure it all goes to plan!

03/04/12

Organising a wedding can be stressful. With plenty to think about, and lots to arrange, it can be easy to miss a thing or two and end up rushing at the last minute! I know... I was up 'til midnight the day before our wedding still trying to finalise the seating plan!
So we've put together a handy checklist to help you ensure your big day all goes to plan!


SIX TO 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
  • Confirm your preferred date
  • Agree your budget
  • Find your dream venue for your ceremony and reception
  • Lodge 'Intention to Marry' with your local registry office
  • Research your wedding photographer. Remember to ensure their style suits you, and ask about their wedding photography prices and packages.
  • Book a meeting with your chosen wedding photographer. You are likely to spend more time with him/her than anyone else on your wedding day, so it pays to ensure you get along!
  • Book a videographer, DJ and any other entertainment
  • Start looking for THE dress...
  • Get quotes for services such as florists, food etc
  • Register with a gift registry service. Remember to consider including gift vouchers to allow friends and family to contribute to your wedding album and framed photographs.
  • Choose your bridesmaids and arrange a date to go shopping!
  • Get the groom to consider his choice of best man. Remember, they need to be reliable as well as able to arrange a stag do and make a good speech!
  • Agree a honeymoon destination (the Maldives is great BTW!)

FIVE MONTHS BEFORE
  • Book your pre-wedding photoshoot. It's a great opportunity to get to know the photographer, practice your poses and provides a lovely set of engagement images that you could use for your invitations too!
  • Finalise the guest lists
  • Order invitations, thank-you notes, table plans etc - your wedding photographer may be able to help you with these too.
  • Plan the reception and book any outstanding services or entertainment
  • Arrange transportation of the bridal party from home to the ceremony, and onto the reception
  • Buy or hire the men's formal wear
  • Book honeymoon airport transport or parking
  • Confirm your final menu plans with the caterer
  • Go for your final dress fitting
  • Confirm final details with the venue / church. You might want to invite your wedding photographer to view the venue too if he's not photographed there before.

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Waddesdon Manor beckons for our latest craft fair appearance

14/03/12

We're excited to be invited to exhibit at what promises to be the biggest local Artists' and Makers' Fair in the Glass House at Waddesdon Manor Plant Centre on 5/6th May
We hope you can visit this very exciting event - there will be demonstrations and lots and lots of beautiful work to see and maybe even buy and take home!
I'll be exhibiting some of my personal portrait photography services.
Opening hours are from 10.30 to 4.30 on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th May. Post code for the Plant Centre is HP18 0JW off the A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester.
Entry is via a £3 charity donation, the proceeds of which will go to to Helen and Douglas House, Ian Rennie Grove House Hospice and Bucks Young Carers charities.
For more info, visit the ...more

We attempt our longest photoshoot ever! A 26 hour photography marathon!

07/03/12

We're not the sportiest of people here, but that's not stopping us from taking part in a Marathon next Friday! We've again been chosen to support the Aylesbury Festival team, and will be attempting a full 26 hours of portrait photography sessions at Claydon House between 9am on Friday 16th and 11am on 17th!

It will run at the same time as a non-stop music marathon, with over 1,000 musicians taking part to provide all kinds of musical entertainment for a full 26 hours (and a bit)!

We'll attempt to photograph every musician, every group and every performance without hitting a wall and begging for a sleep. Can we do it? Well, only time will tell! Place your bets on our ...more

What does your headshot really say about you?

29/02/12

What does your corporate photograph say about you? Was your Linked In profile pic taken on the beach last summer? Or worse still, are you lumped in with the thousands with no profile pic at all?

Whether it's on Facebook, Linked In, your resume or your Corporate reports, your headshot might be small, but it needs to give the right first impression. It may seem crazy to some, but the first step for many potential employers is to 'google' their prospective candidates before calling them in for an interview. With over 20 years of corporate experience, we know! Imagine the difference a trustworthy, quality photograph can make. And wonder what they'll think if their first glance at you is hugging the family dog in your speedos.

No matter if you're a small fish in a big pond, or the director of a multi-million pound corporate entity, your corporate headshot is more important than you might think. We've photographed all kinds of people for their professional profiles, from Secretaries to Directors, Actors and Models to help them project the right image.

Contact us for a professional portrait that'll make you stand head and shoulders above the rest. ...more

Propose your price and win a photoshoot at the price you want to pay!

28/02/12

The 29th February is the one day, traditionally, that women are able to ask their partners for their hand in marriage, turning the tables on the more accepted roles of the sexes.

To celebrate Leap Year 2012, for one day only, we're reversing the role of company and customer! We're letting our customers propose the price they'll pay for their next photoshoot!

