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Outdoor shoots

Summer is almost upon us and our outdoor shoots are in full swing. Here you can see Freddie enjoying a trip to the park and an encounter with Geoff the squirrel. If you would like to arrange an outdoor shoot with us , call the studio on 01244 344164 and we will arrange a session for you.

 

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Olivia celebrates her first birthday with us.

 

What a wonderful way to celebrate such a fabulous milestone in your babies life. Don’t forget to bring  birthday cards and presents to add to the pictures, as we capture your childs’ first birthday  in a fun and timeless way. Birthday cake sessions are £9.95 and available Wednesday through to Saturday. Call the studio on 01244 344164 to book now.

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Outdoor portraits

Hi everyone, just to let you know we have added a new section to our website for outdoor shoots. Why not take a look?

 

 

 

 

 

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Bump to baby

Many of you will already know that we are the recommended cherubs and bump to baby photographers in Chester and have a wealth of experience in this area of photography.

Leah is our maternity shoot expert and has put countless expecting  mums at their ease , reassuring them and producing some breathtaking images at the same time. We have various props for these shoots and you can personalize them as much as you wish.

Soon after the maternity shoot we are all really excited to see the stars from inside the bump. Our earliest new born was just a couple of days old but obviously not everyone can make it to the studio quite so quickly!

Baby Isabelle pictured here is a perfect example of what we do. Pictured first as a bump with mum  and then a couple of weeks old in one of our many new props. If you would like to book in for one of our sessions or even just to find out more about them , contact the studio on 01244 344164 or email us from our contact us page here on the website.

 

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A great year for weddings !

Wedding season is drawing to a close for us now and so we thought we would put up some of our favourite pictures from the year so far. We have traveled far and wide this year from Dorrington in Shropshire to Bangor in North Wales , covering a few new venues along the way as well. Next year we will be traveling even further with Ayr in Scotland on our list!

 

 

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Win your wedding photography update.

You might remember that back in February we ran a competition to win your wedding photography with us. The lucky couple to win were Chris and Lizzie who are getting married at Cock o’ Barton next year.

As with all of our wedding clients we insisted that Chris and Lizzie have an engagement shoot with us. Between us we decided that Bersham waterfall and the  surrounding countryside would be a fantastic back drop.

We met up on a very sunny evening and had a great time getting to know them and also their dog Amber. There was a lot of posing going on and we have no doubt that these two will be great models next year!

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Recent engagement shoots.

Plenty of engagement shoots going on at the moment and here a few pictures from them. We have been all over Chester and on top of Hope Mountain . This week we have trips to Thurstaston and Nant Mill in the diary. Fingers crossed for continued good weather.

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Martin and Lindsey maternity shoot.

Last week we had the chance to combine two of our most popular shoot types, a maternity and outdoor shoot. Martin and Lindsey are expecting their first child on April 13th and decided that they would like their maternity shoot around Chester.

We decided to go to the riverside and then on to the park. The weather was perfect with hazy sunshine providing the perfect spring backdrop. The park is just beginning to bloom and this mirrored our shoot type perfectly.

A slightly different approach to a maternity shoot but thoroughly enjoyable and a wonderful couple who I am sure will be fantastic parents. Can’t wait to see their new addition as soon as  he or she arrives.

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Ed and Danielle’s wedding at Seiont Manor Llanrug.

Driving along the A55 on Saturday morning, we reached Bangor and suddenly the sky changed from cloud to blue. This was an indication of the fantastic day that was to follow.

Due to the whole of the wedding being planned in a matter of a few weeks , we had not even met Ed and Danielle , something I can’t remember happening before. There was no need to worry though because both they and their family and friends were incredible to work with, smiles everywhere you looked.

Seiont Manor in Llanrug , Nr Caernarfon was a new venue for us but Dominic , James and the staff were fantastic and we could not have felt more welcome. The manor is situated in Snowdonia and the conservatory setting for the service was perfectly fitting.

The day flew by and it wasn’t long before the forty or so day guests were joined by another thirty for the evening party. After the first dance we were  treated to a live band and then it was time for us to once again hit the A55 and return to Chester.

