A day in the life…

… of a Suffolk photographer!

Now that I work at home in the beautiful village of Iken after relocating from Aldeburgh High Street, I sometimes like to sit back and reflect on my day to day job – hence what I started blogging again for!

I think we’re all guilty of rushing through the working week, cramming in as much as we can to alleviate ourselves at the weekends (this case is definitely true if you’re self-employed – if you know, you know!) and so taking time out is important.

Being based in Suffolk, it’s fair to say we have some great escape routes on our doorsteps that are perfect for clearing the mind – Aldeburgh, Orford, Snape, and Thorpeness to name a few. It’s hard to walk around these places without taking my camera with me, but sometimes if I need a break during the day I’ll endeavour to leave it at home – it’s amazing what you miss when you’re always looking through a lens!

Listening to the dawn chorus watching the sunrise is a fantastic way to start the day.

Having said all of that, I’m not always wishing I was away from my desk – I love my job. Someone once said to me that being a photographer is one of the most rewarding jobs, because photography helps tell a story people fail to put into words. I absolutely love this phrase, and it’s one that’s stuck with me through my career. Whether I’m documenting a wedding or helping families capture their memories in a portrait shoot, I always feel pictures speak a thousand words and this is all part of why I love my job.

Even if I’m sending a whole day editing photos from a corporate event shoot, I’m still engaged in the images and proud of the work I’ve produced, always looking forward to the next piece of work!

So, a day in the life of a Suffolk photographer? Pretty good if you ask me!

What goes up when rain comes down…

Family portraits at Iken in Suffolk by Tony Pick photography
Lifestyle portraits at Iken, Suffolk by Tony Pick photography

… my umbrella (sorry, bad joke!)

As I was sitting at my desk this morning, warm cup of coffee firmly in hand and glancing out of the window at the droplets on the glass, I couldn’t help but think of how lucky I am that the weather can actually aid my job rather than hinder it.

My last blog post was also about the conditions outside, but it’s evident to me that even shooting in the rain can be fun! I pride myself on creating memorable experiences for families when they have their portraits done, and sometimes the adverse weather conditions make the activity even better!

Whether it be snow or rain, the lighting that comes with this time of year and its weather creates the most beautiful photographs, and in Suffolk we have some of the most wonderful landscapes that make photography a dream!

The dramatic coastline at Dunwich or Thorpeness can be a brilliant locations for family portrait shoots, and even when it’s raining the images we capture with groups never cease to put a smile on our clients’ faces!

In the lead up to Christmas it can be hard to find the time (or motivation) to leave the house for anything, let alone a photoshoot with the extended family, but with me at Tony Pick Photography your images are guaranteed to brighten up any rainy day.

That being said, as much as I love using the Suffolk landscape to my advantage, sometimes there’s no better feeling than inviting someone into your home to photograph those special moments, which is why I am always open to clients’ location suggestions!

If you’re unsure of what someone may be comfortable with but want to gift them a special experience this Christmas, why not present them with one of our gift vouchers to really surprise them (you can find these using the link above in the menu bar).

I’ll be back next week with a new blog post on what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been thinking about, but for now, back to the grind(ing of the coffee beans)… 

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Where have I been… and where am I headed!

When I looked back on my blog recently I was sad – sad I’d neglected it for so long!

Needless to say, I’m back now and ready to devote some more time to this!

When you run your own business, decide to give up your store front, move house and relocate your office into your new home, I think it’s fair to say that there are certain aspects of your company that can be forgotten, and writing my blog has been one of them!

Believe me, I love taking the time out of a busy morning or afternoon to sit with my thoughts for half an hour and jot them down here for everyone to read – sometimes I just forget to do this!

More recently, I’ve been working really hard to expand the family portrait side of the business. You may have seen various communications about this through my different channels (because hopefully you follow them – click on the icons above if not to have a browse!). I love all aspects of photography of course, but have always really enjoyed shooting family portraits in the autumn/winter months.

Not only do these provide really great Christmas ideas (even for those family members who are ridiculously hard to buy for!) but they also leave each family unit with some wonderful memories, which can be saved and cherished forever!

As an add on to my portrait packages, I now include a wonderfully interactive film for each family so that they can showcase their photographs beautifully and with real flare – it’s a wonderful asset to have if you have a moving digital picture frame at home too – these films look just fantastic on the mantle piece!

If you’re reading this and I’ve managed to get your attention and spark some interest in booking a shoot (I still have a few slots left before Christmas!) then click on the contact link above and get in touch! We’d love to hear from you and offer a wide range of locations for you to choose from, or you can of course suggest some yourself!