No matter what type of photoshoot you want - a family portrait photograph, corporate headshot, or wedding photography - we're asking you to tell us what you want to pay! Just email, tweet or facebook us, telling us the photoshoot you want, your preferred date, and the price you're willing to pay, and we'll GUARANTEE to take at least one lucky proposer up on their offer! If we're feeling frisky, we'll even play the field and accept more than one hand in photoshoot marriage - we're not proud! So get down on one knee, and propose your price! Click here to propose to us! ...more

Painted ladies, Pink-haired Belles and lots and lots of make-up...

22/02/12

It is during a period of recovery that I write this. I've been told of the craziness of London Fashion Week, and was prepared for a busy week when our corporate event photography services were requested for cosmetics company Bourjoir UK, and it didn't fail to meet expectations!

With the brief to provide a fashion portrait photography studio for visitors to the Bourjoir pop-up Boutique in Shoreditch over London Fashion Week, we headed to Beach Blanket Babylon laden with lights and laptops ready for the 5 day event. We arrived to find a tight space allocated to us, and promptly reviewed our lighting situation to a simple but beautiful setup perfect to create the high-end portraits that Bourjois wanted for their guests.

Over 1000 visitors to the Boutique were offered a full hair and beauty makeover, then were to step into the studio for a portrait photography experience as a momento of their day. Every visitor was treated also to entertainment such as body painting, nail art and a fantastic fashion illustrator all free of charge! It was understandably popular!

Not only that, Channel 4 were also in the venue, filming their new T4 programme, 'Bourjois Boutique', hosted by Jameela Jamil, covering the comings and goings of LFW. Which meant our photography was restricted to periods between filming, as well as ensuring we didn't ruin continuity by such simple things as moving too much! Oh the glamour of live telly! Luckily, T4 were there only for the first and last days, and the rest of the weekend was free for us to make our visitors look beautiful.

So it was that from the start of each morning the visitors were queueing out of the door, with the promise of a free goodie-bag to the first 50 guests! Ladies of all ages, 5 to 65, Brazilian Beauties to Blonde Bombshells appeared for their fashion photograph, which we duly gave the fashion magazine look with a little touching-up here and there. The combination of a great makeover and some photographic magic meant everyone recieved star treatment and looked their absolute best. We uploaded each finished photograph to Facebook, letting guests tag themselves and their friends to like and comment on their new look. By the end of the event, our photographs had received over 1200 likes and comments... and counting! We even had the opportunity to photograph some Celebs, such as Cher Lloyd stepping into the Bourjois studio.

By the end of the Sunday, we were all shattered! The last day threw up a new challenge or two which we were pleased to make the most of! Group photographs of the whole of the team - around 30 - meant a change of venue and bringing my wedding photography groupshot skills to the fore! We also took the advantage to get creative with the body art model, and developed a plan for a moving video of the progression of Heather Sharp's fantastic body art as she worked on her most adventurous design of the weekend. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the final result once it's complete!

And so it is that, with still more promotion and finalising of the job to do for our Client, we look back on our largest job to date with fond memories and looking forward to the new season at LFW....

Now, where's my moisturiser...?

To view photos from the Boujoir Boutique portrait experience, visit our Facebook gallery! ...more

London Fashion Weekend is here! Time for a make-over to beat all make-overs!

15/02/12

London Fashion Week is here! Time for a make-over to beat all make-overs! Those in the know (that now includes you) will be heading for Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch where Bourjois is setting up a pop-up boutique from 16th - 20th February. It's the perfect opportunity to try out their great range of make-up, treat yourself to a complimentary hairstyle and nail art, then step into our portrait studio for a free portrait photograph, zipped onto Facebook so you too can boast of your London Fashion Weekend moment! The first 50 customers daily will get a goodie-bag and everyone's entitled to the superb discounts over the weekend too! Follow the excitement on twitter @bourjois_uk and @dannyhphoto and keep an eye out for us on T4's Bourjois Boutique show on Channel 4 over the weekend too! ...more

Our beautiful newborn baby photographs introduce Rhea to the world.

01/02/12

Ten days after her birth, we visited the lovely Rhea to capture some beautiful newborn baby photographs. Rhea was a little grumpy from being woken by us, but we soon brought her round to capture some lovely newborn photos and welcome her to the world! ...more

Bump and Baby customers enjoy their pregnancy photos.

28/01/12

Emma and Jason are our latest Bump and Baby customers. Check out her georgeous pregnancy photography images taken in the weeks approaching the birth of their lovely daughter in our pregnancy photography gallery.

Learn more about how you can benefit from our superb Bump and Baby offers here... ...more

Christmas parties roll on and on!

