Baby Portraits at Empire State Photography

Let us help you celebrate the new addition to your family with a beautiful piece of artwork to hang in your home. They won’t be this size forever, so capture the moment by booking a Baby Photoshoot with us today for just £25!

Your Baby Photography Session Includes:

  • A full photoshoot experience in our custom-designed studio, conducted by a skilled photographer.
  • Professional retouching with state-of-the-art image editing software performed by an experienced professional.
  • Cinematic viewing of the images on the same day.
  • A digital copy of your favorite image (Copyright included!) OR a 30×40 cm canvas to take home!

Make an appointment with our online booking tool to get 40% off the listed price!

Celebrate Your Family

For just £25, you can have an incredible, bespoke piece of artwork to hang in your home. Book your Family Photoshoot with us online and get a further 40% off the listed price!

Your Family Shoot Includes:

  • A full photoshoot experience in our custom-designed studio, conducted by a skilled photographer.
  • Professional retouching with state-of-the-art image editing software performed by an experienced professional.
  • Cinematic viewing of the images on the same day.
  • A digital copy of your favorite image (Copyright included!) OR a 30×40 cm canvas to take home!

Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Hello all! It feels like we’ve decided to skip Spring and dive straight into Summer. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to see the last of the snow this year.

Warmer weather means shorts, cold treats enjoyed outside, trips to the park, and enjoying the beauty spots in Gloucestershire. For us, it means using the lovely temperatures and beautiful natural conditions to shoot outdoors.

(Interested in getting an outdoor portrait done of yourself and your family? Give us a call at 01452 310002 or email us at bookings@empirestatephotography.co.uk and let’s talk about it!)

 

Don’t like the weather? Wait fifteen minutes!

In Britain, you can’t always count on having a beautiful, sunny day for your pictures. On any given day, there is at least a slight chance of clouds, if not rain. That’s okay! Overcast weather makes for a natural diffuser, so it makes the human skin look incredible. It may not be intuitive, but a cloudy day can make for some killer photos in natural light!

 

The Golden Hour

If you have an interest in Photography, you may have heard about The Golden Hour. This is a period of time just after sunrise or before sunset where the quality of the light is a little softer and redder than it is when the sun is high in the sky. It’s true – you can get some truly incredible shots working outdoors during the Golden Hour!

It’s especially fun when the weather is nice and warm!

Unfortunately, as we approach the warmer season, sunrise comes earlier and sunset comes later. This means that if you want to take advantage of these gorgeous lighting conditions, you’re going to have to get out there for an early start at 6 AM or a late finish at 9 PM. Wrangling children at those hours can be extremely challenging, depending on the age, but the results are often worth it!

 

Light is beautiful during the Golden Hour!

 

Action Shots!

A big benefit to shooting outside with children is the ability to capture them in their natural habitat – having loads of fun at play! It’s difficult to tell a child to sit still in front of a studio backdrop. It’s the easiest thing in the world to tell a child to run around and have fun in the park, and you can get great shots out of it.

It can be difficult to nail the focus on shots like these, especially if you’re getting the frame in tight to the face. When they’re excited at play, though, opportunities come quickly and easily.

 

A baby in motion is extremely hard to catch in-focus!

 

How can I book an outdoor session?

Outdoor sessions are a little bit different to our usual offerings. We charge £195 for an outdoor appointment as opposed to our usual New York Package rate. This is because an outdoor session necessarily occupies a much larger time slot than usual, as well as requiring us to bring all of the kit to the location and back.

To compensate for the higher price, you do get more at the end of the shoot. Four images are included in the cost instead of the usual one! We also allow up to ten subjects instead of the usual eight, because the normal restrictions on fitting large numbers of people against our backdrops no longer apply.

To book an outdoor session, please have a think about where you’d like the shoot done and how many people you’d like to invite. Then, give us a call at 01452 310002 to discuss it with us, so we can work out a date and time!

Top Three Tips For Your Pet Photoshoot

Top Three Tips For Your Pet Photoshoot

Pets are more than just friends. They’re family. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, or something more exotic, they’re an important part of your household. Great news – we do allow well-behaved pets in the studio! Why not let us create a beautiful portrait of them for you to keep forever?

(Interested in getting a portrait done of your pet? You can book online with us for just £15 and get a lovely canvas print at no extra cost with our New York Package!)

Pets are a unique and fun challenge! Most of them are fairly bad at following directions – Cats, for example, pride themselves on doing the opposite of what you want them to. Even so, there’s a natural beauty to animals that lends itself to some stunning photography. Here’s some advice for bringing your pet into the studio!

 

Patience:

Being calm and patient goes a long way toward making your pet feel at ease in the studio. Dogs are especially sensitive to human emotions and they respond well to human cues. If you’re relaxed, they’re relaxed.

It can be difficult to get a good shot of any pet, but patience is always rewarded. We’ve never had a situation where getting a satisfying image was outright impossible, and the key is keeping a cool head.

 

Bribery:

Sometimes, being calm is not quite enough. That’s okay. The next step is a classic – bribery!

Treats and the promise of treats can work wonders with regard to getting your pet to hold position for the camera. Dogs understand the concept well and will frequently cooperate in exchange for payment. Cats also understand the concept of collecting tribute from their humans, and can often be convinced to stay in one place if you pay them.

This cooperation only lasts for a moment in a lot of cases, but that’s often enough. It only takes a second to capture the image.

Bribery is a tried and true method.

Cuddles:

Is your pet inclined to dash under the couch when you put them down? Do they find the urge to sniff everything in sight irrepressible? This is where cuddles can help.

