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Baby, bump and beyond

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Having a family is a special time, and we are here to capture those special moments from the very beginning. From our baby bump / maternity photography shoots, to the first days of your baby's life and onwards as they grow and develop; we can be their for it all.

It is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, to be part of this process, and to be with you as your family grows, capturing those moments for you. It really is quite the honour, and we take this responisbilty seriously.

That is where our 'Watch Me Grow' package comes in, it is all about you, baby, bump and beyond

The idea is, to help you and your family in planning those milestone moments together. To take away the hassle and stress and regrets that comes with missing the chance to capture these special time.

Our 'Watch Me Grow' package is just that! We are with you and your baby as they grow. We plan an initial three photoshoot timeline within the space of a year. This can start at any point - so if we did miss out on the new born photos, don't worry - anytime is a good time to start, rather than not at all!

A typical package might consist of a new born shoot, often within the first 2 weeks after the birth of your child. And if you would like, we can come to you! This is a special time, but one that can also be stressful. This is often the reason people neglect to get some photos done. Life takes over and people often 'make do' with the snaps 'forced' onto them by the hospital photographer. This often leaves you paying over the odds for some simple snapshots that anyone could take. But don't feel bad if you did this yourself. It is of course a nice thing to have, and at that moment in time you are feeling pretty tierd and overwhelmed. And sadley that is what they count on! But if you know that you have a new born shoot planned then you can save your cash when they come calling, and get some wonderful printed products of your new adidtion with the money instead.

The photographs we produce are more than a simple snap shot, you can and should in our opinion record many moments youself with your phone or personal camera. The images we will capture will be works of art that capture the beauty of your baby. We can offer a range of stunning products to adorn your home and to pass on as family heirlooms. And becasue you are booking up in advance, you can sit back and relax. Following the new boen shoot we can catch up 2 more times in the year ahead to capture those changes. You of course can book more, but you at least know that you will have stunning proffesional photography all lined up. And by booking the sessions all at once within our 'Watch Me Grow' Package, you will save not just hassle but money too. Whats not to like?

If you are interested then we would love to hear from you. Just click the link below. 

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Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry, baby, bump, photographer, photoshoot, pregnant, maternity,
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry, baby, bump, photographer, photoshoot, pregnant, maternity,
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry, baby, bump, photographer, photoshoot, pregnant, maternity,
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry, baby, bump, photographer, photoshoot, pregnant, maternity,
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry, baby, bump, photographer, photoshoot, pregnant, maternity,

Forever Autumn

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I love the autumn. It is quite possibly my favourite time of the year, visually at least! And perfect for creating family memories with a trip to the park for a kick about in the fallen leaves.

It is now the start of December, and the last of the autumn leaves are disappearing as we are fast approaching winter, but we shouldn't let this hinder us in getting some great shots. 

We at Lucria Creative feel that family photography should be about naturally fun images. No fake smiles or stiff, awkward poses here. And the best bit, is that you don't even have to brush your hair if you don't want to. Be messy, be natural, be yourself! So of course the kids love it. And it is just as fun for the parents as well.

Let's get rid of the stress that tends to envelope the house before something such as a school photo or a booked studio appointment with a professional photography studio. We of course can do those studio shots if that is preferred, and for certain photos such as baby or bump shots they are ideal. However, we find that getting the family out and about, as you would often do together anyway, is much better for getting real memories captured, especially when it comes to family photography that the whole family will cherish.

Now of course, not everyone likes to have their photograph taken, and kids can often get shy when someone is asking them to smile, while pointing a camera in their face! Who wouldn't? But nothing gets the kids to ingnore the guys with the camera more than giving them some leaves to kick about and have fun with. 

For our family and chidren photography packages it is all about you and your kids forgetting that they are having a photoshoot. Nothing faked - just real family fun. Bring a ball, a bike or any favourite toy! Friends and family should all be encouraged to get involved. And often, it really is as simple as taking a trip the local park, getting the kids to play like they normally would and letting the magic happen. This time you just have us in tow capturing all those wonderful moments for you.

Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Autumn family photography, Coventry, Warwickshire
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson, Family photography, Autumn, Coventry, Warwickshire, Photographer

Click the video below to see a little more information on our autumn inspired family photography shoots. 

Wayne Hudson. Lucria Creative.

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Lucria Creative Family Party Photography

Become a host, for one of our 'House Party Family Photography' days.

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Become a host of one of our ‘House Party Family Photography Days’. All you need to do is invite your friends and their children around to your home, or a chosen venue, as you might do anyway when the chance arises for a get-together. We can even all meet at your home, and take a group trip to a local park, as part of the day, for some relaxed, natural and fun photo opportunities.  