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Engagement shoots

One of Dave’s favourite parts of his job is meeting up with future bride and grooms for their engagement shoots. Over the past few years this could mean meeting up almost anywhere. Although based in Chester our weddings and engagement shoots take us all over the North West , Shropshire and Wales.

Last year alone Dave traveled as far away as Anglesey and Conwy in order to get to know his bride and grooms better. It certainly helped to have fantastic weather for both of those trips. Hopefully we will have similar weather this Saturday in Caernarfon.

Beaches are a very popular choice with Newborough ,Conwy, Talacre and Thurstaston all being used recently. More inland Cheshire locations have included Alderley  Edge, Knutsford, Arley Hall and Delamere Forest.

Finally of coarse on our doorstep we have Grosvenor Park and the Groves which are very popular locations with our couples.

Engagement shoots are in our opinion a massive part of our wedding photography preparations. We find it hugely beneficial to find out more about our couples before the big day and also we find it helps them get used to being in front of a camera. It also provides a good opportunity to talk through any fears or worries the couple have about posing or being photographed in general.

Dave is really looking forward to spending some quality time photographing his couples out and about the North West and we will make sure we share the images here as the year progresses.

 

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Arthur scoots down to the river!

Spring has so nearly sprung and we are out and about on a daily basis now. Here are some pictures we recently took of Arthur down by the River Dee. He had a great time chasing the seagulls on his scooter.

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Win your wedding photography!

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For our first of many amazing offers this year,  we are giving one lucky couple their wedding photography for free! All you have to do to is go to the contact us page here on the website and fill in your name and wedding date to be entered into the draw.

All entries must be in by Sunday March 1st. The winning couple will then be drawn randomly a couple of days later.

The prize includes an engagement shoot,  photography from bridal preparations through to the meal and all pictures provided on cd or dvd with  copyright to print yourself. There are no costs at all.

 

Good luck to all who enter.

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More outdoor pictures

Our “fun in the park” photo shoots continue to prove very popular . I must admit We are having a great time getting out of the studio and enjoying the fantastic City that we are in.

The Fee family have been having their photographs taken with us for years. The little girl in the pictures is Casey and we took her mum Chloe’s pictures at a similar age!

We don’t just take pictures in the sunshine though, recently we have had some wellies and umbrella pictures as well. We look forward to sharing some of those pictures soon.

We still have availability for “fun in the park” photo shoots , so if you are interested call the studio now on 01244 344164 to book.

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Amy, Mathew and Olivia

The thing I enjoy most about this job is when people return to us. It is a particular pleasure when this happens to be one of our wedding couples, with their newborn baby. This has happened many times over the years but as our website has just been upgraded, it falls to Mathew and Amy to feature in this particular story.

I have known the two of them for about six years now, as they booked their wedding nearly three years in advance with me. We had a fantastic day at The Grosvenor Pulford and I took one of my favourite ever shots there. This is featured in the gallery.

Having stayed in touch through face book and through mutual friends Jodie and Martin, (who are also wedding and baby customers of ours), I knew Amy was expecting and soon found out when baby Olivia was born on May 24th. Two months later she visited the studio with mum and dad and here are the results. You have to admit she is a great poser!

 

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Richard and Yun’s wedding at Chester Zoo.

 

I take pride in the fact that when I see a bride and groom flagging during pictures I give them time out whenever possible. I think I would have needed to stay another week for Yun to even get slightly tired of having pictures taken!

I arrived at the zoo at 8am, normally I allow two hours before the service but I had a feeling I was going to be busy before hand and I was 100% correct ! Yun was in her dress by 10.15 , which gave us plenty of time for a whole array of poses upstairs at Oakfield house.

Rich arrived around 11 and he and his brother/best man Phil had a few pictures outside before joining the guests in the ceremony room for what was a lovely service. Yun thanked all those who had traveled from places such as Holland, Spain and Taiwan for their efforts in getting there and then we were into the marriage ceremony.

The service finished with Rich and Yun being pronounced man and wife, Rich lifted the veil kissed Yun and then planted the veil back over her face much to the amusement of the guests and a very forgiving bride!

