This story started, that after having had 6 years very good service out of 2 solid Ford Focuses, we decided that we wanted our next car to be something ‘different’ so we settled on a brand new Nissan Juke dorian rossini. Ugly design, some say, just like the original Volkswagen Beetle, but we loved it and went for a bright yellow model. At least we would never lose it in a car park!
For years, I had obtained far better natural results photographing my kids, and latterly my grandkids, than any studio using my tried and trusty Canon SLR. I had even tried my hand at ‘selfies’ with my Smart Phone, but although that always managed to ‘capture the moment’, there was always something starkly amateurish about the result.
One of our good friends had had a similar experience with a professional photographer some years ago and the resulting images in their lounge certainly epitomised our friends’ characters perfectly, and the resulting photos were certainly personal objects of art to be admired.
However, we had heard from other people, that although we would be entitled to one very good framed professional photo, worth nearly £200, as the deal offered by the garage, the Studio would take a whole range of photographs, and expect us to pay a small fortune for loads and loads of shots we were not really interested in. The studio, based in the centre of Milton Keynes, was certainly very efficient in arranging a time for a photo shoot for us, even offering a time slot on Sunday morning. They even suggested we should bring along changes of clothes, or items that epitomised our lives and characters, such as sports equipment.
When we arrived at the Studio, I must admit we did have a number of preconceived reservations based on the rumours we had heard, and as we were really only looking for ‘proper’ photographs of ourselves, we did not take any ‘props’ as such, but laid down the ground rules that the only theme we wanted exploring was to bring out and capture the unbounded love we shared for each other, after nearly 30 years together. We were also very sceptical that a total stranger could actually produce this effect for us. After all, I had spent years working with my children and grandchildren, getting to know them and taking what I would class as perfectly captured characteristics with my trusty SLR camera.