Everything stops for tea

18th February 2011
I recently had the opportunity to meet local businesswoman Rebecca Jenkinson, from Stockton Heath, Warrington, Cheshire who had a dilemma regarding her website images she had taken.

Although she had some photographs of her business products on her website, they weren't giving enough impact to the pretty colours that she wanted to give potential customers, who might like to try her service, which is hiring out tea cups, saucers and plates to potential brides for their wedding day, known as a 'trio'. Or in Rebecca's case a Pretty Little Trio

My task for the day would be to get some images as close ups, some images as illustrations and some shots set up to show the beautiful colours that can be seen in the pretty cups and plates she had to offer.

First things first though, a cup of tea. And a bacon butty!

Although the shots were being taken indoors, it was one of those dull cloudy days with flat natural light streaming through the windows. So I resorted to a mix of ambient and some fill in flash from my budget lighting set. Starting off with a few set up shots of items placed on a dresser we added cups, plates, tea pots and flowers until a pleasing composition was created.

Next came a few shots of Rebecca modelling. She squeezed herself into her wedding dress (no mean feat considering she has triplets now!) to give an impression of enjoying a wedding day feast using one of her cups and saucers. Next came a few more shots of cake stands, cup cakes, single cups and saucers (Lady Hamilton, for those in the know) tea pots, coffee pots, a variety of tea cups and another relaxed shot of Rebecca sitting down, once again using her own china cup and saucer. All told, a very productive day and a happy Rebecca.

It's not the usual kind of photography that I get up to but more importantly it was a learning curve for both of us and we created some nice sets in the short time I had available to help Rebecca out.


Photo comment By Tony H: Like it. Earl Grey anyone?

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