Category Archives: Ipswich
EACH Twilight Walk 2013
Once again I am out with the camera to capture the magic of a charity walk.
Tonight it’s the East Anglia’s Childen’s Hospices Twilight Walk. I am quite excited because in my other role in life as a broadcaster, this was my idea. Whilst raising money for the Treehouse Appeal, I suggested an evening sponsored walk and it has really taken off!
“The EACH Twilight Walk around the streets of East Ipswich and including a visit to the Treehouse Hospice will take place again in October 2013.
The popular 3 mile sponsored family walk will this year have the theme of the Wizard of Oz with the woodland garden at the Treehouse turned into a fantastic Emerald City!
A magical experience for children of all ages (all walkers must be accompanied by an adult, so they’re allowed too!)”
I spoke with Hannah Bloom of EACH about the walk…
I can reveal that sponsorship so far has exceeded £25,000 – a wonderful effort by the good people of Suffolk for this incredibly worthwhile cause.
Here are the photos of the evening…
To find out more about the work of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices please visit their website.
Portrait Photography Ipswich Suffolk
Portrait Photography can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer.
Let’s think about what is being asked of a photographer. To make the client look as good as they possibly can. To make the client look better than they think they look and ultimately to make the client feel good about themselves.
So when it all comes together and the client is delighted with the result the reward to the photographer is obvious. Not only do they have a happy client but it’s just possible they have made a person actually feel better about themselves.
More often than not this requires more than a camera, lens and some nice lighting – and this leads us to the argument about airbrushing. It is interesting to note that airbrushing is generally frowned upon by the general public. When, however, I consult with my clients about the level of airbrushing they would like the most popular answer is “as much as you can possibly get away with”.
It seems that we were once content with a nicely lit photo. Then we wanted blemishes and lines taken care of. Now the majority of portrait shots involve a varying degree of physical restyling which may include subtle alterations to jaw line, eye size and face shape etc.
I am of course perfectly happy to generate totally natural images when clients request it but I am equally quite at home performing the alterations that many clients desire. This is largely because I believe professional photography to be a two stage business comprising two entirely different disciplines. Taking a good photo is one, competent post production is the other.
As a society we have become completely used to images being altered – So much so that we enjoy similar alterations to our own images. The methodology and skills involved in this have become a separate art form. Whether right or wrong we are living in a Photoshop’d world and in the right hands ‘airbrushing’ allows us to ordinary folk to compete with those beautiful people that pop out of glossy mags.
Take Jessica. She was after head shots that stand out and wanted us to push the airbrush limit. Whilst the original is a perfectly acceptable image we were able to use her existing assets to take her head shots ‘to the next level’.
Professional head-shots for business have become a must these days. Companies use them for web sites, promotional material and business cards – without doubt they add professionalism and style to an organisation. It is difficult to imagine a professional company not having professional imagery!
With general photography being a two stage business, portrait photography is three stage. The third being a ‘relationship with the client’. Very few people actually enjoy having their photo taken. They find it intrusive and intimidating and not without good reason.
I see the role of the photographer as someone who has to remove the lens, the lights, the intimidation and turn the session into a light-hearted, relaxing and fun occasion that will ultimately bring the best out of the client and the results you both want.
The young man to the left was so comfortable in our company he was happy to share his lunch with his uncle and us!
At Imajim Photography ‘we’ create the images. The client and us as a team. We discuss, we shoot, we view, we shoot again, we view, we choose and so on. And there’s every chance we will have a laugh while we’re doing it!
“James took some head shots of me and I was incredibly impressed with how comfortable and relaxed he made me feel which came through in the quality of the shots. When I needed more shots taken for the company website etc I didn’t hesitate to contact James, my business partner and I had a fantastic time and were delighted with the end result.”
– Cara Miller, Miller Wash Associates
“Imajim Photography are a superb, professional company. Having had numerous shoots with James he has never failed to produce outstanding photo’s. Equally his manner and the way he made me feel so comfortable is a priceless atribute.