We all then gathered outside Oakfield to welcome our bride and groom, who after a short delay, proceeded down the red carpet on motability scooters, with string and cans trailing in their wake. After a couple of laps of the grass area the couple returned for the group photographs.

After the formal group pictures myself, Yun and Richard walked around the Zoo to do the couple shots. Yun had one shot in particular in mind. She wanted a picture holding a butterfly and I am pleased to say that after a few minutes wait, whilst a suitable model was found, we got that picture. While we were on our walk Yun and Rich posed on a boat , in long grass, with giraffes and most amusingly Rich lay flat on the ground peering out from under Yun’s dress in the Roman gardens. The poor lad having to do this in front of 50 or so onlookers!

Later the whole wedding party was treated to a zoo safari. This took in the elephants, rhinos and the ever popular meerkats. Everyone seemed to be having a ball, so much so that the staff preparing the barbecue had to send the search parties out!

I can confirm the food was delicious and we even had ice cream from a stand that Yun had organized as a surprise for her mum. The mint choc chip was my choice but there were a whole host of flavours on offer all cheerfully served by the zoo staff who I have to say were completely brilliant on the day, everyone of them.

The cutting of the cake followed and then straight into the first dance which was that brilliant version of Somewhere over the rainbow mixed with what a wonderful world. Then, twelve hours after arriving in the same building, it was time for me to leave. I met some lovely funny people (special shout out to the ladies and gents who let me share their table during the day and made me feel very welcome) and enjoyed every minute.

If you are thinking of booking the zoo for your wedding, do it!, and can I be your photographer please ?

Dave 🙂

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Outdoor shoots

Most of us have been enjoying the recent spell of hot weather and I for one have been trying to be outside enjoying it as much as possible. One way I have managed to do this is by taking people out of the studio down to the park and riverside for their photo sessions.

This has proven to be really popular with our customers and We have already started getting requests specifically for these out door shoots. We can even theme them as fairy shoots or even Robin Hood shoots for the boys.

It hasn’t just been the children out enjoying themselves though , this week we have had groups of adults substitute the studio for the park. With the River Dee running just 100 yards away from the studio it seems daft not to make the most of it!

With a little bit more notice we can also provide a location shoot, We have been in Mold, Coedpoeth, Minera and Halkyn all in the last couple of weeks.

Our Chester shoots can be used along side any existing offers or you can just book specifically for an outdoor shoot. We suggest babies under sitting up age remain photographed in the studio for practical reasons.

Call the studio now on 01244 344164 to book your shoot. No sitting fee applies.

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Head shots and Profile pictures for linked in, CVs etc.

More than ever we are being asked to produce head shots and profile pictures for business people. Our location is such that we are able to offer these not just at the studio, but also on location along the riverfront and park.

We provide images suitable for CVs, linked in, websites, blogs etc and images start from just £25 with full copyright.

Another service we do is office call out. This is where we can visit your office or place of work and take photographs or head shots  there. Prices vary with each job but normally work out around £75 per hour. This service is best booked a month or more in advance.

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Cherubs and New born.

As many of you will already know, we are the chosen photographers for the Cherubs scheme for most of Chester. The biggest concern we have from parents is that their baby might be too young. Here we have some examples of a typical new-born shoot so now you can make the decision having seen some evidence. If you have a new baby and haven’t received any information from us, why not call the studio , so that we can arrange something for you. If you have , What are you waiting for ? They don’t look like this for long!

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Dan and Sarah wedding

 

My first wedding this year took me to one of my favorite places, Anglesey.  Plas Rhianfa is situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris , it is simply a beautiful location for a wedding.

I traveled to the venue the night before as Dan and Sara had kindly invited me to stay over, to avoid a long journey in the morning. In my opinion Plas Rhianfa is worth every one of its five stars , the staff and surroundings are first class.

The  wedding day started with the guests all having breakfast together and soon after I got itchy feet so I went out to start photographing the grounds for some back ground shots. The grounds themselves are beautiful and lead right onto the banks of the Menai Straits. You could photograph three weddings there and not duplicate backdrops once..