Family photography

Play host and reap the rewards, as we photograph all the children and their present family members who wish to be part of the experience. And because you are booking us as a group, you benefit from a discounted rate, saving over half the amount on our Family Prime Package. Plus a whole host of other benifits that are included, such as discounted rates on printed products and even money off other family photography packages, should you wish to take advantage of more time in front of the camera for you and your family. And as the host, you get all of this and more for free - just for hosting your own friends!

Family photography
Family photography

Children of all ages are welcome, including new born babies. And time will be taken to photograph children individually, along with their present parent/s or guardian/s as well as in playful group settings with friends.

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Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
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If your group consists of new borns babies, or very young children, or there are a few younglings of varying ages present in the group, then this is okay too. Everyone is welcome. We will set up a small portable studio in order to capture some stunning shots.

Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry

All guests will receive: 

2 x 12x8” prints. And at least 5 high resolution* artistic edits of selected images from the day.

An online viewing gallery, that is password protected, with options for direct print purchases of individual images that will also be made available to the group. Here you will find your 5 artistic edits, plus many more that may have been taken during the day. 

Anyone pre-ordering images, either before or on the day, will benefit from a substantial discount on prints and framed products. Discounted additional family shoots are available for guests also.  

wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry
Wayne Hudson Lucria Creative family photography coventry

And the best bit is, as the host, you benefit from all the above that your guests recieve, for free, plus a free additional family location photography shoot. And for every £25 extra your guests spend on additional printed and framed products, you will get given 1 print credit, which by way of example is worth 1 x 12x8” print. So the more your guests buy, the more print credits you get,  the more free prints of your children and family you can order, all at zero cost to youself. For higher guest orders, this soon translates to huge discounts off other printed products as well, such as framed prints. You also get the discounted print product rate to use at any time on your print collection should you wish to place a separate order yourself. A minimum number of 5 children applys, and if you double this amount, then you also double the amount of images and artisitc edits that you get as a reward. 

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Family photography

If any guests would like to host their own party, then they too can benefit from the above as a host. 

For more information please contact Wayne on 07590535622 / wayne@lucria-creative.com or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lucriacreativestudio/ 

or click below:

 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Marc + Clare: Before they say 'I do'

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The morning of a wedding day is one of the most intense mornings you can imagine. Emotions are high and everyone is busy. There is often a mixture of laughter, tears, happiness and a touch of intrepidation. After all, this day is often the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning, and you want the the day to go off with one hitch and one hitch only. No unexpected problems will be allowed to get in the way. 

This set of images were taken at a recent wedding, where the bride to be, Claire, was surrounded by close friends and family all chipping in and making the day start off the way it should. 

I love moments like this. They are very personal, and it is no small thing to allow a photographer in during such a time. I always feel very privileged to be allowed to witness such moments in people's lives. And to be with the bride and groom, and their families, from the very start is my favourite way to kickstart a wedding day photoshoot. 

Arriving to the house early, in Coventry, the house is abuzz with life. The option of tea and Champagne is on offer. And the clock is ticking down. It is moments like this when our friends and family really show us their value. And without them we often would not make it, which is often true of life. Claire's family, and friends, as well as getting themsleves ready, were all chipping in, and helping the bride, and doing an amazing job, as you can see for yourself. 

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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
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Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of
Lucria Creative, Wayne Hudson,  Wedding, bride, photography, coventry, Getting ready, images, morning, the day of

Wedding photography: Hints and tips for your wedding day - part 3

How to choose the right wedding photographer 

Part 3 - What to expect from your professional wedding photographer 

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So if you have decided to go the professional photographer route for your wedding day, then read on. 

You of course need to make sure you get value for your money. And that is what this part is about. This does not necessarily mean getting things on the cheap - but be sure to get your money’s worth no matter what you spend. Many things are not cheap, especially when a wedding day is concerned. So like with anything of value, and photography of your wedding day is one of them, be sure to do your homework and make sure you get the right photographer for you. 

In a world dominated by the internet, it is easy to book and order everything online. And this is a great convenience, and there are some fantastic services out there for connecting you to the right people for the job. But if you can, try and have a face to face with your photographer. Take some time and get a feeling for them. In parts 1 and 2, I talked about other options for your photography, and there are a few - with pros and pitfalls for each. If you are still reading, it may be because you understood only too well the pitfalls often outweigh the benefits when it comes to such an important, one of a kind day! And so the reason for excelling the virtues of investing in a professional photographer are many, but not all professional photographers are created equally. This is also the person that you will be spending the most time with throughout, and so, you want to make sure you get along with them, and that you understand each other’s vision for the day.

It is often great to get recommendations, I myself get most of my business this way, but people, even close friends and family, who might be the ones to recommend someone, all have their own tastes and they may differ from our own - so be sure the photographer meets your own specifications. There is nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it. The right photographer for you will be out there.

And because it is your big day, that is why this is all the more important - but remember that a photographer is an artist, and will have their own artistic style. It is never a good idea to try and mould a photographer to you. Instead find one that is everything you want and more. And a truly great photographer, while being happy to go out of their way in order to look after his or her clients, should not compromise on their own work simply to land a job! 

