What better way to spend your birthday sitting in the studio and eating cake!
That’s what we let the little ones do when they come for a cake smash. Great for a first birthday pressie or to treat your little one to. We simply let them loose in the studio with a big birthday cake, they can make as much mess as they like, eat as much cake and then finish off with a bath in our little vintage bath and we photograph it for you. How much fun is that!
We currently have an offer for cake smash and bath photos together for £35 which includes a 5×7 images of your choice
All this talk of cake has made me hungry, might have to nip to the coffee shop!
My family like to have lots of fun and why not we only live once!
Every year in the summer holidays we plan a mini festival with all of the Rigbye crew, 12 adults and 6 little ones – Rigfest
This years theme was ‘Neon’ so as you can imagine, it consisted of lots of neon paint, colourful clothes and a random inflatable swan of course!
The festival kicks off mid afternoon setting up camp with a cold drink! Then its BBQ time, with my husband David being a butcher we always have great BBQ, this year the juicy steaks and ribs went down a treat! Once we are full to bursting its time for us all to perform an act from ‘the baby shark dance’ to singing your favourite song anything goes! As the evening draws in it’s time enjoy a few drinks by the fire. The festival comes to an end with a huge English breakfast on Sunday morning!
Another great time had by all, time to start thinking of next years theme!
I always feel lucky that I get to capture those precious moments of newborn babies. They’ve only just come into the world, they’re still teeny tiny and you get to see first hand how the parents are already completely besotted.
Time flies by so quickly that unfortunately they don’t stay newborn for long! I find it best to take photos in the first couple of weeks when they’re still sleeping lots and it’s easy enough to get them into a deep sleep. So we make sure we allow plenty of time for feeds, and also for any feeds or nappy changes.
If it isn’t the first baby in the family, then it’s also nice to have a few family photos too, capturing the special bond between siblings and creating the first family portrait with the new addition.
As the wedding season is now in full swing I thought it was a must to show you how much fun people have been having on the dancefloor! Wedding guests have definitely put their dancing shoes on, strutting their stuff on the dancefloor all night long.
For me this is great as I’ve been able to play around with my new flashgun, the amazing Profoto A1 . Although a little pricey the Profoto A1 AirTTL-C is just great, super quick, super powerful and the battery life is perfect for an all day wedding. 5 out of 5 from me!
Back to the dancefloor, and I wanted to create the party atmosphere, freezing the action but also showing the full dancefloor and moment within the shot. For this effect I used a ‘dragging the shutter’ technique which is balancing flash and ambient light. It was great playing around with different exposures to get the best shot, especially after the guests have had a few drinks!
lense – 17mm wide lense
British Transplant Games
Last week as a family we got the pleasure of attending the British transplant games in Birmingham. This was Jack’s first year taking part after receiving a kidney transplant last October.
Jack did great on his first day, competing in the table tennis 6-8 yrs group, finishing up with a bronze medal. Needless to say he was smiling ear to ear for the rest of the day!
On the Sunday I took part in the relay donor run, a race for all those who have donated their kidney for others. Having forgot about this race I hadn’t come equipped so ended up doing the run with floral shorts (defo not sports ones) and borrowed trainers! All went well and we came second.
The weekend was nicely finished off with a ball on the Sunday evening organised by Kidneys for Life. Once the medals had been handed out and the food had been eaten it was time for drinking and dancing by all!
So today is my first day back in the studio, refreshed and revitalised after my Summer holiday. We had a lovely week away in the sunshine and it was so nice to switch off and relax.
Firstly, we spent 2 days in Malaga, exploring the city. Trying to take in some of the culture, this included a trip to the Centre Pompidou, the Malaga pop up museum. Adding some education into the mix between all of the eating and drinking we were doing.
The rest of the week was spent in Benalmadena, at a child friendly hotel complete with kid’s club, discos and film nights, which the boys loved and had a ball dancing away every night at. We also managed a trip to the beach with our two new additions to the family, Terry the turtle and Sally the swan and I’m pleased to say they made the journey home with us to live happily ever after in Heskin. Now just to fins a paddling pool big enough to fit them in!!
