YOUR CHILDREN WITH THEIR OWN TOYS
TOTALLY UNIQUE IMAGES
SUITABLE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
I have been working on this Toy photography idea for quite a while and now it is time for me to share it with you!
Christmas has now passed and if you have children there is no doubt your houses will be full of toys and games, this is where I come in 🙂
I can make the toys and games you end up throwing away as your children grow older into lasting photographic memories which also make for fantastic pieces of art for your children’s bedrooms. I do this by using Chroma Key Photography AKA Green Screen, I take separate images of your children in action style poses to suit the toy theme as well as images of your children’s toys. When I get back to my desk I get to work on the images and digitally create images like the ones shown here. I have researched and there is NO-ONE at all doing this type of photography, I do get busy so you would need to get your booking in ASAP if you wanted to have a shoot.
Please contact me if you are interested in this, it can be for as many children as you like or even the full family including your mums and dads and maybe pets too : I can guarantee you:-
If you are interested in creating your own amazing Toy Story, please contact me for prices, further details and bookings.
You may remember I held a competition on Facebook quite a few months ago in an attempt to raise awareness for the cruelty to dogs, all in all the competition got a good exposure and I am sure it helped get a message across to everyone that took part in it. The competition was to win a Photoshoot for their dog(s)
The competition was won by a lady from York called Christine, unfortunately due to one thing and another the shoot was delayed and put off several times due to no fault or hers or mine, but we kept in touch and just the other week we managed to get together with her lovely dogs and do the shoot.
The shoot took place in a place called Huntington which is a suburb of York in a stunning area alongside the river Foss, it was so picturesque and a joy to do a shoot at that location. The dogs were a pair of German Shepherds, Max which is 2 years old and Brook at 8 years old, both of them made great models that day and were a delight to work with and I think you will agree when you see their photo gallery they are stunning shots of them.
This was a great project to be part of and I do have another project I am currently working on which is a fundraising “Dog Booth” so I will keep you posted with that :0
Thank you for reading and please take a little time to view the gallery for Brook and Max 🙂
Recently I had the delight in being the Cake Smash photographer for the adorable Harriet in celebration of her 1st Birthday, I think you will agree, she, is the sweetest little girl and i think she really enjoyed getting her hands all grubby and full of cake, however to begin with Harriet had a little shoot with the toys she had got for her birthday.
So after Harriet had played with her toys and had the mini shoot we moved on the the messy cake Smash, then the fun really started and Harriet, well lets say she got a little caked up and was soon covered in the pink icing (and so was the floor, but that was for Mum and Dad to clean up hehe)
After a while and lost of photographs, Harriet was beginning to get a little restless and there was still quite a bit of the cake which Harriet hadnt managed to touch yet, so in come Harriet’s Brothers and Sisters, let me tell you, there was cake everywhere by the time they had finished, we had cake being pushed into one and others faces, cake being thrown and do you know, all the kids absolutely loved every minute of it, I caught this in the photographs you just cant help but smile when you see the photo’s of them have such good fun.
All in all this was an amazing experience for all and such fun to do and I didnt have to clean any of it up, phew, I was so glad about that!
If you would like your children to have the same fun, please don’t hesitate to contact me (as long as you are cleaning up at the end, lol)
Thanks for reading stay tuned for my next Photographic adventure 🙂
It’s Sunday and the sun is out shining bright with blue skies and fluffy white clouds, so a short walk to The Smawthorne Marsh Project is in order Since my last visit a couple of weeks ago,things have really started to happen there, the trees are blossoming lovely.
The birds are tweeting and the wildlife is all around, the marsh looks great, the bird hut getting taken advantage of by the birds, The Smawthorne Marsh Project team have also been busy as there were a couple of new benches for marsh visitor to rest on and admire the beautiful scenery, it is truly a hidden gem in Castleford, what a habitat for the wildlife of Castleford and is starting to be like an RSPB Reserve. We had a walk right round the Marsh and for once saw no evidence of any fly tipping which is good to know.
Further round the Marsh at the side of the black and white flats the wildlife is amazing, we came across a Heron (didn’t get a chance to take a photo though) then there were squirrels and lots of ducklings all enjoying the sun and floating in the marsh water. I did get some great shots of those they are in the album below. All in all this was a pleasant and great visit and it is fabulous to see it transforming week by week by the local people of Castleford.
In it’s early years the Smawthorne Marsh was used as allotments so locals could grow their own fruits and vegetables and keeep livestocks, since the allotments were moved to a different location, this vast area has been left to grow wild and consequently abused with fly-tipping. The land is privately owned it has never been a concern for the local council to maintain or deal with. The overgrown land has become a great habitat for local wildlife with it’s mass of water and plant life it holds the perfect refuge for all varieties of birds, ducks and other wildlife species.
As a local lad I have always referred to this area as “The swamp” from being a boy and also having lived right on the edge of the Swamp for a period of my life, this whole area is very close to my heart & roots.
This project was started by the local residents of the Smawthorne area of Castleford and through their own funding and hard work have begun to regenerate the whole of the swamp area into it’s own wildlife attraction for families, birdwatchers and walkers to visit. This has been done by strimming back a vast amount of area to keep growth under control on the path sides and also erecting a Bird Hut containing foods for birds and other wildlife to consume in a safe area, there are also plans for other features on the site too and I am sure it will be amazing once it is completed, however this will be a slow project due to the sheer size of “The Swamp” and the fact that it is being done by local people in their spare time.
