So, 2012 was the year of the Postbox partnership. The year we, as a mother and daughter team (should be daughter and mother really – in terms of importance), took on the nurseries. We love toddlers in the studio but taking them on in their own environment is a different matter. Lights, background, toys all in place but no smiles! This is where the teamwork kicks in.
It’s quite difficult, as a photographer to coax a smile whilst looking through the lens. Here’s when a partner is needed. What child will not giggle when a green fluffy dinosaur decides to eat the photographer. Instant success -photography by Amy, puppetry by yours truly. Judging by the response from parents to our nursery images, we got it right! We like to give people variety so we offered at least 6 images of each child. And we like to keep up our studio standards so what we offer is, not just an ordinary nursery shoot but a mini portrait session.
We’re always looking to get in touch with new nurseries so if your child attends one in our area – Rochdale, Oldham, Bury or even further afield, why not recommend us? We’d be happy to discuss any nursery/school requirements.
Free £25 Pet/Family Portrait session and print – just collect the coupons!
What a great idea! We get lots of families coming into the studio wanting a family portrait – Mum, Dad, 2.5 children and maybe a couple of grandparents. But, very often, the family is not complete because Fido is at home, probably sulking and chewing the leg of your best chair just to show that he, too, would have liked to be included in the family portrait. He would have cocked his head on one side and looked cute for the camera but, no, he wasn’t invited.
Of course we have photographed dogs at Postbox. Frisky labradors who sniff all round the studio, reception and changing room before deciding whether to cooperate – a big, old, ploddy Irish Wolfhound who just plonked himself down in the middle of the studio in a “ok let’s get this over with” kind of way. Then there was Ruudy who competed with his girls, Emma and Clare for the most beautiful hair of the group. And how could we forget the basket full of Chihuahuas?
You get the idea – we’re fine with dogs. So we were really looking forward to booking in the Daily Mail clients for their family/pet portraits. We phoned the first two numbers and yes you guessed it – CATS!
Mmmmmn! This is a completely different scenario. Have you ever tried telling a cat to “sit”? Impossible! A cat does what he wants to do – which is usually the exact opposite of what you want him to do. Well there’s only one way to find out how a cat will react – “Felix, Scoobie look what we’ve got for you in the Studio”. Felix, as you would imagine is black and white. He was given to us 10 years ago as a stray. He was so timid he wouldn’t come to us or let us pet him for the first 5 years and still gets very anxious in strange surroundings – not the best model for a photoshoot. Scoobie, also a stray, has got to be one of the most annoying cats in the world, she chases the curser on the PC screen and sits on the keyboard when you’re trying to work. She definitely will not cooperate.
Well what a surprise! Felix, after a little coaxing sat and posed for a good half hour then went and sat on the sofa in reception – just like a real client!
Scoobie was a bit more difficult but Amy still got some great results!
So bring on the cats!
(Just phoned the next client – has anyone got a snake we can practice on?)
>Postbox Studio Littleborough in Lancashire
This is our studio – cute isn’t it! It’s small but we have loads of backgrounds for different styles of image. It’s surprising what you can do in such a small area but then “small is beautiful”
There are lots of photographers in Rochdale, Oldham , Halifax and around the Northwest and West Yorkshire so what do we offer that is different? Well – we’re very friendly. There’s just me and Amy! I’m Lois and Amy is my lovely, talented daughter – the photographer. We like to make people feel at home in our studio – it can be a scary thing having your photograph taken if you’re not used to it! So many people come into the studio terrified – like “rabbits in a headlight” and leave feeling like a celebrity. We have two beautiful makeup artists, Kirsty and Hayley, who work their magic on makeover days. We don’t do any of that hard selling either. We hate it! It’s not often that our clients don’t buy their images but if they decide for some reason they can’t afford them (new babies and small children are very expensive, let’s face it) that’s fine by us. Most of the time they can’t resist. Who wouldn’t want images of their children wide-eyed and beautiful? Or that precious bump? They are images to treasure forever.
And we’re not expensive! You hear horror stories of people being charged hundreds and even thousands of pounds for images, being told that their images will be deleted if they don’t buy them there and then! And then when they buy them they can only buy prints!
We want people to love their images – use them over and over – make cards and calendars and frame them for their Grans. We sell our images on disc with copyright so that they can do just that. At the moment our top price is £375!!!! For that our customers get ALL their images – and sometimes Amy can take up to 75 in an hour’s shoot (she gets carried away, you see) and a large canvas to bout!
So you see we may not be the biggest photography studio in the North West but we are well worth a visit.
Come back and I’ll tell you what goes on here – who comes in with a bump and comes back with a baby! – teenagers who have loved dressing up and posing and big families who have squashed into our little studio and laughed their way through a photoshoot.
See you soon!