27/01/12

It might be nearly February, and for most of us, the decorations are back in the attic, the turkey leftovers are long gone, and Easter eggs are on sale in the supermarkets. But we're still photographing Christmas parties! Throughout November and December, Danny Higgins Photography were busy with christmas party events photography for company parties, as well as organised dinners in Bucks and Herts - professional fun portrait photos for those out for a great evening. But some hard-working companies have their busiest time just before the Holidays. So we're off to add a bit of festive cheer to a London marketing agency's 'post-Xmas' party, with a 1980's-themed party photography setup in Shoreditch. Out come the wigs and Santa hats... again! But we don't just photograph parties at Xmas... if you'd like to add a little extra at your next event, then give us a call to book us for bespoke event photography to suit your next party, dinner or ball. ...more

Best Man, Photographer AND Entertainment? Just another day out of the office…

26/01/12

One of my few weekends off, and I was on the road to Devon for the wedding of a great friend of mine. A few months previously, Rob asked me if I would accept the job of being his Best Man, which I accepted with pleasure. And so I started planning a speech. Then he called again... "are you bringing your camera?". I couldn't refuse also being the wedding photographer, and got thinking about how I'd photograph Rob (about 6 foot tall) and his demure wife-to-be (not 6 foot tall...!). "Oh, and your guitar - we're having a jam night in the evening." Rob's a great musician into his Blues, his wife a country and western musician. Having not picked up my guitar in many months, the weekend was looking like a toughie! The Best Man duties went well. And although the combination of windy and rainy weather and a massive proportion of the guests being under 5 meant the wedding photography was a challenge, we got some great photos capturing the day, as well as the music evening, where we got some great black and white shots of the myriad of musicians that picked up a guitar to entertain the crowd and locals. And the music? Well, it seems as though not playing the guitar for some time was no excuse for not playing for much of the evening! We had a blast, although with the wedding photographer otherwise engaged, unfortunately there are few pictures of me that night... you'll just have to take my word for it! A fantastic weekend off, although I was soon back to work for a break! ...more

Award-winning I Fagiolini is our latest live music photography client

20/01/12

We were honoured recently to be asked to photograph the superb I Fagiolini at their rehearsals for their latest recording. The rehearsals took place in a huge church, adding to the atmosphere of the piece. This latest live music photography commission is another in the increasing classical music photography jobs we've been asked to cover. ...more

Danny Higgins Photography help Aylesbury get Festive!

24/11/11

The new Kings Head studio opened with a bang last week, as we began our campaign to get Aylesbury into the festive spirit! With the aim to capture 1000 Festive Faces with portrait photography of 1000 Aylesbury folk wearing our jolly Santa Hat, we saw queues across the courtyard on Saturday as the campaign started to gain traction! We're already at 156 festive faces, with several weeks to go until Xmas Eve! See if you recognise anyone in our Facebook gallery

It's all in aid of charity - the Aylesbury Festival - who are gallantly bringing cultural music and entertainment to Aylesbury town. Following this Summer's inaugral festival, the aim is to raise sufficient funds to put the event on again in 2012 and beyond...!

So if you're passing, pop on our headwear and smile for the camera! You'll even get a Facebook image as a thankyou! ...more

Smile! We're now open for business!!

13/11/11

We are delighted to announce that our new Aylesbury Portrait Studio is now open in Aylesbury town centre!

Set in the historic grounds of the King's Head pub, we are now taking bookings for photoshoots from family portraits to Baby photography. Photoshoots cost from just £30, including a 9x6" print worth over £30!

Our setting is certainly a little different - a 15th Century coaching inn - and you'll find our service refreshingly different too! We won't rush your photoshoot - no quick 15 minute mugshots from us! And we'll listen to what you want from your photograph - we don't have a set roster of poses for every customer, instead we'll work to bring out your best features and personality with a fun, freeflowing sitting you're guaranteed to enjoy!

And after a relaxed viewing of your photographs a little later, you can choose your final products from Xmas cards and Calendars through to Canvases and framed prints for the lounge wall.

Pop in and see us for a chat at:
Kings Head Courtyard
off Market Square
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 2RW

(Here's a map)

Printing your snaps for Xmas?

13/11/11

Having been photographing subjects for years, I am often asked my opinion on where I'd recommend my clients could go to get their holiday photos, Christmas snaps and so on printed. Choosing where to go can be like pulling teeth!

Until now, I've never recommended anyone - I've found many online and internet companies to be OK, but nothing I'd specifically say was stand-out, until now.

Photo printing by these guys is amongst some of the best and varied products I've seen recently, from Framed Photographs to Photobooks and postcards - all great quality and at great prices.

Short of professional photo printing, I think these are as good a consumer printing service as I've seen. Check 'em out.

Make sure you use this link or the Photographer code 'DHPP' when you register - it'll give you access to more products and better prices. Just a little thank-you from us...