– Nikki Daldry, RB Media Agency“
“I visted Imajim Photography with my partner to have a photo shoot with a bit of humour to it as a lot of photography sessions are overtly serious! The shoot was full of fun but was entirely professional. We had a brilliant day and were absolutely delighted with the result. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a profesional but more natural photo shoot!”
– Rae Edwards, Pretty Nostalgic
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Portrait Photography Ipswich Suffolk
Ipswich Fairies Break World Record!
What I do know is that up until today the world record for a collection of fairies was 768. Not any more. If there is one thing that should make the good folk of Ipswich very proud – they now hold the world record for a frollick of fairies. 820.
The whole purpose of the event, held on the Cornhill in Ipswich, was to raise money for the Woolverston Wish Appeal. The appeal is aiming to raise £800,000 to refurbish the chemotherapy outpatient clinics and day-unit in the Woolverstone Wing of Ipswich Hospital and currently has £460,000.
Other commitments meant that we were not able to capture the height of the event but we were at least able to capture a flavor of Ipswich in the sun, full of fairies…
Product Photography Ipswich Suffolk
It is with great delight that we can anounce Imajim Photography have been given the product photography Ipswich contract for The Bed Factory of Ipswich, Suffolk.
Deriving from one of Ipswich’s oldest established family businesses (Barnes of Ipswich Ltd ) The Bed Factory has grown in it’s own right carrying on the ethos of the original company. This comprises of total customer service and the constant offering of quality products at sensible prices 12 months of the year. The company prides itself on not entering the so called 50% regime where prices are totally without foundation, also the majority of cases supply and deliver exactly the same product at a cheaper price than the so called superstore half price offering. The service element comes from committing to large stocks even buying in container loads for the best price but more importantly when you purchase a product it will usually be delivered from stock on the day you were promised at time of ordering.
Managing Director Peter Barnes said,”We are having a complete revamp of our web sites and we need our products to really stand out. Working with our advertising people RB Media Agency, Imajim Photography is the company I trust to have our range looking exactly how we want it.”
James Hazell of Imajim Photography remarked, “I have known Peter for a number of years and I am delighted that, as a local company, we have been asked to provide product photography to another local company – and one with such a long and fine tradition.”
The new product images will begin to appear from July 2013.
House Selling Ipswich, Suffolk & Beyond… Made Easier
Such has been the demand for Property Videos lately, we have given the operation its own area!
Introducing Video My House – Property Videos
Utilising imagery to assist in the marketing of property is certainly not new. Mostly this consists of several photos, usually taken by an estate agent, giving the potential buyer a small glimpse of their next home.
This I have always found very odd. When we decide to sell a house we are asking people to part with hundreds of thousands of pounds. We are asking them to make one of the biggest purchases they will ever make. Surely this calls for more than a few ill-shot photos?
Those with foresight have realised… Yes, it does. Much more.
There was a time when one would pop into the estate agents, point at some houses, grab a few sheets of ‘bumf’ and decipher the spiel. Then it was the arduous task of visiting the property. This would involve appointments, time off work, wasted lunch hours and mile upon mile of driving only to discover that the aforementioned bumf was somewhat economical with the truth.
Then came the internet.
Potential buyers can now roam the virtual streets to their heart’s content, browsing thousands of properties, seeking out that dream home. And that gives Mr & Mrs ‘Mobile Phone Photo Of The Garden’ a bit of a problem. We want to look around from the comfort of our laptops – and I mean really look around. We are much more comfortable this way. We can wander about, make comments, question the decor, all without the company and the inevitable frown of the property owner. But we haven’t got all day. If we are going to even consider investing ten minutes on one single property, it had better be worth it. It has to grab us right from the off.
Video My House steps up to become your one stop shop for property sale imagery.
- Traditional Photos
- Elevated Photos
- Floor Plans
Let us start with video. Our professionally produced, high-definition property videos are around 3 minutes long. At 25 frames per second that’s around 4,500 photos! You will want to show the property off in its best light and that means capturing features, size and the atmosphere of the home. They say the camera never lies. That in itself is a lie, it does. You will know if you have ever taken a photo of a, for instance, newly decorated room – you can’t get it all in! This is why we employ specialist equipment and skills to give the property its due space and ‘air’. Suitable music is added and options such as voice overs and captions can be deployed to really lift a property off the bumf page.