A dog wants to be near you most of the time to begin with, so they’re much more inclined to sit still for a photograph if their favorite humans are sitting with them. Pets like Cats and Rabbits are also small enough to hold, which both makes for a touching picture and prevents them from flying off at the same time.

Dogs and Cats are by no means the only pets we do. We’re perfectly willing to take pictures of any family pet you can bring, as long as we can get it up to the studio! To enquire, email us at bookings@empirestatephotography.co.uk or call us at 01452310002.

Cuddles can get a timid pup into the shot!

The Frosty Foster Wedding

The Frosty Foster Wedding

We recently had the privilege of shooting a local wedding. It was a fantastic experience for all of us! There were a lot of great moments to document, and it was a genuine honor to be asked to take the photos. The weather was cold, but the mood was warm!

(Interested in getting a studio portrait? To book a session with us, help yourself to a substantial 40% off discount by booking online below!)

We shot at three different locations for this – the Shire Hall in Gloucester, Hillfield Gardens Park, and finally at the All Nations Club for the reception. It was over the weekend of the 3rd March, and the weather was uncharacteristically cold and snowy. Remember “The Beast From The East”? We were right in its grip!

Getting portraits done in the snow is actually a lot of fun and makes for some amazing shots, but convincing the bridal party to suffer for art by standing in the chill on their special day while we work is much, much harder.

Fortunately, the results speak for themselves!

This was a long time coming!

The highlight of the night was, for me, the Groom’s Speech. He surprised us all with a Reggae song in front of everyone, serenading his beautiful bride with something genuine, heartfelt, and incredible. He really nailed it – there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

It’s incredible when a wedding becomes a concert!

If you’re getting married soon and you’d like for us to do your photos, please give us a call at 01452 310002 or email us at bookings@empirestatephotography.co.uk!

Getting Your Canvas Printed

Getting Your Canvas Printed

Have you got a digital image with us that you’d love to put on display in your home, but you’re not sure where to start? Don’t worry! Empire State Photography has you covered. With the helpful tips in this post, you should have everything you need to get your image on display in your home!

(Are you interested in booking a photoshoot with us? Book online and get 40% off our flagship offer: The New York Package! It comes with a canvas!)

Why get a canvas?

Digital images are versatile and useable in a lot of different ways. They make great gifts as prints, for example, and they can really put your best foot forward on social media.

A professional photograph is first and foremost a fine art product, and what better way to display it than on the wall at your home? A canvas print can draw positive attention to you and your family in the house, and it brightens up any room you put it in. It’s a timeless, ageless keepsake that will stay with you for years!

Size Matters

Before you spend any money, it’s helpful to consider how large you need your canvas to be.

The first step is to find a space in your home where you’d like it to be on display. This should be an area that gets a decent amount of traffic and a moderate amount of light. Too little, and the color tones in the canvas will seem more muted than they actually are. Too much, and they may look too bright. It’s also important to note that direct sunlight will damage the color tones of your canvas over time, although if you have the digital copy of the image, getting it replaced is fairly cheap and easy.

Next, it’s time to get out your tape measure! How much space do you want to fill? Visually speaking, the size of the canvas will affect how much attention it draws. A large canvas will command more of the room and is best placed on a wall by itself, or with smaller additional images. A smaller canvas will be a little more understated and can fit well with a group of images. Most importantly, you should know how much space you actually have to work with before parting with any cash!

At Empire State Photography, our favorite sizes are 30×40 cm, 40×60 cm, and 60×80 cm. Here’s what they look like – we’ve included a banana for scale!

 

Top left is 60 x 80, right is 40 x 60, and the bottom is 30 x 40.

 

Image Resolution

If you went to a professional studio to get your portrait done, then the digital image you’ve got for printing is certain to be high resolution. That means you’re all set – you can get your canvas printed in any size you want and you won’t have to worry about the image size affecting the quality.

If the image you’re looking to get printed is smaller in size, either because the photographer cropped it quite aggressively or wasn’t using a high quality digital camera, then you have to consider this when choosing your canvas size. It doesn’t mean you can’t get a canvas that looks amazing, but it does mean that you might see pixels if you tried to print a small digital image to a large canvas size.

For reference, our images are typically over five thousand pixels by thirty-five hundred pixels, which is more than large enough for you to get printed at any size you like. Also, reputable  printers will tell you if the image is too small before you print anything!

Also, please bear the image’s ratio in mind! A rectangular image may not work well with a square print.

Copyright

If you’re going to get your images printed at a brick and mortar store, it’s important that you be able to present proof of copyright. Many photography studios will not transfer copyright to you on purchase, and will raise a big stink if you’re using their images without permission, so high street printers will often ask to see proof of copyright when you go to get your images printed.

At Empire State Photography, we do give you copyright of the images. If you came to us for your images, this proof can be found in the white order form you were given at the point of purchase. If you need another copy of that form, just ask!

The Printer

Choosing the right printer for your images is another important part of the process. Prices for these can vary, but so can quality. It’s tempting to spend as little as possible getting it done at a drugstore, but unfortunately, these printers often cut corners when it comes to color matching. This means that the exact colors of the canvas might seem a little off compared to the digital image you have. It is a bit of a gamble, so be careful about buying cheap.

My personal recommendation for general consumer printing is Photobox. They have a wide range of products, they have frequent sales, and their online canvas creator tool is quite useful for getting a general view of how the finished product will look before you push go. They also sell hanging kits with every order, which can save you a trip to the hardware store.

Or… Let Us Handle Everything!

Another option is to let us handle the printing process. Our prices for this are available on our website, and letting us do the work means you won’t have to worry if the image is too small or if the colors will look right.

If you follow this advice, your new canvas will be a fantastic addition to your home decor!