Monday 2 December 2013

Stunning Graffiti Hyperlapse Video

Believe it or not, this is photography.

A hyperlapse video (think timelapse but with the camera moving between frames) of a vast warehouse in Brisbane being graffitied.

A million miles from what I do with a camera, but art nonetheless and stunning to watch.

Skip past the first bit and enjoy some astonishing visuals...

Monday 16 September 2013

Sale Newborn Photography - Max

A few weeks ago I got to photograph the new arrival of one of our fellow NCT classmates. Baby Max was chilled out at home and didn't seem to mind all the attention! 

Here are a few favourite pictures from the newborn photography session in Sale, Manchester...

Thursday 12 September 2013

Five Tips for A Better Bump Photography Session

Baby Grow Photography in Urmston, Manchester is committed to ensuring you have the very best experience from your bump photography session. I know the whole thing can be daunting, but follow these tips and you'll go a long way towards having a successful, pain-free and enjoyable shoot. And who knows, you might even like the pictures too!

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Help Me Smile - A Charity Photography Event in Urmston, Manchester

I'm planning something very exciting for October and wanted to let you know about it...

On October 13th 2013 I will be hosting a babies and kids photography day called Help Me Smile in Urmston, Manchester to raise funds for a charity which provides life-saving surgery for children born with cleft-lips and palates.

"This fantastic charity aims to get kids smiling,
which is also my goal as a photographer!"

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Bolton First Birthday Photography - Mohammed

A fantastically chaotic session to celebrate this energetic little boy's first birthday...

Monday 22 July 2013

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Burnley Bump Photography - Samantha

Samantha set the bar high with the example images that she sent me, but with a little bit of hard work, some creativity and quite a few metres of fabric, we were able to create some fantastic bump photographs for her and Bruno.

I don't think the newborn photoshoot will be quite this calm or serene, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless!

Thursday 9 May 2013

Worsley Family Photography

The grandparents' wedding anniversary may have been the initial reason for this family photography shoot in Worsley, but I couldn't leave without taking some pictures of these fantastic brothers messing about and having fun together!

Monday 8 April 2013

Chester Town Hall Wedding Photography - Caroline and Lee

Caroline and Lee got married at Chester Town Hall on Friday 5th April in a service which left very few dry eyes...

Here are a few memories from the day.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Christmas Baby Fair in Altrincham - Baby Photography

Wow, it really has taken too long to get this blog posted - Christmas is a distant memory now (though the weather is still rather wintry!), but I thought the pictures should be seen even if they are a bit late!

I photographed the eager kids at a Christmas baby fair in Altrincham, organised by Kate at The Baby Massage Company... with just a few minutes with each child (and in some cases several at once!) it was a challenging day, but fantastic fun. Here are a few pictures from the day...

Friday 8 March 2013

Cheshire Engagement Photography - Caroline and Lee

We weren't going to let the fishermen spoil our photo shoot down by the river, so off we went for a wander along the riverbank...

Here are a few pictures from the day. Can't wait to photograph Caroline and Lee's wedding at Chester Town Hall in April...

Sunday 24 February 2013

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography - Louise and Matt

The weather may have been chilly (and even snowing at one point), but this wedding was all about being warm, welcoming, relaxed and fun.

Louise and Matt got married at Sandhole Oak Barn in Congleton on 23rd February 2013  and I had the pleasure of photographing their day. Here are a few quickly-edited pictures, which will hopefully reach them before they jet off to Cuba on their honeymoon!

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Manchester Headshots - Jay

A recent business shoot - with a few different looks to give the client more options...

Monday 26 November 2012

Rochdale Wedding Photography - Louise & Matt's Engagement

Louise and Matt's engagement shoot at the Wayoh reservoir...

A beautiful setting, a wonderfully crisp morning, and by the end of the shoot, two extremely wet feet!

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Launching Tomorrow - Baby Grow Photography!