One of the problems faced here is Fly Tipping, this usually happens at the entrance to the marsh just off Pontefract Road, complaints have been passed over to the council with names and addresses which have been found in the rubbish dumped there, hopefully this will stop and the Smawthorne Marsh team can focus on what they need to do and not waste time cleaning up other peoples rubbish.
The main entrance to the Marsh is just off Lisheen Avenue and there is a lovely trail that goes in a circular all around the marsh, if you havent been and are local or passing by the area to check it out, it makes a great stroll for dog walkers and families alike.
I have created a photographic gallery specifically for the #SmawthorneMarshProject and I will be doing regular updates with progress images of the work and also images of the wildlife that I manage to capture.
The Pineapple Hill in Warmfield is the main A655 road (Black Road) that links Wakefield to Normanton , Black Road bypasses the small picturesque villages of Heath and Kirkthorpe as this can be a heavy traffic route. The Pineapple Hill takes its name from the Pineapple Inn public house situated right on the brow of the hill, it is known to be a speedy road with lots of traffic with it’s winding S-shape cascading down from the top & regrettably has had a number of serious accidents in recent years.
Countryside fields surround this long and winding road, I craved to capture this lovely scenery in a different way to normal, I just didnt know what, until one evening I was driving looking for a scene to capture with my trusty canon camera and I saw the image in my mind and there it was, Pineapple Hill.
It was just starting to drop dark, the street lights were shining, I pulled over into the entrance of the farm on the foot of the hill, just before it starts its ascent up into its sweeping bend, so tripod out a few test shots to expose my shot properly and “voila” I had it my vision had become a reality
Light streams in the dark from passing traffic streaked their way up the hill like something from a Marvel movie, to create this effect I had to deploy rather long exposures as the hill is quite a distance and to get the shots i had to wait for the streaming traffic to go out of the frame. I hope you enjoy these images.
I hope you like the this series of images, I certainly enjoyed taking them, I would love to know which shot your prefer from them, so leave me a comment and let me know.
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Thanks for visiting 🙂
The Queens Mill in Castleford (previously known locally as Allinsons Mill) was the worlds largest stone grinding flour mill, which boasted twenty pairs of grinding stones. The Queens Mill building has stood on Aire Street aside the River Aire since building works began in 1822, so as you can imagine the mills significance in the town of Castleford is well recognised amongst locals in the town and tourists alike.
In 2008 the Castleford Millenium Footbridge costing 4.8 Million Pound was opened by T.V. Presenter Kevin McCloud &Wakefield Council Leader Peter Box, this bridge offers panoramic views of both the rear of the Queens Mill and of the weir over the river again increasing the significance of The Queens Mill to Castleford Another rather interesting and distinctive part of this photographic tour which I am taking you on shows you Thomas.
Thomas has been the shipwreck sat on the edge of the weir since 1977, apparently it was let loose on the river by vandals and could never be moved, Thomas is also another feature of the Queens mill / Millenium Bridge area which adds another interesting talking point, the Millenium Bridge with it’s S-Shape curves around the shipwreck and is easily seen by all either from above while on the bridge or from either side of the river. if you have never seen it and you visit Castleford, be sure to check it out, it is literally a 2 minute walk from the town precint.
I hope you enjoy my night-time photographic tour of The Queens Mill, The Millenium Bridge and Thomas the shipwreck. You can see the full set of images in the gallery below, I am planning on a set of daytime pics soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that, I am sure they will be just as great as these. I would love to here your comments on these, so why not leave me a message or drop me an email, all these images are available to purchase as prints at a low costs.
Spooky Halloween Party & photoshoot
Following the success of the last event at The Hair Branch in Castleford, The Hair Branch and Dave Hartley Photography are uniting again with a super spooky Halloween Party together with a Mini photoshoot, this photoshoot will include a digital image pack suitable for sharing on social media. We have 2 eery backgrounds available & lots of ghoulish nibbles and drinks for the kids. Kids will also get there hair and nails done as well as face paints, so get your pumpkins at the ready!
Both kids and parents will have the chance to have photos taken with their children too so Parents please feel free to dress up and join in the ghostly fun.
Tickets are priced at £25 per child and can be purchased from The Hair Branch – Please call Andrea or Gillian on 07961075550 to arrange your booking
So get your children dressed up in the scariest outfit you can find – There is also a prize to be won for the scariest outfit / child on the night.
Book your place now before its too late!!!
Now it is getting darker earlier in the evening, although it is getting colder, the dark evenings do add a different style of photography to my work, this new style being Light Painting. I chose a location on a bridge overlooking the M62 Motorway near Wakefield junction 30 to be exact.
I parked up lay-by near the M62 Junction and walked to the bridge, I headed straight for the centre to try and get a good angle, set my Tripod up and put the trusty Canon Camera in place upon it. I did get a few strange looks from cars passing me on the bridge I have to say but its all in the name of Art after all, lol. So I set about my crafty clicks and “Voila” there it is a series o shots from the centre of the bridge overlooking the M62 in the dark and produced scenes which wouldn’t be out of place in a Star-Wars Movie.
I hope you enjoy this series of Pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
I am on the lookout for 2 lucky pets not too far away from my home town of Castleford for a FREE Photoshoot as I am wanting to extend my Portfolio for pet photography, if you would like your pampered pet to have a totally free Photoshoot please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am expecting these 2 spots to be taken very quickly so you need to be quick.
There are absolutely no catches to this, the photo’s I take will be fully edited and the finished product emailed upon completion for you to have your own prints made, if you are unable to accept images via email I am able to provide prints or other items, however there would be charges for this.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Posted on 13.9.15