After spending time in various rooms for the prep shots , it was finally time for the wedding ceremony.  The wedding room was beautifully laid out with a variety of flowers and the happy couple got to say their vows overlooking the Menai Straits and Snowdonia.

Following the service, afternoon tea was served and we all went downstairs for photographs. We had a couple of trips in and out to avoid showers but the weather soon picked up and the children were able to enjoy a bubble machine that Dans’ father had set up for them. Dan , Sara and myself then went for a walk around the gardens to do the couple shots helped by Martin from the hotel who made sure every door was open and every bench wiped for the photographs to run smoothly. Sara was very brave standing on rocks right next to the water and I think it was well worth it.

After the evening meal (which was accompanied by some great live music) Dan and Sara performed their first dance which was the trigger for everyone to get up on to the dance floor until around 9.30pm when we had a quick change around to casino tables. I left for home soon after, reflecting on a fantastic day all round and remembering that in less than twelve hours time I would be starting my next wedding!

 

 

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Thornton Hall Hotel

For the next venue review we move to Thornton Hall Hotel in Thornton Hough, Wirral. This venue holds some great memories for us particularly because our very own Leah got married there a few years back.

Back then is was a great venue with lovely grounds and friendly staff and now there are even more photographic areas due to the fantastic landscaping to the front of the venue. Some improvements have been made to the hotel with the beauty areas for make up and hairstyling.

There are indoor and outdoor areas where you can be married and on a dry day the pagoda provides a fabulous outdoor venue with guests seated in front in the picturesque gardens.

The gardens back onto farmers fields and probably the main differences in opinion I see between brides and grooms during the day is whether to feature the cows on a shot or not! I keep out of it and do as I am told. Enjoy the pictures.

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Pregnancy and Bump shots.

After featuring new-born babies a couple of weeks ago, we have had many people asking us about our pregnancy shots. These are something that we have always done but I thought I would share some images from a recent shoot with you, to show the range of poses that can be obtained on such a shoot.

If you have purchased any clothes or toys etc for the baby, you can bring them along with you and we will feature them for you. Also feel free to bring along partners and children so that they can also share the experience with you.

 

 

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The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa.

The second venue in our guide to local wedding venues, is the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa which is situated alongside the old Wrexham to Chester road. This is a fantastic venue for wedding photography.

My first wedding here was over 12 years ago and the hotel has undergone huge changes since back then. The Grosvenor Pulford seems constantly to be improving its facilities both in the spa area and in the hotel area. Over the last few years the areas available for photography have both improved in number and in quality.

The latest feature, is a fantastic Japanese garden to the rear of the hotel, which affords cracking views over to North Wales and contains several very impressive water features.

The great thing about the venue is that it has indoor options as well as the fantastic grounds outside. The balcony and corridor area beyond Cirios restaurant being a perfect example of this. The fireplace and indoor water fountain also make great backdrops for portraits.

As a photographer you often get an insight to what goes on behind the scenes at venues and The Grosvenor Pulford is no different.  What does strike you is how well organized weddings are there and how well the likes of Maurice and Alastair communicate with everyone. This is another venue where things run smoothly and where the wishes of the bride and groom are paramount to the hotel staff.

The one downside to the venue is that because things run so well and it offers so much,they get booked up years in advance so you might have to wait if you are thinking of booking your wedding there!

 

 

 

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New born baby shoots

The New Year traditionally bring us lots of new born babies and this year is no different. We have added a few new poses to our repertoire as well. There are  a couple of new baskets and some hats to add even more cuteness to your pictures.

If you have a new born baby and haven’t already heard from us by letter, why not book in and give us a try. There is no sitting fee and you can even sneak on a couple of pictures yourselves if you are feeling brave enough!

 

 

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Fun wedding shoots

Capture the Mood of your Special Day…

Here at Dave Williams Photography, we believe your wedding photography should be an enjoyable  experience for everyone involved.  Here, you can see some examples of fun pictures  that we have set up at recent weddings.

Thank you to all the people who made these pictures possible and so much fun to do for everyone involved.  🙂

For a more detailed look at our wedding photography, simply click the link on the drop down tab on the top right of the screen.