Yes, Baby Grow Photography is launching tomorrow! Here are some of the great reasons to get excited...
  • FREE iPhone/Android Gallery App for everyone in the first month
  • PRODUCT UPGRADES for everyone in the first month - e.g. buy a medium canvas get a large one for the same price
  • SESSION FEE REFUND for one lucky person!
Plus, you know, some great photography, lots of fun and memories to cherish forever, that kind of stuff...
All available in Urmston, Manchester and beyond!
Check out if you don't believe me! :-)

Monday 16 July 2012

Wedding Second Shooting with Rob Finney Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing with Rob Finney Photography at a wedding in Shropshire last month - the weather looked gloomy but thankfully stayed clear, and we had a great day. Here are a few of my favourites from the day...

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Stockton Heath Bump Photography - Laura

A few selected images from a recent baby bump photo session with Laura (and Gareth) in Stockton Heath...

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Buxton Wedding Photography - Debbie and Chris

The wedding of Debbie and Chris at the Lee Wood Hotel in Buxton on a beautifully sunny May day...

Saturday 21 April 2012

Preston Wedding Photography - Claire and Ian

The wedding of Claire and Ian, at St Michael's Church in Kirkham, Preston, and afterwards at The Villa Country House Hotel.

A preview of a wonderful day...

Thursday 19 April 2012

Liverpool Family Portrait Photography - Croxteth Hall

A quick sneak peek of a family portrait session from a few weeks ago...

The weather held off for us (even though it was a bit cold!) and we had great fun on a recent family portrait photo shoot running from location to location in the fabulous Croxteth Hall and Country Park in Liverpool.

It went something like this...

Jackets off - 'click' - jackets back on again!

Monday 27 February 2012

Nobody Likes a Trumpet-Blower...

...but here are some very recent comments from satisfied clients of Keep Shooting Photography!

I'm really pleased we chose Keep Shooting Photography. Chris has a lovely relaxed manner and makes you forget about the camera and enjoy yourself. He took photos of us with our young daughter and she loved him! He worked quickly so she didn't lose interest and I don't know how but he really managed to capture her personality in the photographs. I love the photos - even the ones with me in! 

Amazing Photos & Experience! Chris is professional, yet keeps things relaxed so the end result are images that you'd be proud to put up on your walls at home. Chris has taken my bump photos, our early photos of our son & ones on our son's naming day and they are all fabulous! We would recommend and will be using Chris again. Lovely Chap with an eye for detail. 

I definitely recommend Keep Shooting Photography! I was very nervous about posing for photos, especially getting my 18 yr old son to join me, but decided it was now or never. Chris made the process so much fun, relaxing and enjoyable and I now have lots of amazing pictures to treasure, that you just could not recreate with family snaps. It's so worth it! 

Hired Chris to photograph our 9 month old daughter - thought the session itself was very relaxed and very professional, Chris made everything easy and enjoyable. The end result was beyond what we could have expected and we have photos on display at home now as do several relatives. Very pleased with the service and will certainly be recommending Chris.

Our experience working with Chris as our wedding photographer was exceptional. Not only was Chris professional and creative he also made the day relaxed and enjoyable. At no point in the day did we feel that having our photograph taken was a hassle. Chris blended in as though he was one of the guests whilst still producing some amazing memories for us to keep. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know!! Thank you Chris!! 

Fantastic photos - Chris took some really great photos, he has a naturally ability to capture the very best moments from every scene he shoots. His professional and relaxed style makes the whole process really enjoyable and fun for all involved. We'll definately be using Chris again and highly recommend him to anybody wanting great family photos at affordable prices. 

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Thursday 23 February 2012

Filling The Empty Box

Photography is about filling an empty box. You see that box when you look through the viewfinder of your camera, and it is entirely up to you what you put in it.

That empty box does not just exist in the viewfinder, either. It exists on your client's living room wall. And on their website. And in their magazine. And in their photo album. And a hundred places other than that. Wherever photography is displayed, it was just an empty box before there was a photograph in it.