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As previously mentioned, meeting your photographer is important. If meeting up directly with your chosen photographer is not possible, maybe because it is a destination wedding or there are other factors in the way, then you of course can speak on the phone; I also often offer Skype or FaceTime chats if meeting up in the early stages of booking is not possible. In all but my entry level package I also offer the couple a complimentary engagement/pre-wedding shoot. The value in this for the both parties, can not be overstated. Any nerves can be put to rest, questions asked and, of course, you get some photos as a result - perfect for a save the date cards or guest signing frames. You will also see a very good insight into how your chosen photographer will be on the big day itself. Any doubts at this time still gives opportunity to make changes and find a replacement, which is the reason I often offer those complimentary shoots; I want to assure the couple that have booked me, that they made the right choice. If either of them have any fear of the attention and focus of a camera being pointed at them for the vast part of such a day, then I want them to be confident in me, the process and in the images that will be produced. Look for a photographer that offers this, as a way of really knowing what you are paying for. It can be a good test run if you will. 

Just splashing the cash on something is not going to guarantee quality. And even if the work is stunning, are you all on the same wavelength? Of course you have a budget, and fantastic - you like their work. Just make sure you all click. Being relaxed and at ease is the most important part to getting the best photos on your day.

Lucria Creative wedding photography

Though you’ll have a budget in mind (and only you know what you can afford), often you do get what you pay for. The average spend on photography in the UK at the time of writing, to give you some context, is around £2000 - £2500. If you can afford more, then you may be able to afford someone more established or with a wider package offering. If that is out of your price range, then maybe you will be lucky and find someone starting out, just be carful to watch out for the pitfalls that I mention in the previous parts to this blog series concerning these options.  

There are of course other factors to the price, such as what is included. If you can afford X amount, and you like the photographers or studio’s work, and they are free on your day (it always pays to book in advance to make sure you avoid disappointment) then you will want to find out what you actually get for your money. If you are spending around the £2k mark, or more, then you will be wanting a damn good product. A book and prints maybe. This is one of the key reasons to pay this amount, and why a truly creative photographer will value the printed product. We at Lucria offer fantastic hand finished books, as well as a range of printing and mounting options all from the best quality companies for this very reason. We believe in a full service offering. And that is something you will just not get at the lower end of budgets.

So what else are you getting for your money?

You have found a photographer that you like. You love the work they produce, and you have had some face to face time. You believe they are the photographer to capture your wedding day perfectly. You are paying good money, so you expect more than the images on a disk or USB stick. You want printed products, and of course you want high quality. If you are paying a professional to give you professional service, then you of course expect a professional product.

The importance of the printed product can not be undervalued. If you tell yourself you will get a book or prints made up later, and you follow up on this, then you are one of the few that actually do. So credit would be due. But if you leave it to the professional, you will be getting a professional product worthy of the investment. And an investment is what truly good photography certainly is.

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As an example, the books that we include here at Lucria Creative, are not your average photo book. They are styled to reflect our artistic style and to give you, the client, the best value for money. There are of course upgradable options, but the standard of the included book is nothing short of top quality; as it should be! A bespoke design, hand finished and impeccable style all come together to form a product that we are proud to showcase our work in. This is not something your local print lab or online store can offer, or can put together for the cheap prices you may see advertised. The gulf in quality difference is vast. And putting one of these together to look stylish and elegant is often not an easy task, even though that advert claims it can be done with a few clicks in 10 minutes. Don’t believe me? Then don’t take the risk, and try it beforehand to find out. Use some family images and make yourself up a nice little book, and then compare it to some on offer by your photographer and you should be able to instantly tell the difference.  

To view an example of our package products click here.

We not only include the book already mentioned, together with a perfectly formed case to protect your memories; we also include our video-slideshows on a disk, ready to play at home in your entertainment centre, and all the images and digital copies on a USB stick in presentation and storage case. 

We have a range of stylish print options available too. And with some of our packages there is also the chance to add more value with our same day edits, personalised website, Life in squares design collection, printed, mounted and framed, all ready to adorn your wall as well as our unique ‘customer for life’ service. 

Is your chosen photographer giving you value for your money? If they truly are, as well as them, their skill and artistic merit, they should be striving to give you impeccable service, and this includes the final product. The photographer that offers this will be more dedicated, more professional and more worthy of you spending your hard earned cash on, than someone that simply puts all the images on a disk for you, with no end product. You want to be assured that the potentially higher costs to you has all the benefits that it should have. Is your photographer insured? Do they have back up systems for the precious once in a life time images. Do they have back up equipment and plans if anything were to go wrong on the day? And what exactly do you get for your money, as in a digital world the lines can often be blurred. 

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Which is what we will talk about next, so join us for part 4 as we breakdown what a digital file actual is, we discuss RAW files and digital negatives and give you all the information you need to know.