The video on the left is a demo property, the one on the right is a rental property. After submitting the video the property was let within 6 days!
Panoramas or 3D tours are a relatively new concept and are in much demand. They put the viewer in the room and allow them to look around to their heart’s content using their mouse. Such is the realism of the process a sense that one is actually in the room is greatly appreciated by the viewer. They are created with a crafted camera technique and specialist software.
Here is an example of our panoramas using our demo property…
Elevated Photography is another latter day concept that is especially favoured by estate agents. There is something incredibly alluring about a bird’s eye image of a property and they offer the viewer a unique view of their potential home. They are achieved using a specialist mobile mast of around 15 metres, around 50 feet, in height. The camera direction and functions are controlled remotely as it beams its images to the operator below. This level of control allows us to create stunning shots that set the property off.
The old favourite, Photos, returns us nicely to the more traditional method of property marketing. Again though, various skills and equipment are required to produce images that show the property off in the best possible way. Lenses, lighting, post-production etc all play a part in reflecting the professional way you are marketing a property.
remember, the quality of presentation when marketing a property reflects on the property – AND the seller. In an ever discerning market you’ll want to show that you are professional, trustworthy vendors – and that starts with your marketing quality.
Pop across to our sister website at Video My House and discover for yourself how cost-effective professional property marketing can be.
Suffolk Show 2013
It was with a certain trepidation that I looked forward to this year’s big event – the Suffolk Show 2013. The last one was abandoned due to high winds!
Mother Nature was in a mildly better mood this year – but only just. Day one of the Suffolk Show saw rain and low cloud and day 2, although drier, still managed a gloomy grey sky.
Undeterred, the good people of Suffolk – and beyond – braved the elements. 90,000 of them streamed through the gates to take in the delights of the county’s highlight event.
Here is a flavour of this year’s Suffolk Show…
From the official Suffolk Show website:
The Suffolk Show Ipswich Building Society Grand Ring has three exhilarating new displays.
Alongside top international show jumping there is the Shetland Pony Grand National. Cheer on the ponies and riders in this qualifying competition over the hurdles. There’s new horsepower of a different kind. The amazing Broke FMX stunt bikes roar into the ring to perform a series of breathtaking air borne feats.
The military bring a new display. Teams of engineers from the 23rd Regiment at Rock Barracks will compete in a grueling time challenge to construct a battlefield bridge, capable of taking a 70 tonne tank.
This is to demonstrate how they cross key points in a battlefield situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is one area where women are actively involved on the front line.
Healthy Family Trail
Healthy Ambitions Suffolk has created a new Family Health Trail at the Suffolk Show. Pick up your route map and follow the trail to eight different points to participate and collect sheep stamps.
Hand in the completed map at Farminanglia and ewe could win a prize! See the new flock of sheep display made by schoolchildren from across the county, the fashion show by Suffolk New College students.
Get cooking, see the butchery demonstration and discover the importance of sheep in everyday living.
House and Garden Village
Situated next to the Flower and Garden Experience. This new feature is packed with ideas, services and products. Equipment for merging your house and garden to create the ultimate living indoor/outdoor space – deck Jacuzzis, conservatory ideas etc
Time to Celebrate
If you’ve a special event to celebrate – a birthday, wedding or anniversary. The Event Zone has everything to make it that extra special, including the Glasswells ice skating rink.
Made in Suffolk
Showcasing Suffolk’s ever growing small businesses producing non-food and drink items. This new feature includes everything from a milliner, printer and publisher with book-signings.
The Newmarket Experience
Discover the history of horse racing in Suffolk. Explore all there is to know about racing in the National Horseracing Museum’s mobile pop-up interactive ‘Travelling Paddock.’ Ride the race horse simulator and discover how it feels to see life from the perspective of a top jockey. Handle racing silks and learn about Newmarket’s famous heritage.