That box is yours to fill. You can choose to point your camera at a landscape, or a baby, at a supermodel or a car, at a warzone or at a bride. But it's your choice. Hell, you can even choose the shape of your box - rectangular, square, panoramic, whatever. And it is precisely because of these choices that people always say that "the camera points both ways". A photo says as much about the photographer as it does about the subject.

Before every shoot, or even before every shot, imagine that you're starting with an empty box.

Now, make a concious decision on what elements to put into the frame, where to position those elements, and how you want them to interact with one another. Those decisions should help your photograph say what you want it to say.

Now these choices can scare some people, because they may not have the imagination, or indeed the inclination, to craft an image rather than just snapping it. To 'make' a picture rather than just 'take' a picture. That is fair enough, but remember that if you do have the imagination, and you do have the inclination to craft a picture, then your photos will be much richer as a result.

The box is yours to fill, and if you do it right, you'll put a little bit of 'you' in there every time...


Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Thursday 16 February 2012

New Wedding Albums from Folio Albums

Keep Shooting Photography is proud to offer Folio Albums to all its clients - these fine art albums are 100% British made using archival quality papers and inks so your album will last a lifetime and beyond. They utilise eco friendly packaging, which is designed to minimise waste and their shipping is carbon neutral.

But most of all, they are beautiful quality albums, produced without compromise to celebrate your special day...

Monday 13 February 2012

Who Needs a Wedding Photographer Anyway?!

These are austere times, there is no denying that. We all need to be very careful about where we spend our money, and brides-to-be are no exception.

It can be very easy to think about cutting a corner here, and shaving a cost there, but if you're not careful you run the risk of jeopardising the memories of the day you're working so hard to create.

You could probably reduce costs on your cake, your invites and even your wedding favours, and no-one would notice. But if you scrimp on your photographer, and use someone who is not up to the job, would anyone notice? ABSOLUTELY!

You may have seen some of Uncle Bob's photos, and may think that he knows one end of an f-stop from the other, but it's simply not just down to being proficient with a camera. Wedding photography is one of the most varied and fast moving photography assignments out there - you have to be able to deal with changing lighting, changing locations, changing weather, organising lots of people, subjects who might rather be at the bar, and the frequently delicate family relationships that can bubble over after a few glasses of Buck's Fizz.

So, before you decide to let Uncle Bob loose on your wedding with his camera, ask yourself these questions...

Friday 10 February 2012

Altrincham Family Photography - Sneak Peek From This Weekend

A quick preview of the family portrait photographs from this weekend in Altrincham... being put together as a present for Grandad's birthday!

Thursday 9 February 2012

Monday 6 February 2012

The Most Important Question...

When choosing a photographer, a lot of people will focus on the portfolio, or the equipment the photographer uses, or the price of a 10x8 print. And whilst these things are obviously important, they are only a part of the equation.

So, why should you choose one photographer over another? What is the x-factor that swings the decision for you?

Friday 3 February 2012

Albright Hussey Wedding Photography - Nick and Sarah

Another long overdue wedding blog, this time from second shooting with Rob Finney Photography at the Albright Hussey Manor hotel in Shrewsbury... a bit of a hike for me, but anything to help Rob out :-)

With Rob leading the 'must-have' photography for the day, it was down to me to capture a different perspective on the wedding. Here's a few from the day...

Tuesday 31 January 2012

The Wedding Ring Race...

Before Karen and Danny's wedding got into full flow, I visited the groom during his preparations to shoot a few 'getting ready' pictures of him and the boys. Part of this visit was to shoot the rings, as this was my only chance - I had been told "once they're on, they're not coming off!"

I shot the following four wedding ring pictures in the space of about one and a half minutes, within a very small space in the living room and front garden, surrounded by the organised chaos of groomsmen putting on cravats and buttonholes...

You can shoot striking, clean images almost anywhere with a little bit of creativity and imagination...

Shot outside with the best man holding the rings in his hand over a patch of grass.