That’s all from me for now – got to get back to the grind!

 

Family Portraits Offer – £100 discount on first ten bookings so hurry before they go!

Family Portraits Offer…

To kick start 2017 we’re offering a £100 discount on the first ten bookings so hurry before they all go! (Normal price £395)
Booking at http://www.tonypickphotography.co.uk/portraits.html

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Tony Pick Photography is taking to the skies & relocating after 14 years on Aldeburgh High St.

After 14yrs in Aldeburgh High Street, Tony’s taking to the skies in 2 weeks & relocating the business close to Aldeburgh. Don’t worry though, all our services will continue through the website at http://www.tonypickphotography.co.uk/ inc portraits, photo training, landscapes, weddings and corporate pr.

We’re very excited to be launching of our new Uk Aerial photography business, Tony’s teamed up with two experienced pilots to offer a complete UAV photography and video package for estate agents, Insurance companies, sports events, land surveys, environmental work and Landscapes etc. The applications are endless, new and exciting digital innovations allow us to capture breathtaking images in very high resolution with the addition of 4k video which is new to the Aerial photography market.

If you would like to know more about our services please call Tony on 07719 919484.

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Beautiful Winter Portraits

Just back from a family portrait shoot on the beach in glorious winter sunshine. The sun was streaming through barely above the horizon casting beautiful low shadows across the rocks and pebbles. My trusty off camera flash system worked overtime to compete with the sun and fill in those dark shadows. It’s my favorite shooting style – backlit and shooting straight in to the sun for that high key warm saturated rimlight effect.  A lovely family, thanks guys for making it so much fun today…

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New for 2015 – Photo Training Group Workshops & Our Best Family Portraits Offer Yet!

We will be launching our brand new Photo Training days for groups of four people for only £95 per person. Tony has been running his very successful 1 to 1 training days for many years and would now like to share his knowledge and expertise with larger groups. Amazing tuition and great value, so if Santa treats you to a new camera this Christmas let Tony show you the light!  Click here for Photo Training Bookings

We are also very excited about our fab new Family Portraits offer, this includes having a fun photo shoot with Tony either in the forest or on the beach plus a beautiful framed picture for only £75. Shoots and viewing are available on the same day. It’s our best Portrait offer Yet so book your family in!  Click here for Family Portraits Bookings

Treat someone special this Christmas with a Tony Pick Photography gift voucher for any of our products or services. You can either call us on 01728 451999 or order online here

Happy Christmas from Tony and the team….

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‘Touching the Tide’ Photography Workshops in Aldeburgh

 

A fantastic morning on Aldeburgh beach with 10 budding photographers. The start of our series of Photo training workshops in partnership with ‘Touching the Tide’ project.

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A busy carnival week…

 

Good Morning and the bank holiday weekend has landed!

We have had a very busy week here in Aldeburgh.

First up was the carnival on Monday, which saw me take part in the mini marathon and the lifeboat demonstration. We also had a fantastic time watching the procession, lantern parade and fireworks.

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If you would like to see a video of the lifeboat display click here to see a clip on their Facebook page.

I’ve felt very privileged to have photographed lots of families.We even have a family I last photographed five years ago, so it was great to be able to provide them with an update from their last portrait. All of my portrait sessions are relaxed and informal, and usually my models all end up splashing around in the sea! We are currently running a portrait offer, so if this is something your family would like to do then click here for more information.

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Yesterday marked the start of my weekend and I was photographing at a wedding, at the beautiful Suffolk venue of Eastern Grange. It was a wonderful day and I love sharing such a special moment in time with a couple. I cant wait to start editing them.

If you’re out and about in Aldeburgh today, do pop in and say hi – the gallery is open until 5pm. We love to meet visitors of the town. In the gallery you will find our landscapes for sale and will even get to see our aluminiums, which use the latest in HD printing techniques. For those that prefer a more traditional frame, we offer various different sizes and colours in those too.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend,

Tony

 

Roll up roll up…

 

The flags are up and the final preparations are being made for one of Aldeburgh’s most popular events of the year – the carnival! Meanwhile to celebrate the last weeks of summer we have launched a fantastic summer offer. Before the children are back to school or packing their bags for university, there is no better time to get a family portrait. We are offering a complimentary portrait voucher for you and your family, with £50 to use towards products at your viewing. To claim yours call the gallery on 01728 451999 or book on the portrait section of our website by clicking here and using promotion code ‘Summer14’.

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