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Very busy so far this year with training courses, a lot of repeat business, product photography for a jewelry designer, children and illustrated talks. I have also just won a contact to take photographs at a Prep school in the south of Sheffield and a large nursery , so April is looking very busy. In addition to this I will be running group beginner Digital photography courses for Sherwood Pines Forest centre. The April courses are fully booked and the May courses 1/2 booked, contact the centre direct to book on but be quick.
Our wedding season kicks off later this month with the wedding of Candice and Nicholas in Chesterfield. Hope the weather is kind as there is some great locations outdoors in the hotels grounds.
We the snow hasn't helped matters this month with quiet a few bookings cancelled, including three talks. However I did manage to lead a couple of photo training courses, both landscape. Two more Night sky courses await the right weather conditions as people are travelling from Leicester and Manchester. These are always exciting to run as most people are unaware of what the can capture with an ordinary DSLR ( see www.sheffieldphototraining.co.uk).
Also children photography took place for Nathan and Jodie, two completely different characters as you would expect , the boy was 4 months and the girl 5 months old
After a busy September, we move into the Mother & Toddler / Nursery season which I always enjoy. This time it looks as though one group has 7 pairs of twins and one lot of triplets. Also a fair number of talks booked for the rest of the year and 20+ for next year. Towards the end I have a couple of Glamour shoots with models I have worked with before.
The Glamour/ model photo shoot special offer will come to an end soon so ensure you book a session as soon as possible. Thanks to those that have already booked and i look forward to meeting you all soon. I have CRB enhanced certificate for your piece of mind. I always have a great working relationship with the people I am photographing, making them feel at easy and working together to create superb photos. You only have to check out the independent reviews on this site (freeindex) and on my facebook site to find out what the models thought
I now offer personal injury photographic service within South Yorkshire If you have any injury that requires photographing for court, solicitors etc then I can provide this in your home. Images are supplied on a disc or actual photographs can be arranged depending on your claim. A letter of authenticity is also issued.
July has been very disappointing weather wise, but i have been doing quiet alot of indoor work, including a number of illustrated talks. I have also agreed to offer photography training at Sherwood forest Pines centre near Edwinstow. This will be for small groups and will be based on training for beginners with new cameras and close up photography, course commence 8th September , send me an e-mail if you want more detail.
Luckily the 1:1 training course have have delivered this month have at least been in dry weather
Well the weather doesn't improve making outdoor photography challenging, although with just over two weeks photographing in France and over 2,500 images I ave a lot to sort out. I did manage to fit in a model shoot with Kelly and the weather was kind for a few days The location was carefully chosen to show off her hair colour, complementing the green foliage.
I have been asked to undertake quiet a variety of photography this month. I have worked with a charity to produce photos for promotional and website advertising, undertaken some produce photography of some small metal work items to update a website, taken some fantastic children and family photos, spent a number of days building a website, I will be doing an illustrated talk late in May and have completed several 1:1 training courses which have been a good mixture of people with different levels of knowledge but all have enjoyed these practical courses. go to www.sheffieldphototraining.co.uk to find out more about developing your photo skills
It has been good to work with Bollywood Fashion and Soni Kuri Make up on a recent fashion show in Rotherham. The colours have been fantastic for photography and it turn out to be a great occasion, with a full house as well.
The only downside was that 3 models failed to turn up which left the 5 existing models to make 12 changes of clothing each, a very stress full time for all !!
It seems I am getting well known on the talks circuit with 25 illustrated talks booked this year and several for next year, with venues as far afield as York- Nottingham.
A new up dated list is now available with 35 talks to groups either day or evening . To book please phone 0114 2501121
It's always good to have a model shoot especially where the model knows what to do. Some are experienced and reliable , others are not yet say they are. So it was good to have a photo session with Kelly who is experienced and had some good ideas.
She turned up on time which is always a good sign, some have arranged a shoot then never turn up or phone, so its a bit hit and miss
The day was very cold but with superb lighting so we found a great location and worked away for a couple of hours. Kelly never complained while she had her coat off and she agreed to have another session later on in the year up at the general cemetery, which will go well with her Gothic look
We are pleased to announce that our dedicated photography training website has been launched,
Sheffield Photo Training
(click on link)
Here you will find courses for people with new DSLR cameras together with a comprehensive range of wildlife photography courses
A merry christmas to everyone who has used Norton Lees Photography this year. We have had some very memorable experiences, some great babies and children to photograph, welcoming groups that have had illustrated talks and some very interesting faces to provide the perfect portraits.