Greene King Eat Street
Now in it’s third year and gaining popularity from the public and new vendors. Greene King Eat Street is street food at its best and this year has its own garden area fronting the Trinity Ring. The catering avenue lined is with stalls producing and selling freshly prepared meals and delicious snacks. It’s every mum’s dream as every member of the family can chose whatever they want to eat.Then all sit together and enjoy, or salivate over the others’ choices, while listening to music played by the Caribbean Steel Band.
This year’s vast selection includes stone baked pizzas, chili, paella, a salad bar, fresh asparagus, sausage, filled baguettes, deli foods and curries.
Midnight Walk Ipswich 2013
One of the more delightful sights around Ipswich late at night is the yearly Midnight Walk.
Several thousand regularly attend the event to raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.
The sponsored event comprises a circular walk or run at night starting and finishing at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road.
The Midnight Walk has previously been attended by ladies only and participants just walked, but this year participants were able to run or walk the routes (five or eight miles) and men were welcome for the first time.
The eight mile route includes two refreshment stops, the first on Colchester Road and the second on Derby Road, as well as passing the Hospice on Foxhall Road where you can hang a personal tag on the Tree of Remembrance.
Never an easy task to capture moving targets at night but I think I have captured the atmosphere of the occasion – even if the physical quality of the shots are not at their best!
Well done to all that took part – Thousand of pounds was raised for this great cause.
If you would like a full size copy of any of the photos please contact us. We will provide them for a small donation to the St Elizabeth Hospice.
Baby Photography – Ipswich, Suffolk – There is simply nothing like a new life
Very few events in life can be described as truly life changing. A new baby however, is certainly one of them.
As a father of four I am often asked how having children changed me. I actually struggle to answer this. I don’t really know how it changed me – I only know that it did. What I do know is that no-one is prepared. Yes you can have all the latest mod-cons, the warmers, the expressors, the alarms and bells and whistles – but your head is never truly prepared. The great thing is, you are not alone – and you adjust amazingly quickly.
What you are never prepared for is how fast time goes. I mean seriously, it flies. That’s why baby photos and baby photography are so important. As a young father I broke the bank to buy a camcorder. This was back in the day when they were stupid amounts of money for very little quality. I also had – and still have – an old Canon AE1 35mm which depended on a visit to the chemist before you could see the shots – several weeks after you took them. Imagine that. Now though, I can look back with a joy and pride that only mums & dads feel to a time when they hadn’t grown up.
And that time will pass you by in a flash.
Being a father does not make you a better photographer. What it does do however is provide you with the same sense of how important a picture as the proud parents – How important it is to capture the expressions, the smiles, the subtle nuances of a new baby.
And it starts way before labour!
With my daughter in law I wanted to create a time-line of the pregnancy – to capture the physical changes little Charlie would create. This would involve a series of identical photos over a series of months. The resulting image captures the miracle of new life…
Whilst our studio can accommodate maternity and baby pics many parents find it easier for us to visit them. We can provide backdrops, screens and lighting where required and come to where you are most comfortable…
The results can be a stunning reflection of nature’s greatest miracle…
Contact us here at Imajim Photography to discuss how we can capture your precious life events…
Holi is the Hindu festival that welcomes the spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season. Holi is called “The Festival of Colours” and people celebrate the festival by covering each other with brightly coloured paints, throwing coloured powder and dye in a celebration of the spring season. The event, with support from Ipswich Borough Council, is being organised by the same team that brings the popular Indian Summer Mela to Ipswich each year.
It is not often a photographer does not learn soming, however small, from a shoot – and today was no exception.
A while ago I purchased a rain cover for the camera kit. It’s an inexpensive plastic affair which endeavours to keep rain, sleet, snow etc away from your highly priced cameras and lenses.
It also works for paint.
Well I am sure it would have done – had I not forgotten it.
So today’s lesson:
Paint and cameras do not mix.
Paint and lenses do not mix.
Cameras, lenses and stupidity… do not mix.
All in all a very interesting afternoon with some early summer sun and the beginnings at least of a great fun yearly festival.