Shot on the windowsill, into the light.

Shot on the arm of an armchair. 

Shot on a greetings card on the mantlepiece. 


Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Friday 27 January 2012

Exciting New Photography Service for Manchester - Baby Headshots Coming Soon!

Well, here it is. The first sneak peek of something that I have been working on for a little while now... 
Baby Headshots!

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Photographer's Choice - Father and Son

Newborn photography in Manchester by Keep Shooting Photography

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Monday 16 January 2012

Manchester Wedding Photography - Availability Checker Now Live!

Spent hours finding your perfect wedding photographer in Manchester and the surrounding areas, only to find they are not available for your wedding date?

Check availability first, using Keep Shooting Photography's new Wedding Date Availability Checker.

Complete four simple fields and you will get a response within one hour whether Keep Shooting Photography is available for your wedding date or not.

Take the guess-work out of booking your wedding photography, with the Wedding Date Availability Checker! Get in touch today, as dates are filling up fast!!! 

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Monday 9 January 2012

2011 Resolutions Scorecard

This is what I wrote at the beginning of my 2011 Resolutions blog post:

"Well, it's that time of year again... the time when we all write lists of things to do in the coming year, stuff them into a drawer and then don't do anything about them, until it comes to the end of the year and we think "oooh, I must do that NEXT year". And repeat, ad infinitum..."

So, how did I do against my goals? Here's a quick review...

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Photographer's Choice - Juggling Family Commitments...

A new feature for the Keep Shooting Photography blog, to be published regularly (I hope!) to show some of my favourite images...

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Monday 2 January 2012

Postmen of Britain...

This is a polite request, not a personal challenge to you :-)

Happy New Year all...
Chris at Keep Shooting Photography
0845 5195750

Thursday 1 December 2011

Christmas Gift Vouchers!

Christmas is coming... and unique presents are harder than ever to buy!

Thankfully, Keep Shooting Photography is on hand to offer the perfect solution... with a great Christmas deal on family portrait photo shoots!

Buy a Gift Voucher for a portrait photography photo shoot for just £50!

Photography Shoot Gift Vouchers - CLICK HERE 

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography - Making Beautiful Photography Affordable
0845 5195750

Sunday 27 November 2011

Sneak Peek - Beatrix with Kirsty and Jamie...

A windy drive to Huddersfield this morning to photograph Beatrix with Kirsty and Jamie. Beatrix sat perfectly still and watched whilst I set up all my gear - usually a sure sign that once the camera comes out there will be absolutely no sitting still - but she was fantastic once I started shooting and we captured some lovely family moments. Here are a few from today's shoot...

Saturday 5 November 2011

Sunday 30 October 2011

Portrait Photography Day - the Results!

Well, today was the first ever Portrait Photography Day from Keep Shooting Photography - Manchester Family Photographer - and what a fantastic event it was...

7 families, 7 memory cards, 100's of smiles and about 1500 images - what a day!

Thanks go out to everyone who partcipated - Rachel, Neil and Edward, Jane, Steve and Zoe, Lisa and Sam, Matt, Georgina and Agatha, Steve and Jen, Nikk, Sally and Jess and Sandra, Simon and Isabella. Also huge thanks to Anna and Michelle for helping the day run smoothly, and Dad and Sharan for babysitting!

Here are a few sneak peeks from the day...

Friday 28 October 2011

Lymm Wedding Photography at Lymm Hotel - Karen and Danny

Karen and Danny were married at St Anne's Church in Sale Moor Manchester on 14th October 2011 and were photographed by Keep Shooting Photography - Manchester Wedding Photographer. After the serious stuff at church we moved to the Lymm Hotel in Lymm, Warrington for some serious celebrating! Here are a few from the big day...

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Cocktails and Inspiration at the Great John Street Hotel

I had no idea what to expect... except that I wasn't particularly looking forward to it. Walking into a room full of people you don't know, with the aim of 'networking', will strike fear or dread into most people's hearts, and I was no different...