Hopefully we have increased the knowledge of several people we have provided training for, both wildlife- macro and camera training.
We aim to set up a dedicated photo training site early next year so watch this space, especially if you live in Sheffield or surrounding areas
A very busy month with many wanting photos for christmas presents, these have included portraits, babies, children over 55's and mother & toddler groups.
In addition to these I have been delivering a number of illustrated talks to groups in Sheffield Rotherham and Chesterfield. I have 18 talks already booked for next year
Thanks for all those that came over to say hello at the baby & toddler fayre and look forward to photographing all the little ones that have now booked. Looks to be plenty of happy smiling babies about.
We will be exhibiting at the Baby & Toddler fayre at the Park Hotel, near Meadowhead on the 30 October 2011. You will get a chance to view our portfolio and DVD.
Do come along and introduce yourself. We are also taking bookings for Christmas, so if you want to org anise a family, baby, children or portrait shoot please phone me on 0114 2501121.
Or why not consider buying a gift voucher for a photo shoot, any value £25 or over.
If you are a mother & toddler / Nursery group in Sheffield or surrounding area , looking for an experienced photographer then you have come to the right place. I am CRB enhanced checked and cover a number of groups on an ongoing basis. Please phone to book your session and don't forget you will be eligible for commission, see the separate section for more details
It will soon be the season for mother & toddler/ nursery group sessions in Sheffield, Chesterfield and Rotherham, do you need one covering if so you can be assured that you have come to the right photographer, just check out the photo galleries on this website.
This year I have been asked to cover a new group which has 12 sets of twins, sounds as though I am in for a great time.
I have the experience,knowledge, equipment & training. I also have a CRB enhanced certificate and have completed a course in safeguarding. Don't forget your group also gets a generous commission
Angela & Garry had a great day for their wedding, everything went well and they smiled all day, what a happy event and thanks for asking me to photograph your special day.
Now we are preparing for the wedding fayres next month on the 2 Oct at the Hilton Hotel and the 9 Oct at Sheffield Utd ground , both commence at 11am
Just added three WW2 illustrated talks - on restored allied fighting vehicles and restored - German fighting vehicles & the V- weapons. More details in Illustrated talks section in main menu.
I was asked to do a fashion photo session last week. This was an urban theme which went well and I had some good models to work with, which is always a bonus.
Will be undertaking a family portrait session this week, a birthday gift . We will see whether it will be dry for an outside session or may bring indoors and use portable studio lighting.
Xander was photographed early in the month, only 5 years old but could give me some great expressions.
Had a great pre wedding session with Angela and Gary. The weather came good for the session with heavy showers either side. Looking forward to their wedding in September
I loved to be ask to take new born or baby photographs. It's a great privilege to be asked into the parents home. The little ones may have only just arrived and this year I have covered a couple of 10 day old and well as those at 6 weeks and beyond
I have alot of patience which always comes in handy, I take time to enable the baby to be fed or changed and cuddled. When we are sure we have captured great shots of the little one then it's time to head off to process the photos.
The mothers are grateful that we have captured these in the comfort of their own home, they don't need to get ready to go out in the bad weather, carrying all the babies food, nappies and toys. They also cannot spare the time and are tired, that's why I come to you to spare you all the bother. I have the lighting and backgrounds to ensure a stress free session
I have just added a number of new illustrated talks including Shetland Flowers, Unst- Britain's most northerly island and Moorland wildlife. See that section for a description
Norton Lees Photography can now be found advertising in the new gurgle magazine which can be found at any mother care or early learning centre from the 1 July 2011. We are also in Chatterbox magazine which is delivered to houses in the SW of Sheffield. If you would like to book a new born, baby, child or portrait session, photographed in the comfort of your own home, please give me a call
It's always a great pleasure to photograph babies, especially new ones. Only last week I was photographing Isla a 16 day old baby and full of life, but no tears or crying during the photo session. One of the best behaved I have photographed at that age. If you have a baby you would like photographing please contact me , I have lots of patience.
A recent wedding photo taken at Katrina & David's wedding which was held at the Rutland hotel in Sheffield. Why not book Norton Lees Photography for your wedding, see more at www.nortonleesweddingphotography.co.uk
An up to-date list for wildlife talks in and around Sheffield, ideal for WI, Probus, Wildlife groups.
