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The Importance of Creating Memories

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 Here at Hoss Photography, we know that professional family photography is not on your list of priorities.  Too many other things to consider - fix the washing machine, service the car, buy new school uniforms.  Everyday modern life has a way of clouding our view of what really matters. And never has this been hammered home to me more clearly than on a recent trip to Northern France.

In 1914 my great uncle aged 16, signed up as a volunteer for Kitchener’s army; what fun it was going to be.  In July 1915 he was shipped over to Northern France with his mates; the great adventure was about to begin.  In September 1915 he arrived in the tiny village of Berles au  Bois on the front line; life in the trenches was not the fun he’d envisaged.  On 19th December 1915 he died; aged just 17.

In July this year my father turned 80, and even though he’d never met his uncle, his greatest wish was to visit the grave and pay his respects.  It was an unbelievably emotional experience to see that so many young men had lost their lives in the most terrifying and dreadful way imaginable.  We also visited the Thiepval Memorial which has the names of over 72,000 soldiers who died in the Somme region, but whose bodies were never recovered.  All  those young men; all those families who lost a son, a brother, a husband.

We have no photograph of Great Uncle Albert.











So as you race through your busy life, charging from one hectic day to the next, take a moment to appreciate that memories do matter.  Not only now, to record your togetherness as a family, but for future generations to know who you were; how you looked; and to rejoice in your memory.

 

7 TOP TIPS FOR GREAT HOLIDAY PHOTOS

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GOING ON HOLIDAY? MAKE SURE YOU GET GOOD MEMORIES


1) Plan Ahead - Remember to charge your batteries and take along extra memory cards. 

2) Look for Interesting Details - Break up the monotony of people and selfies with interesting details that capture a certain moment.

3) Shoot Moments Not Poses - It might be tempting to run around with your camera yelling ‘Smile’, but it’s often better to shoot a moment rather than a pose – like opening presents, laughing, swimming… 

4) Remember the Rule of Thirds - Put your main subject or focal point off centre – not to the actual side, just slightly off the middle of the frame. 

5) Zoom in to the Details - After you’ve taken the obligatory full length shot, put on the long lens and see what details you can pick out. 

6) Act Fast with Groups - Allow your subjects a few seconds to compose themselves before focusing the camera on them, but don’t take too long to press the shutter. People tend to get impatient and might talk, blink or frown in the photograph! 

7) Get Down to Eye Level with Children - It’s tempting to shoot down at children, but this often results in ‘distant’ and unflattering pictures. Try getting right down on their level for a more interesting view or their world.

PS DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT! We're offering a set of 4 passport pictures for just £15  Pictures you'll be proud to have in your passport - satisfaction guaranteed (offer ends 31st August 2016)





 

WEDDING NERVES!

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OK, so we’ve been in business for 22 years now – that’s a fair number of weddings Hoss has photographed, and a great many fabulous pictures.  We’ve witnessed our fair share of nervous couples and their parents, who have been to see us to discuss exactly how they envisage their wedding photography. 

Over all these years, I’ve prided myself on calming their nerves, making cups of tea, and reassuring them that their wedding photography will be all they hope for and more.  Oh my goodness!  I had no idea what these poor people were going through! 

My own son is due to marry this month, and here I am on the other side of the fence.  We’ve shopped for dresses, shoes, earrings and bags…  We’ve designed invitations, orders of service, wedding favours and table arrangements…  We’ve researched countless venues, cakes, florists and cars… 

It has to be said that I’m an emotional wreck.  Aside from all these preparations, it’s finally dawned on me that MY SON IS GETTING MARRIED!!!  Even just writing it down, is starting the tears again.  Goodness only knows how I’ll get through the day (heavy duty waterproof mascara I suspect – ah yes, something else to add to the shopping list).

On the photography front, once we’d finally won the argument that Hoss wasn’t allowed anywhere near a camera on the big day (Father of the Groom has more important duties to perform), we selected six of the nation’s best wedding photographers and asked the Bride and Groom to select their favourite style. 

For us, the lasting legacy that excellent photography provides has probably been the single most important aspect of organising our son’s wedding day, and having booked a qualified professional we feel confident that the memories of this momentous occasion are in safe hands.



 

FAIRIES FOR EASTER

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TWO DAYS ONLY - 15TH AND 16TH APRIL

We're now taking bookings for our magical woodland Fairy photoshoots during the Easter holidays. We're looking for beautiful fairies from 0 - 13 years, and mischievous elves from 
0 - 6 years.

Stunning studio set, costumes and accessories provided, and your favourite image as a 5 x 7" print. ALL FOR JUST £20!

Two days only, so book early to avoid disappointment.
CALL 01923 494532 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



 

LET IT GO! LET IT GO!

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15TH AND 16TH FEBRUARY

If you love 'Frozen' this is every girl's dream.
Set in a magical winter wonderland, with all costumes and accessories provided.  
You'll also get your favourite image as a 5 x 7" print. ALL FOR JUST £20!
Two days only, so book early to avoid disappointment.
CALL NOW on 01923 494532 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 


 
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