But there I found myself last night at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester for a wedding tweet-up, organised by Katy Lunsford.

Thursday 21 July 2011

Sneak Peek - Rachel and Steve Headshots

Rachel and Steve came to me looking for some headshots for the launch of their new venture The Reputation Consultancy - they wanted something that was professional yet relaxed and approachable. Hopefully these fit the bill, shot in the beautiful Denzell Gardens, just south of Manchester, a new venue for me but one that I will definitely be returning to!

Here are a few of the images from the shoot...

Friday 15 July 2011

Sneek Peek - Claire and Bob's Engagement Photos

I photographed upcoming wedding clients Claire and Bob as part of a new service that I will be offering soon - engagement photo shoots! I needed some guinea pigs (ahem... volunteers!) to try out a few new ideas on, and what better way for wedding clients to get used to having me around than to have an engagement photo shoot!

Here are some of the results from the evening...

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Sneek Peek - Twins Photo Shoot

When a friend from Ireland bought Giles and Gayle a photo shoot to celebrate the birth of their twins, the hardest thing was finding a time to schedule the shoot! By the time we'd organised all our busy schedules, the boys were no longer 'newborn'... but were full of character and great fun to work with.

Here are a few of my favourite images from the shoot...

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Sneak Peek - Warren and Laura with Jake and Megan

A great shoot this weekend... once I had managed to find the house!

The kids performed fantastically - fuelled by grapes and dried apricots, and were soon jumping around, doing pile-ons and generally having fun...

Thursday 21 April 2011

£100 Off Wedding Photography!

So, it seems that there is a rather high profile wedding going on some time pretty soon. One where budget is certainly not an issue.

But if you're planning a wedding, and budget IS an issue, then we're here to help...

Until 29th April, Keep Shooting Photography is offering £100 offall Wedding photography packages!

Simply make an enquiry about wedding photography by 29th April to take adavntage of this offer...

It may not be a royal wedding, but you deserve fantastic wedding photos nonetheless...

Chris at Keep Shooting Photography - Making Beautiful Photography Affordable
0845 5195750

Monday 18 April 2011

Summer, Autumn and Winter Kids too...

Apologies to all non-spring kids - I'm caving to the pressure and will now be giving away a couple of £25 gift cards to NON-spring kids too! So, check out the details of the Spring Kids competition HERE whatever your child's birth date for a chance to win...

Thursday 24 February 2011

Wedding Photography Key Moments - Getting Ready

Getting ready on the morning of your wedding day can be one of the most stressful, exciting, exhillirating and terrifying times of your life - so many emotions are flooding through you - will the limo manage to find the house? Did I forget to put Aunt Jane on the table plan? What if it rains???

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Wedding Photography Key Moments - The Confetti Shot

The confetti shot is always a popular moment - a release from the formalities of the ceremony, and a chance for everyone to get involved and have some fun!

Monday 7 February 2011

Free Stuff with Baby Photography!

For a limited time only, get a FREE pack of 50 Birth Announcement Cards (as seen in previous blog post), or a 12" x 12" Montage Print when you buy any baby photography package with a high resolution CD from Keep Shooting Photography...
This includes...

Friday 4 February 2011

Choosing Wedding Formal Groups

Deciding on the list of formal group photos for wedding photography can be a very tricky thing…

Put too few groups on the list and you risk not getting pictures of some people (and you risk those same people being upset they were left out!). Put too many on there and you will spend your entire day posing for formal group photos rather than enjoying yourself.

Monday 31 January 2011

The Mission

Well, I started off the year with a lst of New Year's Resolutions, and I'm pleased to say I'm already doing well on one of them!

I resolved to write and publish a mission statement - a way of letting people know what I stand for, and what my aims are when they come to me as a client. And so here it is!

Friday 28 January 2011

The Rings...

Sometimes at a wedding, the details can be forgotten amidst the hustle and bustle of the party...

But the little things really are the big things...