10 5 11 - Dore WI - Puffin around Shetland
10 5 11 - Scawsby WI - Black Forest
17 5 11- Barnsley Nats - woodland wildlife
25 7 11 - Stumperlowe Probus - Farmland birds
17 8 11 - Abbeydale Probus - Pyrenees
6 10 11 - Dronfield Nats - Vallee du Ossoue
14 11 11 - Woodhouse Wildlife Group- Shetland last 25 years
28 11 11 - Woodhouse Wildlife Group - Birds of Prey
all details at www.nortonleesphotography.co.uk
Norton Lees Photography specialises in baby and children photography so it was only natural that they should advertise in Chatterbox magazine, see page 4 of the next edition.
Had a very interesting photo session photographing Mehndi art which is used in wedding preparation for brides.
More baby sessions this month together with portraits, working with a mendhi artist, Nursery and mother & toddler photography. In addition I am running two 1:1 beginner camera training courses (both on wildlife) and delivering three illustrated talks to a variety of groups
We have now introduced a precious moments photo session, for the mum to be, either a bump to baby (4 sessions) or a new born baby (3 sessions). Both with a FREE DVD set to music of your choice. See individual section for more details
I always like to photograph babies, they are so cute and I like to see Mum's smile when i present the photo's
Little James (3 months old) was great all session and very attentive
Just photographed an Asian baby which went very well, so much so that they will book another session for their other baby soon and possibly a portrait session as well.
Another booking received for a talk on Shetland birds 23 March , to the Sorby Natural History Society, only just finished putting this together. This will talk place at the Sheffield museum , 7.30pm start.
Another wedding booking, this time in September. again impressed with quality of photos and presentation.
Another two illustrated talks have been added to the list, these are Shetland Birds and Woodland wildlife
I have been approached by someone who has recently lost his dad to heart trouble. He regrets that he hadn't any recent photos, with the most recent one 35 years ago. He has now arranged to have his mother photographed in time for mothers day.
It's not surprising, most elderly people don't seem to both with photos of themselves, but their children often seem to think that the old snap shot is sufficient until they find they are no longer with them.
I have always tried to encourage the senior people to have photos taken, see the over 55's section, they have much to offer, the faces are interesting and hold a life time of memories.
Book now on 07779302881 or through this website to ensure you don't end up in the same position. Don't forget it's a great for mothers day or fathers day gifts
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Last weeks baby photo shoot went very well with some great images which I am sure will be well received by the parents. They will be posted on here during the week
Another invite for a wildlife talk, this time on the Black Forest in Germany, this time from The Scawsby womens group in Doncaster on 10 May 2011
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I also welcome the challenge of a baby photo session, you never know what to expect. Tomorrow i will be photographing a 3 week old baby boy. I am taking all the lighting, backgrounds and plenty of patience.
Its always an pleasure to be chosen for such a special occasion.
I now have 22 recommendations on freeindex, thanks to all that have left comments.
Quite a lot of enquiries this week, with two more wildlife talks booked for May, one on Shetland and the other on The Black Forest in Germany. If you would like to arrange a talk for your group please give me a call on 07779302881.
A group of nine people have booked for portraits next month. Its never too late to arrange a session, especially with mother's day coming up.
Time is moving on so quickly, now have further bookings for illustrated talks which seem to be going down well, if last nights talk to the Netheredge Wildlife group was anything to go by. A full house and plenty of excellent feedback.
Mothers day photography enquiries are now coming in, one want her mothers pets photographing as a present.
I am now been contacted to give illustrated talks to a number of groups such as Wildlife, WT and probus.
So far 7 booked with other later in the year as groups look round for second half year speakers. If you would like to book one , see section on illustrated talks for selection and description.
Bookings also been taken for Mother day portraits, this can either be your mother or a family group, i will come to you with all the equipment,give me a call to arrange
Just completed a 1:1 training session with Simon Duckenfield. Simon has always wanted to take photographs of water droplets but didn't know how. After the session he went away with a good set of photographs he was very please with. If you want a 1:1 training session please contact me with your ideas. This is an image of one water droplet
Father christmas has arrived its official
I now have a new lighting set up, with 3 Elinchrom lights. This is ideal for any portraits, children or babies as it can be used to create beautiful lighting
A busy time delivering photos, canvas and Acrylic prints. A couple of bands photographed- Mahogany Newt and the drummer of Red Jester. The light at the first Gig was very challenging, but with the D300s the quality of photos was still good at ISO 1250.