School's out for Summer
The best thing about the Summer holidays is no school/nursery drop off, trying to remember packed lunches and PE kits and rushing from work to try and make Star Assembly!
However with us now entering August already, I feel like the countdown is already on for the new term.. More so this year perhaps as my youngest boy, Ben starts school in September. Where does the time go?! Time for brand new uniforms and squeaky clean school shoes.
We love to mark this special occasion for little ones each year at Capture with school photos. A little memory of just how sweet and innocent they were when they started, a comparison for when they start High School (eek) and a reminder of just how clean their uniforms could be before they had to be washed 9762 times!!
Blue Skies at the beach
Last week we headed over to Lytham St Annes for beach photos. Now in previous years, we always seem to book in the summer beach photos on a grey and rainy day! However this time was different and we arrived at the beach greeted with sunshine and blue skies, great for photos!
All the little ones smiled away, as you can see from the photos and I think the mums and das had a pretty fun time too! The sunshine puts everyone in a good mood. Now it’s just fingers crossed we have the same beautiful weather for the next set of beach photos in August!!
In its day Camelot theme park was one of the North West’s most prominent tourist attractions. Bringing in visitors from far and wide to have a fun filled day out, with rides including the famous Tower of Terror. In November 2012, some 29 years after it first opened its doors to the public it was announced that Camelot was to shutdown.
What was once a magical theme park is now an abandoned eerie site as we found out last night when we decided to sneak in to take photos, all in the name of the blog! Although our visit was cut a little short due to a big man and his dog we had a great time exploring the park!
Run Forest Run!
My big sister Michelle turns 40 in November. After a few drinks one night she decided in her 40th year she wanted to sign up for a half marathon. Once we’d signed up we hit the training hard heading out 3 times a week.
So on Sunday we headed to a sunny Southport to run 13.2 miles in the 29 degree heat, we must be mad! 2 hours 13 minutes later we finished the crossing line, hot and sweaty but totally worth it!
Also on Michelle’s list was a boozy dancing weekend in Benidorm, think the most running we’ll be doing that weekend is to the bar. Not sure any of those photos will be fit for the blog!!
As we are now fully immersed into the wedding season, I thought I could try and help you tick one of the jobs off your list, your first dance song. This song will for evermore bring you back to your wedding day, reminding you of the most amazing time you had with all of your favourite people.
The hardest part is probably trying to find a song you both love which reflects your personalities and the day itself. Do you want to sway together to a romantic ballad or choregraph a routine to a more upbeat tune?!
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions;
At Last – Etta James
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
By Your Side – Sade
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
You’ve Got The Love – Florence & The Machine
All Of Me – John Legend
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
Heroes – David Bowie
Sea Of Love – Cat Power
Poetic – Seinabo Sey
Shake, Rattle and Roll
No two days are ever the same here at Capture, which keeps us on our toes! And also makes for a wide range of interesting photography. Case in point a couple of weeks age when we were asked to photograph a 70’s themed birthday party.
It was so much fun seeing all the different costumes, lots of platforms, flares and wigs. And all the bright colours make for the most fun photos. Everyone had made such an effort, with even Elvis coming back from the dead to make an appearance.
I’m sure there were some sore feet (and heads) the next day from all the dancing, but it would definitely have been worth it to help the birthday girl celebrate in style!
Cedar Farm Day
This coming Sunday 10th June we are celebrating Cedar Farm Day, here at our studios location in Mawdesley near Ormskirk. There’s going to be all sorts going on at the farm, celebrating the best of craft and festival fun!
There will be lots to entertain you including story telling in the animal barn, archery demonstrations, BBQ food (along with lots of beer, gin and prosecco) from the cafe in the courtyard, live music, tasters, art and craft demonstrations, workshops and lots more.