Its all go for Christmas, and what better way of celebrating it with beautiful creative photographs from Norton Lees Photography. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own house as i will bring all the studio lighting equipment to you. Lots of packages and wall art to choose from. (see baby father christmas in photo section). Why not also consider buying a DSLR photography training day for your loved one, this makes a great present
It's bath time , not everyone is in favour
A busy start to this month, with mother and toddler groups. staff photos and a large portrait session. In addition i am attending a wedding course run by the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers as i feel that it is important to keep up todate with new trends and ideas.
Photographed the drummer of Red Jester, this group produces excellent music.
Busy with Nursery and mother and toddler groups in Sheffield and Chesrterfield this month. More wedding photos to print up and also a DVD set to music now available for weddings, christenings and baby shoots
Book now for that special gift on 07779302881
With a portrait session, illustrated talk - nature in close up, a 50th birthday and a christening it's been a busy week. It gave me a chance to look at the Nikon 300s capabilities on using high ISO speeds. The Church we took the christening photos was quite dark. As we couldn't use flash during the service ISO1000 was used and even then only gave speeds of around 1/40 sec. The results however were great
Just completed a wedding on the 19 Sept at Mosboro Hall which went well, even the weather held, which up to 5mins from getting out of the car looked a long way off.
Some great photos especially of the bride in low light conditions next to the window. I will be posting these photos after they return fromn honeymoon.
On Friday i went to Wales for a photography course, this went well and now i am boosted with a number of fresh ideas for the future.
Having just returned from a second trip to France, i am just preparing for a few meetings with potential clients- Nursery, Mother & Toddler groups, portraits, christening and wildlife talks. In addition i am gearing up for the wedding on Sunday and attending a photographic course on the 17 Sept.
Typically i am getting a number of calls from webhosting companies who say they will get me on page one of google- they cannot understand it when i tell them i already appear 3 times on page one for childrens photographer Sheffield
I have now extended the wedding offer to the end of September so any brides out there wanting a bargin should contact me as soon as possible.
A list of wildlife photographic training workshops are now available. These are aimed at anyone witha DSLR camera. You can either join a small group or undertake a one 2 one session.
No need to leave your camera on auto any longer . See my other website for examples of wildlife photos www.natureinfocus-ra.com
Seems to be a busy month with enquiries for a variety of photography. With enquiries for weddings, Portraits, baby, Mother & Toddler and parties
Hope the weather is kind to anyone attending the cheeky Monkey teaparty on Saturday 17 July 2010. I will be inside what ever the weather, so seek me out.!
The teaparty was a success with many Rabbits, Tigers and non painted children coming over for photos. Seems to be more baby photos in the pipeline with another three contacting me this week.
Just returned from a trip to the Pyrenees and with plenty of photo opportunities i have been able to add two more illustrated wildlife talks to my list. One will give a general impression of our visit to the central Pyrenees, the other to a superb valley- vallee du Ossoue great for flowers and birds, including the Lammergier. Contact me for further details.
Just completed another mother & toddler group session. One of the best groups so far, with most children taking part in the fun shoot. Some don't want to leave and are soooo photogenic. Even the mums took part in some of the shoots which kept the kids relaxed throughout.
Just agreed to photograph the Cheeky Monkey Tea Party on Saturday 19 July at Crosspool in Sheffield. Looks like plenty happening for all the family
I am now offering a special price for weddings as i need to build up my wedding portfolio.
Having done a number of weddings in the past, its a while ago since i did my last wedding, this was on film and for a photo company.
Although you never loose the technique it is good to be able to show a variety of new photos to couples.
Wedding photography is about the couples requirements. Weddings are about taking these requirements and having the necessary organisational & photography skills ,patience and an eye for a photo to capture the essence of the day
Collectively being able to take various close up's , portraits, groups and children to build a vivid picture of the day
This is essentially what i have been doing for a number of years with excellent feedback.
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After a hectic few weeks photographing and printing from three mother & toddler groups i have had a few days to recover before starting again on Thursday. Its always very enjoyable as every toddler is different, some very cooperative others not. You certainly need vast amounts of patience, especially for those young ones that can move about. As i am able to spend a bit of time with each tot i can at least offer a variation in poses, which is what the mothers want.
W/e 28 3 2010
New Prints on METAL
Welcome to a new and amazing way of presenting your images- these have stunning light reflective properties bring photos to life .Your photograph printed direct onto metal, all prints are UV stable and waterproof.
These are very lightweight so can be hung on a variety of surfaces. These can even be hung outside !
A3 size - £165
A2 size - £250
A4 Size Clock - £65
W/e 21 3 2010
Just watched a youtube video on a wedding photographer in court- one reason not to hire a cheap wedding photographer. The judge knew far more than the photographer, which is always a bad sign.
I have recent come across three people who have had bad experiences with so called experenced photographers, two of which had city centre studios. The first took 17 months to produce the album, despite saying numerous times that it would only be a few more days.
The other two weddings could well have been taken by anyone with a compact camera. One in particular had not altered the colour balance and had created a set of yellow cast photos inside the reception (no flash used).
The last seem to have no idea on how to arrange groups with several people having their backs turned to the camera when taking the photo.
Its a shame that some photographers are even copying wedding images from other people's websites and using them as their own.
Its difficult choosing a responsible trustworthy photographer, look for reviews such as those on freeindex, and the range of other services offered such as portraits as well as the overall impression given from the website.
W/e 14 3 2010
Cannot believe that some photographers are being arrested for taking photographs in UK cities. see www.guardian.co.uk/uk/uksecurity.
I did hear that more than one person in London had been asked to delete all his photos as they thought he had taken them for terrorists,one was in fact an Australian just here on holiday and had taken Red London buses, Houses of Parliament etc for his own use
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If anyone is interested, i am giving an illustrated talk on Coastal birds to the Woodhouse Wildlife Group on Monday 22 March, commencing at 7.30pm, all welcome.
Venue: St James Church Hall, Tithe Barn Lane, Woodhouse, Sheffield 13
w/e 28 2 2010
When we talk about colour we often just refer to the base colour. For most photographers they would like to see Red in the photo, which is very striking. However, this one basic colour has so many varieties, the Thesaurus identifies 104 shades of red. Do we have the words to describe the colour we see or what we photograph ?
These colours are not seen in isolation, they are surrounded by other colours, which have in them selves many varieties.
It's an amazing world.
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We have just started to offer Acrylic prints. You can create your own masterpeice by turning one of your favourite prints into an impressive piece of acrylic art.
These stylish prints are an easy way to give photo's the wow factor.
This is a spectacular way to show off your photo's
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Well christmas is over and we look forward to the opportunities 2010 will bring. Had a very enjoyable portrait over 55's session
during christmas. Everyone seemed up for it and all happy with the results.
For the first few,(included this photo) i had the light low and to the side for more dramatic effects.( taken in low-key lighting).
Then changed the lighting using a softbox directly above the camera and a additional light for the hair, which especially suited the women
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I love taking portraits, each person offers something different. The more senior people , those over 55 years old tend to be neglected when it come to portrait photography. They often feel no need to having a photo taken but when they do they are often pleased to be asked and amazed at the outcome. Its all aabout finding the appropriate lighting and usually low key lighting brings out the best features.
w/e 5 December 2009
Why do you choose a certain brand, have you got confidence in it, do they offer more than the other competitors- when it comes to studio lighting equipment, which system have you chosen. I chose the lastolite system as it offered a good range, not just lighting, but also backgrounds, in particular the hi-lite.
This is like a large box which can be illuminated from the inside giving a superb softlight for high key photography. As long as you have two stops more light on the background than your subject then it will give great photos if used in conjunction with a softbox.
You can also turn it round to the dark side, and use for low key photography.
Mind you you need the space, for mine at least 8' x8' for erecting and dismantling. Then the fun starts, folding it down. I suggest that you look at the lastolite training section where Mark Cleghorn gives you three ways of folding techniques !! (another reason for choosing this system)
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1. Why does everyone with a digital camera think they are Michael Bailey. Having just seen a wedding album taken by a friend of the bride and groom i can't help by feeling they got what they (didn't pay for)-this was supposed to be a wedding gift. But rather than pay for a professional photographer for what is supposed to be the most special day in their lives they ended up with a variety of bad and very bad images to remember the day.
It's not just a question of clicking away taking 100's of photo's in the hope they will get one or two decent photos. Its about the light, planning, experience and most important seeing the photo opportunity.
2. On a different note, anyone used a Fong lightsphere ? , they are brilliant for creating a soft diffused light from a flash gun. Let me know your thoughts!!