With the weather looking so nice too, it’s perfect for a day out with the family or friends and an ideal way to entertain the children.
Fun in the sun
After photographing Sarah & Neil’s wedding on Saturday, the photos were backed up and the gear packed up ready for a fun filled few days in Spain for our friend Liz’s Hen Party.
Obviously, what happens in Spain, stays in Spain so we can’t divulge too much I’m afraid, but I think we gave her the send off into married life she deserves!
We’re back in the studio today and it would be fair to say we are here in body, but not so much in spirit as we recover from the last few days escapades. There’s no rest for the wicked though, as we have a fully booked day of portraits, pre wedding chats and viewings, so must get back to it!
With only days to go till Megan & Harry’s big day it feels like wedding fever is hitting it’s peak. What’s better than a Royal Wedding to celebrate all things white and wonderful and here at Heather Capture we’re getting full swing into wedding season.
We love getting to share someone’s big day, capturing all of those special moments and creating memories for them to look back on for years to come.
We’re celebrating the Royal Wedding here at Cedar Farm throughout the month of May with a wedding exhibition here in the Art @ Cedar Farm building, showcasing all the businesses and what they have to offer to help you prepare for your own big day.
To mark the occasion at Heather Capture, we are offering £100 discount for any wedding bookings made during the Royal Wedding weekend.
Bank holiday fun
This weeks blog post comes from a very sunny bank holiday weekend at centre parcs.
The weekend was full of fun, woodland treks, baby geese, wine and BBQs!
Although clocked off from work for the weekend my big camera is always by my side ready to get all the action, even if David gets bored of smiling for me!
We had a such a great time it always ticks all the boxes for a family weekend away, refuelled and ready for back to the studio!
Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend
Photos down the lane
I love creating photos of people to treasure forever.
At Capture we do lots of portraits, from new born babies, right through to big birthday celebrations such as 90th parties!
One of our most popular photos are ‘down the lane images’ which are simply what it says on the can!
Jake and Josh had lots of fun down the lane at weekend, looking so grown up from their last photoshoot with us.
Me and the boys laughed a lot, I have tried to capture the boys in a relaxed and fun way showing their personalities within the images I created.
Enjoy viewing them, especially Ann!
It’s back to school today on the blog as we give you little history lesson on the beginnings of Capture. Capture is now 16 years old!! It was started in 2002 when Heather photographed her first wedding. After studying Photography at Blackpool College she had decided to setup her own business, and soon began expanding taking photos of family portraits as well as weddings and setting up a studio in her mum and dads garage.
I joined Heather in 2008 (eek!) helping to share her ever increasing workload and taking over the admin and accounts side of the business as well as having the important task of designing the wedding albums.
Two years later we moved to a studio at Cedar farm in Mawdesley and we haven’t looked back since. Working here gave us the opportunity to dip our toes into the world of commercial photography, taking product photos and headshots for the businesses here. Since then we have gone on to take photos for customers such as Jaffa, Jack Spratt & tandoor-i.
Taking photos is Heathers passion and safe to say she is pretty well practised with a camera, she is always taking photos as you can see from her Instagram (@heathercapturephotography), whether she’s working or not. And as you can see from the photos below, she’s pretty good at it too!
Welcome to our new website! We’ve been busy behind the scenes here at Capture for the past couple of months working on refreshing and updating our website and switching things up with a brand new logo.
Which therefore means the blog is back! For those that have visited these parts before, you may have missed the blog where we like to give you a little sneak preview of our recent portraits and weddings and for those that are first time visitors, welcome along!
As well as the logo and website, we’ve made a few changes to the studio. A brand new sofa (which I can confirm is very comfortable, to enjoy viewing your photos) new studio flooring and a cosy corner downstairs with our new frame sample and a snazzy yellow velvet chair.
We’re still working on a few more additions to the studio, but we’ll keep you updated as we go along, it’s pretty much like Grand Designs around here!
Heather Capture Photography, Cedar Farm Galleries, Mawdesley T: 01704 823069